Opinion

A police Nyala drives through De Doorns after protests in January 2013. Photo by Kate Stegeman.Media reports on protest action lack depth and context -- media monitor

Palls of thick smoke hung over the N2 mid-September 2014, after protesters from the farming town of Grabouw, some 20 kilometres from Gordon’s Bay, barricaded the national highway with burning tyres. Rubber bullets flew and canisters of teargas exploded as the police met protesters head on.

Sep 30, 2014
Mandy de Waal
Members of Social Justice Coalition (SJC), Treatment Action Campaign, Ndifuna Ukwazi and Equal Education marching through the Cape Town CBD earlier this year to celebrate the release of the Khayelitsha Commission of Inquiry’s findings and recommendations. Photo by Barbara Maregele.Apartheid geography and murder in Cape Town

Building a socially and racially integrated Cape Town will decrease our murder rate and other violent crime, writes Zackie Achmat.

Sep 30, 2014
Zackie Achmat
Terry Bell.How heritage got roasted

Wednesday was a public holiday: Heritage Day. And carnivore commercialism seems largely to have claimed it. For many — if not most — South Africans who could afford it, this was a day to indulge in and enjoy chisa nyama, the ubiquitous braai.

Sep 29, 2014
Terry Bell
A drill display by the 2012 SANDF Drill Champions from 68 Air School led by Sgt Thokozani Ntsibande. Photo and caption from Department of Defence website.SANDF court ruling victory for rule of law

When the high court upheld an application by Andiswe Dwenga against the defence force last week it wasn’t just a victory for HIV activists: it was also a victory for the rule of law.

Sep 29, 2014
Carmel Rickard
Image by Flickr user 401(K) 2012 (CC BY-SA 2.0).How Nedbank took the Radebes' house - and how they won it back again

On Thursday in the Gauteng High Court, judgment was given in a matter dealing with reverse mortgage schemes. These schemes have proliferated over the last few years as people with poor credit records seek out companies that are willing to lend them money regardless of their blacklisted status.

Sep 26, 2014
Claire Martens
Picture from NDSU Agriculture & University Extension used under Creative Commons License.Braaing on Heritage Day: you may want to ask how that beef got to your plate

You probably wouldn't sprinkle antibiotics like sugar all over your breakfast cereal every morning, even if you were sick. There is, though, a good chance that you are in effect doing something similar today on Heritage Day. The steaks you are braaing, or the chicken being grilled is likely to contain traces of antibiotics.

Sep 24, 2014
Nicholas Ashby
Heritage Day event at an Equal Education Camp. Photo supplied by Equal Education.Heritage Day: is it a cultural event or just a chance to have fun?

Should we spend Heritage Day celebrating our culture or is it okay just to have fun? Young people interviewed by GroundUp had different views on the subject.

Sep 23, 2014
Pharie Sefali
Terry Bell.When rights clash with tradition

Is South Africa on the brink of a clash between the egalitarian concepts embodied in the Constitution and the Bill of Rights and the demands to retain undemocratic, feudal and colonial hangovers of the past? If so, it may be Swaziland that will provide the catalyst.

Sep 22, 2014
Terry Bell
Residents confront police during evictions at the Marikana land occupation in Philippi East last month. Twelve protesters arrested at the informal settlement have been in custody for four weeks, pending their bail hearing on Friday. A new report by SERI concludes that the criminal justice system is being abused by the state to quell "legitimate" dissent. Photo Daneel Knoetze.Criminalising protest and dissent

A new report by SERI profiles a community protest in Lenasia, Gauteng, and concludes that the criminal justice system was "abused" in order to intimidate activists and protesters. A look at similar cases in Cape Town seem to support this finding.

Sep 18, 2014
Daneel Knoetze
Photo courtesy of Equal Education.Fighting for decent toilets in Gauteng schools

On 13 September Equal Education marched in Johannesburg for decent school sanitation in Gauteng. Brad Brockman, the organisation's General Secretary, explains the campaign.

Sep 16, 2014
Brad Brockman

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