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A prison cell. Photo from Robin Wood's presentation at the SA TB Conference. In the footsteps of Dudley Lee: prisoners to sue government

Several prisoners intend suing the Department of Correctional Services because they contracted tuberculosis (TB) in prison.

28 Aug 2014
GroundUp Staff

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Mandi Mudarikwa, Axolile Notywala and Zackie Achmat viewing the report for the first time. Photo by Adam Armstrong.Khayelitsha commission: rift between police and community “not irretrievable”

News: The commission into policing in Khayelitsha has recommended that in order to restore a good working relationship with the community, the South African Police Services should promise to be respectful, transparent, and perform their duties in a professional manner.

29 Aug 2014
Barbara Maregele
Public Order Policing commander Captain Potgieter, accompanied by police advocate Ncumisa Mayosi, questioned at the Lwandle Commission of Inquiry. Photo by Daneel Knoetze.Police hammered on Lwandle eviction violence

News: At the Lwandle Commission of Inquiry today, the police were hammered for failing to engage community leaders in an attempt to prevent the escalation of violence during evictions at Lwandle informal settlement in June. Such a failure falls foul of the legal requirements for public order policing.

28 Aug 2014
Daneel Knoetze
Angela Weickl aka DJ Sideshow Angela. Photo by Deon van Zyl.The slow rise of the female DJ

Featured Story: There are very few top female DJs in the official charts, but things are changing; being a DJ is no longer a boy’s club. For Women’s Month, Zethu Gqola speaks to two Cape Town trailblazers, DJs Sideshow and DJ Ruthy Pearl, on what it means to be female on the decks.

28 Aug 2014
Zethu Gqola
Advocate William King SC for the defence. Photo by Johnnie Isaac.Angy Peter trial: judge wants police to explain mistakes

News: Police statements to the media after the arrest of Social Justice Coalition activists came under the spotlight in the Angy Peter trial today.

28 Aug 2014
Johnnie Isaac
A child draws water in Liphalale, Mpumalanga. Photo by Mujahid Safodien.The week in activism

Activist Beat: This week in political activism we look at calls for help from Grahamstown, the plight of coal communities, a symposium on gender equality, and documenting the struggles of four informal settlements in South Africa.

27 Aug 2014
Thembela Ntongana
Professor Tim Noakes. Photo by Wikipedia user Ahodges7 under GNU Free Documentation License.Tim Noakes and the responsibility of experts

Opinion: One of the major medical advances of the last few decades has been the two-dose vaccine for children against measles. A responsible doctor or public health expert would not do anything to jeopardise public confidence in the vaccine. Yet this is exactly what UCT's Professor Tim Noakes did this past weekend, writes Nathan Geffen.

27 Aug 2014
Nathan Geffen
Councillor Ernest Sonnenberg. Image courtesy of government website.City responds to GroundUp on Valhalla Park protests

News: The City's Mayoral Committee Member for Utility Services writes that the electrification project at Agstelaan in Valhalla Park has been halted for periods of time due to excessive and highly dangerous gang violence in the area.

27 Aug 2014
Councillor Ernest Sonnenberg
Image courtesy of www.nwpg.gov.za (Goverment website).School transport a nightmare

Featured Story: Every day hundreds of parents depend on private transport operators to get their children to school and back home. The quality of service varies. GroundUp found some disturbing stories.

27 Aug 2014
Mary-Anne Gontsana
Accused Angie Peter (left) and Isaac Mbadu (second from the right) outside the courts. Photo by Masixole Feni.Angy Peter trial: detective admits he did not investigate

News: Detective Constable Stanford Muthian acknowledged on Tuesday during the Angy Peter trial that he had not conducted his own investigation into the murder.

27 Aug 2014
Johnnie Isaac
One of the photos of the South African debating team wearing keffiyehs and pins that resulted in controversy.Gaza, Israel and South Africa's edge of reason

Analysis: Photos of South Africa's national schools debate team wearing keffiyehs and pins with the Palestinian flag fuelled a hurricane of social media hate earlier in August 2014. Mandy de Waal interviewed members of the team and considers what can be learned from that perfect storm.

27 Aug 2014
Mandy de Waal
Zizipho Kuza ready for her second professional boxing fight.  Photo by Siyabonga Kalipa.Zizipho Kuzo and Rushta Mallick: Female boxers

Interview: Siyabonga Kalipa speaks to two female boxers. They will confront each other in the ring at OR Tambo Hall in Khayelitsha on the weekend of 30 August.

27 Aug 2014
Siyabonga Kalipa
Residents of 8th Lane in Valhalla Park protested along Robert Sobukwe Drive for being without electricity for eight months. Photo by Armand Hough.Eight months without electricity: Valhalla residents protest

Brief: Residents of 8th Lane in Valhalla Park protested along Robert Sobukwe Drive after being without electricity for eight months despite Mayor Patricia De Lille making them firm pre-election promises.

27 Aug 2014
Armand Hough
What the Khayelitsha commission of inquiry has recommended

News: The Khayelitsha commission of inquiry into policing has made many important recommendations to the National Minister of Police. Here is a summary.

26 Aug 2014
Adam Armstrong
Members of civil society at the presentation of the findings of the commission of inquiry into policing in Khayelitsha. Photo by Masixole Feni.Highest crime areas have fewest cops - Khayelitsha commission

News: Police stations in the parts of Cape Town which bore the brunt of apartheid are the most seriously understaffed, the Commission of Inquiry into Policing in Khayelitsha found.

26 Aug 2014
Daneel Knoetze
A Somali spaza shop in Khayelitsha. Photo by Nokubonga Yawa.SAPS told to treat foreigners with respect

News: The SA Police Service must “take urgent steps” to eradicate discriminatory behaviour towards foreigners and gay people, the Commission of Inquiry into policing in Khayelitsha has said.

26 Aug 2014
Tariro Washinyira
Colonel Sonja Harri, provincial head of the Family Violence, Child Protection and Sexual Offences Unit, testifying before the commission on 27 March about systemic failures in investigations of rape. Photo by Adam Armstrong.Khayelitsha police not trained to deal with domestic violence

News: The South African Police Services (SAPS) in Khayelitsha do not meet the obligations set out in the Domestic Violence Act when dealing with cases of domestic violence.

26 Aug 2014
Barbara Maregele

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