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Two ANC Councillors to appear in the Durban High Court after being charged with the murder of Thuli Ndlovu

Tuesday, 25 August 2015
Abahlali baseMjondolo press statement
Two ANC Councillors to appear in the Durban High Court after being charged with the murder of Thuli Ndlovu
Mduduzi Christian Ngcobo, also known as Nqola, an ANC councillor in KwaNdengezi Ward 12 and his comrade PR councillor Luvelile Lutsheku are due to appear in Durban High Court tomorrow to answer to the charge that they are responsible for the murder of Thuli Ndlovu. The two councillors have been appearing in the Pinetwone Magistrate's court for several times and had received a bail of R10 000 each. A few weeks after being given bail Nqola was rearrested and charged with attempted murder in KwaNdengezi after he was caught firing shots at some people. Just last week Nqola was given a bail again.

Breaking news: Abahlali baseMjondolo has won an important victory in in the Durban High Court against the MEC for Human Settlements and the eThekwini Municipality

Thursday, 20 August 2015 Abahlali baseMjondolo Press statement Breaking news: Abahlali baseMjondolo has won an important victory in in the Durban High Court against the MEC for Human Settlements and the eThekwini Municipality The MEC sought the confirmation of an interim order which, he said, permitted him to restrain the “invasion” of over 1000 properties within the Durban area, by directing the eThekwini Municipality and the Police to “take all the necessary steps to prevent any persons from invading or occupying the properties” to “remove any materials placed” on the properties and “demolish any structure” placed on the properties. The order was granted in March 2013. Since then, it has been used to evict many hundreds, if not thousands, of poor people living in shacks on open land in Durban. Two of the affected communities: Sisonke Village (formerly known as Madlala Village and represented by the LRC in Durban) and Cato Crest (represented by SERI) together with Abahlali, acting in the public interest and on behalf of its members intervened in the case in order to have the interim interdict set aside.  

Abahlali will be Back in the Durban High Court this Thursday, 20 August, to receive the judgment that has been reserved since 21 May 2015

Wednesday, 19 August 2015 Abahlali baseMjondolo Press Statement   Abahlali will be Back in the Durban High Court this Thursday, 20 August, to receive the judgment that has been reserved since 21 May 2015 Following repeated brutal and unlawful evictions at a gun point by the eThekwini Municipal Land Invasions Unit in Cato Crest (the Marikana land occupation) and Lamontville (Sisonke Village) Abahlali won several court interdicts. Each and every time we secured an interdict, or an undertaking from the Municipality to cease its illegal behaviour, the interdicts and undertakings were ignored and they continued with their violent and unlawful evictions. It is clear that the eThekwini Municipality considers itself to be above the law and impoverished black people to be beneath the law.

Women’s Assembly to Build Women’s Power

08 August 2015 Abahlali baseMjondolo Women’s League Statement on Women’s Day The Abahlali Women's League will be honouring the power of those women who organised a march to fight for the rights of all women in 1956. We wish to salute the women who said "enough is enough" and ‘no more dompass woza ID’. Now is our time to make a difference. We will honour the women who marched in 1956 by holding an assembly of the women to build women’s power in our communities, in the struggle and in society. The assembly of the women will be held at 9:00 on Monday 10 August at the Hindu Surat Hall in Prince Edward Street. Each branch has been invited to elect 15 women to attend.

Road Blockade Happening in Siyanda Now

Thursday, 30 July 2015 Abahlali baseMjondolo press statement Road Blockade Happening in Siyanda Now The ANC in eThekwini now support land occupations but only ANC members are allowed to build When we began our struggle in 2005 the ANC was attempting to ‘eradicate’ shacks. We successfully opposed attempts to ‘eradicate’ numerous shack settlements in different parts of Durban and smaller towns in KwaZulu-Natal. We have also supported many land occupations which we see as the ‘peoples’ land redistribution programme’ or ‘land reform from below’ and as a form of ‘grassroots urban planning’. The ANC has long referred to land occupations, which they have called ‘land invasions’, as criminal acts and have used state violence and other forms of repression to try and prevent them.

AbM Youth League Youth Day Statement

15 June 2015 Abahlali Youth League press statement on June 16 This year we will use the well celebrated youth month to build our own power from below through the University of Abahlali. Our grand parents have struggled against colonialism and our parents have struggled against apartheid. Our brothers and sisters of 1976 have also struggle against all forms of discrimination and oppression. Today we wish to salute all their determination for real freedom and real democracy. While they were fighting these battles they also had a responsibility to bring us up. We feel that we have to do the same and not watch them when they have to struggle twice. It is our turn as young people to make sure that we have real democracy and real freedom today. The South African youth of 1976 contributed so dearly and paid a high price for the freedom that we continue to struggle for.


Back to the Durban High Court

Wednesday, 20 May 2015 Abahlali baseMjondolo Press Statement   Back to the Durban High Court Following several brutal and unlawful evictions at a gun point by the eThekwini Municipal Land Invasion Unit in Cato Crest (Marikana land occupation) and Lamontville (Sisonke Village) Abahlali baseMjondolo won several court interdicts against the Municipality. Each and every time we secured an interdict, or an undertaking from the Municipality to cease its illegal behaviour, the interdicts and undertakings were ignored and the Municipality continued with their violent and unlawful evictions. It is clear that the eThekwini Municipality considers itself to be above the law and impoverished black people to be beneath the law.

UnFreedom Day 2015: 21 years of Exclusion and Repression

24 April 2015 Abahlali baseMjondolo press statement UnFreedom Day 2015: 21 years of Exclusion and Repression Once again 'Freedom Day' is here. Once again we will be told that we are free. Once again we will be lectured about our about freedom and told to accompany the politicians, businessmen and the rich to their stadiums. 21 years of shack life has not been easy for us. In 21 years of ANC rule lies and evictions have become the order of the day. The land has not been restored to the people. Our dignity has been vandalized. In 2005 we delcared our humanity. The response of the ANC has been lies, the denial of life saving basic services, arrest, assault, imprisonment, illegal evictions, torture, armed attacks by members of the ruling party, the destruction of our homes by members of the ruling party and assassination. The vandalization of our humanity has become even more extreme. We are not alone. We do not forget Marikana. We do not forget all the people murdered by the police on protests around the country. We do not forget all the harassment and violence against people born in other countries.

Abahlali baseMjondolo Statement on the Ongoing Xenophobic Attacks

Tuesday 14 April 2015 – 5:22 p.m. Abahlali baseMjondolo Press Statement   Abahlali baseMjondolo Statement on the Ongoing Xenophobic Attacks A view from below - umuntu ungumuntu ngabantu There is a war in our city. Our African brothers and sisters are being openly attacked on the streets. In 2008 our movement stood firm against the attacks on people born in other African countries. We committed ourselves to shelter and defend our brothers and sisters. There were no attacks in any of our communities. For some time now we have been working very closely with the Congolese Solidarity Campaign. We have been working to build a politic from below that accepts each person as a person and each comrade as a comrade without regard to where they were born or what language they speak. In this struggle we have faced constant attack from the state, the ruling party and others. We have been attacked for having members from the Eastern Cape, members born in other countries and Indian members. We have always stood firm against these attacks. Our movement has survived almost ten years of repression.

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