Petition Tag - law
One day, I happened to see a video of how the government servants in Malaysia tortured stray dogs, which according to them, they were just removing the stray dogs from the streets. The dogs were bleeding but the people did not care. I am an animal lover and my heart ached when I watched it..
I know there are people outside there who loves animals as much as I do and hate how these dogs are treated, as much as I do but may not have done something to stop this. I don't know what's the chance of me to win this, but I know that if I don't try, I'll never know.
P.S. this is the video I watched
The doctors looked at the color of her skin and made a conscious decision that padding their billing was more important. I have asked the newspapers in the United States to print my sister's story. Unfortunately, all of them also looked at the color of her skin. I wrote letters to President Obama, Vice President Biden, Congress, Senators and others without a response. I am determine to write every newspaper in the world to ask for help
Subject: Governor Christie refuses to uphold the law related to death of a patient.
My sister was given a lethal combination of medication by doctors at Morristown Memorial Hospital that caused her death. I filed a complaint with Gov Christie's Office. He has taken no action but to continue the cover up. He refuses to meet with my family and I.
"My sister's medical records were altered. The law in New Jersey states original medical records should be available to patients or estate executors on request. I filed a complaint with Gov. Christie and to date he has refused to meet with me or uphold the law.I have supplied Gov. Christie with copies of the altered records. This is FRAUD.
Gwendolyn Cole-Hoover, M.D
Goths are NOT always evil. I am a goth and I am always putting money in charity boxes, signing petitions for causes that I care about and going on "click-to-donate" websites. I absolutely love animals and am a vegetarian. This is not uncommon amongst the gothic subculture.
Most goths are not involved in animal sacrifices and, because we feel secluded and are often persecuted, many goths are very sympathetic towards others who are also persecuted, misunderstood and/or just mistreated, i.e the animals that are kept on factory farms or the wolves that are being hunted due to their bad reputations. In fact, we are generally so open towards others who are treated cruelly that many homosexuals and bisexuals turn to the gothic subculture and are accepted there.
Discuss this matter with any normal goth or even just anyone who has ever had real experience conserving with normal goths and they will tell you that goths are generally very friendly, caring people.
Goths also do not have to be depressed. Many of us are, but that does not mean that we all are. Also, how would our being depressed serve as a good reason to discriminate against us? We don't discriminate against non-gothic people who are depressed. We sympathise with them, so why shouldn't we do the same with goths?
Goths are not always drug addicts, alcoholics or gangsters. In fact, I was reading a post from another goth on the Internet. This one was saying about how his/her mother had always been against his/her gothic style, saying things like "why can't you be normal like my friends' children?" Yet those "normal" youngsters all ended up getting into drugs and, possibly, gangs as well. The goth, on the other hand, stayed away from all of it.
Even emos, the ones whom we goths are sometimes forsworn enemies with, can be nice as well. Each to their own!
The way in which they choose to exercise this duty is a matter of public policy and much debate, however recently one or more members of the department have deliberately antagonised members of online communities who are sympathetic and compassionate about refugees, with aggressive advertising that seeks to discourage refugees seeking asylum. As visible at https://pbs.twimg.com/media/BPiBMSyCEAMZsk5.png:large
It is one thing to have opinions about, or execute public policy. It is quite another to use the Internet to deliberately harass and cause offence to people because they congregate to discuss your behaviour critically. In fact, using a "carriage service" such as the Internet to harass, menace and cause offence is illegal under section 474.17 of the Criminal Code (cth).
We are all badly hurt in what happened to Mr. Trayvon Martin, and we would not want that to happen again to another innocent person.
So please help us STOP the stand your ground law.
"[Grunt]! F'ing Punks!"
We solemnly attest to the fact that we could sit and watch Mark O'Mara perform impressions of various parties involved in the State vs. Zimmerman case for hours and be left begging for more.
