Press Statement: Update on the basic services protest held on the 22 of March 2021

An update on the march for basic services.   On the 22 of March 2021, 22 communities across the City of Cape Town held a protest in demonstration against the gross human rights violations they are constantly subjected to by the City Of Cape Town. The protest was a peaceful demonstration held  at Sea Point…

Press Statement: Why celebrate Human Rights Day when our rights are trampled upon by the City of Cape Town daily?

On the 23rd of March 2010, the SJC (Social Justice Coalition) together with residents of informal settlements across Khayelitsha, organised a political action in Greenpoint next to the Sea Point Promenade, to highlight the fact that they had no access to basic services. On that day 600 residents of Khayelitsha’s informal settlements formed a long…

Media Statement:The Social Justice Coalition’s reaction to recent Western Cape government budget speech.

On the 16th of March 2021, the Western Cape Finance MEC David Maynier delivered his budget speech outlining the Western Cape’s planning for a possible COVID-19 third wave. Maynier termed this budget a budget of hope. While the budget details the plan in place to curb the spread of COVID-19 in the province, it failed…

Press Statement: The Social Justice Coalition’s reaction to recent crime statistics presented by the Minister of Police.

The Social Justice Coalition’s reaction to recent crime statistics presented by the Minister of Police. On the 19th of February 2021, the Minister of Police Bheki Cele reported on the quarterly crime statistics from October to December 2020.   The crime statistics report showed an increase of 6.6 %  in murders nationally and in particular,…

Media Statement in repose to: “City continues COVID-19 temporary emergency services in informal settlements”

On 1 February 2021, the City of Cape Town released a statement about COVID-19 temporary emergency services in informal settlements. The statement outlines how the city has and still is leading a successful program that has been delivering temporary emergency provision of basic services in informal settlements, these informal settlements include those that were previously…

The Social Justice Coalition condemns the violent conduct outside Brackenfell High School by Community Members.

Press Statement The Right To Protest The Social Justice Coalition condemns the violent conduct outside Brackenfell High School by Community Members. The Social Justice Coalition condemns the violent reaction received by EFF members by Brackenfell high parents and community members during their peaceful demonstration and protest earlier this morning outside Brackenfell High School. In a…

[PRESS STATEMENT] DON’T CALL IN THE DEFENCE FORCE IN THE WESTERN CAPE – REALLOCATE POLICE RESOURCES

  Poor black neighbourhoods with high rates of violent crime have less police resources than wealthier, whiter and safer suburbs Police resources should be reallocated to where they are urgently needed – in areas that are suffering from violent crimes The Western Cape provincial police commissioner has the power to do this today This is…

SJC/NU Calls on City of Cape Town to Release Service Delivery Agreements For Contractors Operating In Informal Settlements

The Social Justice Coalition (SJC) has observed that refuse collection in informal settlements is often irregular and of very poor quality. Refuse is often left rotting for days or weeks, contributing to the spread of disease.

All refuse collection for informal settlements in the City of Cape Town is outsourced to private contractors, which in our view limits accountability and recourse. In addition, the provision and maintenance of sanitation services, which are also outsourced, are either non-existent or of a poor quality.