South Africa: Death Threats in Barcelona 2. Our chairperson in our Barcelona 2 transit camp branch in Lamontville, Mr Simbongile Jujebe, and some members of the local council in the area, have been threatened by unknown men who promised to ‘remove’ them if they continue to organise Abahlali in the area. The Ward Councillor has on many occasions said that she is “the only Councillor in the ward” and that she will “not tolerate people who are creating their own authority”. In an open community meeting the Councillor openly attacked our chairperson threatening him. Two days later the local council of Abahlali were threatened by men who said that they come from the notorious Seventeen Hostel in uMlazi.
South Africa: The Phumula Mqashi Land Occupation in Tembisa on the East Rand was founded on 13 February 2018. It has been coming under sustained, illegal and often violent attack from the Ekurhuleni Metro Police Department (EMPD).
Statement of solidarity issued by the National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (NUMSA).
South Africa Abahlali baseMjondolo: Our leaders continue to live under threat and we continue to receive detailed information from multiple credible sources about plans within the eThekwini ANC to continue their campaign of serious repression, including assassinations, against our movement. In recent days unknown men have been driving around asking people where our General Secretary lives.
Abahlali baseMjondolo: Since our movement was first formed in 2005 various factions of the elite – including in the ruling party, the government, NGOs and the universities – have considered the self-organisation of impoverished people in a democratic movement to be an illegitimate development.
Abahlali baseMjondolo South Africa: Open Assembly in Ekuphumeleleni on Saturday.
On 13 February 2018 a large tract of empty land was occupied in Tembisa, on the East Rand. During apartheid the land was used by the army. Since then it has remained unused. There were more than 700 occupiers and they were members of various organisations and came from a number of areas including Jiyane, Vusimuzi, Sivana, Welamulambo, Mgantsa and Thafani Section. Some had been renting shacks and others were living with their parents or grandparents in four room township houses. Sometimes there are ten or even fourteen people living in these four room houses. Young people need a place of their own to raise their children.
South-Africa: A four-year-old boy was tragically killed by electrocution on Monday in our Ekuphumeleleni branch. Khanyisani Dlamini was playing with his friends when he slipped and fell on a live electric wire. He died on the scene.
Despite the attacks and repression that we face our movement continues to become a home for impoverished people. Our movement is growing and we have vibrant branches in a number of provinces.
Archive image by Abahlali baseMjondolo.
South Africa: “We are all amaMpondo!” Abahlali baseMjondolo will this morning approach the Durban High Court on an urgent basis to apply for a Spoliation Order against the eThekwini Municipality.