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.
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.
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.
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.