Category Archives: Foreman Road

eThekwini Municipality Breaks Promises Once Again – Protest Currently Underway

November 16, 2017

Abahlali baseMjondolo Press Statement

eThekwini Municipality Breaks Promises Once Again – Protest Currently Underway

Three lives have now been lost to the fire that devastated the Foreman Road settlement in the early hours of Sunday morning leaving more than a thousand people homeless. On Monday the Municipality promised to provide the people who had been left homeless after with fire with building materials. They promised that the building materials would be provided on Thursday, which is today.  Continue reading

A Second Life has been Lost to the Foreman Road Shack Fire

14 November 2017
Abahlali baseMjondolo Press Statement

A Second Life has been Lost to the Foreman Road Shack Fire

On Monday we reported that Sisipho Xulu, a two year old boy, had died in hospital after sustaining terrible injuries in the shack fire that devastated the Foreman Road settlement in the early hours of Sunday morning. Yesterday, at around 2 in the afternoon, the community got the sad news that Eric Mpanza, Sisipho’s father, had also died in hospital.   Continue reading

Foreman Road Settlement Devastated by Fire – a Child has Died

12 November 2017
Abahlali baseMjondolo Press Statement

Foreman Road Settlement Devastated by Fire – a Child has Died

Today at around 1:30 am in the morning a fire broke out in the Foreman Road Settlement in Clare Estate, Durban. The fire started when a candle fell and ended up burning the Xulu family home. We have just heard that a two year old child in the Xulu family has died in hospital. Other members of the family are in a critical condition at King Dinizulu Hospital. Around eight hundred families have been affected by the fire.   Continue reading

The Mercury: A revolution is building in South Africa

This article by Imraan Buccus was published in The Mercury and the Sunday Independent.

A REVOLUTION seems to be building in South Africa.

As inequality and developmental deficits persist, South Africans are standing up and demanding social justice. The “rebellion of the poor” has most often emerged from the informal settlement. But since the beginning of regular protests from informal settlements, protests have also spread to the mines and to university campuses.

But the informal settlements have been more or less constant sites of struggle. There is no doubt that shack-dwellers have often been given the short end of the stick in their attempt to carve out an existence on the fringes of the cities. Despite this, one often hears middle-class citizens talking about how frustrated they are “with these people constantly protesting”. The poor are often spoken about in truly derogatory ways. The middle-class often express prejudices that sound like they come straight from the colonial script.  Continue reading

Baby Jayden will be laid to rest tomorrow

Friday 02 June 2017

Abahlali baseMjondolo Press Statement

 Baby Jayden will be laid to rest tomorrow

Baby Jayden, killed by police on Monday this week, will be laid to rest at eMolweni cemetery in Inanda. The service will be held at Foreman Road settlement. The service will start at 10am in the morning and proceed to the cemetery at 12:30 pm.

Abahlali baseMjondolo members will be having a night vigil (Umlindelo) today from 20h00 till the morning to give baby Jaden the respect and dignity he deserved, but which was denied to him in an oppressive society. It is the movement, our strength and togetherness, that has ensured that Baby Jayden will be laid to rest with the dignity denied to him in life. It is the movement that will seek justice for Baby Jayden. Continue reading