A biography of Abahlali baseMjondolo militant, Lindela Figlan, from late September 2012.
Lindela Figlan was born on the 27th of December 1970 in J.B. Location in Flagstaff in Pondoland in what was then the Transkei bantustan.
Ayanda Kota from South African shack dwellers movement Abahlali baseMjondolo reports on the background to the massacre of striking mine workers at Marikana Platinum.
18 August 2012
It’s now two days after the brutal, heartless and merciless cold blood bath of 45 Marikana mine workers by the South African Police Services. This was a massacre!
Carmen Ludwig on the struggle from Cape Town - appropriation from below and repression from above.
Even 17 years after the end of the apartheid regime the majority of South Africans are living in the world’s most unequal country and are still fighting a daily struggle for the realisation of their constitutional rights.
A reflection on the repression of Abahlali baseMjondolo at the hands of the ANC in the wake of the case against the Kennedy 12 being thrown out of court.
In Texaco, his novel about the history of a shack settlement in Martinique, Patrick Chamoiseau writes of a “proletariat without factories, workshops, and work, and without bosses, in the muddle of odd jobs, drowning in survival and leading an existence like a path through embers.” But Texaco is also a novel of struggle, of struggle with the “persistence of Sisyphus”- struggle to hold a soul togeth
The 12 Abahlali baseMjondolo activists arrested after the attack on the movement in late 2009 have all been fully acquitted in court - and the state excoriated from the bench for its failed attempt to frame the 12.
18 July 2011
Abahlali baseMjondolo Press Statement
The Victory in the Kennedy 12 Trial is a Victory for all the Poor in South Africa
The Kennedy 12 have been acquitted of all the charges bought against them after the attack on our movement in September 2009. It is a great day for the 12, their families, our movement and the struggle of the poor in South Africa.
This thesis is dedicated to providing a theoretical and historical account of the way antisystemic movements have developed and changed.
[b] By examining the praxis of contemporary antisystemic movements and tracing the historical failure of ‘state-centric’ versions of these movements, this thesis will argue that an anarchistic praxis – though not a doctrinaire ideological programme – has become a primary point of reference for contemporary antisystemic social movements and that this can be seen, in many ways, as a response to the
This is the full text of a talk given by S'bu Zikode to a group of students from the University of Chicago at the University of Cape Town today. Zikode is the leader of Abahlali baseMjondolo, a militant but very thoughtful, creative and democratic squatters' movement which is the largest social movement to have emerged in post-apartheid South Africa.
Friday 11 February, 2011
I have been asked to speak on the politic of land and housing in our cities. I only get these invitations because of the strength of the movement of which I am part and so, on behalf of Abahlali baseMjondolo, I thank the University of Chicago Civilization program for this platform.
Mashumi ‘Lindela’ Figlan, a South African security guard, writes about his working life, the bosses and unions and conditions in the industry.
Maybe it is good to remind the people that where there is capitalism, the capitalists exploit the workers more than anything you can think of. These days with unemployment being so high the people are queuing up to be exploited. But we must remember that this is not a natural system. There is no reason why each and every person cannot have their dignity.
The South African Communist Party (SACP), long considered one of the most Stalinist Communist Parties anywhere, has joined the liberal NGOs in their attempt to rally public opinion against a two week long wave of popular protest in Cape Town that has included numerous road blockades and some damage to state property. The SACP statement, and a reply from Abahlali baseMjondolo of the Western Cape, are both reproduced here.
The Statement from the South African Communist Party
Blockading Public Roads is anarchy and reactionary