Abahlali baseMjondolo

Another Abahlali baseMjondolo leader assassinated in Durban

S'fiso Ngcobo

Last night S'fiso Ngcobo, chairperson of his local Abahlali baseMjondolo branch was assassinated in Durban. Earlier in the day Ndumiso Mnguni, also an Abahlali baseMjondolo member, was shot and seriously wounded by Municipal security guards.

Forced Development, Demolitions, Flooding & Threats in Vusimuzi, Tembisa

Vusimuzi settlement was founded in 1995 and is now being subject to forced demolition and flooding of existing homes due to new development.

Recent development in South Africa's land occupation movement

Statement from the South African land occupation Abahlali baseMjondolo, on their growth in membership, new occupations of land, and the irrelevance of ANC's 'land reform'.

Unfreedom Day Rally: Freedom a figment of elite imagination, say 50,000 shack dwellers

UnFreedom Day 2018

An article from the mainstream media on the annual 'UnFreedom Day' rally held each year by Abahlali baseMjondolo in Durban as a counter event to the national public holiday 'Freedom Day'. Thousands of people, from various parts of the country, participated in the event. The movement affirmed its commitment to the collective ownership and democratic management of land, outside of the logic of capital.

South Africa: Land Expropriation from Below Faces Brutal Repression

The Women's Riot in Cato Manor, Durban, 1959

As the ruling African National Congress promises, with an eye on a coming election and the collapse in its popular support under Jacob Zuma, to expropriate land without compensation urban land occupations continue, and continue to face serious repression from the ruling party and the state.

The real land expropriation movement in South Africa

Garniston

There has been a massive international reaction to the vote in South Africa to begin the process of land reform, but the ANC is not interested in real land redistribution and persecutes the shack dwellers who are carrying it out.

Fanonian Practices in South Africa: From Steve Biko to Abahlali baseMjondolo

Fanonian Practices in South Africa: From Steve Biko to Abahlali baseMjondolo

Written by a leading Fanon scholar, and with an acute philosophical intelligence, Fanonian Practices in South Africa is a sophisticated attempt to examine post-apartheid South Africa through the emancipatory lens of Frantz Fanon’s revolutionary humanism.

Thinking freedom: achieving the impossible collectively

Michael Neocosmos

An interview with Michael Neocosmos first published by the Transnational Institute.

Abahlali baseMjondolo activists kidnapped then tortured at house of local ward councillor

Abahlali baseMjondolo

On Monday two members of Abahlali were attacked by unknown people in their Silver City branch in uMlazi. The two men, who are serving in the local Abahlali structure were abducted by a group of men and forced into a car with no registration number. They were then taken to the house of the local ward councillor. They were beaten and tortured for two hours at the home of the ward councillor by the same men that had abducted them. After this they were taken to the police station by these men.

Politics at stake: a note on stakeholder analysis

Abahlali baseMjondolo in Caoe Town

In what Partha Chatterjee calls 'most of the world' the state and capital have two defences against grassroots political society - the police and civil society (especially NGOs and the academy). The first protect oppression with violent repression, the second do the same by throwing up a spongy wall around it in which grassroots political society is absorbed via individualising technocratic 'public participation' processes and educated to accept domination via all kinds of workshops and training that teach people to know their place. This article is an important attempt to think with grassroots militancy against civil society.