Threats against Somali businesses must not be tolerated

Our lead story today is that local business organisations are mobilising against Somali shops in Khayelitsha.

GroundUp Editor - 7 November 2012

Dance teacher gets three life sentences for rape

On 28 October the Khayelitsha Magistrates' Court handed spiritual dance teacher Mlulami Lawrence Gagu three life sentences for the rape of seven children over a period of two years.

Mary-Jane Matsolo - 7 November 2012

Zimbabwean musician calls Cape Town home

Zimbabwean Afro soul music artist Shamie Mabvudzi talks to GroundUp about the challenges he faces as an immigrant in South Africa. His third album African Dream is due out this month.

Tariro Washinyira - 7 November 2012

Showdown over police inquiry

On 22 August, in response to a call made in November 2011 from several social justice organisations, Premier Helen Zille established a Commission of Inquiry to investigate alleged police inefficiency and a breakdown in relations between police and communities in Khayelitsha. The commission is being chaired by former Constitutional Court judge, Kate O'Regan and Advocate Vusi Pikoli.

Tessa Gooding - 7 November 2012

Sunday Soul Sessions picnic at the Ruitersvlei wine farm

Metro FM held their latest Sunday Soul Sessions event at Ruitersvlei wine farm near Stellenbosch on 4 November.

Mary-Jane Matsolo - 7 November 2012

The unseemly hat of opposition: A time for self-reflection?

When I saw the TimesLIVE photograph of Premier Zille leading the Democratic Alliance in a march to President Zuma’s Nkandla homestead, I had a visceral reaction. To some, outrage might have been caused by Zille’s finger-pointing, or the gross abuse of state resources symbolised by the police line blocking her delegation’s access to a public road.

Dustin Kramer - 7 November 2012

Pop, Soul and Food

The most famous popular soul artists have been quiet lately. But Zandisile Rhayi and Sonwabile Dzila are back by popular demand. This time with Zoe Nqose.

Nokubonga Yawa - 7 November 2012

Local businesses move against Somali shops in Khayelitsha

Town Two Khayelitsha is the site of tension between a local business association and Somali shops. The Zanokhanyo Business Association (ZBA) is accusing Somali shop owners of not abiding by a 2008 agreement which says that no new foreign owned shops should operate in the townships following the May 2008 xenophobic attacks.

Tariro Washinyira - 7 November 2012

Is there really an investigation into police officer Andile Mtshiceka?

Months before Social Justice Coalition member Angy Peter was arrested for her alleged role in a vigilante murder, she had lodged a complaint of corruption against police officer Andile Mtshiceka.

Mary-Jane Matsolo and Nathan Geffen - 7 November 2012

Muizenberg Kite Festival

Cape Mental Health held the Cape Town International Kite Festival in Muizenberg over the weekend.

Faizel Slamang - 7 November 2012

Muizenberg Kite Festival

Cape Mental Health held the Cape Town International Kite Festival in Muizenberg over the weekend.

Faizel Slamang - 7 November 2012

Protest for police presence in Khayelitsha’s crime hot spots

Over a hundred community members marched to Lingelethu Police Station in Khayelitsha on Friday demanding a greater police presence in high-crime areas in the township.

Nokubonga Yawa - 5 November 2012

“Ajax has the best academy in the country”

Aviwe "Pro" Nyamende is a 20-year-old defender who plays for Ajax Cape Town's youth development team.

Margo Fortune - 4 November 2012

Clanwilliam hosts Khoi San dance competition

Isaac Petersen attended the semifinals of an ongoing Rieldans competition held in Clanwillam on Saturday, 20 October 2012. He sent us these wonderful photos.

Isaac Petersen - 24 October 2012

Man killed by train on Cape Town to Strand line

Metrorail passengers were caught unaware when the train from Cape Town en route to Strand stopped abruptly at Mutual Station last night.

Margo Fortune and Janine Fortuin - 24 October 2012

Still dealing with symptoms rather than causes

By tomorrow afternoon (Saturday, October 20) it should become clear whether
Britain is about to join the growing tide of European rebellion against economic
austerity that has become particularly vociferous and violent in Greece and Spain.

Terry Bell - 24 October 2012