Category Archives: assassinations

M&G: Undoing the silences that become lies

Richard Pithouse, Mail & Guardian

On May 11, Karabo Mokoena’s body, burnt and mutilated, was found in a ditch, discarded along with the ordinary detritus of our lives, in Lyndhurst, Johannesburg. Her name took a very public place, along with Anene Booysen, Reeva Steenkamp, Nokuphile Khumalo, Rachel Tshabalala, Nosipho Mandleleni and so many others, in the grim record of what our society does to women.  Continue reading

GroundUp: Community leader shot dead after massive Khayelitsha land occupation


Community leader shot dead after massive Khayelitsha land occupation

Backyarders vow to continue battle for land

By Thembela Ntongana

1 June 2017

A group of Khayelitsha backyarders, who orchestrated a large land occupation in Cape Town two weeks ago have vowed to continue their fight for land. This follows the fatal shooting of one of the group’s leaders Mthunzi ‘Ras’ Zuma on Sunday night. Police spokesperson Noloyiso Rwexana said no arrests have been made.

One of the land occupiers, Mabhelandile Twani, said that they would not stop fighting for the land. “We will not stop even if it means I will die. I would have died fighting for a decent place to stay. The struggle continues,” he said.

Hundreds of people, mostly backyarders in Town Two, began their occupation on 15 May, demarcating hundreds of sites on vacant pieces of land in the area. One of the pieces of open land is next to the Khayelitsha Magistrates’ Court. The other two sites were in Makhaya and Kuyasa.

Last week, GroundUp visited the area where some of the erected structures were beingdemolished. Hundreds of sites were also demarcated on the land. The occupation is one of the biggest in the city in recent years.

The backyarders say they are tired of renting and living with their parents, while a large piece of land has been empty for years.

On 28 May, community leader Zola Booi told GroundUp that the shooting occurred after they had barricaded the road next to the vacant land.

“A car came and two people got out and asked what was going on. Ras explained to them. The driver then got out and asked whether he was Rasta. He was then shot in the head,” said Booi.

Booi now fears for his own life.

The City confirmed to GroundUp this week that it owns all the occupied sites in Khayelitsha, with the exception of two plots owned by the Western Cape government.

Backyarders don’t trust organisations

Occupiers said they had lost all trust in the organisations working in the area. These include the Khayelitsha Development Forum (KDF) as well as Khayelitsha Community Trust (KCT).

KCT is responsible for developing the occupied area in Town Two. The organisation signed a land availability agreement with the City in 2003.

Part of the occupied land has been earmarked for gap housing, which would accommodate people earning more than R3,500 and less than R15,000 a month. “The gap housing still wouldn’t accommodate us. We are here during the week so we don’t work, and don’t even have an income,” said resident Martin Xabangela.

KCT CEO Mkhululi Gaula said that the 22 hectares of the land was meant to be developed in 2015. He said there was a delay due to “legal matters” as well as the transfer of land from the City to KCT. The transfer process has not yet been completed.

“We have had two meetings with the occupiers, and have made it very clear that it is not acceptable [to occupy the land], and that they will be accommodated when the development is done,” said Gauda.

Mayoral Committee Member for Informal Settlements Councillor Xanthea Limberg urged residents to register on the City’s housing database in order to access the housing opportunities planned for the area.


The Mercury: Every political murder is a crisis

The ANC needs to accept that the nation exceeds the party and that people have a right to organise independently and take positions of their own choosing, writes Richard Pithouse.

Durban – In the great anti-colonial poem of his youth, Notebook of Return to my Native Land, written on the eve of World War II, Aimé Césaire wrote a profound optimism into the world.

Red Ants and residents clashed near Hammaskraal this week during a protest sparked after residents resisted efforts to evict them. File photo: Masi Losi. Credit: INDEPENDENT ME

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Amadiba Crisis Committee 2016-03 22: Our chairman brutally murdered

We are shocked to tell the public that the chairman of Amadiba Crisis Committee, Sikhosiphi Bazooka Rhadebe from Mdatya village in Amadiba, was brutally assassinated tonight outside his house in Lurholweni township, Amadiba area, Mbizana.

Our beloved Bazooka made the ultimate sacrifice defending our ancestral land of Amadiba on the Wild Coast.

He was murdered at about 7.30 in the evening. The hitmen came in a white Polo with a rotating blue lamp on the roof. Two men knocked at the door saying they were the police. Mr Rhadebe was shot with 8 bullets in the head. He died defending his young son, who witnessed the murder. His son and his wife are now in hospital. Continue reading

ANC councillors facing murder charges to return to court


Friday, 29 January 2016

Abahlali baseMjondolo Press Statement

ANC councillors facing murder charges to return to court

Two ANC councillors facing charges of murder, Mduduzi (Nqola) Christian Ngcobo and Luvelile Lutshelu, are due to appear in the Durban High Court on Monday, 1 February 2016. These alleged izinkabi (hitmen) are charged with assassinating Thuli Ndlovu, Abahlali baseMjondolo KwaNdengezi Chairperson and a senior leader member of our movement, on 29 September 2014. Both suspects are councillors of the ruling party and the party has protected them despite these serious allegations. We are told that they are still working for the party and receiving their normal salaries. Continue reading