Friday, 17 February 2017
Abahlali press statement
Abahlali to Launch its First Village in Bizana, Eastern Cape
For more than ten years we have waged a struggle for land, housing and dignity in the cities. Our struggle in the cities has often been influenced by ideas and practices from rural areas and struggles. From time to time our comrades have taken some of the ideas and practices of the movement back to rural villages and rural struggles.
On Sunday we will launch our first village in Bizana in the Eastern Cape. For some time we have been part of the solidarity work undertaken to reject corruption, nepotism, and the theft of the land by black capital monopoly in Bizana. In early 2016 Abahlali supported the march by Bizana Abahlali baseZilalini against unfair business practices by Ramdel, a construction company contracted to build a road. The local community was not consulted on the project and job opportunities were denied to local communities. Among those employed there were strong allegations of bribery, sexism and nepotism. Continue reading
17 February 2017
Abahlali baseMjondolo Press Statement
Abahlali to Hold Assembly to Strategise on Democratic and Participatory Development in Advance of Negotiations with the Municipality
This year we will be persuing Operation Siyakhisana. We have successfully resisted evictions and we have successfully occupied land. We have recently won the provision of important infrastructure in some settlements like electricity and ablution blocks. Now is the time to build, to plan and develop from below. We are beginning negotiations with the eThekwini Municipality on this programme as well as other matters like free access to sanitary pads and uniforms for our kids, as well as justice and respect for settlements that have experienced repression and brutality from the Municipality in places like Clare Estate, KwaNdengezi, Cato Crest, eKuphumeleleni and Lamontville. Continue reading
These people had a truck full of rubbish wanting to dump where our members live. When Thapelo approached them they started swearing at him and when he tried to take a photo he was attacked. Companies in and around Durban see shack settlements as a place where they can dump. This has caused rats as big as the cats.
Man assaulted for trying to stop illegal dumpers
A BRIARDENE Informal Settlement resident was assaulted after attempting to stop men from illegally dumping at the settlement on Wednesday afternoon. Welcome Mohapi, said he had asked the men, who were using a company vehicle to dump rubbish, what they were doing. He believe the household refuse was destined for the dump but the men decided to use the settlement instead. Continue reading
Bongani Mthethwa, The Times
A shack-dwellers’ movement known for singing struggle songs while campaigning against evictions is busy recording a CD featuring 13 protest songs.
Abahlali baseMjondolo — who campaign to improve living conditions of the poor – are recording an album at the Fort Hare University in the Eastern Cape.
The 29-member Abahlali baseMjondolo Choir has been performing at the movement’s events and its general assemblies since 2015. Its members are all from the Marikana Land Occupation in Cato Crest where they faced eviction for more than a dozen times in KwaZulu-Natal. Continue reading