No one knows how much money political parties will spend campaigning for the local elections because of a lack of transparency in their funding. Photo by Masixole Feni.Who is funding our political parties?

The 2016 local government elections will be surely be heavily contested. Already in Johannesburg, Cape Town and Nelson Mandela Bay, the ANC, DA and EFF are gearing up for tough electoral battles. No doubt too, all the political parties will pour large sums of money into these areas. But quite how much political parties will spend on campaigning, no one knows, because of a complete lack of transparency in the funding of political parties.

Aug 27, 2015
Judith February
People rebuild their homes in June 2014 at Cato Crest after demolition squads descended on the informal settlement. Photo courtesy Abahlali baseMjondolo.Court victory vindicates shack dwellers' rights

A recent judgment in the Durban High Court has confirmed what shack dwellers, urban land occupiers and their lawyers have known for some time – the state’s habitual use of legal loopholes to evict land occupiers from their homes is unconstitutional. What’s more, Judge Mokgohla’s decision has finally showed up the courts as sharing responsibility for allowing these evictions to go on unchecked.

Aug 26, 2015
Daneel Knoetze
Copyright bill will empower blind people

Just over two years after the books for the blind treaty was signed in Marrakesh, Morocco, South Africa has finally taken steps toward ratifying the treaty.

Aug 26, 2015
Marcus Low
Nine in 10 farm workers earn less than the minimum needed to keep themselves and their families out of poverty, a new study has found.South Africa’s 5 million working poor

Every day millions across South Africa do arduous work in jobs that cannot keep them and their dependants out of poverty. These are the “working poor” and according to a new study, there are about five and half million of them.

Aug 25, 2015
Gilad Isaacs
Terry Bell.South Africa, colonialism, language and China

The whole question of colonialism has come to the fore again, courtesy of the SA Democratic Teachers’ Union (Sadtu) and its vehement objection to the introduction of the Chinese Mandarin dialect to local schools.

Aug 24, 2015
Terry Bell
A member of SWEAT protests against the murder of sex workers. Photo by Ashleigh Furlong.High time to decriminalise sex work

This month, international human rights body Amnesty International voted to “pursue a policy to protect the human rights of sex workers.” Its decision has generated much media attention and debate and has been opposed by many well-intentioned people and institutions.

Aug 21, 2015
Marlise Richter and Ruvimbo Tenga
Eastern Cape Premier Phumulo Masualle opposed the right of the people of the Cala Reserve to elect their own leader. Photo from Eastern Cape government website.Victory for democracy in rural Eastern Cape

Being able to vote for our leaders is what it means to live in a democracy. Yet the Eastern Cape government tried to block a rural Eastern Cape community from electing their leader. Yesterday the community won an important court victory. Wilmien Wicomb of the Legal Resources Centre explains.

Aug 19, 2015
Wilmien Wicomb
Minister of Labour Mildred M Oliphant. Photo from Government website.Court ruling helps injured workers

The South Gauteng High Court has delivered a judgment that promotes openness and helps people injured at work, or the families of people killed at work, realise their rights.

Aug 17, 2015
Tim Fish Hodgson
Terry Bell.Mining people for profits

Large scale redundancies in the South African mining sector, running to tens of thousands of jobs, are probably inevitable. But only because of the system in which we have to operate.

Aug 17, 2015
Terry Bell
Memorial at the University of Cape Town for the victims of the Marikana massacre.Marikana: reminders of a massacre

Three years ago on this day, the police shot dead 34 miners at Marikana. Here are some of the articles we've published since then that, sadly, remain current and relevant.

Aug 16, 2015
GroundUp Staff