Human Rights

Working for food at age 14

Sbu Jakavula is 14 years old. He lives in Du Noon township. He does not go to school. Instead he sells furniture from an informal stand.

Nokubonga Yawa

News | 3 October 2012

Education organisation uses technology to urge Motshekga to fix schools

In a little over a month Equal Education (EE) head to the Bhisho High Court, to continue their fight for minimum norms and standards, and they are pulling out all the stops.

Mary-Anne Gontsana

News | 3 October 2012

Has the City’s janitorial service been flushed?

“I have seen no one fixing any toilet. They are blocked right now as we speak.” These are the words of 29-year-old Zoliswa Mampofu, a Khayelitsha resident and mother of two.

Mary-Anne Gontsana

News | 2 October 2012

NPA’s response to Marikana has undermined the right to life

South Africa has one of the most progressive constitutions in the world. The Constitution states that everyone has the right to basic healthcare, education and shelter, but upon reading further, there are limitations placed on these rights such as the state acting "within its available resources".

Zamandaba Sibiya

Opinion | 12 September 2012

TAC pickets in support of man who got TB in prison

Dudley Lee contracted TB while he was an awaiting trial prisoner. Now he's suing the state.

Mary-Jane Matsolo and GroundUp Staff

News | 29 August 2012

Green Market Square traders face imminent eviction

At least 40 immigrants trading since 2010 at the Soko African Market, next to Green Market Square, face imminent eviction. Their attempts to negotiate for more notice time before eviction from the Kings Hotel, which owns the property, have failed.

Tariro Washinyira

News | 29 August 2012

Activists and politicians argue over violent protests

Several protests in Cape Town's informal settlements have turned violent in recent weeks. Residents, activist groups and the city's political parties are blaming each other for the violence and lack of service delivery.

Mary-Anne Gontsana

News | 8 August 2012

Gay and lesbian activists protest Holomisa’s call for review

Last Wednesday, gay and lesbian rights organisations handed a memorandum to the ANC Western Cape representative, Songezo Mjongile.

Tariro Washinyira

News | 25 July 2012

Court case highlights TB in prisons

A man who contracted tuberculosis (TB) while in prison is in a long-running court battle with the Department of Correctional Services.

GroundUp Staff

News | 20 June 2012

Protest against xenophobia and homophobia

Gay rights groups and PASSOP commemorated International Day Against Homophobia and International Xenophobia Day at Observatory Hall.

Veronica Washaya

News | 17 May 2012