Abahlali baseMjondolo

Simon Saunders Interviews Abahlali baseMjondolo in London

Interview with a South African housing activist about recent struggles in Durban.

Abahlali baseMjondolo: ‘a homemade politics’

Matt Birkinshaw, a researcher from London, spent three months living in Abahlali baseMjondolo communities in Durban and Cape Town in 2008. This paper, prepared for a conference in Manchester, gives a brief but useful overview of the movement.

Zabalaza, Unfinished Struggles against Apartheid: The Shackdwellers’ Movement in Durban

This article by Nigel Gibson gives an overview of the emergence of Abahlali baseMjondolo in 2005. Much has changed since then - the movement has grown enormously and the early ambivalence about the ANC on the part of some militants was decisively broken in 2006 - but this is a classic account of the early days of the movement.

Martin Legassick on the Macassar Village Land Occupation in Cape Town

The Macassar Village Land Occupation, organised by Abahlali baseMjondolo, has rocked Cape Town. In a context where all political parties support the criminalisation of land invasions and the violent 'eradication' of shacks Martin Legassick has publicly defended the invasion.

We are the Third Force - S'bu Zikode

Assembly, Foreman Road Shack Settlement, Durban

S'bu Zikode's article in response to the attempts of the South African government to attack the shack dwellers' movement.

Resisting degradations and divisions: an interview with S'bu Zikode

S'bu Zikode

S’bu Zikode is the elected president of Abahlali baseMjondolo, a radical and radically democratic shackdwellers’ movement in South Africa that has committed itself to waging its struggles independently from party-political and NGO control. This is an excerpt from a longer interview.

unFreedom Day 2009

Every year the militant South African shack dweller's movement Abahlali baseMjondolo holds 'unFreedom Day' on the national public holiday 'Freedom Day'. This year it went ahead with a police helicopter circling just above the assembly after an initial police attempt to ban the event was seen off.

Sekwanele! Social movement struggles for land and housing in post-apartheid South Africa

This article, published in the current issue of Left Turn magazine in the USA, gives a useful overview of the militant grassroots movements in South Africa.

'Be a visitor, not a spy' - QQ Section, Site B, Khayelitsha

Matt Birkinshaw, a London anarchist, gives an account of his visit to the QQ shack settlement in Cape Town in diary form. QQ has recently joined the Abahlali baseMjondolo movement that began in Durban but now has a national presence.

Shack Fire Summit, Kennedy Road settlement, 22 September 2008

A statement by the Poor People's Alliance following the shack fire summit called by Abahlali baseMjondolo