The lockdown in South Africa has been extended till the end of April. However, the government’s execution of the lockdown, along with decades of under-investment in health, has left the country unprepared.
Soon after the lockdown began in South Africa, security forces patrolling the streets of Johannesburg were seen chasing homeless people with batons. Later in the afternoon, eight shacks were demolished in eThekwini municipality, while 17 have been marked for demolition in Durban
Shack-dwellers movement Abahlali baseMjondolo, along with 26 other social justice organizations, has called for a moratorium against evictions and the stoppage of water and electricity supply to self-laid connections in settlements in South Africa
In this episode of Around the world in 8 minutes, we take a look into the Berta Caceres case, coal workers’ strike in India, the demolition of shacks of slum dwellers’ movement, Abahlali baseMjondolo in South Africa.
“Not only did the authorities demolish the shacks, but also poured kerosene and burnt the belongings our people had left behind. They came later in the evening to find all their possessions burnt down,” said George Bonono of Abahlali baseMjondolo
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The police demolished 26 houses at Abahlali baseMjondolo’s Azania settlement which were rebuilt after last week’s attack. Nearly 150 people were rendered homeless
On Thursday, police and the anti-land invasion unit demolished 70 houses at the Azania land occupation of the shack dwellers’ movement, Abahlali baseMjondolo. The residents, who were left homeless, are fighting back by rebuilding
The shack-dwellers’ movement has called the demolitions “illegal” as it were carried out without a court order. Members are now rebuilding the shacks, vowing to continue the struggle.
The Shack-dwellers movement suspects intelligence agents operating for Durban mayor to be behind the office break-in.
Citing police brutality, arrests and assassinations they have been subjected to by the ANC government, the movement has concluded that voting ANC “is like digging our own graves.”
In this episode, we look into the Palestinian political prisoner’s hunger strike, attack on South Africa’s Shack-dweller movement and solidarity messages by activists across the globe for Julian Assange.