South African shack dwellers' direct action movement Abahlali baseMjondolo on the death and legacy of Nelson Mandela.
“If the ANC does to you what the Apartheid government did to you, then you must do to the ANC what you did to the Apartheid government.”
- Nelson Mandela, Cosatu1 Conference, 1993
- 1. Main South African trade union federation
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.
Nqobile Nzuza a 17 year old girl, a grade 9 learner at Bonella High School and an Abahlali baseMjondolo supporter was gunned down at around 5:00 a.m. on 30 September. Nqobile was shot twice from behind with live ammunition. Luleka Makhwenkwana was also shot in her arm with live ammunition and she is in King Edward Hospital. Thulisile Zide fainted and went unconscious, she is also in hospital.
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.
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