All food livestock in Britain are killed by having their throats cut, but the law requires that they are first rendered unconscious by stunning. However, animals killed for Muslim Halal meat are exempt from this law - they can be slaughtered by throat-cutting WITHOUT pre-stunning, even though it does not say anywhere in the Qur'an that an animal cannot be unconscious before it is killed.
After having their throats cut, animals are hung by one leg, still alive, and allowed to slowly bleed to death. According to research, it can take a cow 60 seconds - an entire minute - to lose consciousness, and a calf twice this time.
Approximately 8 million animals per year are slaughtered this way for the Halal market.
In 2003, the Farm Animal Welfare Council published its report on the welfare of animals at slaughter - it recommended that a solid law should be passed to stun all animals before slaughter. In 2004, the Government accepted FAWC’s conclusion that animals slaughtered without pre-stunning are likely to experience “very significant pain and distress”, but announced that it would not adopt the report’s recommendation.
Halal meat is often not labeled as such in UK supermarkets, so many of us are unwittingly supporting this cruel, barbaric and unnecessary method of slaughter.
MONSTER William Vernon has been dramatically named as the killer of a baby — 5 years after a jury acquitted him.
Vernon, 24, originally from Cardigan Street, Chaddesden had walked free after he was cleared of stamping 19-month-old Alanis Holland to death.
But a family court judge chose to rule openly “in the interests of justice” that he DID cause her death, and branded him a danger to children.
Worried social services staff brought the case to protect the two children of his new lover.
Judge James Orrell heard Vernon had savagely beaten one of the youngsters, a six-year-old known only as Child A, ten times with a metal spatula.
Judge Orrell said: “This incident was vicious and not simple chastisement.” He said it was hard to imagine any child could be safe with Vernon. The judgment finally vindicated Alanis’s innocent mum Joanne, who Vernon had cruelly accused in court of being the killer.
She said: “I’ve been all the way to hell and back. Now, at last, everyone finally knows the whole truth. When I went to see Alanis at the mortuary I made a promise to her that I’d get justice for her.
“I’ll never forget the foreman delivering the not guilty verdict at Vernon’s murder trial. I just collapsed in tears. “In other people’s eyes the jury incriminated me. I was called a murderer in the street.
“In an ideal world he’d be behind bars. At the very least he should be tagged.” Joanne had left toddler Alanis in jobless Vernon’s care at the home they shared in Overseal, Derbyshire, in February 2000.
When she returned Joanne found her child struggling for breath. The jury at Leicester Crown Court heard a recording of her sobbing and pleading for help during a 999 call.
Alanis was lying limp in her arms, her life ebbing away, as distraught Joanne pleaded: “Please come back to me.” The tot had a ruptured liver — more usually seen after a child has been run over by a car.
The prosecution claimed that Vernon was the only person who could have inflicted the “dreadful” damage. But the jury cleared him of murder AND a lesser charge of manslaughter after he went into the witness box to accuse Joanne.
She was never charged and yesterday Judge Orrell said it was “inherently unlikely” that she would have harmed her daughter.
He said: “Vernon said Joanne inflicted the injuries and punched Alanis. This suggestion is insidious and fanciful. “Joanne is a mother who has no problems controlling her temper. Vernon is a man with a violent temper. What he did to Child A shows the extent he will go to to punish children.”
The judge then declared in Derby Family Court: “William Vernon struck Alanis with such force that he ruptured her liver and caused her death. Vernon presents a serious and continuous risk to young children.”
Details of any order made by a judge in the Family Division are not made public.
Vernon CANNOT be re-tried for the murder of Alanis. New laws now allow a second prosecution if new evidence is revealed — but they came in after his trial
An action on a cause of action to which this section applies is not maintainable if brought after the expiration of a limitation period of 3 years running from the date on which the cause of action first accrues to the plaintiff or to a person through whom the plaintiff claims.
