Press Statement: Social Justice Coalition Statement on the ongoing taxi violence in Cape Town

The turf war between the Cape Amalgamated Taxi Association (Cata) and the Congress of Democratic Taxi Association (Codeta) has claimed over 80 lives since the beginning of this year, more than 20 of them lost their lives this past month. This is not the first time that this has happened. In fact, to magnify the…

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] JUSTICE DENIED FOR WOMAN BURNT ALIVE IN HER HOME

Lucia, a 30-year-old mother of one, was killed on  27th of March 2020. Her body was found burnt in her home allegedly after her boyfriend set the house on fire. The case was reported to the Harare Police Station, in Khayelitsha and Mr Radebe was assigned as the investigating officer. To date, the family has…

Police Protest

Press Alert: Police resources judgment to be delivered on 14 December 2018 will have a monumental impact on policing across South Africa

On Friday, 14 December 2018 at 11h30 the Western Cape High Court, sitting as an Equality Court, will deliver judgment in the police resources court case brought by applicants the Social Justice Coalition (SJC), Equal Education (EE) and the Nyanga Community Police Forum (Nyanga CPF). The court will decide  whether the South African Police Service…

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…

Western Cape Religious Leaders Forum Supports Commission of Inquiry into Crime in Khayelitsha

Address by Imam Dr. A. Rashied Omar at a rally outside Parliament to deliver an Open Letter to President Zuma, Premier Zille, Minister Mthethwa and Mayor de Lille, Thursday 13 December 2012   Comrades and Friends, My Sisters and Brothers, I bring you greetings of peace from the Western Cape Religious Leaders Forum; and its…