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Abahlali baseMjondolo has been attacked in the Kennedy Road settlement by an ANC militia chanting fascist ethnic slogans. The police refused all requestes to intervene and instead arrested the local leadership of the movement. At least a thousand people are currently homeless and Abahlali baseMjondolo leaders are in hiding due to ongoing death threats – as well as threats of arrests from the state.

Here is a list of recent statements, media etc:

Abahlali baseMjondolo Press Statements

2009-09-27 at 12h40 (Sunday) – Kennedy Road Development Committee Attacked – People Have Been Killed

2009-09-27 at 22h40 (Sunday) – The Attacks Continue in the Presence of the Police and Senior ANC Leaders

2009-09-29 at 13h53 (Tuesday) – ‘The ANC Has Invaded Kennedy Road’ by S’bu Zikode

2009-10-01 at 16h53 (Thursday) – Update from Kennedy Road

2009-10-01 at 16h55 (Thursday) – Rushed (and Rough) Transcript of an Interview (anonymous of course) with Two Young Women Still Living in Kennedy Road

Video footage and photographs

2009-09-28 at 21h35 (Monday) – Photos: S’bu Zikode’s House after the attack

2009-10-01 17h08 (Tuesday) – Photos: Abahlali at Court to defend the ‘Kennedy 8’ (from 29 September 2009)

2009-09-30 at 16:10 (Wednesday) – Eyewitness Video Testimony (Footage taken on Sunday and Monday)

2009-10-01 at 16:54 (Thursday) – Moving Video Interview with S’bu Zikode

2009-10-01 (Thursday)DemocracyNow! Video interview with Abahlali baseMjondolo (DN! Is the largest progressive media radio station in the United States)

Solidarity Petition: An Open Letter to Jacob Zuma (now with over 850 signatures)

Statements of Solidarity with Abahlali baseKennedy Road

2009-09-28 – Joint Statement on the attacks on the Kennedy Road Informal Settlement in Durban (27 signatures from academia)

2009-09-29 – Testimony from Brother Filippo Mondini

2009-09-29 – Democracy Under Attack in Kennedy Road – A Statement by Bishop Rubin Phillip

2009-09-29 – Letter to the International Media from Nigel Gibson & Raj Patel

2009-09-29 – Kennedy Road Murders Recall Terror of the 1980s (ZACF Statement)

2009-09-30 – Durban Action Against Xenophobia Statement

2009-09-30 – Statement from The Children of South Africa (CHOSA)

2009-09-30 – War on Want Writes to the South African High Commissioner (UK)

2009-10-01 – Statement from the International Forum in Denmark

2009-10-01 – Statement on Kennedy Road Informal Settlement by AFRA

2009-10-01 – War on Want (UK) calls for an end to violence against South African shack dwellers

2009-10-01 – The Poverty Initiative (USA) Supports the Shackdwellers Movement

2009-10-01 – Development Action Group’s statement on the violent attacks on Abahlali baseMjondolo in Kennedy Road

2009-10-01 – The KZN Monitor asks tough questions of the South African Police Service

2009-10-01 – Statement by Klaus Teschner and Karl Wirtz of Misereor

2009-10-01 – Letter from the Editors of the Academic Journal “Interface”

2009-10-01 – Slum Dwellers International Statement on the Attacks on Kennedy Road Settlement, Durban, South Africa

2009-10-01 – Statement by Global Peace & Justice in Auckland, New Zealand

2009-10-01 – Statement of Support from KwaZulu-Natal Christian Council (KZNCC) in response to the Kennedy Road Killings

2009-10-01 – US Center for Constitutional Rights: Solidarity Statement

2009-10-01 – Statement of Support to the AbM from Movement for Justice in el Barrio in New York City

2009-10-02 – Statement of Support from the Democratic Socialist Movement

2009-10-02 – Statement of Support from the Archbishop of Cape Town

2009-10-02 – Statement of Support from the Treatment Action Campaign

Opinion pieces on the attacks

2009-09-30 – Abahlali baseMjondolo Is Not A Criminal Movement (The Mercury)

2009-10-01 – Pogrom murders in the Durban area (Politicsweb)

Mainstream media

2009-09-28 – SAPA: Attackers Associated with ANC (News24)

2009-09-29 – Academics condemn attack on settlement (Business Day)

2009-09-29 – SAPA: Fund Set Up for Victims (News24)

2009-09-29 – Xhosa attack ‘far more sinister’ (The Witness)

2009-09-30 – Kennedy Road attack: ANC and police in the spotlight (The Natal Witness)

2009-09-30 – Police ‘behind shack attack’ (The Mercury)

2009-09-30 – Fund set up after Durban attack (Business Day)

2009-10-01 – Call on Zuma to probe attacks (The Sowetan)

2009-10-01 – Call for solidarity among shack dwellers (The Mercury)

Alternative media articles

2009-09-30 – Shack dwellers’ struggle by Sokari Ekine, The New Internationalist

2009-10-01 – DemocracyNow! Video and radio interview and transcript

2009-10-02 – Column: Abroad view By Alex Kadis

2009-10-02 – Violent Attacks on Social Movement Abahlali baseMjondolo Misrepresented (SACSIS)

2009-10-02 – Provincial Government & Police Endorse Attack on Abahlali baseMjondolo (Pambazuka)

Related events

2009-09-30 – Protest at the South African Embassy in London on Wednesday (on 30 September)

Other languages

2009-09-28 – Nye etniske opptøyer i Sør-Afrika (Norwegian)

2009-09-30 – Los hechos de los ataques en AbM (Espanol)

2009-09-30 – Attacco Alla Democrazia Nelle Baraccopli del Sudafrica (Italiano)

2009-09-30 – Sud Africa. La protesta del movimento dei baraccati Abahlali arriva a Londra (Italiano)

2009-09-30 – Νότιος Αφρική: Τρομακτική επίθεση παρακρατικών και μπάτσων στους Abahlali, υπάρχουν νεκροί (Greek)

2009-10-01 – Θυμίζουν τον τρόμο της δεκαετίας του 1980 (Greek)

2009-10-01 – ANC acusado de atacar y asesinar a los que viven en chabolas (Espanol)

2009-10-01 – Opération coup de poing à Durban par Philippe Rivière (Francais)

2009-10-02 – Declaracion de apoyo a nuestr@s hermanas y hermanos de Sudafrica del Movimiento de los de Casas de Carton (Abahlali baseMjondolo) de parte de Movimeinto por Justicia del Barrio en Nueva York, EU (Espanol)


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Abahlali baseMjondolo, together with with Landless People’s Movement (Gauteng), the Rural Network (KwaZulu-Natal) and the Western Cape Anti-Eviction Campaign, is part of the Poor People’s Alliance – a national network of democratic membership based poor people’s movements.

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