Childhood sexual abuse
For victims of childhood sexual abuse their life is irrevocably changed forever, for some; they will live their entire lives without disclosing to anyone, others will find the strength and courage to disclose to someone at some point in their lives.
Statistics and Figures
It is commonly accepted that:
•1 in 6 boys is sexually abused before the age of 18.
•1 in 4 girls is sexually abused before the age of 18.
•This is equivalent to 332,516 Queensland men having experienced child sexual abuse.
•Over 30% of confirmed reports of child sexual abuse involve male victims.
•Between 70-90% of men who have experienced child sexual abuse haven’t told anyone!
•In on study of 40 boys who experienced child sexual abuse and attended an adolescent medical facility, none had ever told their primary care giver.
•Men are one and a half times less likely than women to report rape to police. This makes for an extremely small figure, given that only between 5–10% of women report rape to police.
•There appear to be some particularly powerful forces preventing adult men from telling. From their experience of men's groups, counsellors say that many men do not disclose until they are in their thirties and some never disclose.
Some personal prospective?
I was sexually abused as a child, the perpetrator was a scout leader, I never told anyone about it until I was 21 at which point I told my parents that I had been abused but no more details as I was unable to deal with it. At the age of 36 I realized that I needed to do something about it because it was destroying my life. I went to the police and for the first time ever I told the detective in great detail what had happened to me. It was the hardest thing I have ever had to do.
During the course of the investigation it was revealed that the scout association not only knew who this person was and what he had done but failed to report it to the authorities. One report from the scouts advised that the boys were told to “remember their scout’s code of honour and never talk about it again”. As I told my parents at age 21 I was unable to legally hold the scouts accountable becuase I disclosed at 21. The following links shows that this organisation has done this more than once.
What do we want?
We request that the limitations act 1969 section 18a be amended to allow for victims of childhood sexual abuse the time required reporting the crime and seeking compensation from the organisations’ that cover up or hide perpetrators to protect their organisations’ name.
در پی افزایش فشارها بر روی دراویش گنابادی، فرشید یداللهی، یکی از وکلای ایشان توسط نیروهای امنیتی بازداشت شده است.
به گزارش وبسایت مجذوبان نور، فرشید یداللهی فارسی وکیل دراویش گنابادی روز یکشنبه ۲۰ شهریور ماه 1390 در شهر شیراز توسط نیروهای امنیتی بازداشت و به مکان نامعلومی منتقل شد.
Appeals court hearing is being held for lawyers of the Gonabadi dervishes Amin Eslami and Farshid Yadollahi who have received a 6 month imprisonment sentence.
The 6 month prison sentence for libel and disturbing public opinion of the two was reviewed once again during the trial in the presence of their lawyers. The defendants were not in court.
In February, 388 attorneys wrote a letter to the head of the judiciary and objected to the imprisonment sentence and the revocation of the licenses of the attorneys for Gonabadi dervishes.
Recently 11 members of the dervish related website Majzoobaneh Nour and 5 of their lawyers have been arrested. Amin Eslami and Farshid Yadollahi, Hamid Moradi, Omid Behrouzi, Afshin Karampour, Reza Entezari and Mostafa Daneshjou are held in the security ward of Evin Prison.
Another incarcerated dervish Mehrdad Keshavarz is being held in the Intelligence Ministry Detention Center of Shiraz.
We must unite all the Injured Workers under one group and one message. That group is CIWAA and that message is We will not allow WCB to deny legitimate claims of Injured Workers in order for corporate Alberta to benefit with the lowest WCB premiums in Canada at Injured Workers expense.
NOTICE: The name and address of every person who signs this petition may be made available to the public if the petition is in proper form to be presented to the Legislative Assembly.
To Contact Injured Workers: firstname.lastname@example.org
44. We All Are ONE!
When you look at all of the problems facing the world today--environmental exploitation, animal cruelty, hunger, poverty, greed, war--you can see the fundamental problem: a mindset which perceives everything as separate, competing entities.
