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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

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.

Jul 28, 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

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.

Jul 28, 2014
Barbara Maregele
Children playing in Mfuleni. Photo by Masixole Feni.Minister promises to expand child support grant, but no tangible progress yet

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

Jul 25, 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

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.

Jul 25, 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

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.

Jul 24, 2014
Daneel Knoetze
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

“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.

Jul 24, 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

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.

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

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.

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

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.

Jul 23, 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

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.

Jul 23, 2014
Barbara Maregele

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