Abahlali baseMjondolo

Dis/placing political illiteracy: the politics of intellectual equality in a South African shack-dwellers’ movement

by Anna Selmeczi

The production and abandonment of surplus people also depends on rendering them as improper political subjects. In the prevailing political discourse, poor people’s struggles are deemed less than political
through notions such as the idea that all protest is related to the pace of “service delivery” or accusations of violence, as well as often explicit characterizations of dissenting people as ignorant. Such discursive moves
imply and reinforce a conception of the poor black majority as unable to think and practice their own politics; that is, as politically illiterate group of people.

Educating Resistance

by Anna Selmeczi, 2010

While deeply sympathetic to David Harvey’s commitment to a politics that canmove to a new and more just order this paper, based on the experience of a period of immersion in the shack dweller’s movement Abahlali baseMjondolo,asks if Harvey’s commitment to scaling up the level of political action, alongside a project of political education, risks removing politics from the grasp of the people who are currently struggling, with a considerable degree of success,to restore their right to political speech and imagination.

South Africa: class struggle, 'xenophobia' and the local elite

This article offers a brief case study of how grassroots self organisation enables communities to resist xenophobic violence in South Africa.

Escalating Political Violence in South Africa

An article from the mainstream media in South Africa on escalating political violence including assassinations, police murders and violence from local party structures.

Another Abahlali baseMjondolo comrade has just been assassinated in Durban

South African shack dwellers' movement Abahlali baseMjondolo have just announced that Thuli Ndlovu, their Chairperson in KwaNdengezi has been assassinated. As the statement below indicates there had been serious threats against another comrade, Ndabo Mzimela, but the hammer of oppression fell elsewhere. The Marikana Land Occupation has been attacked by the ANC since this statement was issued. It seems that the Land Invasions Unit stood back and let the party members do the work. A women who tried to resist was attacked and injured with a spade.

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Land occupations continue in Durban

Martha Chofe & her son with the remains of her home, Cato Crest

South African shack dwellers' movement Abahlali baseMjondolo report on the illegal eviction of shacks in an occupied settlement by municipal authorities.

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.