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National Police Commissioner Riah Phiyega was questioned by MPs on Tuesday about the botched firearms control system contract. Photo by Daneel Knoetze. Police’s Firearms Registry contract probed by Hawks

After paying R340 million for a Firearms Control System that was not delivered, the SA Police Service has cancelled its contract with IT company Waymark Infotech. The botched contract is subject to a criminal investigation by the Hawks.

21 Oct 2014
Daneel Knoetze

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Access to safe and hygienic sanitation is internationally regarded as a fundamental human right. Photo by Masixole Feni.Social audits and the right to sanitation

Opinion: Social audits are a valuable tool in implementing socio-economic rights, which is why the response by the City of Cape Town to the social audit of janitorial services in Khayelitsha is disturbing, writes Sandra Liebenberg.

22 Oct 2014
Sandra Liebenberg
Angry Ward 108 residents broke down shacks in Mfuleni in a battle over housing at the weekend. Photo by Masixole Feni.Mfuleni backyarders clash over land

News: A piece of land in Bardale was the site of clashes at the weekend when two groups of backyard dwellers from Mfuleni confronted each other.

21 Oct 2014
Johnnie Isaac
Kathryn Stinson.Ebola: Journey to a quarantined village

Opinion: In her latest article from the frontline of the Ebola epidemic, Kathryn Stinson ​looks for answers in a quarantined village in Sierra Leone.

21 Oct 2014
Kathryn Stinson
Gerald Kraak in Amersfoort, Netherlands, quite soon after he had arrived there as a South African war resister in the early 1980s. Photo by Andrew Boraine and published with his permission.A tribute to Gerald Kraak

Obituary: Gerald Kraak (1956-2014), who was responsible for organising funding for many leading civil society organisations, died of cancer on Sunday night. Zackie Achmat pays tribute to his old friend.

21 Oct 2014
Zackie Achmat
Child playing in dirty water near the new Lwandle shacks. Photo by Masixole Feni.Lwandle residents to SANRAL: where are our possessions?

News: Lwandle residents who have been rehoused after being evicted from SA National Roads Agency land in June complain that their possessions have been lost or damaged.

21 Oct 2014
Pharie Sefali
Organisations like SWEAT and TB/HIV Care Association work together to ensure that sex workers get respectful, dignified health services. Photo by Masixole Feni.Getting health care to sex workers in Cape Town

News: Leigh Davids was born a boy, but when she was five, she realised she wanted to be a girl.

20 Oct 2014
Katy Scott and GroundUp Staff
A high rape rate is of deep concern to organisations working in Khayelitsha. Photo by Masixole Feni.Tackling rape in Khayelitsha

News: Between two and three rapes are reported every day to a single centre in Khayelitsha. And the numbers will probably rise at the end of the year.

20 Oct 2014
Mary-Anne Gontsana
Equal Education has sent a report to Parliament’s committee on Basic Education highlighting the department’s successes and failures. Photo by Mary-Anne Gontsana.Week in activism

Activist Beat: This week we look at Greenpeace’s call on government to make Eskom comply with pollution laws, a report prepared for Parliament’s Portfolio Committee on Basic Education and a call for the Department of Home Affairs to recognise transgender rights.

17 Oct 2014
Thembela Ntongana
Residents of Makhaza complain of poor treatment at Matthew Goniwe Clinic. Photo by Joyce Xi.Makhaza residents protest at Matthew Goniwe clinic

News: Inadequate treatment, disrespectful staff members, and lost patient folders have become common at the Matthew Goniwe Clinic in Makhaza, say residents, who marched in protest on 16 October.

17 Oct 2014
Joyce Xi
A vibrant democracy needs community assets like radio stations. Photo by Masixole Feni.Marking “Black Wednesday”: how to ensure media freedom

Opinion: Sunday October 19 marks the commemoration of ‘Black Wednesday’, the day in 1977 that the apartheid government banned a range of publications sympathetic to the Black Consciousness Movement, and arrested a group of journalists and editors.

17 Oct 2014
Mark Weinberg
Marvin Davids and Nezaam Vardien came to support Santonio Jonkers of Hangberg on Thursday as he made his second appearance at the Wynberg Magistrate’s Court. Photo by Masixole Feni.Hangberg residents demonstrate outside court

News: Hangberg residents demonstrated at the Wynberg Magistrate’s Court on Thursday in support of Santonio Jonkers who made his second appearance in court.

17 Oct 2014
Mary-Anne Gontsana
Ceres murder trial moved to High Court

News: The trial of Christo Oncker, 28, accused of the murder of a gay man in Ceres in April, is to be moved to the Western Cape High Court, magistrate Japie Mapomie said in the Ceres magistrate’s court on Thursday.

17 Oct 2014
Pharie Sefali
R400 million firearms control system in shambles

Featured Story: Pressure is mounting on the police to sort out problems with a R400 million firearms control system, ten years after the contract to develop it was signed with Pretoria-based company Waymark Infotech.

17 Oct 2014
Daneel Knoetze
Thirteen million people in South Africa suffer from hunger, says an Oxfam report. Photo by Masixole Feni.Hunger: half of SA at risk

News: One in four South Africans suffers from hunger on a regular basis, according to an Oxfam report released ahead of World Food Day, October 16.

16 Oct 2014
Joyce Xi
Beitbridge, where the main land border between South Africa and Zimbabwe is. Photo by Faizel Slamang.Responding rationally to Ebola

Opinion: Tightening border controls is not the way to prevent an outbreak of Ebola in South Africa, writes Nathan Geffen.

16 Oct 2014
Nathan Geffen
Lonmin brought the 2012 strikes on itself, an AIDC report has concluded. Photo by Greg Marinovich, courtesy of the Daily Maverick.Lonmin’s Bermuda Triangle

News: Platinum mining giant Lonmin could have found the money to meet rock drillers’ pay demands instead of shifting funds between subsidiaries, possibly to avoid tax.

16 Oct 2014
GroundUp staff

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