South Africa

Statement of solidarity with the eKhenana Commune from Bishop Rubin Phillip

Lindokuhle Mnguni speaks at the eKhenana Commune after his release from prison

Bishop Rubin Phillip, a partisan of liberation theology and at one point the deputy to Steve Biko in the Black Consciousness student organisation remains committed to the self-organisation of the oppressed. He has just released a statement of solidarity with the eKhenana Commune, a land occupation organised by Abahlali baseMjondolo in Durban, that has faced sustained state violent, and now a series of arrests on trumped up charges. The Commune includes the Frantz Fanon Political School, which is used for radical education for activists around South Africa.

Mountains and massacres

Striking workers on 'the mountain'

Many who gathered on the ‘koppie’ in Marikana in 2012 were from emaMpondweni with direct links to those who met on Ngquza Hill during the Mpondo revolt in 1960.

South African Riots: The Social Crisis Erupts

In mid-July the social crisis in South Africa (SA) exploded in a week of rioting, looting and arson which swept across the provinces of KwaZulu-Natal and Gauteng. By the end of the month over 330 people had been killed and a trail of destruction left across the major cities and shopping centres.

The National Liberation Struggle. Some personal experiences from Southern Africa

From Durban to the World

The Frantz Fanon Political School, eKhenana Land Occupation, Durban

On 4 October 2020 Abahlali baseMjondolo celebrated fifteen years of struggle on a land occupation in Durban. This essay describes the day, and reflects on fifteen years of struggle placing it the context of previous waves of struggle.

Wildcat UK #8 1986

Wildcat #8 1986.

Taken from Splits and Fusions archive.

Wildcat UK #9 1986

Wildcat #9 July 1986.

Taken from Splits and Fusions archive.

Women & the Covid-19 Crisis in South Africa

Abahlali baseMjondolo General Assembly, undated

These two statements from the women's organisation in Abahlali baseMjondolo, the largest popular movement to have emerged in post-apartheid South Africa, give a searing account of the experience of impoverished black women during the Covid-19 crisis in South Africa.

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.

Democracy as a Community of Life

Achille Mbembe

Achille Mbembe investigates the possibility of reimagining democracy not only as a form of human mutuality and freedom, but also as a community of life.