Understanding the two Commissions of Inquiry into the police

There are two Commissions of Inquiry underway in South Africa (SA) that involve the SA Police Service (SAPS), the Police Minister and Police Commissioner, that we should be interrogating, examining, monitoring, overseeing and following with equal vigour.

Fatima Hassan

14 November 2012

Turning our backs on girl learners

Last week, it was reported with a sense of accomplishment that 38 teachers have been struck off the roll since 2010 for sexual abuse of their learners. I am a lawyer currently working on six cases of sexual violence in schools in three provinces.

Nikki Stein

14 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

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

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

Zimbabwean lays complaint with police against Home Affairs official

A 25 years old asylum seeker lodged a complaint of bribery with the police against a Cape Town Foreshore Home Affairs official last week.

Tariro Washinyira

24 October 2012

Grandmother tells about the tragedy of drug use for her grandson

Bulelwa Mbomela is in her 60s. She is the grandmother of Phumlani Mbomela who is 19 years old. Phumlani dropped out of school when he was in grade seven and he never went back.

Nokubonga Yawa

24 October 2012

Vigilante killing in Mfuleni: Two leading SJC members arrested but deny involvement

On Sunday 14 October, two Social Justice Coalition (SJC) activists Angy Peter and Isaac Mbadu were arrested along with two other Mfuleni residents for the kidnap and murder of Siphiwo "Rowan" Mbevu.

Mary-Jane Matsolo and GroundUp Staff

23 October 2012

Government formula milk sold for profit

Some spaza shop owners in Khayelitsha are selling Department of Health (DoH) formula milk that is marked "Not for resale". This milk is supposed to be given free to HIV-positive mothers to give to their babies instead of breast milk.

Mary-Jane Matsolo

12 September 2012

Marinovich on Marikana and journalism

GroundUp interviewed investigative journalist Greg Marinovich, who has published shocking findings about the deaths of miners at Marikana.

Mara Kardas-Nelson

4 September 2012

Appoinment of Commission of Inquiry into policing in Khayelitsha

Civil society organisations have welcomed the appointment of a Commission of Inquiry into the allegations of police inefficiency in Khayelitsha.

Mary-Anne Gontsana

22 August 2012

Where are the police? Zimbabwean man murdered by two gangsters

Zimbabwean born Garikai Mpala has been stabbed to death, allegedly by two gangsters operating in Khayelitsha. The family was told by the Harare (Khayelitsha) police to bring the two suspects to the police station.

Tariro Washinyira

15 August 2012

Activists and politicians argue over violent protests

Several protests in Cape Town's informal settlements have turned violent in recent weeks. Residents, activist groups and the city's political parties are blaming each other for the violence and lack of service delivery.

Mary-Anne Gontsana

8 August 2012

Message from a gangster

Every finish line is the beginning of a race. I’m on the finish line of my gangster life and at the beginning of whole new life.


1 August 2012

Gangsterism out of hand in Khayelitsha

Between Premier Helen Zille calling for the deployment of an army and some Cape Town gangs deciding to end the violence, Khayelitsha is singing a different tune with teenage gangsters taking the violence to a new level.

Mary-Anne Gontsana

1 August 2012

Zimbabwean woman murdered on her way to Bellville

The brother of a Zimbabwean woman who was murdered last week is accusing her ex-boyfriend in a case that highlights violence against women.

Tariro Washinyira

18 July 2012