iPolitiki ePhilayo: Digital Traces of the Political Thinking at the University of Abahlali baseMjondolo

Please note that this library of work by Abahlali baseMjondolo members is under construction, is not comprehensive and will be extended significantly over the next week or two. An extensive isiZulu & isiXhosa library is also being compiled but this will take some time as many of the documents need to be digitized. Finally, please also note that there is a archive of hard copy documents in the Abahlali baseMjondolo library in the Kennedy Road settlement.

Abahlali's call for Land and Housing in the cities has become a threat to the authorities, some NGOs and some academics who still believe that social change can not come from the bottom, who still believe that democracy is about being loyal to an authority. Such top down system has terrorized our society. In fact it is an insult to assume that the poor people cannot think for themselves, that someone else must talk for them without their concern. In view of this understanding a new living politic of the poor has been born…[But] it is clear that the organising of the poor by the poor to talk about their future is a crime in this country.
-Extract from a letter by S'bu Zikode written to seek solidarity after the police attack on the March on Mlaba, 10 October, 2007

Key Political Writings & Statements by Abahlali baseMjondolo Members (in English)

Press Statements


Published Articles


A Living Communism.final_full.pdf