Opinion

Police enforce  evictions at Rolihlahla Park, Philippi East, Cape Town. Photo by Daneel Knoetze.What the law says about police using violence

Police are only allowed to use force as an absolute last resort when managing protests. But recent violence around several evictions of shackdwellers in Cape Town, prompted GroundUp to establish what the law says.

Sep 2, 2014
Daneel Knoetze
Terry Bell.Business shoots itself in the wages foot

The opening salvoes have again been fired in another round in the war about a national minimum wage. And on both sides there are accusations of the selective choice of research to bolster arguments.

Sep 1, 2014
Terry Bell
Professor Tim Noakes. Photo by Wikipedia user Ahodges7 under GNU Free Documentation License.Tim Noakes and the responsibility of experts

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.

Aug 27, 2014
Nathan Geffen
One of the photos of the South African debating team wearing keffiyehs and pins that resulted in controversy.Gaza, Israel and South Africa's edge of reason

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.

Aug 27, 2014
Mandy de Waal
Terry Bell.Welcoming a slight improvement for vulnerable workers

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.

Aug 25, 2014
Terry Bell
Festival goers at the Earth Dance festival, which will take place again on the weekend of 20 September. Photo by Zethu Gqola.Do big electronic dance music festivals spread the love?

From Miami’s supercharged Ultra Music festival to Rocking the Daisies, Cape Town has become home to some of the highest grossing music festivals in the country. Our music journalist, Zethu Gqola, takes a look at how, if at all, four of the biggest festivals have benefitted struggling communities in and around Cape Town.

Aug 20, 2014
Zethu Gqola
Terry Bell.Sex work, crime & the working class

All who sell their labour in order to survive are workers. And all workers are, to one or other degree, exploited in that they are paid less than the final value of the work they do. Within a profit-driven system it could hardly be otherwise.

Aug 18, 2014
Terry Bell
Sophie Nqiba and her 2-year-old daughter Asemahle huddle in what is left of their shack after the rest has been demolished. Photo by Daneel Knoetze.Philippi: an eviction by any other name

When the Anti-Land Invasion Unity (ALIU) descended on 40-year-old Sophie Nqiba's shack they destroyed only half of it. Presumably, if the City of Cape Town's own criteria for the demolitions are used, it was the half which was “uncompleted” or “vacant”. For Nqiba, her partner and their five children it is a surreal and meaningless explanation.

Aug 15, 2014
Daneel Knoetze
Screen grab of Tony Ehrenreich’s Facebook page.Ehrenreich’s Facebook post “idiotic and against the traditions of Cosatu”

An eye for an eye and the whole world would be blind, the Mahatma famously said.

Aug 14, 2014
Brent Meersman
Terry Bell.Women who gave us a charter for all

“A scab’s charter.” This was one published description of the Labour Relations Act (LRA) when it came into being 19 years ago. Because, although the bulk of the Act was warmly accepted by the labour movement, it contained a clause that seemed to undermine its basic precept.

Aug 12, 2014
Terry Bell

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