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…

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 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…

[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…

[PRESS ALERT]: SJC NIGHT MARCH FOR PUBLIC LIGHTING

On Tuesday 19 February 2019 Social Justice Coalition (SJC) activists will march through Town Two, Khayelitsha at night to illustrate the difficulties residents face when attempting to navigate areas that have no or inadequate public lighting. The SJC has attempted to engage the City of Cape Town (CoCT) on the issue of discriminatory public lighting…

Community members from Island, Ses'khona, Philippi, Greenpoint & KK Section protest for dignified sanitation outside the Cape Town Civic Centre on 31 January 2019.

SJC to picket outside court against police brutality

Protests are meant to be disruptive. This is the nature of protest. It is an integral part of democratic political participation. Yet, government has consistently stifled protest and brutalised activists – and in particular poor, Black activists.What SAPS and the City of Cape Town did was abhorrent. It was violent, uncalled for and reminiscent of…

Community members from Island, Ses'khona, Philippi, Greenpoint & KK Section protest for dignified sanitation outside the Cape Town Civic Centre on 31 January 2019.

[PRESS STATEMENT]: CoCT & SAPS’ violence against poor, Black activists is abhorrent & reminiscent of apartheid

On Thursday 31 January 2019 public order police from the South African Police Service (SAPS) once again perpetrated a violent, heavy-handed and unnecessary apartheid-style “dispersal” of poor, Black activists outside the Cape Town Civic Centre. A group of less than 50 peaceful protestors were singing outside the doors of the Civic Centre, some with empty…