Saturday 19 August 2017
Abahlali baseMjondolo Press Statement
Abahlali baseMjondolo to Launch Two Branches in Gauteng this Weekend
This weekend Abahlali baseMjondolo will launch two branches in the province of Gauteng, both in Germiston, Ekurhuleni Municipality. The launch today in Daveyton is today at 10:00 am and the re-launch in Good Hope will be tomorrow at 10:00 am.
Our movement continues to grow under these difficult circumstances. There is a great support for the struggle for land, housing and dignity, and great demand for the movement to expand to other provinces. A struggle that started against exclusion and for dignity in the Kennedy Road settlement in Durban in 2005 has now grown throughout the city of Durban, and is also growing elsewhere in the province and the country. Today the movement has branches in good standing in four provinces that is the Eastern Cape, the Western Cape, Kwazulu-Natal and Gauteng.
Even though the struggles for land, housing and dignity are the same throughout the country the movement understands that the political dynamics are different in different parts of the country. We will continue to enforce engagements between the state and the oppressed to ensure that the impoverished can fully participate in their own development. We will continue to educate ourselves about oppression and resistance, about how to build popular power from below to take the struggle for justice forward.
We will continue to encourage ourselves to fight against this corrupt and authoritarian state. We will continue to build democratic power from below. We will continue to force the government to take direction from the people. We will continue to struggle for our right to the cities.
Our dignity is not negotiable. For this reason the struggle continues and it continues to expand. The launches this weekend show that the movement continues to grow in its reach and power.
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