South Africa

Escalating Political Violence in South Africa

An article from the mainstream media in South Africa on escalating political violence including assassinations, police murders and violence from local party structures.

Another Abahlali baseMjondolo comrade has just been assassinated in Durban

South African shack dwellers' movement Abahlali baseMjondolo have just announced that Thuli Ndlovu, their Chairperson in KwaNdengezi has been assassinated. As the statement below indicates there had been serious threats against another comrade, Ndabo Mzimela, but the hammer of oppression fell elsewhere. The Marikana Land Occupation has been attacked by the ANC since this statement was issued. It seems that the Land Invasions Unit stood back and let the party members do the work. A women who tried to resist was attacked and injured with a spade.

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Land occupations continue in Durban

Martha Chofe & her son with the remains of her home, Cato Crest

South African shack dwellers' movement Abahlali baseMjondolo report on the illegal eviction of shacks in an occupied settlement by municipal authorities.

Abahlali baseMjondolo Meeting, eTafuleni, Durban, 7 September 2014

Abahlali baseMjondolo Meeting, eTafuleni, Durban, 7 September 2014

To vote or not to vote: should it be a question?

This article looks at the upcoming elections in South Africa on the 7th of May. As part of this, it looks at the dangers of activists promoting parties and electing to vote for one party or another, and how this creates and feeds into illusions in and about the state.

F*ck the police - Jared Sacks

Jared Sacks provides a critique of the police from South Africa where the ANC is increasingly responding to mass protest with murder at the hands of the police.

Abahlali: We were promised homes for all, not just for ANC party members

South African shack dwellers' direct action movement Abahlali baseMjondolo on the death and legacy of Nelson Mandela.

Why we should not vote

This looks at why the working class should not vote in the upcoming elections in South Africa.

Nelson Mandela: some thoughts

Some brief reflections on Nelson Mandela, his politics, and legacy.

Footsoldiers in a social war: the police, crime and inequality in South Africa - Christopher McMichael

Christopher McMichael on policing, the 'war on crime' and state repression in South Africa.