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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

Daily Maverick: Poor-bashing is the new slut-shaming – Zuma, Sisulu & the lazy nation

Jacob ZumaLindiwe SisuluSisonke Msimang

http://www.dailymaverick.co.za/opinionista/2014-10-23-poor-bashing-is-the-new-slut-shaming-zuma-sisulu-the-lazy-nation by Sisonke Msimang I don’t know of a country that gives free houses to young people. Free housing in a few years will be something of the past. (Young people) have lost nothing (to Apartheid). If it is not clear – none of you (young people) are ever going to get a house free
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Twenty Years of Hell in Shacks

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20 October 2014 Twenty years of hell in shacks Presentation to the DDP Conference on ‘Twenty Years of Local Democracy in South Africa’, Durban, 20 & 21 October 2014 By S’bu Zikode Twenty years of local democracy in South Africa has been very cruel for Abahlali baseMjondolo and for millions of other poor people. It
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Photograph from Isolezwe article on the KwaNdengezi Road Blockades yesterday. Nqola must go. 21 October 2014

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Photograph from Isolezwe article on the KwaNdengezi Road Blockades yesterday. Nqola 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

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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
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From Assassination with Bullets to Assassination with Words

Bongani Hanscato crestHarvey Mzimelaland occupationsMbulelo BaloyiRight to the CityS'bu ZikodeSihle MangaSkhumbuzo Vilakazi

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
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