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Ubhacile umholi waBahlali baseMjondolo

Ubhacile umholi waBahlali baseMjondolo


USEKUBHACENI umengameli wenhlangano Abahlali baseMjondolo okuthiwa usephenduke inyamazane ehlala ibaleka ngenxa yokusongelwa Isithombe: Sibonelo Ngcobo

USEKUBHACENI umholi wenhlangano Abahlali baseMjondolo uMnuz Sbu Zikode okuthiwa uthola izinsongo ezishubile ezivela kubantu abathile, abasolwa ngokungahambisani nemibono yale nhlangano.

Encwadini ethunyelwe uNkk Sindi Mkhize-Zikode ozichaze ngokuthi uyinkosikazi kaZikode, kuvela ukuthi kwabona abasakwazi ukuxhumana naye. Continue reading

The Twentieth Newsletter (2018): Assassinations.

Dear Friends,

Greetings from the desk of the Tricontinental: Institute for Social Research.

On Wednesday evening, in São Paulo (Brazil), I walked past a wall that had on it the slogan – Marielle Presente. This referred to the assassination of Marielle Franco in Rio de Janeiro on 14 March of this year. On Thursday, at 4pm, a march across Rio took place under the banner – Quanto mais tem que morrer pra essa guerra acabar? (How Many More Have to Die for This War to End?). It has been 120 days since the murder of Marielle Franco – a socialist, a bisexual black woman, a champion of the downtrodden in Brazil’s favelas. Under international pressure, the government in Brazil agreed to an investigation – which appears to go nowhere. There is no confidence that the investigation will develop. The lead prosecutor in the case – Homero Freitas Filho – said that this is a ‘complicated crime’ and that the ‘lack of information’ and the ‘real motivation of the crime’ are the ‘main difficulties’. It is hard to have confidence in such a process. This is the same judiciary that has been so cavalier with the facts when it comes to the incarceration of the left’s presidential candidate, Lula (please read the Tricontinental: Institute for Social Research dossier on the fight for democracy in Brazil). Continue reading

Political Killings (Editorial in The Witness)

Our Viewpoint (10 July 2018)


Political Killings

There has been a brief respite in political killings in the province related to the internecine strife within the ANC. It is unlikely that things will remain so, and it is equally unlikely that the Moerane Commission of Inquiry’s report into these killings will deliver a usable verdict.
None of this is to say that all is quiet. It is important to pay attention to another persistent target, and that is the Durban shack-dweller movement, Abahlali baseMjondolo. It claimed last week that its president, S’bu Zikode, is “in grave danger” and that an attempt had been made on his life Continue reading

Abahlali baseMjondolo leader S’bu Zikode’s life is ‘in grave danger’

The Daily Maverick

By Musawenkosi Cabe, Magnificent Mndebele and Dennis Webster• 8 July 2018

 S’bu Zikode

An attempt has been made on the life of Abahlali baseMjondolo president Zikode, according to a statement released by the shack dwellers’ movement on 7 July. 

A statement released by Abahlali baseMjondolo on 7 July 2018 claimed that its president S’bu Zikode’s vehicle had been maliciously tampered with and his life was “in grave danger”.

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