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Sawubona! Welcome to the online home of the Abahlali baseMjondolo, the South African shackdwellers' movement.

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Two ANC Councillors will Appear in Court Today to On Suspicion of Being Responsible for the Assassination of Thuli Ndlovu

20 March 2015 Abahlali baseMjondolo Press Statement Two ANC Councillors will Appear in Court Today to On Suspicion of Being Responsible for the Assassination of Thuli Ndlovu Thuli Ndlovu, our chairperson in KwaNdengezi, was assassinated in cold blood on the 29th September 2014 at her home. On 30 September 2013 Nqobile Nzuza was murdered by a police officer in Cato Crest during a protest. She was shot in the back of the head. Nkululeko Gwala was assassinated in Cato Crest on the 26 June 2013. Thembinkosi Qumbelo was assassinated in Cato Crest on 19 March 2013.

Statement on the Murder of Mr. Noel Dintshiantshia

Thursday, 19 March 2015 Abahlali baseMjondolol & Congolese Solidarity Campaign joint press statement   Statement on the Murder of Mr. Noel Dintshiantshia Abahlali baseMjondolo and the Congolese Solidarity Campaign “CSC” are saddened by the sudden death of Mr. NOEL BEYA DINTSHIANTSHIA, who was killed by petrol bomb while he was on duty on Friday night last week. He was working at the BUFFALO BAR, owned by Mr. Naidoo, as a bouncer on the corner of Commercial and gardener Street in the city of DURBAN. According to the deceased last words before he died, there were some customers who were making a noise and disturbing other customers at the liquor outlet. The owner sent him to tell them that they should respect other customers, but they did not listen. They continue to make noise. The owner sent him to take all of them out and make sure that they are not coming back.

Statement for the Human Rights Commission Hearings Relating to Access to Housing, Local Government and Service Delivery

Yesterday Abahlali baseMjondolo presented to the Human Rights Commission in Johannesburg. This is the statement that was sent to the Commission in advance of the hearings. 12 February 2015 Abahlali baseMjondolo Statement for the Human Rights Commission Hearings Relating to Access to Housing, Local Government and Service Delivery We first met on the 5th of January 2015 to begin the process of developing a response to the questions asked by the Human Rights Commission and we concluded the process on the 12th of February 2015. We note that we have been invited to the hearings as a civil society organisation. We would like to begin by stating that we do not identify ourselves as a civil society organisation. Mostly when people talk about civil society what they mean is NGOs. Most NGOs have no members and no mandate to represent anyone. When NGOs are taken to represent the people in the name of civil society this is one more way of excluding oppressed people from important spaces and discussions. Some NGOs are as hostile to democratic membership based peoples’ organisations as the worst elements in the state. We are also not a political party. We are a democratic membership based movement of shack dwellers and other poor people (umbutho wabantu). We currently have twenty two branches in good standing in KwaZulu-Natal, and one in Cape Town, and just over 11 000 individual members in good standing. The government, and some NGOS, have always been saying that our movement will not exist in a year’s time. They are always excitedly announcing the death of our movement. But this year we will be celebrating ten years of our existence.

Occupiers Attacked by ANC Mob in Verulam

Thursday, 29 January 2015 Abahlali baseMjondolo Press Statement   Occupiers Attacked by ANC Mob in Verulam Last night and this morning around a hundred families occupying municipal flats in in Hammond's Farm in Waterloo, Verulam, North of Durban came under sustained attack by an ANC mob and then the Land Occupations Unit, both acting with the support for the police. The flats were occupied in November 2014. They had been left empty for years and it is alleged that the councillor from ward 58 began selling them for a minimum price of R10 000 each. At this point homeless residents took the decision to occupy.

