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Abahlali baseMjondolo

Escalating State Xenophobia in South Africa

Abahlali baseMjondolo occupy central Durban, early 2020

Since its formation in 2005 Abahlali baseMjondolo, which now has more than 70 000 members in good standing in Durban, has opposed xenophobia and sought to build a politics rooted in democratically run land occupations open to all. During period waves of xenophobic violence, always incited and sanctioned to some degree by the state, the movement has taken direct action to 'shelter and defend' people under attack.

Coronavirus: A Call for Solidarity in a Time of Crisis

Abahlali baseMjondol meeting, Durban, February 2020

Statement on the coronavirus crisis from Abahlali baseMjondolo.

Revolutionary Ubuntu: The Shackdwellers' Movement of South Africa

Abahlali baseMjondol meeting, Durban, February 2020

A collection of statements and other materials from and relating to Abahlali baseMjondolo, edited by Abdul Alkalimat.

March for 'the total decommodification of land' in Durban, South Africa

Abahlali baseMjondolo outside the Durban City Hall - 24 February 2019

Today, Abahlali baseMjondolo, from a base on more than seventy ongoing land occupations, and with a membership in good standing approaching 80 000, organised a major march in Durban against control over the allocation and management of land by the state and capital. The march follows promises of a new top down land reform programme by the ruling African National Congress, which is split between neoliberal and kleptocratic factions.

ANC: The Chosen Party for South African Capitalism

The victory of the ANC in the South African election has yet again shown it is the capitalists’ chosen party for running South African capitalism. Its primary role is organising and enforcing the exploitation of the working class even when this means downing strikes in bloodshed as we saw at Marikana in 2012 (see leftcom.org).

Decolonizing the Notion of Citizenship

Abahlali baseMjondolo outside the Durban City Hall - 8 October 2018

Phumlani Majavu reflects on xenophobia in South Africa and, drawing from popular radical movements, argues for the idea of citizenship to be decolonised.

Abahlali baseMjondolo march against assassinations in Durban

Abahlali baseMjondolo outside the Durban City Hall - 8 October 2018

More than 5 000 members of Abahlali baseMjondolo took to the streets of Durban yesterday to demand accountability for, and an end to, political violence being meted out against their comrades and other activists.

Abahlali baseMjondolo leader S’bu Zikode’s life is ‘in grave danger’

S'bu Zikode

Abahlali baseMjondolo continues to be subject to assassination in Durban. This article, from the Daily Maverick in Johannesburg, reports on recent threats to the movement.

Death threats at Abahlali baseMjondolo land occupation near Johannesburg

The Zikode Extension Land Occupation, East Rand, Johannesburg

On Tuesday 22 May 2018 Abahlali baseMjondolo militant S'fiso Ngcobo was assassinated in a land occupation near Durban. Today, Saturday 26 May, death threats, and the presence of armed men, have been reported in an Abahlali baseMjondolo land occupation outside Johannesburg,