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Welcome to the Abahlali Website

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

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Nigel Gumede Must Go

The ANC and SACP are Building Shacks in the Marikana Land Occupation with the Permission of the Ward Councillor and Municipal Security Guards

18 October 2014 Abahlali baseMjondolo press statement The ANC and SACP are Building Shacks in the Marikana Land Occupation with the Permission of the Ward Councillor and Municipal Security Guards   About twenty men, members of the ANC and the SACP, are building shacks right now in troubled Cato Crest in Ward 101. They are building their shacks in a piece of land that has been left vacant in the Marikana Land Occupation in order to build a community hall. The men who are building shacks on this land said that the local ANC councillor Mzimuni Ngibi has given them permission to build the shacks. This has been confirmed by the security guards who are now placed in the settlement to guard against further land occupation by Abahlali. The security guards came and negotiated with the men and the councillor was then called to confirm that his comrades have the right to build. We would be happy if everyone who is desperate for housing was allowed to build but only the ANC is allowed to build. The Land Invasion Unit and its law enforcement do not apply to ANC but only to people who are non-ANC. The same security guards have demolished several shacks built by Abahlali but today they smile while negotiating with the rulers of this country.

From Assassination with Bullets to Assassination with Words

17 October 2014 Abahlali baseMjondolo Press Statement   From Assassination with Bullets to Assassination with Words On the 6th of October 2014, exactly one week after Thuli Ndlovu was assassinated, The Mercury published an article by Bongani Hans and Sihle Manda that was nothing but an attempt to assassinate the reputation of S’bu Zikode, of our movement and of the many people who are striving for land and housing in Durban independently of our movement. The article, ‘Shacks pop up in Durban land grab’ by Bongani Hans and Sihle Manda is online here: http://www.iol.co.za/news/crime-courts/shacks-pop-up-in-durban-land-grab-1.1760398#.VDfdg2eSxps It has since been republished by The Post and the South African Housing Federation which also circulated it via email.

Another political eviction in Sisonke Village, near Lamontville

1 October 2014 Abahlali baseMjondolo press statement Another political eviction in Sisonke Village, near Lamontville On Sunday 28 September 2014 the ANC Ward 74 councillor Nolubabalo Mthembu called an ANC meeting to discuss ways of replacing the Land Invasion Unit with an ANC demolition team. This meeting took place at the Lamontville Community hall in the afternoon at around 1pm. The Task Team Committee was launched to carry out the illegal eviction of the nearby Sisonke settlement. Sisonke Village, formerly known as Madlala Village, made headlines early this year when they approached the Constitutional Court after they had been subjected to more than 24 illegal evictions.

Thuli Ndlovu was Assassinated last Night

Tuesday, 30 September 2014

Abahlali baseMjondolo Press Statement

Thuli Ndlovu, the Abahlali baseMjondolo Chairperson in KwaNdengezi, was Assassinated last Night Between half past six and seven last night an armed man burst into Thuli Ndlovu’s home in KwaNdengezi while she was watching TV. He shot her seven times and she died on the scene. There were two other people in the house at the time. One was Sphe Madlala, an 18 year old neighbour. He finished matric last year and did very well in physics and maths. Our movement has been trying to help him to get into university. He had come to the house to help Thuli’s 17 year old daughter, Sli, with her matric studies in maths and science. Sphe was also shot twice in the stomach but he survived. He underwent surgery at RK Khan Hospital at one this morning and remains in a critical condition. Thuli’s one year old son, Freedom, was also in the house at the time of the shooting. He was not physically harmed. Sli was in a separate outside room with her grandmother at the time of the shooting.

Abahlali baseMjondolo of the Western Cape Re-launches in Sweet Home Farm, East Phillipi

Saturday, 27 September 2014 Abahlali baseMjondolo Press Statement   Abahlali baseMjondolo of the Western Cape Re-launches in Sweet Home Farm, East Phillipi The situation at the Marikana Land Occupation in Durban remains tense after the attack by the local ANC yesterday. Last night black land rovers without number plates were driving around the area. However there have been no further attacks. Today delegates from Abahlali in KwaZulu-Natal are with our comrades in Cape Town as part of our exchange visit and to witness democracy in action. This is an opportunity to share our struggles in our respective provinces and to learn from one another. The Sweet Home branch, our only active branch in Cape Town, will relaunch today.

