Tuesday, 03 November 2015
Abahlali baseMjondolo Press Statement
The Struggle Continues: A Road Blockade, Two Comrades Shot
The struggle continues after our successful celebration of our ten year anniversary at the Curries Fountain stadium.
Road Blockade in Sisonke Village
Yesterday the Sisonke Village Abahlali branch (Lamontville) took to the street and blockaded the road after a long wait for a ward councillor to respond to their demand. The community of Sisonke have been in the area for fives years without water, electricity and toilets. Instead they have faced constant illegal and violent evictions. The local leadership of AbM have tried to have meetings with the ward councillor and wrote letters to her but she never responded. Continue reading
Adam Haupt argues that both the corporatisation of universities and repression of student protests erode constitutional freedoms. The Con
The rise of the #FeesMustFall movement in South Africa has revealed key fault lines. I would like to offer two arguments here. The first is that the use of police brutality against peaceful protesters on campuses undermines citizens’ rights to free speech. The second is that the corporatisation of public institutions produces the same negative effects on the public sphere as state repression of dissent. Public institutions’ mandate to preserve an information commons is undermined by an economic system that places a low premium on public spending. Universities are thrown at the mercy of the market and, effectively, cost barriers to education are introduced. It is in this way that any talk of a national democratic revolution is reduced to empty rhetoric. Continue reading
South African intelligence agencies have been accused of illegally spying on civil society groups and community leaders in the country.
“Intelligence officials are reportedly calling people working for civil society groups and asking them for information about the groups in exchange for money,” Murray Hunter, a spokesperson for the Right2know campaign, told.
He said that, although intelligence agencies had a legitimate role to play, they also at times viewed certain activists as threats to the state.
“Our report primarily looks at physical surveillance, for example, where officials call and ask activists when they will be attending their meetings,” he said. Continue reading
At around 3:30am last Wednesday, a young man named Sipho Dlamini was startled awake by insistent knocking. It was the sort of baton-on-zinc wake-up call that people have been experiencing in this country for generations. When he leapt out of bed and approached the source of the commotion, Dlamini couldn’t help but notice that his shack was surrounded by a phalanx of cops and soldiers. The law had shown up before dawn on this chilly morning, ostensibly to deal with the problem of xenophobic violence. But Dlamini wasn’t involved in xenophobic violence—in fact, he was involved in protecting foreign nationals from xenophobic violence—and he suspected that the men with guns might have arrived with something else in mind. When the first blows connected, he knew he was right.
“Ah, comrade, they were very rough,” Dlamini told me. Continue reading