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Astonishing cost of Angy Peter trial sheds light on the price of justice

After five months of sitting trial, Angy Peter and her husband Isaac Mbadu have yet to receive a verdict. In the process, they’ve racked up over R1.6 million in lawyer fees, according to the Social Justice Coalition (SJC).

23 Jul 2014
Lara Sokoloff

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Social Justice Coalition activist Ntuthuzelo Vika leads his fellow accused and supporters in a toyi-toyi outside the Cape Town Magistrates' Court today. He and 20 others are standing trial for convening and attending an illegal protest gathering outside Cape Town Mayor Patricia de Lille's office in September last year. Photo by Daneel Knoetze.Cape Town's protest permit system not supported by law, says City employee

News: The City of Cape Town's policy that requires groups, marchers and protesters to apply for a gathering permit is not supported by law. This was a concession made by one of the City's own officials, Noel da Silva, who is employed to consider such applications and to grant permits.

23 Jul 2014
Daneel Knoetze
Example of a poorly constructed wall of a Makhaza house. Photo by Mary-Anne Gontsana.Makhaza's shoddily built houses

News: Zone 14 residents in Makhaza are worried about the shoddy building of houses managed by the Niall Mellon Township Trust (NMTT). This has prompted the provincial Human Settlements Department to investigate after receiving numerous complaints.

23 Jul 2014
Mary-Anne Gontsana
Photo credit: Masixole Feni.The mountain is not for gays

News: For many South Africans, the practice of traditional circumcision is vital for males if they wish their community to regard them as men and no longer boys. For most it is a significant experience, but for some it can be unbearable.

23 Jul 2014
Pharie Sefali
Attorneys Shaun Hornby and Fiona Bester for SANRAL giving their submission to the ministerial inquiry yesterday. Photo by Masixole Feni.SANRAL says City of Cape Town was involved in the eviction of displaced Nomzamo residents

News: Nomzamo informal settlement residents would have been relocated to new land years ago had the City of Cape Town not withdrawn from negotiations in 2011, attorneys for the South African National Roads Agency (SANRAL) told the Lwandle Inquiry yesterday.

23 Jul 2014
Barbara Maregele
Photo by Masixole Feni.Murdered doctor: TAC marches through Khayelitsha

News: Escorted by the metro police and the South African Police Service (SAPS), carrying a huge banner written “Criminals are being nursed by the system, justice must prevail”, the Treatment Action Campaign (TAC) led a march through Khayelitsha to demand safe communities.

22 Jul 2014
Mary-Anne Gontsana
Mluleki Gantso is glad the blocked sewage drain of his home has finally been fixed. Photo by Johnnie Isaac.Khayelitsha’s stinkiest home finally gets cleaned up

News: A house in Khayelitsha stank so badly, even the neighbours complained about it. Thankfully, the City of Cape Town has unblocked the sewage drain of Mluleki Gantso’s house.

22 Jul 2014
Johnnie Isaac
Masiphumelele township near the affluent suburb of Fish Hoek in Cape Town. Photo by Masixole Feni.Why Mike Schussler is wrong about inequality

Opinion: Popular economist Mike Schussler’s recently published article distorts the available statistical evidence to buttress a bizarre argument.

22 Jul 2014
Gilad Isaacs
Sheena Jonker of Access to Justice before her presentation to the inquiry. Photo by Barbara Maregele.Premier called “racist girl” as tensions flare at Lwandle inquiry

News: Tensions flared during the second half of the Lwandle inquiry yesterday after Ses’khona leader Loyiso Nkohla referred to Western Cape Premier Helen Zille as a “racist girl”. The remark prompted an infuriated DA staffer, Jamie Turkington, to interject during Nkohla’s presentation.

22 Jul 2014
Barbara Maregele
Nomzamo ward councilor Mbuyiselo Matha presenting to the Inquiry yesterday. Photo by Barbara Maregele.Ward councilor sheds light on the history of evicted Nomazo residents

News: A Nomzamo ward councillor told the ministerial inquiry into the Lwandle evictions how he cautioned a group of backyarders, who were tired of “unfulfilled promises” by the City of Cape Town, against settling on land owned by the South African National Roads Agency (SANRAL).

22 Jul 2014
Barbara Maregele
The Murderer by Edvard Munch (1910). Image from Wikigallery.No one should have to bump into De Kock in the supermarket

Opinion: A growing number of people, including some surprising names, such as Max du Preez, and others more predictable, such as FW de Klerk, seem to believe that Eugene De Kock, head of the Vlakplaas torture camp and death squad, should be released from prison. Here is why I disagree.

22 Jul 2014
Brent Meersman
On Friday, shacks in Masiphumelele  were still flooded from the previous day’s rain. Photo by Zintle Swana.Shacks in Masiphumelele wetland area drenched

News: The Masiphumele informal settlement in Fish Hoek was flooded on Thursday by heavy rains.

21 Jul 2014
Zintle Swana
From TAC archive. Photographer unknown. Does anybody remember AIDS?

Opinion: This week thousands of activists, scientists and government officials will troop to Melbourne, Australia, to participate in the 20th International AIDS Conference.

21 Jul 2014
Mark Heywood
Premier Helen Zille addresses the SJC's social audit meeting on Saturday in Khayelitsha. Photo by Barbara Maregele.City in the hot seat over toilet audit

News: Over a quarter of the flush toilets inspected during the Social Justice Coalition’s (SJC) social audit did not work.

21 Jul 2014
Barbara Maregele
Minister of Justice and Correctional Services, Michael Masuthu. Photo from government website.The Difficulty with De Kock

Opinion: On 10 July 2014 the Minister of Justice, Michael Masutha, conveyed his decision to refuse Eugene de Kock’s application for parole to the public. His decision, although unsurprising, is unusual for having gone against the respective recommendations of the National Council for Correctional Services and the Correctional Supervision and Parole Board, who, in November 2013, recommended that de Dock be released on parole.

21 Jul 2014
Clare Ballard
Photo by Flickr user The All-Nite Images. (CC BY-SA 2.0).A suggestion for how unions can help alleviate household debt

Opinion: Official statistics note that South African household borrowings have declined slightly. However, we remain a nation wallowing in debt. And this applies from the government down to the humblest of families.

21 Jul 2014
Terry Bell
The second SJC social audit is examining flush toilets. Photo by Masixole Feni.Flush toilet audit begins in Khayelitsha

News: This week the Social Justice Coalition (SJC) began a second social audit of janitorial services in Khayelitsha. This time the organisation is looking at flush toilets.

18 Jul 2014
Thembela Ntongana and Zintle Swana

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