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Special Report: Khayelitsha Commission of Inquiry

Understanding the Khayelitsha Commission of Inquiry

News: The Commission of Inquiry into policing in Khayelitsha starts today. Here\xe2\x80\x99s a quick and simple guide to it.

Adam Armstrong

Opening statement on behalf of the complainant organisations at the Khayelitsha Commission of Inquiry

Opinion: Opening statement on behalf of the complainant organisations at the Khayelitsha Commission of Inquiry into allegations of police inefficiency in Khayelitsha and a breakdown in relations between the community and police in Khayelitsha.

Peter Hathorn, Ncumisa Mayosi, Michael Bishop

Day 1: Commission tours police stations and crime hotspot

Brief: It was a scorching hot day in Khayelitsha today, as the Commission of Inquiry into policing, led by Justice Kate O'Regan and Advocate Vusi Pikoli, got underway.

Adam Armstrong

Day 2: Will the cars be safe here?

News: It was another sweltering hot day as the Commission of Inquiry continued its inspections around Khayelitsha. Crime hotspots and locations for community courts were visited. These include Nkanini, Harare Park and Ilitha Park.

Adam Armstrong

Day 3: SAPS accused of being disrespectful to Commission

News: Hearings and submissions of oral evidence started at the Commission of Inquiry in Khayelitsha today. The hall at Lookout Hill was packed with member of the Social Justice Coalition, residents of Khayelitsha, academics and journalists.

Adam Armstrong

Is SAPS intimidating the Social Justice Coalition?

News: Is the South African Police Service actively trying to intimidate those who campaigned for the Commission of Inquiry into Policing Khayelitsha? A few suspicious incidents suggest they are.

Adam Armstrong

Featured Stories

Home Affairs violates court order - man arrested despite effort to be lawful

News: A 21-year-old Somali man, Ibrahim Abdulkhadir from Malmesbury, was turned away from the Cape Town Refugee Reception Offices (RRO) on 5 July 2012 and denied an opportunity to collect his asylum document and legalise his stay in the country.

Tariro Washinyira

Leaked email: companies intended to campaign against government policy

News: A leaked email shows that a plan for a campaign to scuttle the South African government's draft intellectual property policy was about to proceed, despite a denial by the pharmaceutical industry that it had approved the campaign.

GroundUp Staff


Business Report puts Terry Bell on “indefinite hold”

Editorial: Terry Bell is a regular contributor to GroundUp. In addition to occasionally writing original material for first publication on GroundUp, he also kindly allows us to republish his Business Report column.

GroundUp Editor

Khayelitsha refuse collectors angry at working conditions

News: Since starting in November, some Khayelitsha refuse collectors say they still haven\xe2\x80\x99t received uniforms or protective gear to wear while doing their jobs. Their employer says it is all lies.

Mary-Anne Gontsana

SASSA fails to pay grants on time in Gugulethu and Mitchell's Plain

News: There is a large backlog in social grant payments at South Africa Social Security Agency (SASSA) branches in Gugulethu and Mitchell's Plain. Beneficiaries who have not received their grants in months are accusing the state agency of incompetence.

Pharie Sefali

Police detain Zimbabweans for over 15 days

News: Three Zimbabwean men were detained at Richmond Police Station for over 15 days for being in the country unlawfully. The police were apparently waiting upon Immigration Services of the Department of Home Affairs to deport the men.

Tariro Washinyira

The week in political activism

Activist Beat: This week, we cover the Khayelitsha Commission of Inquiry, what\xe2\x80\x99s happening in education and the patent wars. Brent Meersman and GroundUp Staff

Sick mine workers neglected - time to compensate them

News: Far from the bustling streets of downtown Johannesburg, much of it built by the bounty of South Africa\xe2\x80\x99s gold mines, thousands of former mineworkers suffer from painful diseases contracted on the job. These men labour to breathe, their lungs degraded by the occupational diseases of silicosis and tuberculosis.

Ryan Boyko, Seyward Darby, and Rose Goldberg


What 2014 may hold for SA and the labour movement

Opinion: Given the potentially highly volatile social, political and economic situation in South Africa today it would be foolhardy to forecast in any detail how the country and its people \xe2\x80\x94 let alone the labour movement \xe2\x80\x94 will fare in 2014.

Terry Bell - Inside Labour

Book extract

Penumbra: an extract from Songeziwe Mahlangu\xe2\x80\x99s debut novel

Book extract: Penumbra arose out of Songeziwe Mahlangu\xe2\x80\x99s MA in Creative Writing at Rhodes University. Set in Cape Town, it is the story of a restless young graduate, Mangaliso Zolo, working at an alienating office job for a large corporate insurance company. He suffers from mental illness, most probably schizophrenia, and the reader follows him on the chaotic journey of his mind for several days through the university southern suburbs.

Songeziwe Mahlangu


Pharma Vultures

Roberto Millan


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