Allocation of police in Western Cape is discriminatory: Equality Court

Victory for Social Justice Coalition may result in poorer areas getting more police officers

14 December 2018 - 14:06 By Thembela Ntongana and GroundUp Staff
Activists from the Social Justice Coalition demonstrate outside the Equality Court in Cape Town in 2017. Their contention that allocation of police resources in the province discriminates on the basis of race and poverty was upheld by the court.
Activists from the Social Justice Coalition demonstrate outside the Equality Court in Cape Town in 2017. Their contention that allocation of police resources in the province discriminates on the basis of race and poverty was upheld by the court.
Image: Ashraf Hendricks, GroundUp

Judge MJ Dolamo of the Western Cape High Court (sitting as the Equality Court) has declared that the allocation of police resources in the province unfairly discriminates on the basis of race and poverty.

The ruling on Friday is a victory for the Khayelitsha-based movement Social Justice Coalition (SJC), reports GroundUp.

The case, brought by the SJC, Equal Education and the Nyanga Community Policing Forum, was heard from November 2017 to February 2018.

The remedy and costs will be decided later.

The SJC welcomed the verdict.


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