Shack Dwellers’ Movement
Violent evictions of South African shack dwellers continue amid lockdown

Despite the moratorium on evictions, the government stands by as violent demolitions continue to take place and leave communities vulnerable and without homes

“Capitalism is incapable of responding to a crisis of this kind”

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.

South Africa’s shack dwellers are being thrown out into the streets

The evictions are happening despite a moratorium on evictions during the countrywide COVID-19 lockdown.

Army brought in to aid illegal evictions in South Africa, several left homeless amid lockdown

The Azania shack dwellers’ settlement of Abahlali baseMjondolo in Durban, was attacked by agents hired by the eThekwini municipality authorities on April 2. 15 shacks were demolished, leaving several people homeless

Solidarity with shack dwellers in South Africa (statement from Arundhati Roy, Naomi Klein, Noam Chomsky, Vijay Prashad and Yanis Varoufakis)

Following a series of violent and illegal evictions of shack dwellers in South Africa, scholars and activists denounce the actions and stand in solidarity with the movement

South Africa’s Abahlali baseMjondolo rejects ANC land reform proposal

Though the organization supports the provision for land appropriation, they believe land-reform must be made from below

Shack dwellers South Africa Five-year-old injured in attack on shack dwellers by ANC-supporters in South Africa

Members of South Africa’s Shack Dwellers Movement were attacked by a mob of ruling ANC’s supporters after the councilor unfairly allotted the land meant for the community to ANC supporters

S'bu Zikode of Abahlali baseMjondolo_Peoples Dispatch “We are committed to seizing true freedom”

S’bu Zikode of Abahlali baseMjondolo, the shack dwellers’ movement of South Africa, talks about the attacks on their occupations, the nature of state response and the possibilities of resistance at a social and political level.

SA Abahlali South African police arrests shack dwellers’ leader for protesting illegal demolitions

Melita Ngcobo, the chairperson of Abahlali baseMjondolo’s Vusimuzi branch in the Tembisa township, was assaulted and arrested while protesting the illegal demolition of shacks, which had been barred by a court

People’s BRICS: Decisive battle against anti-people, imperialist forces

During People’s BRICS, which took place in Brazilian capital Brasilia, participants resolved to fight a decisive battle against anti-people, imperialist forces

Around the world 54 | Berta Caceres case | Coal workers' strike in India | Abahlali baseMjondolo Ep 54: Berta Caceres case, Coal workers’ strike in India, attack on Abahlali baseMjondolo

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.

South African security personnel demolish two settlements housing poor urban families

“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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