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The two men who were beaten up. Photo by Pharie Sefali. Last night a community beat up two men, while the police watched

Two men in Nyanga were beaten very badly by about 50 members of their community, including children, after they were accused of housebreaking in the street they live in. The police stood and watched as they were beaten.

1 Aug 2014
Pharie Sefali

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Supporters of the ten arrested Nomzamo residents protest outside the Strand Magistrate's Court today. Photo by Masixole Feni.Case against Nomzamo residents to be transferred to Regional Court

Brief: The case against ten Nomzamo (Lwandle) informal settlement residents, who were arrested during violent clashes between police and the community in June, has been postponed.

1 Aug 2014
Barbara Maregele
Tightrope walker Moses Musemwa claims a City of Cape Town law enforcement officer pushed him off his wire. Photo by Tariro Washinyira.Tightrope walker says he was pushed off wire by city official

News: A Zimbabwean tightrope walker and musician claims that a City of Cape Town law enforcement officer pushed him off his tightrope in April, and that Camps Bay police have failed to respond.

1 Aug 2014
Tariro Washinyira
Nationalising the mines is not socialism

Opinion: Nationalise the mines. That is a demand taken up loudly in recent months by the Economic Freedom Fighters. It is a demand long made by many in the labour movement and it has been given added impetus with the Anglo American Platinum (Amplats) deision to dispose of, or close down, some of its older underground mines.

1 Aug 2014
Terry Bell
Sisanda Conway, a concerned Lwandle resident who was not among those evicted, recalling what she saw during the evictions. Photo by Masixole Feni.Evicted student: All I could save was my backpack and ID

News: The only things college student Sisanda Mbayi could save before her shack was demolished last month were her backpack and ID, the ministerial inquiry into the Nomzamo (Lwandle) evictions heard yesterday.

1 Aug 2014
Barbara Maregele
Protesting parking marshal Francis Lilongelo, centre, marches on the office of Premier Helen Zille yesterday, demanding that she investigate the City of Cape Town’s contract with employer Street Parking Solutions (SPS). Photo by Daneel Knoetze.Parking marshals, unpaid for months, march on government

News: Around sixty of the CBD's parking marshals, who to have been "on strike" since October last year, marched on Western Cape Premier Helen Zille's offices at the provincial legislature yesterday.

31 Jul 2014
Daneel Knoetze
Jabir Aliye in his Masiphumelele shop. Photo by Zintle Tia Swana.29 foreign-owned shops targeted

News: A 37 year old Somali, Ahimenet Jamel was shot in his shop in Masiphumelele last Friday in an attempted robbery, bringing to at least 29 the number of attacks on foreign-owned shops in the Western Cape in the last three weeks.

31 Jul 2014
Zintle Tia Swana
So long and thanks for all the fish

Featured Story: Clans living near Kosi Bay have used an ancient fish trapping system to create a livelihood for themselves and their families for centuries. But as population pressure rises, increasing the twin stressors of poverty and unemployment, how long will the fragile balance between humans and nature provide a bountiful catch? Mandy de Waal travelled to uMhlabuyalingana for GroundUp. Jon Pienaar took the photographs.

31 Jul 2014
Mandy de Waal and Jon Pienaar
Ntsikelelo Mdladlana pumps iron at Strongbones gym. Photo by Siyabonga Kalipa.One-legged weightlifter aims for Paralympics

News: Half of Ntsikelelo Mdladlana's leg was destroyed in a shack fire in 2007.

31 Jul 2014
Siyabonga Kalipa
Professor Jeremy Seekings.Inequality: Why Isaacs is half right and half wrong

Opinion: Gilad Isaacs makes valid criticisms of Mike Schussler’s arguments on inequality, but he makes a number of mistakes of his own, writes Jeremy Seekings.

30 Jul 2014
Jeremy Seekings
Albert Masakala comforts his wife Xoliswa at the ministerial inquiry into the Lwandle evictions today. Photo by Masixole Feni.Evicted resident breaks down at Lwandle inquiry

News: Xoliswa Masakala broke into tears at the ministerial inquiry into the Lwandle evictions today as she was asked to comment on two pictures of herself which were published in the media. In one of the pictures, she is seen with her breasts and upper body completely exposed and the rest of her clothes appear torn.

29 Jul 2014
Barbara Maregele
Johan Filander and Piet Rossouw say working at Robertson Abbatoir was “hell”. They are among 39 workers who have gone to the Labour Court to challenge their 2010 dismissal from the abattoir after complaining about poor working conditions. Photo by Daneel Knoetze.Robertson Abattoir was “hell”

News: The case of 39 Robertson Abattoir workers who say they were dismissed for complaining about 18-hour days was back in court today after a 20 month delay.

29 Jul 2014
Daneel Knoetze
Photo courtesy of Equal Education.Long walk to education

Opinion: Ambition without education is like a boat on dry land. Many young learners in Nqutu, KwaZulu Natal know this well. To make sure they realize their dreams everyday they walk for hours to receive an education that may help them have a brighter future.

29 Jul 2014
Sandile Ndlovu
Image by Murray Hunter.Arms Deal: seven facts that aren’t going away

Analysis: A recurring line from those trying to dismiss allegations of corruption in the Arms Deal is: “Show us the evidence.”

29 Jul 2014
Anine Kriegler
Gay Congolese refugee Junior Mayema claims police officers at Claremont police station beat him up in a homophobic attack. Photo by Daneel Knoetze.“Homophobic police attack” to be investigated

News: The Independent Police Investigative Directorate (IPID) this morning confirmed that it is investigating claims of police officers dragging a gay Congolese man to a back room of Claremont police station and beating him with metal poles.

28 Jul 2014
Daneel Knoetze
Margaret Constant sits on the steps of one of the ruined houses of her childhood. Photo by Masixole Feni.Redhill’s ruins: Cape Town’s forgotten District Six

News: There’s silence as Margaret Constant and her brother George Lawrence walk through lush Fynbos to the stone ruins of Redhill Village, the place they once called home.

28 Jul 2014
Barbara Maregele
Security guards protest at the offices of Iriss Security Solutions. Photo by Masixole Feni.Dismissed security guards strike over unpaid salaries

News: More than 60 former Iriss Security Solutions’ workers who say they haven’t been paid in full for the past two months protested outside the company’s offices in Mandalay yesterday.

25 Jul 2014
Barbara Maregele

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