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Thousands marched through Cape Town on 27 November 2014 to demand an end to gender based violence. Photo by Masixole Feni.Massive march to Parliament to demand Shabangu does more to end violence

News: “No more lip services, we want action. No more boardroom activism, no more!” shouted thousands of activists as they marched to parliament today.

27 Nov 2014
Thembela Ntongana
Farm workers in De Doorns went on strike demanding a higher minimum wage in 2012 and 2013. Photo by Kate Stegeman.What is at issue in the minimum wage debate?

Opinion: Wages should be regulated, but minimum wages should be set at levels that do not destroy jobs, write Jeremy Seekings and Nicoli Nattrass.

27 Nov 2014
Jeremy Seekings and Nicoli Nattrass
Police and asylum seekers fought each other on the Cape Town foreshore today. Photo by Francois N'siku Vovelo.Police fire rubber bullets in city centre

News: A man was injured when police fired rubber bullets at a crowd of about a thousand asylum seekers earlier today at the Home Affairs Temporary Refugee Centre on Cape Town’s foreshore. Witnesses say that a nine-month-old baby was also injured.

27 Nov 2014
Tariro Washinyira
The court is hearing closing arguments in the Angy Peter trial. Photo by Masixole Feni.Criminal justice system at fault, Peter’s defence tells court

News: The criminal justice system had failed by releasing Rowan du Preez, the court heard yesterday in the trial of Angy Peter and three others for du Preez’s murder.

27 Nov 2014
Johnnie Isaac
A prison cell. Photo from Robin Wood's presentation at the SA TB Conference.Organisations allege dreadful conditions at Pollsmoor awaiting trial facility

News: Lack of mattresses, a leaking roof, lack of hot water and insufficient access to medical treatment: Pollsmoor’s facility for awaiting trial prisoners has been slammed by civil society organisations for what they call “several concerns regarding conditions of detention at the facility.”

27 Nov 2014
Mary-Anne Gontsana
The minimum wage for domestic workers goes up by R1 an hour from next month. Photo by Masixole Feni.R1 an hour is not enough, says domestic workers’ union

News: The increase in minimum wages for domestic workers of R1 an hour is not enough, says Myrtle Witbooi, general secretary of the South African Domestic Service and Allied Workers Union (SADSAWU).

26 Nov 2014
Thembela Ntongana
The “Corner Market” in Zwezwe, Khayelitsha. Photo by Joyce Xi.Running a vegetable shop from a wheelchair

News: Lulamile Witbooi lost his legs in a train accident in 1991. Today he runs the “Corner Market”, a thriving fruit and vegetable shop in Zwezwe, Khayelitsha.

26 Nov 2014
Joyce Xi
Photo by Giorgos Moutafis. Courtesy of Medecins Sans Frontieres.“You see yourself vanishing and you think: I’m going to die”

Featured Story: Andaleeb Rinquest remembers the moment she accepted, with certainty, the imminence of her own death.

26 Nov 2014
Daneel Knoetze
Angy Peter outside the Cape High Court earlier this year. Photo by Johnnie Isaac.Sentence hearing for Angy Peter begins

News: This week, witnesses began testifying in the sentencing hearing of Angy Peter, Isaac Mbadu, Azola Dayimani and Christopher Dina.

25 Nov 2014
Johnnie Isaac
Informal traders wait at Fezeka Municipal offices. Photo by Tariro Washinyira.The long wait for a trading permit

News: At least 40 Zimbabwean informal traders fear they may lose their livelihoods after delays in getting informal trading permits from Fezeka City Council offices in Gugulethu.

25 Nov 2014
Tariro Washinyira
Lumka and Zamantungwa Mdingi. Photo by Johnnie Isaac.Dead man left to “cook” in sun for hours

News: Mahlubandile Mdingi lay dead for seven hours on a street corner in Bardale extension, Mfuleni, before the health department’s pathology services took his body away.

25 Nov 2014
Johnnie Isaac and GroundUp staff
Workers at E&T Meyer Droë  Heuwel accuse Edgar Meyer of physically and verbally abusing them. Photo by Thembela Ntongana.Abuse allegations against Philippi farmer

News: Thirteen workers from a farm in Philippi have accused their employer of contract breaches, unfair dismissal and abuse. But farm owner Edgar Meyer denies the allegations, and says that the proper dismissal process was followed.

24 Nov 2014
Thembela Ntongana
Ricardo Vermeulen, who has recovered from drug addiction, works at the soup kitchen. Photo by Katy Scott.Amidst acrimony, Somerset West soup kitchen to be replaced by transport hub

News: The Helderberg Street People’s Centre (HSPC), a soup kitchen for the poor in Somerset West, has been given notice by the City to quit its premises by 31 January 2015.

24 Nov 2014
Katy Scott
Terry Bell.Trade union supported political parties: lessons to be learned

Opinion: Learning from the mistakes of others, and being aware of the basis of those mistakes, helps us not to repeat the same errors. This is something to which those individuals, groups and unions now agitating to move South Africa onto a new political trajectory via a trade union supported political party would do well to pay heed.

24 Nov 2014
Terry Bell
Gcinikhaya Ngqaqu, the legal adviser for shackdwellers at Erf 149 in Philippi, explains to residents the High Court decision to postpone an eviction application by the landowner of the plot which they occupied in August this year. Photo by Daneel Knoetze.Court orders City to conduct census of Marikana

News: On Thursday, residents of Marikana informal settlement’s Rolihlahla Park section welcomed a Western Cape High Court postponement of an eviction hearing. The court ordered that the City of Cape Town compile an audit of the households living on the erf in question to determine who will need emergency temporary accommodation if an eviction order is granted.

21 Nov 2014
Daneel Knoetze
Home Affairs Minister Malusi Gigaba. Photo by Thembela Ntongana.Zimbabweans can now stay longer for the festive season

News: On Thursday, Home Affairs Minister Malusi Gigaba announced that Zimbabweans intending to travel home for the festive season will be able to do so even if their permits have not been issued.

21 Nov 2014
Tariro Washinyira

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