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Media Policy

Abahlali baseMjondolo has always been ready to discuss its goals with the media. Its representatives are, unlike the government, keen to offer honest and straightforward answers to questions from the media, and to offer resources to help print, radio and TV sources get the best and most accurate story to their constituents. All Abahlali meetings and events are open to all media at all times without exception. If journalists visiting us do not speak isiZulu and isiXhosa we will always be happy to arrange translation into English.

Media Coverage

Abahlali have appeared in all major South African newspapers, radio and television stations and many popular magazines (in isiZulu, isiXhosa and English), and in international media such as the New York Times, The Times (London), The Economist, Al Jazeera, Agence France-Presse, Le Monde diplomatique, CNN etc, etc. Quite a bit, although certainly not all, of the print media coverage over the last three years is archived on this website. The biggest gaps are in the coverage in the various local newspapers which are not online and some of the foreign newspapers which require subscriptions for online access.

Press Releases

The latest press releases are on the home page of this site. If you would like to receive our press releases via a low volume email list that exists only for the purpose of facilitating easy contact with the media please email us here.

Direct Contact

To contact members of Abahlali online use the contact form or phone +27 31 304 6420.

If you want to contact people via the internet please understand that it might take a couple of days to get a reply. 

Quick Background Reading

*We are the Third Force, The famous response by S'bu Zikode to the paranoid claims that Abahlali is 'third force', November 2005
*Taking Poverty Seriously: What the poor are saying and why it matters, Article by Win Wei Ngiam on the political thinking in Abahlali baseMjondolo, November 2006
*Memorandam of Demands Handed to Superintendent Glen Nayager of the Sydenham Police Station, April 2007
*Operation Murambatsvina comes to KZN: The Notorious Elimination & Prevention of Re-emergence of Slums Bill, Press Statement, June 2007
*Memorandam of Demands to Mayor Obed Mlaba, September 2007
*The University of Abahlali baseMjondolo, Overview of the movement by Richard Pithouse, October 2007

Copyright policy

This site is copyleft. All resources on this site may be reproduced freely, credited to Abahlali baseMjondolo unless otherwise stated. Articles are posted under 'fair use' entitlements, for information, not for profit.

Latest updates on Abahlali.org

The Mercury: Evicting ‘land invaders’ unconstitutional.

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Tania Broughton, The Mercury Durban – A “blanket” court order which empowered police and city officials to evict “land invaders” and destroy their shacks with no notice to those affected and no judicial oversight has been declared unconstitutional. Members of the shack dwellers organisation Abahlali baseMjondolo sang and danced victoriously outside the Durban High Court
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News24: Court victory for Durban shack dwellers


Amanda Khoza, News24 Durban – The president of a shack dwellers organisation has welcomed a High Court order that prevents authorities from evicting people without a court eviction order. “This means that the evictions that took place between 2013 and 2014 in Cato Crest and Sisonke Village in Lamontville were carried out unlawfully,” Abahlali baseMjondolo
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Two ANC Councillors to appear in the Durban High Court after being charged with the murder of Thuli Ndlovu

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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
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GroundUp: Court victory vindicates shack dwellers’ rights

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Daneel Knoetze, GroundUp A recent judgment in the Durban High Court has confirmed what shack dwellers, urban land occupiers and their lawyers have known for some time – the state’s habitual use of legal loopholes to evict land occupiers from their homes is unconstitutional. What’s more, Judge Mokgohla’s decision has finally showed up the courts
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Celebrating outside the Durban High Court – 20 August 2015

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Picture by Phumlani Thabethe – The Citizen