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Abahlali baseMjondolo to Launch New Branch in Siyanda

Friday, 06 March 2009
Abahlali baseMjondolo to Launch Another New Branch

New AbM Branch to be Launched at Siyanda Section B on Saturday 7 March 2009

Despite all the hardship currently faced by Abahlali baseMjondolo and in shack settlements all over Durban the movement will be launching another new branch in Siyanda at Section B. The community is tired of the empty promises by the municipality and the negligences of the Department of Housing which delays the process of access to adequate houses. The fact that the community is waiting for houses doesn’t mean that they shouldn’t be provided with the basic infrastructures like water, toilets, electricity etc while they wait. This infrastructure is basic – it is necessary for people’s safety and dignity.

This community feel like they are the forgotten citizens. Every time when they try to make queries about their future the municipality says they ‘don’t appear on the municipality database’. But when the politicians want to campaign for the upcoming election they suddenly know that this community does exist.

This community is prepared to fight this thing with the help of the movement and to show the municipality and their councillor that they do exist and that they do qualify for better houses and for basic services while they wait for housing.

The new branch, which will be the second Abahlali baseMjondolo branch in Siyanda, will be launched tomorrow:

Date: 07-03-09
Place: Siyanda Mazulu School
Time: 15:00 pm.


The contact person in Siyanda B is Nomusa Nxumalo. She can be contacted on 076 579 6198

The Abahlali baseMjondolo office in the Kennedy Road settlement can be contacted on: 031-269 1822

Siyanda – Digital Archive

  • Siyanda residents wounded by police rubber bullets during road blockade, 4 December 2006
  • Protesters hurt as police fire rubber bullets, Daily News, 5 December 2005
  • What Happened at or to the SMI, 18 December 2006
  • Abantu abampofu namaPhoyisa, Izwe Labampofu, 14 January 2007
  • The Strong Poor and the Police, Izwe Labampofu, 19 January 2008
  • ‘No one can have it if we can’t’, Daily News, 20 August 2008
  • Victory in Court While Evictions Continue Outside, 26 August 2008
  • Ward councillor locked in home over service delay, 12 September 2008
  • Bebesho ukubakhipha ngodli ezindlini zomxhaso,Isolezwe 16 September 2008
  • Siyanda Crisis: Evictions, Police Intimidation, Unjust Housing Allocation etc., 17 September 2008
  • Siyanda Pictures, 17 September 2008
  • Letter to Obed Mlaba on the Siyanda Crisis from the Centre on Housing Rights & Evictions, 24 October 2008
  • Siyanda – the day before the big march, 9 November 2008
  • Memorandum of Demands by the Siyanda Abahlali baseMjondolo Branch, 10 November 2008
  • Pictures of the Siyanda March (1), 10 November 2008
  • Pictures of the Siyanda March(2), 10 November 2008
  • KZN housing development threatened, Daily News 13 November 2008
  • Pictures of the meeting to plan resistance to Bheki Cele’s evictions & pictures of the transit camp to which people are supposed to be forcibly removed, 7 December 2008
  • Bheki Cele Threatens 61 Siyanda Families with Forced Removal, 7 December 2008
  • Siyanda Abahlali baseMjondolo Letter to the State Attorney, 9 December 2008
  • Pictures of the removal to the transit camp (accepted by 2 families), 11 December 2008
  • Siyanda on Google Earth, uploaded 12 December 2008
  • 50 Families Remain in the their Homes and Refuse Eviction to “Transit Camp” Under Heavy Police Presence, 18 December 2008
  • Siyanda, Report Back from the High Court, 9 January 2009 (This picture set also shows the size of the Siyanda shacks
  • Siyanda: Agreement on Negotiations, Court Date Set Down for 27 January, 12 January 2009
  • Abahlali baseMjondolo answering affidavit, 22nd January 2009
  • CALS Statement on Forced Removal of Siyanda Residents to Transit Camps, 23 January 2009
  • Mercury Op-Ed: ‘Forced Removals’, by Kerry Chance, Marie Huchzermeyer and Mark Hunter 29 January 2009
  • Durban High Court Delays Bheki Cele’s Attempt at Forced Removal from Siyanda to the Richmond Farm Transit Camp, 7 February 2009