29 August 2017
Abahlali baseMjondolo Press Statement
Judgment on the Legality of a 2013 Shooting by the Anti-Land Invasions Unit to be Handed Down Tomorrow
On Sunday 22 September 2013 Nkosinathi Mngomezulu was shot, multiple times, with live ammunition during an illegal and violent eviction carried out against the Marikana Land Occupation in Cato Crest by the Anti-Land Invasions Unit, acting for the eThekwini Municipality. The eviction was carried out despite court interdicts prohibiting evictions. After he was shot Mngomezulu spent months in the ICU division at King Edward hospital. He was chained to the bed and always accompanied by a police officer during visiting hours. Continue reading →
The languages of xenophobia in post-apartheid South Africa: Reviewing migrancy, foreignness, and solidarity
by Camalita Naicker, Agenda: Feminist Magazine
This open forum piece argues that the language and discourse of xenophobia is a shared experience among people who are seen and constructed as being from ‘elsewhere’ in four different provinces in South Africa. It suggests that use of xenophobic discourse and language, the precarious nature of living conditions, labour conditions and restricted access to citizenship rights from the State, are experienced by all people who are categorised as ‘migrants’
internally, and those described as ‘foreigners’ or ‘refugees’ by Government officials.
What this open forum piece will also show is that the Pan-Africanism and collective ideas of freedom, struggle and resistance or ‘bonds of solidarity’ among migrant labourers, both from other countries as well as the former Bantustans during the struggles against apartheid, should not be confined to a nostalgic past, but seen as very much present in South Africa today. This solidarity is perhaps not so much about a shared history of struggle against colonialism and apartheid, although this too may be extant, but is rather informed by a shared present
where some are seen as citizens with freedom of movement and access to services from the State, while others are excluded. The notion of citizenship, then, becomes refracted, not merely through the making of the new categories of ‘foreigners’ through labour migration, but also through deeply raced and classed discourses which inform who is viewed as a migrant and who is not.
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
The Struggle for Human Dignity Continues in the Shadow of Death
Life is always difficult in the shacks. If you are poor and black you can be killed with impunity. But it is not only the politicians and their izinkabi, or the police or private security companies that take our lives. We live in life threatening conditions every day. We die in the fires, from disease, drugs and crime. Our children die from diarrhoea. Our neighbours die because the roads next to the settlements are not made safe for pedestrians. The economy excludes us. The development of the cities excludes us. We are denied access to land, electricity, water, housing, education and work. We are also denied the right to participate in the discussions about the future of our society and in decision making about our lives and communities. Continue reading →
Monday, August 12, 2013
Abahlali baseMjondolo Sweet Home Farm Branch Press Statement
Abahlali baseMjondolo to March on Mayor de Lille on Wednesday
Abahlali baseMjondolo Western Cape is tired of the waiting system from the government. The Western Cape has turned to be a spaza shop, where the DA comes and shop for votes while we are left with empty promises.
The leading party in the Province does not have any humanity. Its only delivery is to demolish our homes, leaving us homeless in the rain. When they comes to shop for their votes they act like we are people who count, and they know that we are in ward areas. After the voting is finished we are called unknown people and we treated like people that don't count to this city.