Category Archives: Nkululeko Gwala

IOL: Man fears for his life four years after dad’s assassination


by Nkululeko Nene

Siphamandla Qumbelo described his father’s killing during political turmoil in Cato Crest. Picture: Sunday Tribune
Durban – Siphamandla Qumbelo’s life was shattered when his father, Thembinkosi Qumbelo, was assassinated four years ago. 

On Tuesday, the 20-year-old shared vivid memories of the night his father was killed. Thembinkosi was shot hours before he could attend a community meeting that was addressed by former eThekwini mayor James Nxumalo at a stadium in Mayville, Durban.

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The Marikana land occupation in Cato Manor, Durban, in 2013 and 2014: A site where neither the state, the party nor popular resistance is fully in charge

by Richard Pithouse

This chapter provides an account of some of the contestation around a landoccupation in Cato Manor, Durban. It shows that none of the actors aspiring toexercise control – party structures, the local state, the courts, NGOs and popularorganisations – were, in the period under study, able to exercise full control over thepeople or territory in question. It also shows that actually existing forms of contestationfrequently operated outside the limits established by liberal democratic arrangements

Abahlali baseMjondolo and the Durban Congolese Refugee Commiunity to March on Saturday

Thursday, 06 November 2014

Abahlali baseMjondolo joint press statement with the Durban Congolese refugee community


Abahlali baseMjondolo and the Durban Congolese Refugee Community to March on Saturday

We do not count to this society and this world. We can be driven from our homes, beaten, tortured and murdered with impunity. We are placed outside of citizenship and even humanity. When we insist on our dignity, when we take our place in the cities and in the discussions and when we resist the violence that constantly rains down on us like an endless storm we are shown to the world as criminals. We are expected to suffer and die in silence. We are expected to leave a world for our children in which their only future is suffering. We are not alone in having to live under this cruelty. In Palestine, in Haiti, in the Congo and in the favelas of Brazil and the gecekondus of Turkey it is the same.

It is our responsibility to build a new politic, a politic that respects the dignity of all people, a politic that restores the land and wealth of the world to the people, a politic in which there are no people that can be freely driven from their homes and freely killed, a politic in which everyone counts. Continue reading

R2K Whistleblowers 2014: Nkululeko Gwala

“If we get killed, let it be known what we stood up for” – AbM’s tribute to Nkululeko

Housing activist Nkululeko Gwala was assassinated on 26 June 2013, allegedly after uncovering evidence of political corruption and police intimidation in the housing projects in Cato Crest.

Nkululeko Gwala was a well-known activist, and respected member of Abahlali baseMjondolo, a social movement whose campaigns against illegal evictions and political corruption in Cato Crest made headlines in the past year.

It is said that in meetings with the council, Nkululeko Gwala spoke for his community and questioned the corruption that he saw in the housing sector. Gwala had reportedly been collecting evidence of intimidation and political corruption and had planned to meet with S’bu Zikode, an Abahlali BaseMjondolo leader, to present it.

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