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Residents in Joe Slovo informal settlement, Langa say that they have been left homeless after they were not given keys for government housing at the nearby N2 Gateway development. Photo by Daneel Knoetze.Joe Slovo residents “too young” for houses

Residents of Joe Slovo informal settlement, Langa, have been left homeless after they started demolishing their shacks under the impression that keys to new housing units would be handed over to them. The MEC for Human Settlements, Bonginkosi Madikizela, has said that the shack demolitions were premature and that many of the beneficiaries are “too young” to be prioritised for housing.

Oct 23, 2014
Daneel Knoetze
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

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.

Oct 21, 2014
Johnnie Isaac
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.

Oct 21, 2014
Daneel Knoetze
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

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.

Oct 21, 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?

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.

Oct 21, 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

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

Oct 20, 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

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.

Oct 20, 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

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.

Oct 17, 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

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.

Oct 17, 2014
Joyce Xi
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

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

Oct 17, 2014
Mary-Anne Gontsana

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