S’bu Zikode on GritTV


“The power of the poor starts when we as the poor recognise our own humanity,” wrote S’bu Zikode, President of Abahlali baseMjondolo, the South African Shackdwellers’ Movement. Years after the end of apartheid, poor South Africans still struggle under a system that has yet to fulfill the promises it made to the people: redistribution of land has stopped, and the attention of the world subsided as the World Cup ended. Abahlali baseMjondolo is one of the movements fighting for change, organizing the poor, and Zikode is currently on a solidarity tour of the U.S. He joined Laura in studio for a special conversation about organizing in South Africa and around the world, about housing as a human right, and what is wrong when homes stand empty while people sleep in the street.