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Premier Helen Zille addresses the SJC's social audit meeting on Saturday in Khayelitsha. Photo by Barbara Maregele. City in the hot seat over toilet audit

Over a quarter of the flush toilets inspected during the Social Justice Coalition’s (SJC) social audit did not work.

21 Jul 2014
Barbara Maregele

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Mluleki Gantso is glad the blocked sewage drain of his home has finally been fixed. Photo by Johnnie Isaac.Khayelitsha’s stinkiest home finally gets cleaned up

News: A house in Khayelitsha stank so badly, even the neighbours complained about it. Thankfully, the City of Cape Town has unblocked the sewage drain of Mluleki Gantso’s house.

22 Jul 2014
Johnnie Isaac
Masiphumelele township near the affluent suburb of Fish Hoek in Cape Town. Photo by Masixole Feni.Why Mike Schussler is wrong about inequality

Opinion: Popular economist Mike Schussler’s recently published article distorts the available statistical evidence to buttress a bizarre argument.

22 Jul 2014
Gilad Isaacs
Sheena Jonker of Access to Justice before her presentation to the inquiry. Photo by Barbara Maregele.Premier called “racist girl” as tensions flare at Lwandle inquiry

News: Tensions flared during the second half of the Lwandle inquiry yesterday after Ses’khona leader Loyiso Nkohla referred to Western Cape Premier Helen Zille as a “racist girl”. The remark prompted an infuriated DA staffer, Jamie Turkington, to interject during Nkohla’s presentation.

22 Jul 2014
Barbara Maregele
Nomzamo ward councilor Mbuyiselo Matha presenting to the Inquiry yesterday. Photo by Barbara Maregele.Ward councilor sheds light on the history of evicted Nomazo residents

News: A Nomzamo ward councillor told the ministerial inquiry into the Lwandle evictions how he cautioned a group of backyarders, who were tired of “unfulfilled promises” by the City of Cape Town, against settling on land owned by the South African National Roads Agency (SANRAL).

22 Jul 2014
Barbara Maregele
The Murderer by Edvard Munch (1910). Image from Wikigallery.No one should have to bump into De Kock in the supermarket

Opinion: A growing number of people, including some surprising names, such as Max du Preez, and others more predictable, such as FW de Klerk, seem to believe that Eugene De Kock, head of the Vlakplaas torture camp and death squad, should be released from prison. Here is why I disagree.

22 Jul 2014
Brent Meersman
On Friday, shacks in Masiphumelele  were still flooded from the previous day’s rain. Photo by Zintle Swana.Shacks in Masiphumelele wetland area drenched

News: The Masiphumele informal settlement in Fish Hoek was flooded on Thursday by heavy rains.

21 Jul 2014
Zintle Swana
From TAC archive. Photographer unknown. Does anybody remember AIDS?

Opinion: This week thousands of activists, scientists and government officials will troop to Melbourne, Australia, to participate in the 20th International AIDS Conference.

21 Jul 2014
Mark Heywood
Minister of Justice and Correctional Services, Michael Masuthu. Photo from government website.The Difficulty with De Kock

Opinion: On 10 July 2014 the Minister of Justice, Michael Masutha, conveyed his decision to refuse Eugene de Kock’s application for parole to the public. His decision, although unsurprising, is unusual for having gone against the respective recommendations of the National Council for Correctional Services and the Correctional Supervision and Parole Board, who, in November 2013, recommended that de Dock be released on parole.

21 Jul 2014
Clare Ballard
Photo by Flickr user The All-Nite Images. (CC BY-SA 2.0).A suggestion for how unions can help alleviate household debt

Opinion: Official statistics note that South African household borrowings have declined slightly. However, we remain a nation wallowing in debt. And this applies from the government down to the humblest of families.

21 Jul 2014
Terry Bell
The second SJC social audit is examining flush toilets. Photo by Masixole Feni.Flush toilet audit begins in Khayelitsha

News: This week the Social Justice Coalition (SJC) began a second social audit of janitorial services in Khayelitsha. This time the organisation is looking at flush toilets.

18 Jul 2014
Thembela Ntongana and Zintle Swana
Coach Thembani Gqeku putting his boxers through their paces while others look on waiting their turn. Photo by Siyabonga Kalipa.Khayelitsha youths punching above their weight

News: In a sandy part of Khayelitsha called Enkanini, it is a big surprise to find between the shacks one with blue paint on its outside declaring: African Youth Boxing Club.

18 Jul 2014
Siyabonga Kalipa
Refugees lose security jobs

News: Over 100 refugees and asylum seekers have lost their jobs in Cape Town’s security industry, following enforcement of a 2002 regulation.

18 Jul 2014
Tariro Washinyira
Judge Willie Seriti. Photo from government website.How the Seriti Commission is failing

Opinion: The Seriti Commission's approach is undermining the public's right to know, explains Kholiswa Tyiki, a journalist and researcher with Right2Know.

18 Jul 2014
Kholiswa Tyiki
Row of portable toilets. Photo by Masixole Feni.De Lille lashes out at HRC and SJC over sanitation report

News: Today, Mayor Patricia De Lille responded in a special edition of Cape Town This Week to the Human Rights Commission (HRC) report on sanitation provision in Khayelitsha that was published yesterday.

17 Jul 2014
Michelle Korte
The #ExposeRapeCulture campaign invites people to submit photos and statements.The week in political activism

Activist Beat: This week we explore local protests against Israel’s bombing of the Gaza strip, a human rights awareness clinic, and a month-long campaign to expose rape culture.

17 Jul 2014
Michelle Korte
Some residents of Lwandle have accused Ses’khona of diverting food and blankets supplied by the City. Photo by Barbara Maregele.Ses’khona and ANC councillor accused of hijacking City disaster relief

News: Some Lwandle residents have accused Ses’khona and ANC city councillor JJ Maxheke of keeping food and other disaster relief material supplied by the City of Cape Town for Ses’khona members.

17 Jul 2014
Pharie Sefali and Alide Dasnois

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