Author Archives: Abahlali

Building Democratic Popular Power in the Struggle for Land & Dignity

11 December 2017
Abahlali baseMjondolo Movement SA

Building Democratic Popular Power in the Struggle for Land & Dignity

– 2017 Year End Statement

Our movement continues to grow. We currently have 46 branches in good standing. Our branch by branch audit of members in good standing has now counted the members in 32 branches and we currently have over 42 000 members on our spreadsheet. We have successfully expanded into Gauteng and the Eastern Cape.

However we continue to face lies, evictions, life threatening living conditions and serious repression.  Continue reading

Sibonelo Mpeku to be Laid to Rest in Bizana

1 December 2017
Abahlali baseMjondolo Movement SA Press Statement

Sibonelo Mpeku to be Laid to Rest in Bizana

Tomorrow, 2 December, we will be laying our friend and comrade Sibonelo Patrick Mpeku, former chairperson of our branch in Sisonke Village in Lamontville, to rest. This has been a difficult time for his family, his community and the movement at large. Comrade Mpeku was a leader that we all looked up too and respected. He was a man of God who wanted justice, land and dignity for the poor.  Continue reading

“I Have Only Come To Know What My Rights Are And What They Mean Through This Organisation”

by Lizeka Maduna

On Sunday 26 November, shack dwellers’ movement Abahlali BaseMjondolo launched a branch in Cato Manor, aimed at assisting and protecting residents of the uMkhumbane informal settlement. A few residents spoke to the Daily Vox about the change they hope to see with the newly launched branch.

Sthembiso Khoza, 54, unemployed, Cato Manor
The organisation has been of great help to us when we had lost all hope. Having our own branch will make things easier for us, especially since we will have our own elected members who will look out for our needs and complaints. Seeing the branch being launched gave me hope; we’ve been living under dire conditions for quite some time now. I foresee change in this community and I hope there will be peace.  Continue reading

Abahlali to launch a branch in Cato Manor

Sunday, November 26, 2017
Abahlali baseMjondolo Press Statement

Abahlali to launch a branch in Cato Manor

Abahlali baseMjondolo will be launching a branch in Cato Manor in Umkhumbane today. We have had many members in the area for some time and they are now ready to constitute and elect a council and officially become part of the organised structures of our movement.

The comrades in Umkhumbane have faced serious repression and regular attacks in the struggle for land and dignity. There are comrades who have lost their eyes and ears and some are not walking properly. Mlungisi Mokoena, an 18 year old pupil, was shot in both legs by the Anti-Land Invasion Unit for refusing to let them demolish his home. Women have been severely beaten by these armed men.  Continue reading

GroundUp: Activist groups unite to fight evictions


Scathing criticism of Durban Municipality for not responding adequately to Foreman Road fire

Photo of a crowd
Residents of Cato Manor met members of civil society formations. Photo: Nomfundo Xolo


“Those people have nothing left. They have no money and no documents. The least the municipality could have done was to bring mobile services to the people so that they can reclaim their lives again, but they were instead treated inhumanely.” Zukiswa Qezo, an organiser with the Social Justice Coalition (SJC), was speaking in Foreman Road, the scene of a shack fire on 12 November that killed a toddler and left hundreds of people homeless.

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