Despite the moratorium on evictions, the government stands by as violent demolitions continue to take place and leave communities vulnerable and without homes
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.
The evictions are happening despite a moratorium on evictions during the countrywide COVID-19 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
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
Though the organization supports the provision for land appropriation, they believe land-reform must be made from below
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, 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.
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
During People’s BRICS, which took place in Brazilian capital Brasilia, participants resolved to fight a decisive battle against anti-people, imperialist forces
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