Army destroys shacks in Marievale, leaving families homeless

Lawyers for Human Rights plans to go to court again


News | 10 July 2024

The strangest vegetable gardens in South Africa

On an old military base in Cape Town, unlawful occupants are growing vegetables alongside the soldiers

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Feature | 31 January 2022

How a determined community is fighting the army’s attempts to evict them

Happiness Village’s residents fear for their lives and face unlawful evictions, beatings and intimidation, legal action and shack demolitions


Feature | 9 September 2021

Military health workers denied Covid-19 vaccines

“Endangering [your] own forces is a criminal offence. The surgeon general should resign immediately”


News | 24 March 2021

Historic pub faces eviction by South African army, say owners

The beautiful stone pub has underground passages where mine workers used to train


News | 16 March 2021

Demand for police to investigate torture allegations against SANDF

“We have been living in fear because both the police and army are failing to protect us”


News | 5 March 2021

Soldiers shot me in my shack by mistake, says Crossroads man

Vuyisa Sityebi lost a kidney and part of his intestine


Brief | 12 August 2020

SANDF cuts Happiness Village off from the world, places community leader under house arrest

Lawyers say army has no right to conduct “military exercises” in and around the informal settlement


News | 26 July 2020

Marievale cousins accuse SANDF soldiers of assault

“The soldiers kept kicking them so badly we thought they would kill them”, says witness


News | 15 October 2019

Army protects Eskom workers in Khayelitsha

“The army is here to intimidate us” says Qandu-qandu informal settlement resident


News | 22 August 2019

Claremont Mosque calls for religious leaders to respond to Cape Flats violence

Vigil held for city’s residents “trapped” in conflict areas


News | 19 July 2019

GROUNDVIEW: Popular, maybe necessary, but deploying the army in townships resurrects terrible memories

We hope that it will be a temporary and effective measure; the verdict is out


GroundView | 19 July 2019

Cape Flats residents cheer arrival of army

Military deployed on Mandela Day to help quell Cape Town’s gang crime


Photo Essay | 19 July 2019