Councillor Seloane in Ward 90 has forcibly imposed a reblocking project in the Vusimuzi settlement in Tembisa. This settlement has been seriously neglected by the state for years and years. People are living in inhuman and dangerous conditions. There are not enough toilets and taps, no drainage and uncollected refuse everywhere. People have to make their own electricity connections. The place is infested with rats.
Image above: Archive image by Abahlali baseMjondolo
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The community of Vusimuzi in Tembisa, Johannesburg, is facing a forced development by the Ekurhuleni municipality. The municipality is currently demolishing people’s houses in the name of development. The reblocking project that is underway has been forced on the community. There has never been any consultation with the community with regard to this so-called ‘development’. This is government thuggery against impoverished people. When a community is vandalised in this manner there is no chance for democracy. Is this the freedom which our people fought for? Is this this how the ANC honour the struggle icon Winnie Madikizela-Mandela?
Continue reading South Africa: ANC Government Forcefully Removes People in Tembisa
Urbanization: Impact of land availability – focus on land occupation Indaba organised by MEC for Human Settlements and Public Works, KwaZulu-Natal.
Continue reading Abahlali baseMjondolo: The Politics of the ‘Expropriation of Land without Compensation’ in South Africa
Abahlali in New City in Marianridge are under attack following the City’s continuous violation of a Durban High Court interdict. On Monday, 19 March, at about 17pm, the Isambulo security guards illegally and brutally evicted four families who are protected by the court order. This act angered residents who were then forced to resist. Three activists were seriously injured when the protest intensified during the whole day yesterday.
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South Africa: Our movement (Abahlali baseMjondolo) is built from the unity of families, neighbours and communities in struggle. If you live in a land occupation you are from that land occupation irrespective of what language you speak, or the province or country in which you were born.
Continue reading Abahlali baseMjondolo: ANC Continues to Encourage Tribalism
Globalization school input on anarchism/syndicalism and (black) working class self-emancipation in post-apartheid South Africa.
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Abahlali are pleased to announce that there has been remarkable progress in the eNkanini settlement in Cato Manor over the past two weeks. The MEC for Human Settlement and Public Works in KwaZulu-Natal Mr. Ravi Pillay has intervened in the brutal evictions and violation of a court interdict by eThekwini Land Invasion Unit.
Continue reading South Africa: Land Occupations are Urban Land Reform from Below
Abahlali baseMjondolo are once again under attack in eKukhanyeni in Marianridge. Our members decided to go to the eThekwini Municipality’s department in numbers and demanded that they are provided with electricity. When they came back from that protest they found that their houses were being demolished by a private security company. When challenged a white man named Christopher who owns factories in the area claimed that the security company had been hired by the Land Bank.
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South-Africa: Our movement will be hosting a solidarity meeting in Durban with comrades from other organisations from 9:30 am till 6:30 pm on Saturday. The organisations that will be part of this meeting include the Housing Assembly in Cape Town, Ubunye bamaHostela in Durban and Abahlali baseMjondolo branches in Gauteng.
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South Africa: Our movement now has five branches on the East Rand in Gauteng. We will be launching a sixth branch soon.
Continue reading South Africa: Good Hope Settlement in Germiston is Ready to Occupy if We Continue to be Ignored
The talk that I’m going to present today is based on a research project that I carried out with my colleague Vladislav Kruchinsky in South Africa in 2011-2013. The aim of our research was to analyse and explore the methods and practices of self-organisation from below that existed in the crucial 1980s period of the anti-apartheid struggle.
Continue reading Practices of Self-Organisation in South Africa: The Experience of the 1980s and its Implications for Contemporary Protest
South Africa is in a mess. That is clear, more than 20 years since the end of apartheid. We have won many things. It was our struggle that beat apartheid laws and the old government. But we are not free yet. Corruption, poverty, job losses, hatred, violence, the apartheid legacy are all part of the mess.
What is the way forward for South Africa? It is struggle by the masses of the people for a better society.
What does that require?
Continue reading The Way Forward for South Africa: Class Struggle and #Anarchism