South African territory; On October 24 S’bu Zikode spoke in parliament, in Cape Town, at the Constitutional Dialogue organised by the Human Sciences Research Council (HSRC), the National Foundations Dialogue Initiative (NFDI) and the Institute for Justice and Reconciliation (IJR) at an event organised to discuss how the key values under-pining the Constitution (human dignity, the achievement of equality, advancement of human rights and freedoms, non-racialism, and non-sexism) can be realised.
Other speakers included Professor Barney Pityana, a former leader of the Black Consciousness Movement, and Edwin Cameron, a former judge on the Constitutional Court.
This is the text of the speech given by S’bu Zikode.
Continue reading Cape Town: 25 years of democracy has been paid in blood
Today (June 18) the Azania land occupation was attacked again. Twenty-six homes that had been rebuilt after the last attack were demolished and the building materials burnt. Around one hundred and fifty people will have to sleep in the open tonight. The struggle to hold the land continues despite the repeated armed and violent attacks from the state.
Continue reading South African territory: Kennedy Road Trial Resumes Today, Another Attack on the #Azania Occupation
South African territory: Statement from Abahlali baseMjondolo anout the attack on the Azania land occupation.
Continue reading South African territory: Major Attack on the #Azania Land Occupation
South African territory June 7, 2019: Yesterday at about 10:15, while we were hosting a vibrant and very interesting political education meeting in central Durban, the Land Invasion Unit, the Metro Police, the Public Order Police and private security attacked the Azanian occupation in Cato Manor. Around 60 homes were destroyed. The ward councillor was present during the attack.
Continue reading South African territory: Violent Evictions in Cato Manor & #Chesterville
South African territory: For a long time the Abahlali bas’ eKhenana land occupation has faced brutal and illegal evictions from the eThekwini Municipality’s notorious Land Invasion Unit. The belongings of the community have been confiscated and burnt many times. Abahlali have always rebuilt after each and every eviction. Under the rule of the ANC inkani opens the road to land, and the price for land is paid in blood.
Continue reading #Durban, South African territory: Abahlali bas’ #eKhenana return to court today
South Africa, May 28: Reblocking in Vusimuzi in Tembisa south has been imposed on many people in an undemocratic, top down, illegal and threatening way. It has caused serious divisions in the community, and significant losses and suffering to those whose homes have been destroyed or damaged. However, despite sustained resistance over many months the local councillor, Hendrik Selwana, is determined to push ahead with the reblocking. People have been told that those who accept reblocking will get electricity and this has been used to divide people.
Continue reading South Africa: Mob Destroys Home in #Tembisa
Durban, South Africa: Shortly after the arrest of the eThekwini mayor, Zandile Gumede, our offices in Durban were broken into. Two hard drives and an external drive were taken, but cash and easily saleable items like cameras and a television were left. It was clear that the thieves were looking for information and not money. We strongly suspect that this break-in was linked to our opposition to the mayor.
Continue reading South Africa: Attacks on #Abahlali continue in #Durban
Durban, South Africa: This morning we arrived at our office, which is in the Diakonia Centre in central Durban, to find that there had been a break in last night. The hard drives of two computers, an external hard drive and the keys to our safe were taken. The cash in the safe was not touched and other easily saleable items, like our microwave, television, cameras and mobile sound system were not taken.
Continue reading #Durban, #SouthAfrica: Break-in at #Abahlali baseMjondolo Office – Money still there, hard drives stolen
South Africa: Abahlali baseMjondolo decided for “a tactical use of the vote” during the upcoming elections. “We have discussed what it means to vote but still remain impoverished. What it means to vote but remain landless and homeless. What it means to vote but to be denied basic services…” The movement is still commited to the struggle on the ground: ” We understand very well that parliament is only one terrain of struggle, and that our power comes from below, from the struggle waged from the occupations and in the streets.” Altough we do not even see parliament as “only one terrain of struggle” and we do not believe in the typical western parlamentary democracy model, we decided to publish the following statement of Abahlali baseMjondolo.
Continue reading #Abahlali: Statement on the South African elections
South Africa, Durban: The recent floods in Durban hit the poor the hardest. Many people lost their homes, or had their homes and possessions badly damaged. Some people lost their lives.
Continue reading #Abahlali, #Durban: Practical Support for comrades affected by the floods