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Albert Masakala comforts his wife Xoliswa at the ministerial inquiry into the Lwandle evictions today. Photo by Masixole Feni. Evicted resident breaks down at Lwandle inquiry

Xoliswa Masakala broke into tears at the ministerial inquiry into the Lwandle evictions today as she was asked to comment on two pictures of herself which were published in the media. In one of the pictures, she is seen with her breasts and upper body completely exposed and the rest of her clothes appear torn.

29 Jul 2014
Barbara Maregele

News and Opinion

Professor Jeremy Seekings.Inequality: Why Isaacs is half right and half wrong

Opinion: Gilad Isaacs makes valid criticisms of Mike Schussler’s arguments on inequality, but he makes a number of mistakes of his own, writes Jeremy Seekings.

30 Jul 2014
Jeremy Seekings
Johan Filander and Piet Rossouw say working at Robertson Abbatoir was “hell”. They are among 39 workers who have gone to the Labour Court to challenge their 2010 dismissal from the abattoir after complaining about poor working conditions. Photo by Daneel Knoetze.Robertson Abattoir was “hell”

News: The case of 39 Robertson Abattoir workers who say they were dismissed for complaining about 18-hour days was back in court today after a 20 month delay.

29 Jul 2014
Daneel Knoetze
Photo courtesy of Equal Education.Long walk to education

Opinion: Ambition without education is like a boat on dry land. Many young learners in Nqutu, KwaZulu Natal know this well. To make sure they realize their dreams everyday they walk for hours to receive an education that may help them have a brighter future.

29 Jul 2014
Sandile Ndlovu
Image by Murray Hunter.Arms Deal: seven facts that aren’t going away

Analysis: A recurring line from those trying to dismiss allegations of corruption in the Arms Deal is: “Show us the evidence.”

29 Jul 2014
Anine Kriegler
Gay Congolese refugee Junior Mayema claims police officers at Claremont police station beat him up in a homophobic attack. Photo by Daneel Knoetze.“Homophobic police attack” to be investigated

News: The Independent Police Investigative Directorate (IPID) this morning confirmed that it is investigating claims of police officers dragging a gay Congolese man to a back room of Claremont police station and beating him with metal poles.

28 Jul 2014
Daneel Knoetze
Margaret Constant sits on the steps of one of the ruined houses of her childhood. Photo by Masixole Feni.Redhill’s ruins: Cape Town’s forgotten District Six

News: There’s silence as Margaret Constant and her brother George Lawrence walk through lush Fynbos to the stone ruins of Redhill Village, the place they once called home.

28 Jul 2014
Barbara Maregele
Security guards protest at the offices of Iriss Security Solutions. Photo by Masixole Feni.Dismissed security guards strike over unpaid salaries

News: More than 60 former Iriss Security Solutions’ workers who say they haven’t been paid in full for the past two months protested outside the company’s offices in Mandalay yesterday.

25 Jul 2014
Barbara Maregele
Children playing in Mfuleni. Photo by Masixole Feni.Minister promises to expand child support grant, but no tangible progress yet

News: Social Development Minister Bathabile Dlamini announced plans in June to expand child support grant eligibility from age 18 to 23.

25 Jul 2014
Michelle Korte
Living in constant anticipation of another court sanctioned eviction, Andries Joostenberg has vowed to stand firm and resist being thrown off the land he has called home for 50 years. Photo by Daneel Knoetze.Montagu family on brink of losing home

Featured Story: Darkness falls on the Koo valley. Andries Joostenberg, 63, and his son hang up their axes, stack the last logs of cut wood and trudge indoors. The temperature drops. In the farm cottage's kitchen a family huddles in semi-darkness around a wood stove. The electricity has been cut, so too the water: final instalments in a siege designed to drive Andries off the land.

25 Jul 2014
Daneel Knoetze
SJC activist Luthando Tokota outside the Cape Town Magistrates' Court today. He and 20 others are standing trial for unlawfully convening and attending a protest at the Civic Centre in September last year. Photo by Daneel Knoetze.Magistrate says charges stand against sanitation activists

News: The trial of 21 Social Justice Coalition (SJC) members continued in the Cape Town Magistrates' Court today. The group are charged with unlawfully attending and convening a protest in September last year.

24 Jul 2014
Daneel Knoetze
Thandiswa Mazwai was one of the star performances at the Cape Town World Music Festival. Photo by Zethu Gqola.Cape Town World Music Festival a great success

News: This past weekend (18-19 July) saw the first ever Cape Town World Music Festival take place at the City Hall. The successful event brought artists such as Thandiswa Mazwai, The Brother Moves On, Beatenberg and more, all on to one stage.

24 Jul 2014
Zethu Gqola
Domestic worker Patricia Qwase (pictured here at her employer's house) has to pay R26,000 to African Bank for R7,000 worth of furniture she bought from Ellerines.Fleeced! How Ellerines and African Bank misled a customer into debt

News: “Making Life Easier For You” is Ellerines’ promise to customers. But the high-profile furniture outlet has made life anything but easy for Patricia Qwase.

24 Jul 2014
Michelle Korte
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

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