In the words of noted quantum physicist Dr. Amit Goswami:
"The ultimate disease--the root disease--is the illusory thinking that we are separate from the Whole. To heal the disease is to realize that we are Whole, that the separation is but an illusion."
The goal of this petition is to heal the world's fragmented mentality through promoting an ethical system based on the belief that everything emanates from One, Supremely Good and Beautiful Source, and, therefore, everything is essentially One.
This simple belief provides a logical basis for the pursuit of love, compassion, and respect, healing the world on a fundamental level.
This belief is so universal and so powerful, it is high time it receives its due honor and support.
So, please, take a stand with us and declare: WE ALL ARE ONE!
As a result of government changes, the existing council tax benefit scheme will end and be replaced with a new scheme from 1 April 2013. The new scheme is called Council Tax Reduction and will be a local scheme decided by Salford City Council. Council Tax Reduction is an amount of money deducted from your bill, meaning you pay less towards your council tax. The scheme was agreed at a meeting of the full council on 16 January 2013.
The government will give us a sum of money each year towards the funding of the scheme. As a result of a reduction in the government funding, we will now get less than before.
Who will be affected by the new Council Tax Reduction scheme?
Working age people who currently receive council tax benefit will need to pay more council tax from 1 April 2013 onwards. People who have not had to pay any council tax before will now have to start paying some of it. Council tax payers who are experiencing extreme financial hardship will be able to apply for some discretionary assistance.
These changes will not affect pensioners, who will be eligible for the same level of Council Tax Reduction if their circumstances stay the same. There may be some changes however, when the government introduces Universal Credit (scheduled for autumn 2013). The single person discount for households where there is only one adult is also unchanged.
Below we have listed the key changes. Council tax bills giving details of what every household will have to pay and Council Tax Reduction notification letters will be issued during March 2013.
The key changes for working age customers from 1 April 2013 are as follows:
1. Everyone who receives Council Tax Reduction will be asked to pay at least 8.5% of their council tax bill. Currently people can claim up to 100% council tax benefit but from 1 April 2013 this will change. Working age people will no longer be able to claim 100% Council Tax Reduction, they will need to pay at least 8.5% of their council tax bill.
2. Second adult rebate will no longer be available unless people currently qualify for 100% second adult rebate entitlement (the student only element). Second adult rebate is a form of council tax benefit that can currently be paid instead of the main type of council tax benefit. People may be able to claim second adult rebate if they have to pay council tax and they live with someone else, other than their partner/civil partner, for example a grown up son or daughter. The other person must be 18 or over, not paying rent, not responsible to pay council tax, and have income below a certain amount. From April 2013, people will no longer get second adult rebate unless they have student only entitlement.
3. Council Tax Reduction will not be paid where it would be is less than £1.00 a week. Some people currently receive very small weekly contributions to help them pay their council tax. Under this change, nothing would be paid to anyone who qualifies for less than £1.00 per week Council Tax Reduction.
4. We would increase the ‘taper' applied to calculate Council Tax Reduction for people of a working age from 20% to 25%. This means that for every additional £1.00 income a household receives above a set amount, they would need to pay an additional five pence towards their council tax bill from April 2013.
5. If a non-dependent deduction is made, this will increase by 50 pence per week (unless government legislation states a higher increase). A deduction is currently made from weekly council tax benefit entitlements for certain adults aged 18 or over living in the claimant's home. Under this change the Council Tax Reduction you receive will go down by at least an additional 50 pence per week for these non-dependants living in the claimant's home.
6. Backdated Council Tax Reduction will not be allowed. Currently where an applicant can demonstrate there was a good reason for making a late claim, their claim could be backdated. This is changing, and from 1 April 2013, no backdated awards will be allowed. Claims would only be paid from the date of receipt of the claim (salford.gov.uk)
The treaty states that each country's respective nationals may purge their sentence in their country of nationality. In his case France. He has been turned down three times for the most inane reasons. His 4th application went into Washington, D.C., Department of Justice and its sub division the I.P.T.U. (International Prisoner Transfer Unit) January 31, 2013. The quest is he want to "do" his sentence in a French prison which will save American tax payers $35,000 usd per year (this "35" is the estimated cost of caring for a Federal Inmate by the Bureau of Prisons per year).
