Abahlali baseMjondolo

Bedtime Stories in Durban

Looking back on the September attacks on Abahlali baseMjondolo members in Kennedy Road, Durban, Raj Patel, author of 'Stuffed & Starved' and 'The Value of Nothing' profiles the views of key Abahlali activists including S’bu Zikode, Zodwa Nsibande and Mazwi Nzimande. Though strongly disrupted by the African National Congress-led (ANC) attack in September, Abahlali has continued to meet, while the absence of its leaders from the Kennedy Road settlement has illustrated the deficiencies of the ANC.

Symbol of Hope Silenced

English student Sarah Cooper-Knock responds to the attack on Abahlali baseMjondolo by a state backed ethnic militia.

A Short History of Shacks & Shack Dweller's Struggles in Durban

A short overview of the history of shacks and shack dwellers struggles in Durban with a focus on enclosure, insurgent commoning, and the politics of space.

Michael Neocosmos on the Political Meaning of the Attacks on Abahlali baseMjondolo

An essay by Michael Neocosmos on the political significance of the attacks on Abahlali baseMjondolo and the state of democracy in South Africa. He also develops a periodisation of the failures of post-apartheid democracy.

AbM: Pemary Ridge Thirteen Released, Kennedy Thirteen Still in Detention

As the new wave of state repression against Abahlali baseMjondolo (AbM) continues the Pemary Ridge Thirteen have been released but the Kennedy Road Thirteen remain in the notorious Westville prison. Bishop Rubin Phillip, who was Steve Biko's Deputy in the South African Student's Organisation in 1969, has called for their immediate release.

Party Politic vs Living Politic in Kennedy Road

This lecture critiques devastating role of party politics in society which divides and controls people. It argues for living politics which unites people, particularly the poor.

Statement in support of Abahlali baseMjondolo

Statement by Noam Chomsky, Slavoj Zizek and others in support of Abahlali baseMjondolo

Living Learning

Abalahli baseMjondolo logo

An introduction to the new pamphlet by Abahlali baseMjondolo launched in Pinetown (near Durban) at an event attended by hundreds of people, two days before the ANC militia attacked Kennedy Road.

The ANC Has Invaded Kennedy Road

S'bu Zikode's first hurried notes on the ANC atrocities in the Kennedy Road settlement.

ANC atrocity in South African shack settlement

On Saturday 26 September, Abahlali baseMjondolo, the shack dwellers movement, was attacked in the Kennedy Road settlement, Durban, by an armed mob chanting ethnic slogans and backed, fully, by the ANC. This article is based on a report from an Abahlali member in Durban.