Abahlali baseMjondolo

Statement of solidarity with the eKhenana Commune from Bishop Rubin Phillip

Lindokuhle Mnguni speaks at the eKhenana Commune after his release from prison

Bishop Rubin Phillip, a partisan of liberation theology and at one point the deputy to Steve Biko in the Black Consciousness student organisation remains committed to the self-organisation of the oppressed. He has just released a statement of solidarity with the eKhenana Commune, a land occupation organised by Abahlali baseMjondolo in Durban, that has faced sustained state violent, and now a series of arrests on trumped up charges. The Commune includes the Frantz Fanon Political School, which is used for radical education for activists around South Africa.

South African Riots: The Social Crisis Erupts

In mid-July the social crisis in South Africa (SA) exploded in a week of rioting, looting and arson which swept across the provinces of KwaZulu-Natal and Gauteng. By the end of the month over 330 people had been killed and a trail of destruction left across the major cities and shopping centres.

From Durban to the World

The Frantz Fanon Political School, eKhenana Land Occupation, Durban

On 4 October 2020 Abahlali baseMjondolo celebrated fifteen years of struggle on a land occupation in Durban. This essay describes the day, and reflects on fifteen years of struggle placing it the context of previous waves of struggle.

Escalating State Xenophobia in South Africa

Abahlali baseMjondolo occupy central Durban, early 2020

Since its formation in 2005 Abahlali baseMjondolo, which now has more than 70 000 members in good standing in Durban, has opposed xenophobia and sought to build a politics rooted in democratically run land occupations open to all. During period waves of xenophobic violence, always incited and sanctioned to some degree by the state, the movement has taken direct action to 'shelter and defend' people under attack.

Coronavirus: A Call for Solidarity in a Time of Crisis

Abahlali baseMjondol meeting, Durban, February 2020

Statement on the coronavirus crisis from Abahlali baseMjondolo.

Revolutionary Ubuntu: The Shackdwellers' Movement of South Africa

Abahlali baseMjondol meeting, Durban, February 2020

A collection of statements and other materials from and relating to Abahlali baseMjondolo, edited by Abdul Alkalimat.

March for 'the total decommodification of land' in Durban, South Africa

Abahlali baseMjondolo outside the Durban City Hall - 24 February 2019

Today, Abahlali baseMjondolo, from a base on more than seventy ongoing land occupations, and with a membership in good standing approaching 80 000, organised a major march in Durban against control over the allocation and management of land by the state and capital. The march follows promises of a new top down land reform programme by the ruling African National Congress, which is split between neoliberal and kleptocratic factions.

ANC: The Chosen Party for South African Capitalism

The victory of the ANC in the South African election has yet again shown it is the capitalists’ chosen party for running South African capitalism. Its primary role is organising and enforcing the exploitation of the working class even when this means downing strikes in bloodshed as we saw at Marikana in 2012 (see leftcom.org).

Decolonizing the Notion of Citizenship

Abahlali baseMjondolo outside the Durban City Hall - 8 October 2018

Phumlani Majavu reflects on xenophobia in South Africa and, drawing from popular radical movements, argues for the idea of citizenship to be decolonised.