Articles for Matthew Hirsch

Thousands left homeless by storms and fires in the Cape

Heavy rains, high winds and fires devastate homes in past few days

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Photo Essay | 8 April 2024

Palestinian supporters march to Parliament

The protest marked Al-Quds Day, an international day to oppose the Israeli occupation of Palestinian territory


Brief | 5 April 2024

Criminal complaint lodged against Benjamin Rattle, a South African serving in the Israeli military

Rattle’s social media posts appear to show him standing in front of destroyed buildings and rubble in Gaza

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News | 4 April 2024

Damning report on “state of disrepair” of many police stations

The committee recommended that SAPS finds a way to be less dependent on Public Works


News | 28 March 2024

Cape Town “pilgrims” walk the length of the Gaza Strip to raise awareness

March comes as US admits Palestinians are facing “acute food insecurity”


News | 21 March 2024

Housing activists frustrated by President Ramaphosa’s six-month silence on public land act

They have been demanding that government use the State Land Disposal Act of 1961 to rapidly free up land for housing


Brief | 18 March 2024

Police minister says he’s been working from home for four years because of “terrible” state of SAPS building

“We paid more money trying to fix that thing than we paid for buying it,” Bheki Cele tells Parliament


News | 7 March 2024

Public Works to investigate mismanagement of police headquarters

“It’s unfortunate such a beautiful asset has been left in that kind of state” says head of property management


News | 5 March 2024

SAPS and Public Works called to Parliament over Telkom Towers debacle

Trade union Solidarity says it’s been complaining about the deplorable state of the police building for years, but to no avail


News | 4 March 2024

Auditor General gives damning report on police headquarters

This was just hours after workers at the Telkom Towers office were evacuated after it was declared unfit for human use


News | 1 March 2024

Four people shot on public works property in Wynberg

Two days prior to the shooting, Parliament recommended the property become a drug rehabilitation centre


News | 26 February 2024

Fiery end to Green Point tent city

The homeless community was evicted on Thursday

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News | 22 February 2024

Green Point “Tent City”: Homeless camp’s days are numbered

Relocation options unsatisfactory for many of the occupiers

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Feature | 20 February 2024

Vigil held in Sea Point for children of Gaza

The events were also to raise money for shoes for South African school children


Brief | 12 February 2024

Stop conflating criticism of Israel with antisemitism, protesters tell German consulate

They demanded Germany stop supporting the war on Gaza and resume funding UNRWA


Brief | 9 February 2024