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Angy Peter and her co-accused in the Cape High Court earlier this year. Photo by Masixole Feni. Twist in Angy Peter trial: None of the accused will go to prison

Angy Peter, her husband Isaac Mbadu, Azola Dayimani and Christopher Dina will not go to prison. They have also been given bail. Dayimani and Dina were released today. Peter and Mbadu are expected to be released from Pollsmoor tomorrow.

Nov 27, 2014
GroundUp Staff
Thousands marched through Cape Town on 27 November 2014 to demand an end to gender based violence. Photo by Masixole Feni.Massive march to Parliament to demand Shabangu does more to end violence

“No more lip services, we want action. No more boardroom activism, no more!” shouted thousands of activists as they marched to parliament today.

Nov 27, 2014
Thembela Ntongana
Police and asylum seekers fought each other on the Cape Town foreshore today. Photo by Francois N'siku Vovelo.Police fire rubber bullets in city centre

A man was injured when police fired rubber bullets at a crowd of about a thousand asylum seekers earlier today at the Home Affairs Temporary Refugee Centre on Cape Town’s foreshore. Witnesses say that a nine-month-old baby was also injured.

Nov 27, 2014
Tariro Washinyira
The court is hearing closing arguments in the Angy Peter trial. Photo by Masixole Feni.Criminal justice system at fault, Peter’s defence tells court

The criminal justice system had failed by releasing Rowan du Preez, the court heard yesterday in the trial of Angy Peter and three others for du Preez’s murder.

Nov 27, 2014
Johnnie Isaac
A prison cell. Photo from Robin Wood's presentation at the SA TB Conference.Organisations allege dreadful conditions at Pollsmoor awaiting trial facility

Lack of mattresses, a leaking roof, lack of hot water and insufficient access to medical treatment: Pollsmoor’s facility for awaiting trial prisoners has been slammed by civil society organisations for what they call “several concerns regarding conditions of detention at the facility.”

Nov 27, 2014
Mary-Anne Gontsana
The minimum wage for domestic workers goes up by R1 an hour from next month. Photo by Masixole Feni.R1 an hour is not enough, says domestic workers’ union

The increase in minimum wages for domestic workers of R1 an hour is not enough, says Myrtle Witbooi, general secretary of the South African Domestic Service and Allied Workers Union (SADSAWU).

Nov 26, 2014
Thembela Ntongana
The “Corner Market” in Zwezwe, Khayelitsha. Photo by Joyce Xi.Running a vegetable shop from a wheelchair

Lulamile Witbooi lost his legs in a train accident in 1991. Today he runs the “Corner Market”, a thriving fruit and vegetable shop in Zwezwe, Khayelitsha.

Nov 26, 2014
Joyce Xi
Photo by Giorgos Moutafis. Courtesy of Medecins Sans Frontieres.“You see yourself vanishing and you think: I’m going to die”

Andaleeb Rinquest remembers the moment she accepted, with certainty, the imminence of her own death.

Nov 26, 2014
Daneel Knoetze
Angy Peter outside the Cape High Court earlier this year. Photo by Johnnie Isaac.Sentence hearing for Angy Peter begins

This week, witnesses began testifying in the sentencing hearing of Angy Peter, Isaac Mbadu, Azola Dayimani and Christopher Dina.

Nov 25, 2014
Johnnie Isaac
Informal traders wait at Fezeka Municipal offices. Photo by Tariro Washinyira.The long wait for a trading permit

At least 40 Zimbabwean informal traders fear they may lose their livelihoods after delays in getting informal trading permits from Fezeka City Council offices in Gugulethu.

Nov 25, 2014
Tariro Washinyira

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