Claude is being held in a maximum security federal penetenary for CONSPIRACY to import and distribute marijuana as well as laundering money. He will have served 19 years as of March 24, 2013. Claude has been sentanced to life plus five! He is non violent criminal.
Such behaviour includes: Tailgating, engine revving, overtaking at high speeds (near misses often a result), provocative behaviours (in attempts to start an illegal street race). Drivers will also not allow P platers to merge in multi-lane situations.
Having travelled with drivers who are holders of Provisional, Probationary and Open licenses, I have found that many drivers have pre-conceived ideas (most likely stemming from various media reports) about what kind of drivers P platers are. Unfortunately a few people have created a reputation for everyone else with the same licence type.
It has become really unsafe to drive as a RECOGNISED P plater.
This is NOT a proposal to change the licensing system (or the various restrictions) in place in Queensland, but one that requests that P plates DO NOT have to be displayed whilst driving. The various restrictions would still apply, and licenses would still show each persons licensing level.
It would still be acceptable for repeat offenders to have to display P plates (especially those who are place on their Green P's after coming off a suspended license).
This is against the right to live and we demand that the parliament terminate this law since it is AGAINST THE RIGHT TO LIFE.
This situation is intolerable and something must be done to end the madness! We can no longer leave students as sheep in a slaughter pen, they must be protected in the only way murderers understand and that is DEFENSE!
With recent tragedies we have witnessed the horrific events that are made possible when a firearm is placed in the hands of an irresponsible/under evaluated owner.
This petition proposes that as a nation we require a form of class and/or licensing prior to the purchase of any firearm.
Including, but not limited to, sanity evaluation, awareness, and of course gun safety.
With a form of testing in order to be licensed and able to purchase/possess a fire arm.
In the wake of this attack many families and friends are left to mourn their losses. All the way across the world I cannot be there to comfort them in our arms but we can help sign this petition and take it to the US Government and force change.
With a spay/neuter law in place, not only would the number of homeless pets decrease, but there would also be a decreased number of pets suffering from cancer of the reproductive system, as well as a decrease in pet aggression.
On December 27, 2009, the day of ‘Ashura,’ Reyhaneh Haj Ebrahim Dabagh was arrested at the home of her friend, Motahareh Bahrami Haghighi. Also arrested were her friend Motahareh and her husband, Mohsen Daneshpour Moghadam, and their son Ahmad Daneshpour Moghadam. On this day people in Iran were holding rallies in protest of the disputed 2009 presidential election results. Reyhaneh was arrested because she happened to be at her friend’s house on that day, and she was transferred to solitary confinement in Evin prison.
Trial and Sentence
Reyhaneh was accused of taking part in demonstrations and “sending pictures and videos of the demonstrations to foreign countries and the Mojahedin Khalq (MKO) organization.” The Revolutionary Court sentenced her and all the people she had been arrested with, to death. This death sentence was handed down even though the only reason she had been detained was that she happened to be at her friend’s house on the day of the arrest. Her sentence was later commuted by branch 54 of the Tehran Appeals court, to 15 year in jail and exile to Rajai Shahr prison in the city of Karaj.
Reyhaneh Haj Ebrahim Dabagh was initially held in solitary confinement in ward 209 in Evin prison, and after that, she was transferred to the public women’s ward of the prison. On November 10, 2010, she was transferred to Rajai Shahr prison in the city of Karaj, where she is now serving her sentence.
ریحانه حاج ابراهیم دباغ شهروند ایرانی است که هیچگونه فعالیت سیاسی نداشته است.
