Abahlali baseMjondolo

To vote or not to vote: should it be a question?

This article looks at the upcoming elections in South Africa on the 7th of May. As part of this, it looks at the dangers of activists promoting parties and electing to vote for one party or another, and how this creates and feeds into illusions in and about the state.

Abahlali: We were promised homes for all, not just for ANC party members

South African shack dwellers' direct action movement Abahlali baseMjondolo on the death and legacy of Nelson Mandela.

Another Abahlali baseMjondolo activist murdered in Durban, this time by the police

Nqobile Nzuza

Nqobile Nzuza, 17 years, old was shot dead by the police yesterday morning on a road blockade. She was shot in the back, twice. This is the statement from Abahlali baseMjondolo.

Abahlali baseMjondolo organise march of thousands in Durban in protest at repression

Abahlali baseMjondolo occupy central Durban, 16 September 2013

This article is from the mainstream press in South Africa. But it gives a good enough account of the large protest (thousands of people) that Abahlali baseMjondolo were able to organise in Durban yesterday despite two assassinations, death threats and relentless (illegal) evictions of their members at the Marikana Land Occupation in Cato Crest, Durban.

Nkululeko Gwala

Photograph of Nkululeko Gwala - Abahlali baseMjondolo activist assassinated in Durban on 26 June 2013.

Abahlali baseMjondolo activist Nkululeko Gwala assassinated in Durban, South Africa

Abahlali baseMjondolo activists

Nkululeko Gwala was assassinated on 26 June 2013. He is the third Abahlali baseMjondolo activist to be murdered this year and the fourth housing activist to be murdered in Durban this year.

Lindela 'Mashumi' Figlan

A biography of Abahlali baseMjondolo militant, Lindela Figlan, from late September 2012.

The Marikana mine workers massacre – a massive escalation in the war on the poor

Ayanda Kota from South African shack dwellers movement Abahlali baseMjondolo reports on the background to the massacre of striking mine workers at Marikana Platinum.

Solidarity with mine workers at Marikana Platinum

Families of those killed demonstrate against police

This statement from South African shack dwellers movement Abahlali baseMjondolo on the massacre at Marikana Platinum has just come out on their newswire. The death toll is now over 40.

The Land belongs to the People: The Government of Cape Town Violates the Rights of the Poor

Carmen Ludwig on the struggle from Cape Town - appropriation from below and repression from above.