Archive for category Law and Constitutionalism

SJC/Cape Times Grootboom Lecture: The Treatment Action Campaign, Government and Social change (Vuyiseka Dubula)

Last night, a new generation of activists listened to a leader of a new generation in Site C Khayelitsha. Vuyiseka Dubula opened the Irene Grootboom Memorial Lectures organised by the Social Justice Coalition (SJC) in association with the Cape Times. Hundreds of young people, scholars from organisations such as Equal Education, Students for Law and [...]

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Khayelitsha: Police shoot wildly in taxi rank and dilatory DA MEC Bertie Fritz talks about another Task Team

The criminal justice system is riddled with incompetent and corrupt police who behave like cowboys. Yesterday, at least two and possibly three commuters were shot as police pursued a taxi in Khayelitsa for an alleged hit and run accident. They arrested the taxi driver and then let him go. Apart from an acknowledgment, Bertie Fritz, [...]


President Zuma — Julius Malema is not a junior — he is dangerous

The ANC faces a crossroads after its National General Council. In his address to the NGC, and since President Jacob Zuma spoke firmly about bad behaviour; the relationship between seniors and juniors; repairing the leaking house of the Alliance as opposed to demolishing it and avoided the political debate on nationalisation. He has been applauded [...]


Censoring History: The case of Robert McBride

The case of Robert McBride and The Citizen newspaper is before the Constitutional Court for adjudication. The Citizen called him a “murderer” and “criminal”. McBride sued and won his case in the Supreme Court of Appeal (SCA) because he had been granted amnesty for his crimes. If Robert McBride succeeds in his suit against The [...]


Can the Council for the Advancement of the South African Constitution succeed or is it doomed at the roots?

Will the the recently founded Council for the Advancement of the South African Constitution (CASAC) work or will it be a lofty restatement of the decency we all aspire to? Leadership and solidarity based on the principles of social justice, freedom and equality are indispensable to changing our societies locally and globally. People are the [...]


Demanding meaningful engagement: A tribute to Irene Grootboom

By Gavin Silber Over two years ago, in a small poverty stricken community just 40 kilometres from Cape Town, a 41 year old woman died in her shack.  Such an untimely death in Wallacedene – not unlike most informal settlements scattered around South Africa’s urban heartlands – would in most cases hardly be newsworthy. This [...]


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Eastern Cape Mud Schools: 43 chairs for 323 learners

In 2004, President Thabo Mbeki stated in his “state of the nation” address that all mud schools would be replaced within a year: “- By the end of this financial year we shall ensure that there is no learner and student learning under a tree, mud-school or any dangerous conditions that expose learners and teachers [...]

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Khayelitsha Organisations to Stage Picket for Improved Access to Justice and Safety – 10h45, 23 September 2010

JUSTICE FOR ALL! Khayelitsha Organisations to Stage Picket for Improved Access to Justice and Safety – 10h45, 23 September 2010 1. The Social Justice Coalition (SJC), Treatment Action Campaign (TAC), Equal Education (EE), Free Gender, AIDS Legal Network, Luleka Lisizwe and Triangle Project are community-based organisations located in Khayelitsha, Cape Town. Our organisations seek to [...]

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Citizens must oppose corruption and leaders must live, spend and earn modestly People use toilets the City Councils refuse to clean and criminals prey on them while they perform private functions. School nutrition programmes suffer while, most learners’ minds also hunger for books and laboratories.  Sport and culture facilities in our schools are almost  non-existent [...]

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Race, class & violent crime in South Africa: Dispelling the ‘Huntley Thesis’

Gavin Silber and Nathan Geffen* First Published in SA Crime Quarterly 30 (December 2009), Pretoria: Institute for Security Studies Abstract Brandon Huntley was granted asylum in Canada earlier this year based on the argument that whites are disproportionately affected by crime in South Africa. The decision was generally condemned, but it did receive support from [...]


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