ریحانه حاج ابراهیم دباغ در روز عاشورا، ششم دیماه ۱۳۸۸ همراه با مطهره بهرامی و شوهر و فرزندش محسن دانشپور مقدم و احمد دانشپور مقدم در منزل آنان بازداشت شد. در این روز که مردم ایران به تظاهرات اعتراضی نسبت به نتایج انتخابات ریاست جمهوری در ایران پرداخته بودند، حضور وی در منزل نزدیکانش منجر به بازداشت وی شد. وی بعد از بازداشت به زندان اوین و سلولهای انفرادی بند ۲۰۹ آن منتقل شد.
اتهامات و حکم
ریحانه حاج ابراهیم به خاطر اتهاماتی همچون شرکت در تظاهراتهای اعتراضی و و«ارسال عکس و فلیم از راهپیماییهای اعتراضی به خارج از کشور و سازمان مجاهدین» در دادگاه انقلاب ابتدا به اعدام محکوم شد. این حکم در حالی صادر شده بود که همپروندههای وی نیز به چنین حکمی محکوم شدند و او صرفا به دلیل حضور در خانهی آنان بازداشت شده بود. اما اینحکم در شعبه ۵۳ دادگاه تجدید نظر استان تهران به ۱۵ سال زندان با تبعید به زندان رجاییشهر تبدیل شد.
ابراهیم دباغ که در دوران بازداشت در سلولهای انفرادی بند ۲۰۹ زندان اوین و پس از آن به بند عمومی زنان زندان اوین به سر میبرد، در آبان ۱۳۸۹ از زندان اوین برای اجرای حکم تبعیدش به زندان رجاییشهر کرج منتقل شد.
. .. .. .Sixteen years after the time-sensitive technical free speech ruling, one of these Justices remained though seventy-seven years old and used the archaic decision to coin a new slang word. POOF This word was called, "the internet", in ACLU v Reno, (96-511). This Justice wrote, "the internet is a unique and wholly new medium for human communications", and hereby 'coined' an undefined slang term that had become popular without defining the slang term used.
. .. .. .This was despite growing up before nuclear bombs, internet wire and radio communications, or cell phones EXISTED the way these all do now. This Justice was forty-eight when man first visited the moon, or claimed to visit the moon. Ha
-David James Lebanc. He was one of the 2 men involved in the confinement and sexual assault of a 16 yr old boy for two weeks in Halifax. He was already facing pending charges from 2010 for sexual assault, touching a person under age 16, and making child pornography with a 2yr old and a 5yr old! Leblanc was released in 2010 so long as he didn`t go near children. He failed to comply in 2011, and served only 18 days in prison! This assault on the 16yr old boy was 100% preventable. Our judicial system failed that boy.
-Christopher Paul Neil. He served a mere 5 yrs. in a Thai prison for posting hundreds of pictures of him assaulting more than one child. He was arrested upon his return to Canada for being a threat to all children, yet was released a few days later so long as he promises not to go near children. Sound familiar?
As per recent news articles, Harper's C-10 crime bill gives harsher sentences to pot growers than to pedophiles. Something is wrong with that.
Why are these monsters allowed to get away with this? Our system needs some reform. As long as the penalties remain as slack as they are, this is going to keep happening.
The definition of "human being" is of fundamental importance to the governing of Canadian society and the functioning of the Canadian judicial system. The definition present in the Canadian Criminal Code (under section 223(1)) is potentially outdated, and should be revised in light of more recent medical evidence.
The purpose of Motion 312 is to update this definition, and then petition Parliament to make all necessary legal changes in light of revision, if there are any.
Canadian residents of any age may sign.
Charter of Rights and Freedoms (1982):
Section (1) "...guarantees the rights and freedoms set out in it subject only to such reasonable limits prescribed by law as can be demonstrably justified in a free and democratic society."
If the unborn are persons, abortion reform is a "reasonable limit" to guarantee "rights and freedoms" of all human beings.
