Focus on police leadership, SANDF not the solution – SJC

By Anees Teladia With increasing calls from Western Cape communities for the South African National Defence Force (SANDF) to be deployed in gang-ridden areas, the Social Justice Coalition (SJC) has appealed for a focus on applying pressure on national and provincial police leadership, rather than on demanding the army’s presence.[…]

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Angry councillors come to blows at council meeting

After protesters were ejected from the City of Cape Town council’s public gallery, Mayor Dan Plato also had to step in to keep councillors apart. As Thursday’s meeting got under way, protesters from the Social Justice Coalition raised banners, one of them accusing Plato of being a liar. At a[…]

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Unnotified gatherings tend to become more violent, court hears

The purpose of prosecuting protest convenors who fail to notify authorities of gatherings is to deter violence and increase peaceful assemblies, the Western Cape High Court heard on Thursday. “We say that unnotified gatherings must be deterred because they have a higher propensity for becoming violent,” argued Advocate Karrisha Pillay,[…]

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36 percent of Khayelitsha toilets clean: survey

Only 36 percent, or 188 out of 528 toilets visited during a social audit on Cape Town’s janitorial services, were found to be clean inside, the Social Justice Coalition (SJC) said in a report released on Wednesday. Twenty-eight percent of the toilets were in a dirty condition, while 21 percent[…]

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1 in 4 toilets not working: SJC

Over a quarter of toilets inspected in four Khayelitsha informal settlements are not in working order, Social Justice Coalition (SJC) said on Saturday. This was one of the preliminary findings of a week-long social audit on the janitorial service for communal flush toilets, the SJC said in a statement. A[…]

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