Commission finds serious inefficiencies in Khayelitsha policing and other stories
Special feature: Khayelitsha commission of inquiry
The Commission of Inquiry into Policing in Khayelitsha has identified \xe2\x80\x9cserious, overlapping (policing) inefficiencies\xe2\x80\x9d.
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.
The organisations that originally called for the establishment of an independent commission of inquiry into policing in Khayelitsha have welcomed as a \xe2\x80\x9cvictory for justice\xe2\x80\x9d the commission\xe2\x80\x99s findings and recommendations.
Residents of Khayelitsha queried some of the recommendations made by the Khayelitsha commission of inquiry into policing. Others did not understand exactly what the commission has recommended.
The Khayelitsha commission of inquiry into policing has made many important recommendations to the National Minister of Police. Here is a summary.
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.
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.
The SA Police Service must \xe2\x80\x9ctake urgent steps\xe2\x80\x9d to eradicate discriminatory behaviour towards foreigners and gay people, the Commission of Inquiry into policing in Khayelitsha has said.
Tygerberg Hospital has confirmed that a man injured during clashes with Public Order Police in Philippi East on 22 August had sustained a bullet wound to his right leg.
17 people appeared at Athlone Magistrate Court on 25 August on charges of public violence related to the Marikana informal settlement evictions last week. The accused faced charges ranging from stoning police vehicles and private cars to arson, including torching a car, setting alight a shop and looting.
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.
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.
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.
Councillor Ernest Sonnenberg
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.
Angy Peter trial
Police statements to the media after the arrest of Social Justice Coalition activists came under the spotlight in the Angy Peter trial today.
Detective Constable Stanford Muthian acknowledged on Tuesday during the Angy Peter trial that he had not conducted his own investigation into the murder.
Angy Peter trial: investigator thought it sufficient to \xe2\x80\x9crubber stamp\xe2\x80\x9d statements
None of the witnesses to murder victim Rowan Du Preez\xe2\x80\x99s alleged deathbed statement were asked to swear that their statements were true, the investigating officer of the case told the court on 25 August.
On Friday 22 August, Public Order Police battled residents of Rolihlahla Park, who fiercely resisted being evicted from a piece of private land off Sheffield Road in Philippi East.
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.
In an unequal society, and especially one suffering an economic crisis, the sellers of labour will always be disadvantaged. That is the simple reality of the system in which we live.
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.
Mandy de Waal
Several prisoners intend suing the Department of Correctional Services because they contracted tuberculosis (TB) in prison.
Sindi (not her real name) is a 13-year-old girl who lives in the informal settlement of Masiphumelele near Fish Hoek in Cape Town. She meets the definition of being obese.
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.
There are very few top female DJs in the official charts, but things are changing; being a DJ is no longer a boy\xe2\x80\x99s club. For Women\xe2\x80\x99s 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.
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.
Most women\xe2\x80\x99s dreams of playing sports comes to an end when they get married and have children. Insaaf Baatjies of Silversands, Kuilsriver, who used to play soccer, decided to take up refereeing when she couldn\xe2\x80\x99t play anymore.
Bishop David Russell, who died last week aged 75, was deeply rooted in this land, participating fully in its trauma and its transformation.
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