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,…

The Prescription in Civil and Criminal Matters (Sexual Offences) Amendment Act is powerful move for the fight against gender based violence.

The Social Justice Coalition (SJC) would like to commend the amendment on the prescription of the Sexual Offences Act.  This amendment exemplifies that justice never rests, it restores hope in many who have been victimized and gives those who have been victimized an opportunity to see justice regardless of time.   This amendment lifts the…

Khadija Bawa

[OPINION PIECE] From Collins Khosa to George Floyd: Policing in crisis in South Africa and the US

There are striking similarities between policing in the US and in South Africa, and in the deaths of George Floyd and Collins Khosa – the policing systems that caused them stem from oppressive pasts and are indicative of security forces that lack proper controls. In the last week we have seen in the media the…

[PRESS STATEMENT] THE KHAYELITSHA COMMISSION OF INQUIRY – FIVE YEARS ON

  Key Points (expanded on below): Over the past 5 years we have not seen the necessary political will to implement the Commission’s recommendations. Residents in informal settlements are still being discriminated against because there are still no guidelines for visible policing in their areas. On 1 September 2019 SAPS will make its plans to…

SJC members march behind a banner highlighting unfair police resourcing between different Cape Town suburbs

PRESS STATEMENT: Minister Cele, honour your word, withdraw the appeal, end the discrimination against poor, Black people

The Social Justice Coalition has learnt that the State Attorney’s office has still not received instructions from the Minister of Police Bheki Cele & the South African Police Service (SAPS) to withdraw their appeal of the Equality Court judgment on the discriminatory allocation of police resources. Earlier this week the SJC publicly welcomed recent statements…

SJC members march behind a banner highlighting unfair police resourcing between different Cape Town suburbs

Joint SJC and LRC Press Statement: Police Resources Equality Court Case

A victory for poor, Black communities confronted by high rates of contact and violent crime as Court rules that the allocation of police resources by SAPS is unfairly discriminatory On Friday, 14 December 2018, Judge Dolamo of the Equality Court, Western Cape Division, made a ground-breaking judgment (attached) that has considerable consequences for poor, Black…

University of Cape Town and University of Stellenbosch support Khayelitsha Commission of Inquiry

Statement from the University of Cape Town and Stellenbosch University on the breakdown in relations between the police and the Khayelitsha community It is deeply troubling that residents of Khayelitsha fear leaving their homes at night as a result of on-going violence and intimidation. Of concern too, is that despite the Khayelitsha community having campaigned…

UMPHATHISWA WAMAPOLISA UNATHI MTHETHWA: AKAPHENDULI KULWAPHULO-MTHETHO OLUNZIMA EKHAYELITHSA: Iijaji zithi Iqela Eliphandayo lika O’Regan kwi SAPS maliqhubekeke

Ngo Mvulo 14 ka Januwari 2013, Inkundla Yamatyala Ephakamileyo yaseNtshonalanga Kapa izikhabile iinzame zoMphathiswa wamaPolisa uNathi Mthethwa neNkonzo yamaPolisa oMzantsi Afrika (SAPS) zokumisa Iqela Eliphandayo lika O’Regan ekuqhubekekeni nomsebenzi walo. Isigqibo senziwe neendleko, oku kuthetha ukuba iSAPS kufuneka ibhatele iindleko zomthetho zabamangalelwa.   Zozibini izigwebo zeNkundlka, esesininzi nesobuncinane zingqinela amalungelo abantu abahlala nabasebenza eKhayelitsha besoyika…

POLICE MINISTER NATHI MTHETHWA “HOPELESSLY UNRESPONSIVE” TO SERIOUS CRIME IN KHAYELITSHA: Judges say O’Regan Commission of Inquiry into SAPS must go ahead

  On Monday 14 January 2013, the Western Cape High Court dismissed Minister of Police Nathi Mthethwa and the South African Police Service’s (SAPS) urgent attempt to stop the O’Regan Commission of Inquiry (CoI) from continuing its work. The order was made with costs and SAPS has to pay the respondent’s legal fees.   Both…