The ANC is Attacking the Marikana Land Occupation

26 September 2014 10:29   The ANC is Attacking the Marikana Land Occupation in Cato Crest   The Land Invasions Unit has retreated. The occupation is now under attack by the local ANC. ANC members led by Cllr Mzi Ngiba and his BEC have already demolished around 25 shacks. An ANC member has attacked Nomvete with a spade. We are waiting for the ambulance to rush her to hospital.   K Maphumulo on 079 4648580 Mzamo Majozini on 078 6407999 Abahlali office 031 3046420

Illegal Evictions About to Happen in Cato Crest

Friday, 26 September 2014 Abahlali press statement   The ANC eThekwini has forced the MEC for Human Settlement and Public Works in the province of KZN to illegally evict Abahlali baseCato Crest. This criminal mandate was made very clear at our meeting with the MEC at the Durban's City Hall also known as Nigel Gumede Hall. The MEC's attempt to lecture his comrades about the rule of law and the Constitutional ruling few months ago fell in deaf ears. Since that meeting the MEC/eThekwini Municipality have hired private security guards too guard the Marikana land occupation. Also izinkabi hit men have been seen around the settlement hunting for Ndabo after he was threatened at the City hall during our meeting with the MEC last week. Strange men who introduced themselves as officials from eThekwini municipality have also been monitoring the settlement for further shack expansion in the morning and evening.

We Are All Ndabo Mzimela

September 26, 2014 Abahlali baseMjondolo Press Statement   We Are All Ndabo Mzimela As everybody knows the struggle in Cato Crest against corruption and for land and housing has been seriously repressed. Last year Thembinkosi Qumbela and Nkululeko Gwala were murdered by the izinkabi and Nqobile Nzuza was killed by the police. Others have been shot and beaten. Some have been beaten in the police station. A number of activists, including those who are not members of Abahlali baseMjondolo and are part of other organisations, like the SACP, have had to leave the area. There are regular illegal evictions that are often in violation of court orders and are always in violation of the law. All these actions are carried out with impunity.

Abahlali baseMjondolo Press Statement on Heritage Day

Tuesday, September 23, 2014 Abahlali baseMjondolo Press Statement   Abahlali baseMjondolo Press Statement on Heritage Day Our movement will gather together on this day of 24 September 2014 to celebrate our cultural diversity and histories of struggle. As always we embrace each other's well-being as creatures who are to enjoy life. We continue to insist that Durban must be a home, safe and free, for everyone that lives in this city whether we are rich or impoverished, women or men and without regard for where we were born and what language we speak. We will also be using this opportunity to give a report back to our general membership on the progress of our struggle for land, housing and dignity. We will be reporting on all the challenges we have faced this year. Will be reporting on all the meetings we have had with various government officials and other institutions and organizations, the status of the struggle in our branches and of the movement as a whole. And yes, this will be an opportunity to hold the University of Abahlali in Action on political work.

Abahlali baseMjondolo Consultative Meeting with the Ingonyama Trust

Friday, 19 September 2014 Abahlali baseMjondolo Press Statement   Abahlali baseMjondolo Consultative Meeting with the Ingonyama Trust In KwaNdengezi and in eTafuleni people living in traditional homes with land for livestock and gardens are being forced out of their homes and are losing their land as RDP houses are built on their lands. For these people development means being forced out of a big house that they have built themselves into a tiny government house and it means that they are losing their land and the money and the food that they get from their land. New people are being brought into the RDP houses by the councillors and their ward committees. As usual the houses are given to their family members and to members of the ruling party. As usual there is no consultation with the community. The municipality only consults with the councillors and their ward committees. This land has always fallen under the amaKhosi but the Municipality is now claiming that it falls under them.

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