Submitted by Abahlali_3 on Sat, 2007-03-24 11:23.
Black Looks | Blog | Sokari Ekine
Picture of System Cele
Listen to an interview with System Cele here.
on March 23, 2007
Category: South Africa, Social Movements
Whilst in Durban I met with the newly formed Women’s League of the Abahlali baseMjondolo (Shack Dwellers’) Movement which, although it has members across the province of KwaZulu-Natal, has its strongest base firmly concentrated in Durban.
Submitted by Abahlali_3 on Fri, 2011-02-25 14:03.
Black Youth Project | Blog | Jonathan
The Dark Continent: The Criminalization of the Poor
Abahlali baseMjondolo or the Shack Dwellers movement began almost six years ago in Durban, South Africa. Abahlali has become (according to their website) the “largest organization of the poor” in post-apartheid South Africa. The organization was solidified through their first protest. This protest was a “road blockade organized from the Kennedy Road settlement” to speak out against the sale of an area that was promised by local government to the shack dwellers for housing. Through Abahlali, which is the largest representation of the poor in South Africa, we can explore in more depth how the poor are treated in society. I will use S’bu Zikode’s article on The Third Force to detail the conditions and struggle that poor people experience in on a regular basis. With this article we can examine and determine exactly how the poor are criminalized.
Submitted by Abahlali_3 on Wed, 2010-07-21 11:00.
Blog | Phil Dickens | Property is Theft
The Revolutionary Potential of Social Scum
by Phil Dickens
Media pundits, politicians, and the outraged chattering classes often go on about the “underclass.”
Faced with levels of crime, poverty, and social anger that they are neither willing nor able to understand, the term is one of blame and accusation. It’s a useful catch-all for the long-term unemployed, welfare recipients, the homeless, petty criminals, drug addicts, and those who operate on the black economy. These are the people dragging us down, keeping us from success and prosperity with their listless criminal ways.
Submitted by Abahlali_3 on Thu, 2009-08-06 13:46.
Blog | Loudrastress | Pumla Dineo Gqola | Toky Sexwale
Tokyo Sexwale among the shack dwellers
by Pumla Dineo Gqola
The business mogul, ex-guerilla, ex Premier of Gauteng Province, Tokyo Sexwale spent a night in an informal settlement recently as the South African media has been telling us ad nauseam over the last few days. Sexwale is now the Minister of Human Settlements. This blog-post is not about what a terrible title that is, even though, it never fails to conjure up beings from elsewhere in the universe looking at planet earth and engineering/studying settlement patterns, much like old fashioned anthropologists, I imagine. Very unfortunate choice of name.
Submitted by Abahlali_3 on Fri, 2009-07-03 13:15.
Blog | Constitutionally Speaking | court. macassar village | law | Pierre De Vos
The Rule of Law and “conflicts of interests”
Posted on July 2nd, 2009 by Pierre De Vos
One of the most important but often neglected aspects of the Rule of Law is the requirement that individuals must be able to enforce their rights and legal entitlements in a court of law. At the heart of the Rule of Law is the notion that we are a rule-based society and that everyone - no matter how powerful or weak - must have the equal chance to enforce their rights and legal entitlements as set out by law.
Submitted by Abahlali_3 on Wed, 2008-08-13 14:45.
Blog | Constitutionally Speaking | Pierre De Vos
Irene Grootboom died, homeless, forgotten, no C-class Mercedes in sight
Posted on August 11th, 2008 by Pierre De Vos
Irene Grootboom died last week, but we hardly noticed as we were all too busy obsessing about yet another court appearance of Mr. Jacob Zuma. She died homeless and penniless, not yet fifty years old, in the same week that robbers broke into the garage of ANC Youth League President Julius Malema’s upmarket home in Sandton and stole stuff from his C-Class Mercedes.
The ANC Youth League did not have time to issue a press statement about the death of Mrs. Grootboom. They were too upset about the break-in at the fancy house of Mr. Malema. Breaking into a C-Class Mercedes is apparently not a revolutionary act - especially if that C-class belongs to Comrade kortbroek Malema. Thus the Youth League did have time to pontificate on this break-in: who cares about a poor and destitute woman who made legal history if there is a revolution to be fought and a man of dubious ethical standards to be defended. The Youth League statement reads in part:
Submitted by Abahlali_3 on Sat, 2008-07-12 14:04.
Blog | Durban Action Against Xenophobia | Kathleen Pithouse & Anon
Durban Action Against Xenophobia
July 12, 2008
3am 12 July Message from Kathleen
Filed under: Updates — durbancrisis @ 8:42 am
Tags: Albert Park, displaced people, durban, eThekwini, kwazulu natal, refugees, violence, xenophobia
It’s 3am. I can’t sleep because of what we’ve seen and heard tonight.
This evening, we went to Albert Park to see what we could do. The refugees said that two women were injured. So we offered to take them to hospital. I’ll call these women Sophie and Marie (not their real names). Sophie’s two young sons came with her to our car. There was no room for them and the other refugees assured Sophie they would look after her sons until her return. Sophie was moaning and unable to walk. “Who did this?” I asked the boys in my rusty French? “The police”.
Submitted by Abahlali_3 on Thu, 2008-06-12 10:58.
Blog | By the People | Harry Boyte
From Gugulethu, South Africa
by Harry Boyte
Over the past several weeks, waves of violence have broken out across South Africa, directed at political refugees who have fled across the border from Zimbabwe and immigrants from other African countries. In the desperately poor squatters settlements of the Abahali movement, where many refugees have settled, leaders recognized signs of growing anti-immigrant sentiment months ago and moved rapidly to quell and prevent violence. “No human being is illegal,” read their statement. “Only actions can be illegal.” They determined that people already see squatters in negative terms – “even township people look down on us” – and that they could not afford to further damage their reputations through violence.