Section (7) "Everyone has the right to life, liberty and security of person and the right not to be deprived thereof except in accordance with the principles of fundamental justice."
If the unborn are persons, they must be granted "the right to life", and abortion reform would be necessary to reach such "fundamental justice".
The Canadian Human Rights Act (1985):
Section (2) "...that all individuals should have an opportunity equal with other individuals to make for themselves the lives that they are able and wish to have and to have their needs accommodated, consistent with their duties and obligations as members of society, without being hindered in or prevented from doing so by discriminatory principles...."
If the unborn are human beings, they must be granted "opportunity equal with others to make for themselves...lives". Abortion reform would not be part of "discriminatory principles" against women, but part of ensuring equality in opportunity to live.
If the unborn are persons, then Parliament has the moral duty to give the unborn the right to life. Parliament must, then, also grant pregnant women more federal support, by any just means, so that the child(ren) may be born, and that she does not suffer financially or otherwise.
Students in the United States are blessed to have legal rights, freedoms and protections. These include constitutional, civil, contract, consumer rights and rights specific to higher education. They are scattered, however, through a number of legal documents and court decisions making it hard for students to find them.
Please sign this petition for the creation of a National Student Bill of Rights which clearly states what rights exist to protect students and how they are applied in institutions of higher education.
DO NOT JUST RECOMMEND THIS PETITION, SIGN IT!
It doesn't matter which country you live in or where you are from, please, show your support. Press the sign petition button at the bottom of the page. You have nothing to lose and students have everything to gain.
"It has come to our attention that you want to rule this area disturbing our bussinessis,wll not allow that,so we are going to make sure that u move out of this area,watch and see!we know where your wife works we know the car shes driving(******)registration known,your son is driving ***** and you are driving a volgsvagen kumbi,your son is@****** we know where he is studing,we know your office and people who are working for you,we are giving you a month to leave this area starting from today,this is the are black africans,u are left alone,people like you are staying at sandton,leave before you see the wrath of black people,we are warning you,mother f****er (** stars added)"
Although we are concerned about the safety of Maurice Smithers, his family and his colleagues, we want to make it clear that this is not an attack on them alone. This is an attack on all right-minded community activists who are striving for the development of Yeoville Bellevue as a clean, safe, law-abiding and prosperous suburb in which all who live and work here can enjoy a reasonable quality of life.
We believe that this threat is the direct outcome of the breakdown of law and order in Yeoville Bellevue which is not being adequately addressed by various responsible agencies of the state, including (but not only) the SAPS, the CoJ (including the JMPD and the MOEs created by the CoJ) and the Gauteng Liquor Board.
As a result of this breakdown in law and order, a culture of ‘anything goes’ has developed in the Yeoville Bellevue area. This means that, every day, there are a great many illegalities and criminal activities are taking place in the area, which are not being adequately addressed by the various state authorities.
These include (but are not restricted to):
• Illegal business activities, including unapproved spaza shops
• Illegal and non-compliant liquor trading, including the social consequences of alcohol abuse such as domestic violence, crimes against women and children etc
• Noise pollution
• The lack of a sustainable management solution for the informal trading sector
• Housing problems, including overcrowding, the lack of social housing and the hijacking of properties
• Dirty streets (which is partly a failure by the CoJ to communicate with and educate the community on civic duties)
Community members who live or work in the area are therefore faced with the dilemma of how to respond to the situation. Among the options open to them are:
• To leave
• To accept what is happening in the belief that there is nothing they can do about it
• To actively work for the improvement of the area and for an end to the illegalities and criminal activities
However, the culture of ‘anything goes’ has led to a belief amongst certain people that they can continue with their activities, however illegal, because the lack of enforcement by the state has led them to believe that they are ‘untouchable’. As a result, when community members challenge this view through their efforts to improve the area, they become targets of those who benefit from the prevailing climate of lawlessness.