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Safety and Violence in Khayelitsha

Public seminar

11 December 2012

Kramer Law Building, UCT


Violence in Khayelitsha has reached alarming proportions over the past few years, which has recently been highlighted by controversies surrounding policing, governance and vigilantism in this area. Given these dynamics SaVI felt compelled to host a public seminar on safety and violence in Khayelitsha. The seminar took place on the eve of key court hearing instigated by the Minister of Police who was seeking an interdiction of the commission of inquiry into policing in Khayelitsha that had been established by the Western Cape provincial government in August 2012.  The aim of the seminar was to consider  the conditions and developments in Khayelitsha in relation to other areas in Cape Town, as well as initiate a public conversation about how UCT can play a constructive role in promoting safety in violence affected areas in the Western Cape. UCT already supports modest initiatives relating to health and education in Khayelitsha. There were five speakers: Prof Jeremy Seekings (Director of UCT’s Centre for Social Science Research); Dr Genine Josias (Medical Coordinator at the Khayelitsha Thuthuzela Forensic Centre, Khayelitsha Hospital; Major Mgxaji (Chairperson of the Community Policing Forum Cluster, Khayelitsha); Mr Axolile Notywala (General Secretary of the Social Justice Coalition); and Dr Leon Hotlzhausen (Senior Lecturer in UCT’s Department of Social Development). Approximately 120 people attended the seminar, the majority of which were residents from Khayelitsha.


Seminar podcast (Business Day)

Leon Holtzhausen, Examining the process of violentization of youth in Gugulethu and Khayelitsha