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Launch of the Toilet Reporting System

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Launch of the Toilet Reporting System By Nkosikhona Swartbooi Ndifuna Ukwazi (NU) and Social Justice Coalition (SJC) have been collaborating on building a fault reporting system that will enable community members to report broken or dirty communal toilets and taps. We mapped all the flush toilets in […]

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Response by O’Regan-Pikoli Commission Complainant Organisations to statement from MEC Dan Plato

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MEDIA STATEMENT Response by O’Regan-Pikoli Commission Complainant Organisations to statement from MEC Dan Plato 17 September 2014 “It is clear to the Commission that policing in Khayelitsha is profoundly challenging. Deep levels of poverty, poor levels of infrastructure and very high crime rates make Khayelitsha a particularly […]

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How do I get the rubbish removed?

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by Shaun Russell What do you do if you live in a shack in an informal settlement and the rubbish man doesn’t come? For 3 weeks black garbage bags full of waste have been piling up in your house until there is no room to move, let […]

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KILLING AND TORTURE BY POLICE OFFICERS: PRESS STATEMENT

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JOINT PRESS STATEMENT   KILLING AND TORTURE BY POLICE OFFICERS  Abhorrent acts of brutality by police must be condemned  On 13 March 2014 police officers allegedly brutally assaulted and tortured four men in uMlazi, KwaZulu-Natal. During Apartheid, police used these same tactics to suppress political dissidents.   […]

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COI: Day 11 6/2/2014 – Community Policing Forums (CPFs)

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On day 11, Dr Gilbert Lawrence continued testifying. This time he spoke about CPFs in the three police stations and the allocation of money to each. Neighborhood Watch has a two-day training plan and in the future they hope to get accreditation so they can get proper […]

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Day 10 – 05/02/2014 – Giving Evidence

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Giving evidence Dr. Gilbert Lawrence gave testimony on the shortfalls of service delivery in Khayelitsha informal settlements. Such shortfalls lead to the police not doing their job properly. Peter Hathorn asked about the case of a woman in RR-section who was shot by police, but who the […]

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Day 9 – SJC General Secretary Phumeza Mlungwana

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 In the morning, Phumeza Mlungwana took the stand for cross-examination by Advocate Arendse.   Adv. Arendse started by saying that street committees are seen as organisers of mob justice in community meetings in Khayelitsha. Phumeza disagreed with that. She stated that the only reason a community would […]

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Ndifuna Ukwazi: Looking Ahead to 2014

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With 2013 well and truly behind us, Ndifuna Ukwazi (NU) and its partners look forward to the campaigns and projects that will keep us busy for the next 12 months. 2013 was a successful year, highlighted by the eventual Constitutional Court judgment in favour of the complainant […]

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28/01/2014 – Day 6 – LGBTI in the townships

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Today was a long and sensitive day. The seats were packed with Khayelitsha residents ready to listen to the sad stories of their lives. The first to testify was Funeka Soldaat, the Coordinator from Free Gender, who spoke on behalf of the LGBTI community in Khayelitsha. Right […]

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27/01/2014 – Day 5 – Robbery leads to murder

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A moment of administration The Khayelitsha Commission of Inquiry in to policing opened on Monday morning with by recognising national peace day. It’s a reminder that outside of this hall, where there is order and rules, some people are struggling daily with extreme violence. They don’t feel safe on […]

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