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South Africa [Abahlali] Tomorrow we meet in #Marianhill in the face of death threats

Abahlali baseMjondolo South Africa: Open Assembly in Ekuphumeleleni on Saturday.

Submitted to Enough is Enough. Archive image by Abahlali baseMjondolo.

Note: Enough is Enough is not organizing any of these events, we are publishing this text for people across the US and Europe to be able to see what is going on and for documentation only.

Tomorrow our movement will hold an open, public assembly in Ekuphumeleleni in Marianhill where S’fiso Ngcobo, our branch chairperson, was assassinated on 22 May 2018.

The ward councillor in the area, who is known as ‘Khekhe’, has vowed to destroy our movement. We have received numerous warnings, including from sympathetic people within the police and the ANC, that it will not be safe for us to go ahead with our meeting tomorrow.

We will not give into the politic of fear and death. We will hold an open, public meeting. The rights to associate freely, to speak freely and to organise freely were won in struggle. We cannot give them up to ward councillors, or traditional leaders, who do not think that impoverished black people should be able to participate in democratic life. We cannot give up our right to democratic life to the gangsters who control the ANC in Durban, and who only see the lives of impoverished black people as tools for their own personal enrichment via state corruption.

We continue to receive death threats, and we are receiving more and more credible warnings from outside of our organisation indicating that another assassination is imminent. We do believe that we are at grave risk. We are hoping that the recent media attention on the assassinations in Durban will give us some protection tomorrow and request the media to be present tomorrow. However most assassinations happen at night at people’s homes, and this is where we remain most vulnerable.

We are requesting all the democratic forces in South Africa to pay close attention to what is happening in Durban, and in KwaZulu-Natal, and to take clear and active positions against political gangsterism and for democracy.

Land & Dignity!

Abahlali baseMjondolo, July 6, 2018.

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1 thought on “South Africa [Abahlali] Tomorrow we meet in #Marianhill in the face of death threats

  1. […] we saw that they’d had published a story which referenced the recent assassination of a South African organizer for “Abahali baseMjondolo”  (the name of the group is Swahili for “those who live in shacks”).  The organization […]

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