Opinion

National Police Commissioner Riah Phiyega. Photo by Daneel Knoetze.Will Phiyega Survive? Parliament refuses to approve SAPS budget

Craig Oosthuizen describes the dramatic events in Parliament over the past two days that have put Police Commissioner Riah Phiyega's position under severe pressure.

Apr 16, 2015
Craig Oosthuizen
Mario Masuku, president of Pudemo, has been in detention for 11 months. Photo from http://links.org.au/node/4338.South Africa's questionable silence about human rights violations in Swaziland

The International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC), campaigning groups and labour supporting members of the European parliament this month launched protests about the continued harassment and jailing of trade unionists and democracy campaigners in Swaziland. ITUC general secretary Sharan Burrow has noted that, in Swaziland, “Violations against the fundamental rights of workers have become systemic.”

Apr 13, 2015
Terry Bell
Zabalaza Mshengu turned 101 in January. He wants to live out the remainder of his life where he was born and worked. Photo courtesy of Donna Hornby.Land Affairs Director General could face jail

A Land Claims Court judge could opt to jail the Director-General of the Department of Rural Development and Land Reform, Mdu Shabane, for contempt of court. Such a decision, however, may still be too late for Zabalaza Mshengu, who turned 101 in January, and has waited 14 years for his claim to land as a labour tenant to be processed. The case also raises uncomfortable questions about how far government will go to push judicial tolerance in order to avoid implementing constitutional rights.

Apr 13, 2015
Donna Hornby
Equal Education members protest outside Parliament on 1 April. Photo by Joey Hasson.Right to protest is under sustained attack

Equal Education’s recently concluded sleep-in protests in three cities have shown how disturbingly difficult it has become to hold legal protests, even for organisations fortunate enough to have access to resources and legal expertise.

Apr 10, 2015
Doron Isaacs
SJC members map toilets in Khayelitsha. The City of Cape Town says the SJC's analysis of sanitation in the City budget is faulty.Sanitation: SJC's analysis is faulty

The Social Justice Coalition (SJC) has asked the Mayor for a plan to deal with sanitation in informal settlements. We have a plan – one that has already been and continues to be implemented as part of this administration’s commitment to making this a city that delivers services to all our residents. Perhaps that is why so many people flock here from other parts of the country every year. After all, no one packs up their family and leaves their hometown for a worse life!

Apr 8, 2015
Ian Neilson
Terry Bell.COSATU: the end draws nigh

The fact that Cosatu general secretary Zwelinzima Vavi has refused to accept his dismissal from the federation should have come as no surprise to readers. This column has pointed out for months now that the central executive committee (CEC) of Cosatu has no constitutional authority to finally dismiss, suspend or expel any office bearer or affiliate; that only a national congress may do.

Apr 7, 2015
Terry Bell
The Rhodes statue on UCT has been boarded up. Photo by Christine Ayela. Race transcends class in this country: a response to Seekings and Nattrass

In their article Jeremy Seekings and Nicoli Nattrass decry that “the racialization of pain serves to reduce injustices and indiginities to race, foreclosing serious consideration of other forms of injustice and indignity”. I don’t know about Seekings and Nattrass but to me as a black person racism is a primary form of injustice and indignity.

Apr 2, 2015
Xolela Mangcu
Equal Education march on 31 October 2014. Photo by Masixole Feni.The daily failures of a typical South African school

“You breathe in oxygen through your left lung and breathe out carbon dioxide through your right lung.” That’s what a life-science teacher taught her class at a Cape Town school where I worked for several weeks last year as part of my teacher training.

Apr 1, 2015
A teacher
Counsellor Ernest Sonnenberg, Mayoral Committee member for Utility Services. Photo from City of Cape Town website.SJC only prove their ignorance

The Social Justice Coalition (SJC) has once again proven their obsession with budgets, and their incompetence at interpreting them.

Apr 1, 2015
Ernest Sonnenberg
Nomama Xesibe fetches water for her household in Mfuleni. Photo by Masixole Feni.Mayor de Lille, here's your evidence. It's time for action.

When Cape Town Mayor Patricia de Lille tabled the 2015/2016 draft budget last week, she said, “In my years as Mayor, not once has any substantive proof to counter our evidence of pro-poor spending ever been offered.”

Mar 31, 2015
Axolile Notywala

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