International organizations call on South Africa to protect leaders of shack-dwellers from attacks

New York, 8 December 2014. The International Network for Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (ESCR-Net) sent a letter on December 5, 2014 to the President of the Republic of South Africa to express serious concern regarding a recent wave of alleged assassinations, threats, arbitrary detentions and other acts of violence and intimidation against leaders of Abahlali baseMjondolo. Abahlali baseMjondolo (Abahlali) is a movement of shack dwellers of South Africa which campaigns to improve the living conditions of low income people living in informal settlements on the outskirts of South Africa’s major cities, in particular in relation to the right to adequate housing, access to essential services, and protection from forced evictions

Three International Cities Protest for #handsoffabahlali

http://www.tmponline.org/2014/11/18/hands-off-abahlali/ “We will build houses for you, it is not something we can achieve overnight” - Nelson Mandela, President of South Africa, 1994 [link to video] “We have learned that by demanding decent housing we make enemies, and that by occupying land we make those enemies even more ruthless. But we cannot wait in the mud, shit and fire of shack life forever.” - S’bu Zikode, founding President of Abahlali baseMjondolo, 2013 [link to text] In South Africa, two black women were violently killed by probable state actors to little public reckoning. These women though killed in separate instances were both active members of Abahlali baseMjondolo (AbM) the shack-dwellers movement which has challenged local ANC rule for better housing and exposed local corruption.

Solidarity Statement from Sao Paulo

STATEMENT OF SOLIDARITY WITH ABAHLALI BASEMJONDOLO We, the undersigned, representatives of social movements, not-for-profit organizations, national and local authorities and policy makers, professionals, academics and researchers and representatives of international organizations from 26 countries, have gathered in the city of Sao Paolo, Brazil between November 12 and 14, 2014 to advance a Right to the City. We wish to express our grave concern regarding reoccurring acts of intimidation, threats, arbitrary detentions, assassinations and other acts of violence that are being perpetrated against Abahlali baseMjondolo, movement of shack-dwellers of South Africa who are working to advance the rights of the urban poor to decent homes, the right to the city, and to build a society based on respect, equality, justice and human dignity for all. We unequivocally condemn all acts of violence and abuses committed against the leaders and members of Abahlali baseMjondolo.

Mass Prayer Tomorrow

Friday, 14 November 2014 Abahlali baseMjondolo Press Statement   Mass Prayer Tomorrow On the 15 November 2014 we are going to have our last General Meeting of this year 2014. We normally have General meetings (whereby all members are invited to gather to share ideas) each and every month. We have decided to hold a mass prayer at the final General Meeting for this year given that our Movement is currently under attack and facing repression.

Two Comrades Arrested in KwaNdengezi

Update - Two more comrades have now been arrested. Police bail has now been secured for all four comrades. Friday, 14 November 2014 Abahlali baseKwaNdengezi Press Statement Two Comrades Arrested in KwaNdengezi At around 20:00 last night to Abahlali baseMjondolo members were arrested in KwaNdengezi. They were arrested by police officers in plain clothes and driving unmarked cars. They were not told why they were arrested and up until now they are not yet charged let alone to appear before court. Theexplanation from the Station Commissioner of SAPS KwaNdengezi is that they will not be taken to court since a 48 hour period has not expired yet. It is clear that as usual their arrest was timed so that they could be held for Friday and through the whole weekend. We fear for their safety while they are in police custody.

A Shack Fire in the Foreman Road shack settlement in Clare Estate, Durban has Claimed Two Lives

Sunday, 9 November 2014 Abahlali baseMjondolo Press Statement A Shack Fire in the Foreman Road shack settlement in Clare Estate, Durban has Claimed Two Lives Yesterday we had a very successful march, together with our Congolese comrades, against the politic of death. Early this morning two residents of the Foreman Road shack settlement lost their lives in a huge fire. We are the people that can be freely murdered without consequence. We are also the people that are left to live like pigs in the mud and to die in shack fires. For almost ten years we have been struggling to force the state to take shack fires seriously. We have won many victories over the years but we remain the people that are left to burn. Every time there is a fire the politicians and the police rush to blame us for the fire. They never blame the conditions in which we are forced to live. They never meet with us to work out a way to improve these conditions. We will not rest until we have forced this society to recognise and respect our humanity.

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