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Public Order Policing commander Captain Potgieter, accompanied by police advocate Ncumisa Mayosi, questioned at the Lwandle Commission of Inquiry. Photo by Daneel Knoetze.Police hammered on Lwandle eviction violence

At the Lwandle Commission of Inquiry today, the police were hammered for failing to engage community leaders in an attempt to prevent the escalation of violence during evictions at Lwandle informal settlement in June. Such a failure falls foul of the legal requirements for public order policing.

Aug 28, 2014
Daneel Knoetze
A prison cell. Photo from Robin Wood's presentation at the SA TB Conference.In the footsteps of Dudley Lee: prisoners to sue government

Several prisoners intend suing the Department of Justice and Correctional Services because they contracted tuberculosis (TB) in prison.

Aug 28, 2014
GroundUp Staff
Advocate William King SC for the defence. Photo by Johnnie Isaac.Angy Peter trial: judge wants police to explain mistakes

Police statements to the media after the arrest of Social Justice Coalition activists came under the spotlight in the Angy Peter trial today.

Aug 28, 2014
Johnnie Isaac
A child draws water in Liphalale, Mpumalanga. Photo by Mujahid Safodien.The week in activism

This week in political activism we look at calls for help from Grahamstown, the plight of coal communities, a symposium on gender equality, and documenting the struggles of four informal settlements in South Africa.

Aug 27, 2014
Thembela Ntongana
Councillor Ernest Sonnenberg. Image courtesy of government website.City responds to GroundUp on Valhalla Park protests

The City's Mayoral Committee Member for Utility Services writes that the electrification project at Agstelaan in Valhalla Park has been halted for periods of time due to excessive and highly dangerous gang violence in the area.

Aug 27, 2014
Councillor Ernest Sonnenberg
Image courtesy of www.nwpg.gov.za (Goverment website).School transport a nightmare

Everyday hundreds of parents depend on private transport operators to get their children to school and back home. The quality of service varies. GroundUp found some disturbing stories.

Aug 27, 2014
Mary-Anne Gontsana
Accused Angie Peter (left) and Isaac Mbadu (second from the right) outside the courts. Photo by Masixole Feni.Angy Peter trial: detective admits he did not investigate

Detective Constable Stanford Muthian acknowledged on Tuesday during the Angy Peter trial that he had not conducted his own investigation into the murder.

Aug 27, 2014
Johnnie Isaac
Zizipho Kuza ready for her second professional boxing fight.  Photo by Siyabonga Kalipa.Zizipho Kuzo and Rushta Mallick: Female boxers

Siyabonga Kalipa speaks to two female boxers. They will confront each other in the ring at OR Tambo Hall in Khayelitsha on the weekend of 30 August.

Aug 27, 2014
Siyabonga Kalipa
What the Khayelitsha commission of inquiry has recommended

The Khayelitsha commission of inquiry into policing has made many important recommendations to the National Minister of Police. Here is a summary.

Aug 26, 2014
Adam Armstrong
Members of civil society at the presentation of the findings of the commission of inquiry into policing in Khayelitsha. Photo by Masixole Feni.Highest crime areas have fewest cops - Khayelitsha commission

Police stations in the parts of Cape Town which bore the brunt of apartheid are the most seriously understaffed, the Commission of Inquiry into Policing in Khayelitsha found.

Aug 26, 2014
Daneel Knoetze

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