South Africa

From Durban to the World

The Frantz Fanon Political School, eKhenana Land Occupation, Durban

On 4 October 2020 Abahlali baseMjondolo celebrated fifteen years of struggle on a land occupation in Durban. This essay describes the day, and reflects on fifteen years of struggle placing it the context of previous waves of struggle.

Wildcat UK #8 1986

Wildcat #8 1986.

Taken from Splits and Fusions archive.

Wildcat UK #9 1986

Wildcat #9 July 1986.

Taken from Splits and Fusions archive.

Women & the Covid-19 Crisis in South Africa

Abahlali baseMjondolo General Assembly, undated

These two statements from the women's organisation in Abahlali baseMjondolo, the largest popular movement to have emerged in post-apartheid South Africa, give a searing account of the experience of impoverished black women during the Covid-19 crisis in South Africa.

Escalating State Xenophobia in South Africa

Abahlali baseMjondolo occupy central Durban, early 2020

Since its formation in 2005 Abahlali baseMjondolo, which now has more than 70 000 members in good standing in Durban, has opposed xenophobia and sought to build a politics rooted in democratically run land occupations open to all. During period waves of xenophobic violence, always incited and sanctioned to some degree by the state, the movement has taken direct action to 'shelter and defend' people under attack.

Democracy as a Community of Life

Achille Mbembe

Achille Mbembe investigates the possibility of reimagining democracy not only as a form of human mutuality and freedom, but also as a community of life.

The Apartheid Wars: Non-Accountability and Freedom for Perpetrators

Kenneth Good looks at the failure of the Truth & Reconciliation Commission in South Africa.

Coronavirus: A Call for Solidarity in a Time of Crisis

Abahlali baseMjondol meeting, Durban, February 2020

Statement on the coronavirus crisis from Abahlali baseMjondolo.

Revolutionary Ubuntu: The Shackdwellers' Movement of South Africa

Abahlali baseMjondol meeting, Durban, February 2020

A collection of statements and other materials from and relating to Abahlali baseMjondolo, edited by Abdul Alkalimat.

March for 'the total decommodification of land' in Durban, South Africa

Abahlali baseMjondolo outside the Durban City Hall - 24 February 2019

Today, Abahlali baseMjondolo, from a base on more than seventy ongoing land occupations, and with a membership in good standing approaching 80 000, organised a major march in Durban against control over the allocation and management of land by the state and capital. The march follows promises of a new top down land reform programme by the ruling African National Congress, which is split between neoliberal and kleptocratic factions.