More than 5000 members of Abahlali baseMjondolo took to the streets of Durban yesterday (October 8, 2018, EIE) to demand accountability for, and an end to, political violence being meted out against their comrades and other activists.
On Monday 8 October Abahlali baseMjondolo will march against repression in Durban. There will be solidarity protests in Cape Town, Johannesburg and New York. Since our movement was founded in 2005 we have faced waves of repression including assault, arrest, torture in police custody, organised campaigns of slander, the destruction of our homes, death threats, the murder of our members during protests and evictions, and the targeted assassination of our leaders. The price for land and dignity has been paid in blood.
The struggle against all the forces that vandalise human dignity has no borders. A human life is a human life where ever it may find itself. Just as we welcome comrades from other countries into our movement, and host comrades visiting from other countries in South Africa in meetings in our hall built in the eNkanini Land Occupation, we are also offered solidarity and hosted by comrades around the world, such as the Movimento dos Trabalhadores Rurais Sem Terra (MST) in Brazil.
Inkosi Thulani Mjanyelwa, the chief in Mpondoland who was brutally killed by a mob of people on 26 August, was finally laid to rest in Bizana on the 15 September. It was a long struggle to be able to bury him at his own homestead.
Abahlali baseMjondolo held a special general assembly, open to all members and branches in good standing, in Durban on Sunday. The assembly was very well attended and important resolutions were taken.
Steve Biko was assassinated on this day, September 12, 1977 by South African police and security services. Biko founded the South African Students’ Organisation in 1968 for autonomous organising of black students against Apartheid. Out of Fanon and Black liberation struggles elsewhere, he developed the ideology of Black Consciousness. We republish Steve Biko’s 1972/3 article on the Black Consciousness movement.
South Africa: For months my husband,S’bu Zikode, has been in grave danger after the threats made by Nelly Nyanisa, a senior member of the ruling party in the eThekwini Municipality, at an open meeting. Nyanisa said that my husband was making the city ‘ungovernable’ and threatened to ‘deal with’ the movement that he is elected to lead. It was also said that the movement, a democratic organisation with more than 50 000 members in Durban, and branches in five provinces, is a ‘third force’.
South Africa: Statement by Abahlali baseMjondolo after xenophobic actions in Soweto and Zeerust.
Selby Semela, a leading figure in the 1976 revolt against apartheid, political exile, and author (with Sam Thompson and Norman Abraham), of “Reflections on the Black Consciousness Movement and the South African Revolution”, passed away on Wednesday, 22 August, 2018, aged but 60 years.
Statement by Abahlali baseMjondolo about the Zikode land occupation.