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#Durban, #SouthAfrica: Break-in at #Abahlali baseMjondolo Office – Money still there, hard drives stolen

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.

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#Abahlali: Statement on the South African elections

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.

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#Abahlali, #Durban: Practical Support for comrades affected by the floods

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.

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A ZACF Anarchist in the Landless People’s Movement, South Africa: Interview with Lekhetho Mtetwa

Lekhetho Mtetwa, a member of the Zabalaza Anarchist Communist Front (ZACF) discusses his role in the Landless People’s Movement (LPM), formed in South  Africa in 2001.

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South-African territory: Armed Attack at the #eKhanana Land Occupation in Cato Crest

The comrades on the eKhanana Land Occupation in Cato Crest have fought a hard and brave struggle for land. Today there was a successful launch of the branch, and a celebration of the victory that has resulted in land being won after a long struggle.

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South African territory: #Abahlali to launch a branch in #Ekhenana

Today we will be launching a new branch in our new occupation in Ekhanana Cato Crest. We will also be celebrating our victory after the court ruled in our favour earlier this year. Prior to the victory in court the community of Ekhanana had been facing brutal evictions from the eThekwini Municipality’s Land Invasion Unit.

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A Workers’ Party and Elections or Class Struggle? The Question of State Power and the Anarchists’ Answer

The question of state government elections and running a Workers or Socialist political party continues to be raised in the working class movement and the Left globally. As we may know, there was excitement about the rise of Jeremy Corbyn in the Labour Party in Britain, left political parties in certain parts of Europe and Latin America and, more recently, certain shifts to more centrist positions in the United States amongst a section of the Democratic Party calling themselves “Democratic Socialists”. In South Africa, many workers and some activists seem cautiously optimistic by NUMSA’s formation of the Socialist Revolutionary Workers Party that will seek to participate in the 2019 general elections.

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Durban High Court Grants #Abahlali baseKhenana an Interdict against #eThekwini’s Notorious Land Invasion Unit

South African territory: Yesterday afternoon the Durban High Court granted us an interdict against the eThekwini Municipality’s repeated, vicious and illegal attack on residents of eKhenana land occupation in Cato Crest.

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Abahlali, South African territory: Admission of corruption by city official not a surprise

South African territory: It has been reported in the media that Sibusiso Vilane, deputy head for sanitation operations in the eThekwini Municipality, has admitted to approving payments totalling R36 million to four companies for providing sanitation to shack settlements even though they did not in fact provide the services for which they were paid.

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#Abahlali: The ANC is Militarising Repression in #Durban

South-African territory: Last week the news was full of reports on the arrival of the arrival of three of the four Casspirs that have been ordered by the eThekwini Municipality.  We first heard about the order of the Casspirs in 2017 when it was reported that the Municipality was ordering four Casspirs at a cost of R23.8 million due to the “escalation” of what they call “service delivery protests” and “land grabs” or “land invasions”.

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