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Residents confront police during evictions at the Marikana land occupation in Philippi East last month. Twelve protesters arrested at the informal settlement have been in custody for four weeks, pending their bail hearing on Friday. A new report by SERI concludes that the criminal justice system is being abused by the state to quell "legitimate" dissent. Photo Daneel Knoetze. Criminalising protest and dissent

A new report by SERI profiles a community protest in Lenasia, Gauteng, and concludes that the criminal justice system was "abused" in order to intimidate activists and protesters. A look at similar cases in Cape Town seem to support this finding.

18 Sep 2014
Daneel Knoetze

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Marikana residents toyi-toyi outside Athlone Magistrates Court on Friday. They demanded bail for twelve men who have been in custody since being arrested during evictions in the community on 22 August. Photo by Daneel Knoetze.Bail for arrested shackdwellers - residents toyi-toyi outside court

Brief: Around 50 residents from Marikana informal settlement in Philippi East descended on the Athlone Magistrates Court to support twelve of their neighbours who have been detained for almost a month.

19 Sep 2014
Daneel Knoetze
Groups of school girls are allying themselves with male township gangs. Photo by Masixole Feni.The rise of female township gangs

News: When people think of gangs in the townships of Cape Town, they mostly picture young boys and men -- the Vato, Vura, Hardlivings, Palestinians and such. But there are also female gangs, rarely noticed, because they act differently from the male gangs. GroundUp went to talk to some of the “babes”.

18 Sep 2014
Pharie Sefali
Yusriy Kenny was laid to rest in Manenberg after he was shot and killed by suspected gang members. Photo by Roegchanda Pascoe.17-year-old who tried to make a difference shot and killed in Manenberg

News: Galiema Kenny broke down as she recalled her son’s last words to her after he was shot by gangsters in Manenberg. Kenny laid her 17-year-old son, Yusriy Kenny, to rest on Tuesday afternoon.

17 Sep 2014
Mary-Anne Gontsana
Members of the Western Cape Network for Community Peace and Development when they won the international Beyond Sports Award in the Category ‘ Sport for Conflict Resolution’. Photo supplied by UNASA.Global to local: the people’s rights to peace

Brief: United Nations Association of South Africa (UNASA) will hold a Peace Day Event at the Gugulethu Sports Complex on Friday from 9am to 12pm.

17 Sep 2014
Thembela Ntongana
Fezeka High School Learners singing at the launch of the Mandela Prison Cell Replica. Photo by Masixole Feni.Surviving Rivonia Trialists hold dialogue with school learners

News: Learners from a number of schools in Cape Town had the opportunity to meet surviving Rivonia trialists when a replica of Nelson Mandela’s prison cell on Robben Island was launched to tour the country.

17 Sep 2014
Johnnie Isaac
Minister of Home Affairs Malusi Gigaba speaking at the press briefing in Cape Town on Tuesday, said the new immigration laws are here to stay. Photo by Thembela Ntongana.New immigration laws here to stay - minister

News: On Tuesday at a media briefing in Cape Town on the implementation of the new immigration regulations, Minister of Home Affairs Malusi Gigaba announced that the regulations will stay despite them having created much anxiety.

16 Sep 2014
Tariro Washinyira and Thembela Ntongana
Ronnie Kasrils. Photo by Wikipedia user Gbawden (CC BY 2.0).Kasrils strikes back at Maphatsoe

News: Former South African intelligence services minister and Umkhonto weSizwe (MK) veteran Ronnie Kasrils has launched a scathing attack on deputy defence minister Kebby Maphatsoe.

16 Sep 2014
Terry Bell
Protests erupted over job allocation for the Expanded Public Works Programme in Smithfield, Free State forcing closure of the N6. Photo by Carmel Rickard.Allegations around public works programme spark protests in desperate Free State dorp

News: Arrive in Smithfield from any direction and the first official board one sees announces: ‘Mohokare declares war on waste’. The chief weapon in that war is a platoon of temporary workers hired under government’s Expanded Public Works Programme (EPWP) administered by local municipalities.

16 Sep 2014
Carmel Rickard
Nokhwezi Hoboyi invites people to celebrate Global Female Condom Day. Photo courtesy of the writer.Celebrate Global Female Condom Day

News: As we celebrate the second Global Female Condom Day on 16 September 2014, I join the celebrations with a wide smile and confidence, writes Nokhwezi Hoboyi.

16 Sep 2014
Nokhwezi Hoboyi
Learners discuss issues of bullying in schools. Photo courtesy of the Quaker Peace Centre.Bullying still rife in schools, finds survey

News: A survey started in 2011 by the Quaker Peace Centre covering 102 learners has found that 95% of respondents were bullied at some point; of these 50% were bullied at school. The centre is ramping up its anti-bullying campaign.

16 Sep 2014
Pharie Sefali
Will I make money today? Waiting for work at the side of the road

News: Peter Ndala earns his his living by doing odd jobs. He does gardening, maintenance work on sewage pipes, paving, woodwork and farm work. Everyday he waits at the roadside hoping he'll be hired for a day or more by anyone looking for casual labour.

16 Sep 2014
Masixole Feni and Johnnie Isaac
Photo courtesy of Equal Education.Fighting for decent toilets in Gauteng schools

Opinion: On 13 September Equal Education marched in Johannesburg for decent school sanitation in Gauteng. Brad Brockman, the organisation's General Secretary, explains the campaign.

16 Sep 2014
Brad Brockman
Photo by Tim Flack (C). Reprinted with his permission. All rights reserved.People with HIV should be able to fight for their country

Opinion: There is no reason people with HIV shouldn't be soldiers, says Tim Flack, who served in the navy and is the Western Cape representative for the South African National Defence Force Union.

16 Sep 2014
Tim Flack
Heideveld community members march to call for an end to gang violence and the drug trade. Photo by Estelle CoetzeeHeideveld residents march against recent gang violence

News: More than one hundred residents, along with various religious groups, marched on Saturday, winding their way through the streets of Heideveld to protest against the increase in gang turf wars and the drug trade in the area.

15 Sep 2014
Barbara Maregele
Young boxers spar at the local Mfuleni Boxing Academy. Photo by Masixole Feni.Mfuleni Boxing Academy undaunted

News: The Mfuleni Boxing Academy opened its doors to boxers from the area in 2010. In most townships, the reason community members open up sports clubs is to try and get the youth off the streets and away from gangsterism and substance abuse. Mfuleni is no exception.

15 Sep 2014
Siyabonga Kalipa
Saxon United Ladies protest disrupts game. Picture by Siyabonga Kalipa.Soccer: Protest disrupts Safa Cape Town Coca Cola Cup

News: At the semi-finals of the woman’s leg of the Safa Cape Town Coca Cola Cup, the Saxon United Ladies team from Heideveld protested on one of the fields where a semi-final match between RV United from Khayelitsha and Phoenix Spurs from Bonteheuwel was about to start.

15 Sep 2014
Siyabonga Kalipa

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