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Angy Peter and her co-accused in the High Court on the first day of judgement. Picture by Masixole Feni. First day of judgement in the Angy Peter murder trial

On Tuesday, Judge Robert Henney began to hand down his judgement in the case of Social Justice Coalition activist Angy Peter and her three co-accused.

30 Sep 2014
Johnnie Isaac

News and Opinion

Khayelitsha Wheelchair Tennis Club hosted a tennis camp. Photo by Siyabonga Kalipa.Wheelchair tennis growing in popularity

News: People living with disabilities gathered at Mandela Park Stadium in Khayelitsha on the weekend to try their hand in wheelchair tennis. The sport of wheelchair tennis is growing in South Africa. Lucas Sithole is ranked second in the world. Khayelitsha has Meyenzeke Gwija, ranked fifth in South Africa.

30 Sep 2014
Siyabonga Kalipa
Samwu expulsions unlawful – court rules

Brief: The Gauteng High Court has ruled that the expulsion of ten Samwu provincial office bearers by the union between April and June this year was unlawful.

30 Sep 2014
Daneel Knoetze
Sewage water from a blocked drain floods the road to the library in Philippi. Photo by Siphenathi Mbozo.City blames “irresponsible” residents for Philippi flooding

News: For months Philippi residents have been living with blocked drains that have flooded the roads. The City Council says the sewers are blocked because residents throw rubbish, including builders’ rubble, into the drains.

30 Sep 2014
Thembela Ntongana
A police Nyala drives through De Doorns after protests in January 2013. Photo by Kate Stegeman.Media reports on protest action lack depth and context -- media monitor

Analysis: Palls of thick smoke hung over the N2 mid-September 2014, after protesters from the farming town of Grabouw, some 20 kilometres from Gordon’s Bay, barricaded the national highway with burning tyres. Rubber bullets flew and canisters of teargas exploded as the police met protesters head on.

30 Sep 2014
Mandy de Waal
Community members speak out at TAC's gender-based violence workshop. Photo by Joyce Xi.TAC workshop highlights domestic violence

News: Khayelitsha community members voiced their concerns on how the police deal with gender-based violence such as rape.

30 Sep 2014
Joyce Xi
Judgement is expected today in the murder trial of SJC activist Angy Peter (above). Photo by Johnnie Isaac.Judgement expected today in SJC activist Angy Peter case

News: Social Justice Coalition activist Angy Peter and her co-accused, husband Isaac Mbadu, Christopher Dina and Azola Dayimani, will know their fate after nearly two years on trial when Judge Robert Henney deliver his judgment today. The four were charged for the kidnapping and murder.

30 Sep 2014
Johnnie Isaac
Members of Social Justice Coalition (SJC), Treatment Action Campaign, Ndifuna Ukwazi and Equal Education marching through the Cape Town CBD earlier this year to celebrate the release of the Khayelitsha Commission of Inquiry’s findings and recommendations. Photo by Barbara Maregele.Apartheid geography and murder in Cape Town

Opinion: Building a socially and racially integrated Cape Town will decrease our murder rate and other violent crime, writes Zackie Achmat.

30 Sep 2014
Zackie Achmat
Abahlali baseMjondolo's newly elected Western Cape board and representatives from the national office at the movement's provincial relaunch at Sweethome Farm on Saturday. Photo by Jared Sacks.Abahlali baseMjondolo relaunches in Western Cape

Brief: Abahlali baseMjondolo’s Western Cape branch relaunched at the Sweethome Farm informal settlement on Saturday. Re-elected chairperson Siyamboleka James spoke to GroundUp about the movement’s hopes to expand in the city, to renew negotiations with council for accountable service delivery, and about why there is no prospect of them working with Ses’khona People’s Rights Movement.

29 Sep 2014
Daneel Knoetze
Siviwe School of Skills is one of a few schools located in the townships which caters for learners with special needs. Some parents complain that it is tough getting schools in the township for their disabled children. Photo by Mary-Anne Gontsana.The need for special needs schools

News: A 15-year-old child spent 2013 without an education. Despite the great lengths her grandmother went to, she was unable to be placed in school because of her disabilities. There is a shortage of places for children with special needs.

29 Sep 2014
Mary-Anne Gontsana
Elaine Brenkman with her adopted sons Ethan and Deagan. Photo courtesy of the family.Adoption and race: we unpack the issues

News: Adoption of children across the the old apartheid categories is on the increase, according to the Department of Social Development. There were 936 such adoptions in the last three years. GroundUp unpacks some of the issues the department calls “trans-racial” adoption.

29 Sep 2014
Thembela Ntongana and GroundUp staff
Terry Bell.How heritage got roasted

Opinion: Wednesday was a public holiday: Heritage Day. And carnivore commercialism seems largely to have claimed it. For many — if not most — South Africans who could afford it, this was a day to indulge in and enjoy chisa nyama, the ubiquitous braai.

29 Sep 2014
Terry Bell
A drill display by the 2012 SANDF Drill Champions from 68 Air School led by Sgt Thokozani Ntsibande. Photo and caption from Department of Defence website.SANDF court ruling victory for rule of law

Analysis: When the high court upheld an application by Andiswe Dwenga against the defence force last week it wasn’t just a victory for HIV activists: it was also a victory for the rule of law.

29 Sep 2014
Carmel Rickard
A group of women regularly patrol Seawinds and neighbouring Lavender Hill on the Cape Flats. These areas are known for their notorious gangs. One of the dominant gangs in the area at the moment is called the Funky Junkies. Photo by Masixole Feni.How a group of Cape Flats women are trying to make their community safer

Featured Story: During the day, a group of six women from the Retreat area enjoy beadwork, looking after their grandchildren and helping the aged, but at night, they take on the streets in one of the most notorious gang-ridden areas of the Cape Flats.

28 Sep 2014
Barbara Maregele and Katy Scott
Banele Ncoyo passes the ball in a touch rugby match Harry Gwala High School, Khayelitsha. Photo by Siyabonga Kalipa.New found passion for touch rugby in Khayelitsha

News: Khayelitsha learners braved the rainy weather to put in two hours of practice for their new found passion for touch rugby. For these primary and high school learners, bad weather is the least of their problems when it comes to playing sports.

26 Sep 2014
Siyabonga Kalipa
Ayanda Ntukwana teaching sign language. Photo provided by SLED.The state of South African Sign Language

Featured Story: The last full week of September, which is Deaf Awareness Month, is the International Week of the Deaf. This year the theme is ‘Strengthening Human Diversity’.

26 Sep 2014
Katy Scott
Traders say there are constant robberies and petty thefts in Harare and at times their merchandise is stolen as well. Photo by Mary-Anne Gontsana.Harare crime even higher despite urban upgrade

News: The recently released Western Cape crime statistics of 2014 deem Harare as one of the worst of 10 areas in Khayelitsha, plagued with increasing crime despite the Violence Prevention through Urban Upgrade Programme (VPUU).

26 Sep 2014
Mary-Anne Gontsana

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