SJC Civil Disobedience matter postponed

The matter against the twenty-one Social Justice Coalition (SJC) activists, who took part in a civil disobedience action last week, has been postponed to 23 October 2013. The 21 activists appeared before the Cape Town Magistrates’ Court this morning.

Sibusiso Tshabalala - 18 September 2013

What is the role of civil disobedience in South Africa?

On 18 September 2013, twenty-one Social Justice Coalition activists will appear in the Cape Town Magistrate court for contravening provisions of the Regulation of Gatherings Act.

Sibusiso Tshabalala - 18 September 2013

Snapshot of poverty in Cape Town

Mrs Nowelile Nonkelela stays in a one-room flat with her seven children and three grandsons. The family stays in Old Flats, Langa. Their room is situated in block C on the second floor where there are 20 such rooms.

Pharie Sefali - 18 September 2013

Gang violence, not just Manenberg

Township residents are complaining that murders in the townships are not being taken seriously with media and political attention focusing on the Cape Flats.

Pharie Sefali - 18 September 2013

“I don’t see myself living anywhere but Manenberg”

Roegchanda Pascoe and her younger brother have watched through the window of their home as rival gangs fought with each other day in and day out. But Pascoe says she doesn’t see herself living anywhere but Manenberg.

Mary-Anne Gontsana - 18 September 2013

Caps and boots for dung beetles earns Wits scientists an Ig Nobel Prize

The Ig Nobel prizes are the cheeky kid brother of the illustrious Nobel Prizes like the Razzies are to the Oscars.

By Kerry Gordon - 18 September 2013

Naidoo speaks out on Eastern Cape health crisis

The Neil Aggett Memorial lecture was delivered by Jay Naidoo at Kingswood College, Grahamstown on 13 September 2013.

Jay Naidoo - 17 September 2013

Hip Hop Kas’lam presents its second annual awards

The Baxter Theater hosted the second annual Hip Hop Kas’lam Spaza awards on 14 August to celebrate this unique hip hop genre. Hip Hop Kas’lam provides a platform for young rappers to perform in their indigenous languages and the vernacular.

Nwabisa Pondoyi - 17 September 2013

TAC protests against shortages of life-saving drugs

“We demand accountable leadership”, “Failure to resolve stock-outs = human rights violation”, “Limpopo Department of Health – Failed promises” read placards at the Treatment Action Campaign (TAC) march in solidarity with provinces that continue to be plagued by finding essential medicines are out of stock.

Mary-Anne Gontsana - 16 September 2013

True meaning of “civil obedience”

This is an edited extract from a speech by Prof. Roy Jobson at a memorial for Dr. Neil Aggett at Kingswood College on 14 September 2013.

Roy Jobson - 16 September 2013

A world of fragmentation, infighting - and hope

“It’s the same, the whole world over, it’s the poor what gets the blame.” So starts the chorus of a well-known British music hall song. Today it could be a two-line anthem for the international labour movement as the economic crisis continues to bite and disillusionment with the existing political order grows.

Terry Bell - 16 September 2013

SJC activists arrested during protest outside Mayor’s office

Several Social Justice Coalition (SJC) members who chained themselves to railings at the Civic Centre in Cape Town this morning vowing they would not budge until Mayor Patricia de Lille addressed them, were arrested and held at Caledon Square Police Station. They have not yet been charged.

Tariro Washinyira - 11 September 2013

Help kickstart Khayelitsha baker’s bicycle dream

An obsession with spinach makes a good baker -- that at least applies to 25-year-old Lufefe Nomjana.

Mary-Anne Gontsana - 11 September 2013

Clean safe toilets for all

- 11 September 2013

Civil society organisations visit gang stricken Manenberg

Members of various civil society organisations led a solidarity visit to gang stricken Manenberg to monitor the situation and to lend a helping hand to the community.

Mary-Anne Gontsana - 11 September 2013

Human rights work is not about the fees

The debacle around Dali Mpofu's fees at the Farlam Commission is an important moment.

Jack Lewis - 11 September 2013