1 February 2014
Slovo and Vavi to attend O’Regan-Pikoli Commission of Inquiry into SAPS Khayelitsha
The Commission of Inquiry has completed its first two week of public hearings. Residents, practitioners and academics have placed powerful evidence before the Commission.
The Commissioners, evidence leaders, counsel for all parties, the media and hundreds of residents have heard about the constant fear and lack of safety experienced in Khayelitsha. They have heard about police failing victims and families, of blatant disregard for basic procedure, and police who steal and commit unjustified violence. Many residents have spoken of their complete lack of faith or trust in the police. They have also heard about the difficult conditions that police work under, the dire lack of infrastructure and the need for support from other roleplayers outside the formal criminal justice system.
Please see the links below for transcripts of the testimonies heard in the past week:
- Malwande Msongelwa on the murder of her brother
http://tinyurl.com/mtxr45l (starts page 534)
- Nontembeko Nduna on her niece being killed by a SAPS vehicle
http://tinyurl.com/mtxr45l (starts page 554)
- Dr Genine Josias on SAPS and rape in Khayelitsha
http://tinyurl.com/lu9ywno (starts page 594)
- Dr Debra Kaminer on the extremely high prevalence of children being exposed to acts of violence in Khayelitsha – more than 90%
http://tinyurl.com/l6xagpu (from page 796)
- Ms Ntsilane on domestic violence and SAPS’s failure to address the problem
http://tinyurl.com/l6xagpu (from page 891)
The third week of public hearings runs from Monday 3 to Friday 7 February. Gillian Slovo, daughter of the late Ruth First and Joe Slovo as well as her daughter Cassie Slovo and family friend, activist Stacey Stent attended the Commission on Friday, 31 January. They will return this coming week.
Zwelinzima Vavi, worker’s leader and suspended General-Secretary of Cosatu, will attend hearings on Monday 3 February.
Witnesses appearing this week include:
Dr. Shabir Wadee (Head of the Division of Forensic Medicine, Stellenbosch University)
Harif Loonat (Former Chairman, Western Cape Community Police Board)
Dr. Gilbert Lawrence (Head of the Western Cape Provincial Department of Community Safety)
Richard Bosman (Executive Director, Directorate of Safety & Security, City of Cape Town)
Rochelle Harmse (Senior Prosecutor, Khayelitsha Magistrates Court)
Prof. Lillian Artz (Associate Professor at Gender, Health & Justice Research Unit, University of Cape Town)
Welcome Makele (Social Justice Coalition activist)
(Please see the attached notice from the Commission for precise dates and times)
We are continuing to celebrate the beginning of the Commission and highlighting the ongoing school gang violence in Khayelitsha and have already held a number of marches. Please join us for our final two marches:
MARCH 3: 8 February, 10h00 – 13h00
March from Sigwele Avenue close to Ikhusi Primary School to Thandazo Street, Site B
MARCH 4: 15 February
Town Two, route to be confirmed
If you would like to join the marches or attend the public hearings please contact the people below for further details:
Malwande Msongelwa (SJC) Billy Dutuylwa (TAC)
078 175 7632 078 926 5160
For media enquiries please contact:
Joel Bregman (SJC) Phumzile Tyulu (NU)
072 769 0100 071 129 7609
Yoliswa Dwane (EE) Mike Hamnca (TAC)
072 342 7747 071 317 1349
Download a copy of the People’s Law Journal here.
Latest Commission Update: The commission of inquiry into allegations of police inefficiency in Khayelitsha, Cape Town, has been restarted and hearings will commence in March. Read more here.
The budget materials, which comprise three double-sided fact sheets and a booklet, are the product of an NU Budget Literacy Workshop Series conducted from March to May 2012 with participants from various Cape Town-based social justice organisations. The materials aim to impart activists with an understanding of how budgeting works at the three spheres of government and how communities can use budget work as a powerful tool for advocacy.
“Ndifuna Ukwazi (Dare to Know) is more than a slogan of the Enlightenment. Our everyday struggle for political, social and economic freedom and equality must be based on principle, evidence, desire to know and action. The desire to know requires courage, patience and persistence because freedom, dignity and equality depend on it.” - Zackie Achmat, Director of Ndifuna Ukwazi
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