Abahlali baseMjondolo

Resisting degradations and divisions: an interview with 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.[1] 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

Land and housing - S'bu Zikode

Text of a speech by S'bu Zikode at the Diakonia Council of Churches Economic Justice Forum in Durban on 28 August 2008 addressing the housing situation in Durban, calling for a new kind of grassroots and radically democratic communist project, and ends with a proposal for ten demands around which a united front for a democratic and just city can be built.

Haitian inspiration: On the bicentenary of Haiti’s independence

First published in Radical Philosophy, and hacked by Abahlali baseMjondolo, this short essay explores the power and meaning of the Haitian Revolution for us now.

Resistance from the other South Africa

No Land! No House! No Vote!

Neha Nimmagudda, a student from NYC, spent a few months working as a full time volunteer with the Abahlali baseMjondolo movement in South Africa. In this essay she reflects one of the movement's quarterly all night meetings in which critical issues are discussed.

On the pogroms in South Africa

An essay on the May 2008 pogroms in South Africa by Richard Pithouse.

Abahlali baseMjondolo statement on the xenophobic attacks in Johannesburg, 2008

In recent days the shack settlements around Johannesburg have been torn apart by appalling violence against foreign born squatters. More than 20 people have been killed and many more raped, wounded and left homeless. This press statement from Abahlali baseMjondolo, the militant shack dwellers movement with more 30 affiliated settlements in the cities of Durban, Pietermaritzburg and Pinetown, responds to the horrific outbreak of anti-foreigner violence and notes the culpability of the state.