South Africa: Land Expropriation from Below Faces Brutal Repression

The Women's Riot in Cato Manor, Durban, 1959

As the ruling African National Congress promises, with an eye on a coming election and the collapse in its popular support under Jacob Zuma, to expropriate land without compensation urban land occupations continue, and continue to face serious repression from the ruling party and the state.

Strikes in Durban, 1973

The Durban Strikes (1973)

Gerhard Maré's study of the 1973 strikes of nearly one hundred thousand workers in Durban, South Africa.

A return to repression in Durban: activist shot in the back

After the conviction and sentencing of two ANC councillors for the murder of an Abahlali baseMjondolo activist in May 2016 there was a marked decline in the repression faced by Abahlali baseMjondolo. But the recent shooting of an activist in the Bhambayi land occupation seems to mark a return to repression.

A Short Course in Politics at the University of Abahlali baseMjondolo

Abahlali baseMjondolo meeting in Durban

Raj Patel on participatory democracy in Abahlali baseMjondolo in Durban, South Africa.

Another Abahlali baseMjondolo comrade has just been assassinated in Durban

South African shack dwellers' movement Abahlali baseMjondolo have just announced that Thuli Ndlovu, their Chairperson in KwaNdengezi has been assassinated. As the statement below indicates there had been serious threats against another comrade, Ndabo Mzimela, but the hammer of oppression fell elsewhere. The Marikana Land Occupation has been attacked by the ANC since this statement was issued. It seems that the Land Invasions Unit stood back and let the party members do the work. A women who tried to resist was attacked and injured with a spade.

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Land occupations continue in Durban

Martha Chofe & her son with the remains of her home, Cato Crest

South African shack dwellers' movement Abahlali baseMjondolo report on the illegal eviction of shacks in an occupied settlement by municipal authorities.

Abahlali baseMjondolo Meeting, eTafuleni, Durban, 7 September 2014

Abahlali baseMjondolo Meeting, eTafuleni, Durban, 7 September 2014

Another Abahlali baseMjondolo activist murdered in Durban, this time by the police

Nqobile Nzuza

Nqobile Nzuza, 17 years, old was shot dead by the police yesterday morning on a road blockade. She was shot in the back, twice. This is the statement from Abahlali baseMjondolo.

Abahlali baseMjondolo organise march of thousands in Durban in protest at repression

Abahlali baseMjondolo occupy central Durban, 16 September 2013

This article is from the mainstream press in South Africa. But it gives a good enough account of the large protest (thousands of people) that Abahlali baseMjondolo were able to organise in Durban yesterday despite two assassinations, death threats and relentless (illegal) evictions of their members at the Marikana Land Occupation in Cato Crest, Durban.

Nkululeko Gwala

Photograph of Nkululeko Gwala - Abahlali baseMjondolo activist assassinated in Durban on 26 June 2013.