Media: ‘Violent attacks hit shack land’

30 09 2009

29 September 2009
Mary Papayya – Sowetan

Homeless leaders’ homes destroyed

TWO people were killed and shack dwellers have been forced to flee their homes after a mob of 40 men armed with knobkerries, spears and guns attacked homes in the Kennedy Road shack settlement in Durban. Read the rest of this entry »

Media: Fund set up for attack victims

30 09 2009

2009-09-29 21:48 – News24

Durban – The Anglican Bishop of Natal, Bishop Rubin Phillip, on Tuesday announced that his church had set up a relief fund for victims of a Durban informal settlement attack which claimed at least two lives and saw many people displaced.

“Many people have fled their homes with nothing but what they could carry. Read the rest of this entry »

Kennedy Road attack: ANC and police in the spotlight

30 09 2009

30 Sep 2009 – Witness Reporter

THE violence linked to tribalism between the Mpondos from the Eastern Cape and Zulus in Kennedy Road informal settlement in Durban has been widely condemned, even abroad.

However, speculation exists that the violence is linked to political intolerance, and police ineptitude has been blamed for not stopping the attacks. Read the rest of this entry »

Sud Africa. La guerra contro il movimento dei baraccati, Abahlali

29 09 2009
Filippo Mondini :: Francesco Gastaldon
[29 Settembre 2009] – Carta

Il più grande movimento sociale dei baraccati, Abahlali, è da tre giorni al centro di una violenta repressione da parte di milizie armate e polizia. Di certo, l’autogoverno del movimento non piace all’African national congress Read the rest of this entry »

S’bu Zikode: ‘The ANC Has Invaded Kennedy Road’

29 09 2009

29 September 2009

The ANC has invaded Kennedy Road. We have been arrested, beaten, killed, jailed and made homeless by their armed wing. This is what it took for Yakoob Baig and Jackson Gumede to finally take back the settlement.

This is not just an attack on the KRDC. It is not just an attack on AbM. It is an attack on our politic.

This attack is an attempt to suppress the voice that has emerged from the dark corners of our country. That voice is the voice of ordinary poor people. This attack is an attempt to terrorise that voice back into the dark corners.

Yakoob Baig says that ‘harmony’ has been restored. For the ANC harmony means their power and our silence. For us our silence means evictions, shack fires, children dying of diarrhoea and the organised contempt that we face day after day. Therefore we have to speak. We have to break the ‘harmony’ that is our silence in the face of our oppression.

Our movement has won many victories. We have forced the state to accept that there will be nothing for us without us. We have forced the state to accept that they must negotiate our development with us. Our politics is a common politics. We have, in many places, raised the common politics above the politicians’ politics. For this some politicians hate us.

And we must not forget that we have exposed the corruption of many senior officials – most recently in Siyanda, eShowe, Mpola and Howick. We have also exposed how ‘housing delivery’ is actually a form of oppression breaking up communities and forcing people into ghettos far outside the cities. We have done this most famously with our case in the Constitutional Court against the Slums Act. That judgment will be coming out very soon.

For all these reasons the strength of the movement, the strength of those who are supposed to be weak and silent and powerless, is taken as a threat.

Our crime is a simple one. We are guilty of giving the poor the courage to organise the poor. We are guilty of trying to give ourselves human values. We are guilty of expressing our views.

In this time when we are scattered between the Sydenham jail, hospitals, the homes of relatives and comrades, or even sleeping in the bushes in the rain, we are asking for solidarity. In this time when we do not know if the state will allow us to continue to exist we are asking for solidarity. In this time when we do not know if we will also be attacked in Motala Heights or Siyanda or anywhere else we are asking for solidarity.

Our message to the movements, the academics, the churches and the human rights groups is this:

We are calling for close and careful scrutiny into the nature of democracy in South Africa.

Sibusiso Innocent Zikode
President of Abahlali baseMjondolo (and, consequently, political refugee)
083 547 0474

Statement by Bishop Rubin Phillip on the Kennedy Road attacks

29 09 2009

Democracy Under Attack in Kennedy Road

I was torn with anguish when I first heard of the unspeakable brutality that has raged down on to the Kennedy Road shack settlement. In recent years I have spent many hours in the Kennedy Road settlement. I’ve attended meetings, memorials, mass ecumenical prayers and marches. I have had the honour of meeting some truly remarkable people in the settlement and the work of Abahlali baseMjondolo has always nurtured my faith in the power and dignity of ordinary people. I have seen the best of our democracy here. I have tasted the joy of real social hope here.
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Media: Academics condemn attack on settlement

29 09 2009
FRANNY RABKIN – Business Day
Published: 2009/09/29 10:55:33 AM

PROMINENT lawyers and academics have blamed “powerful local property and political interests” for violence in the Kennedy Road informal settlement in Durban, which left two people dead on Saturday.

Two people were killed and several were injured on Saturday when about 40 men carrying assegais, knobkerries, spears and guns attacked the settlement during a youth camp held by the Abahlali baseMjondolo movement, a shack-dwellers’ organisation. Eight people were arrested over the incident. Read the rest of this entry »

Draft letter of concern: Kennedy Road Attacks

29 09 2009

In 24 hrs we collected 103 signatures of academics, professionals, students, activists, members of civil society organisations, authors based in South Africa and abroad.
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Media: Killing over shebeen dispute

29 09 2009

Note: Why would a mob of 40 people from another settlement invade Kennedy based on it only being about internal regulation of illegal shebeens?  See this article for a wider viewpoint.

September 28, 2009 Edition 1
Mercury reporter –

THE surge in the number of illegal liquor outlets in KwaZulu-Natal has been blamed for the murders of two people at the Kennedy Road informal settlement in Clare Estate, Durban, at the week-end. Read the rest of this entry »

URGENT Petition to end the Violence in Kennedy Road

29 09 2009 – Sekwanele! –

To sign, please visit:

For updates on the situation in Kennedy Road, visit


Dear President Zuma

We the undersigned are scholars, activists, supporters and veterans of the struggle for a free South Africa from around the world. We celebrated the end of apartheid with you, and have worked with you for the building of a genuinely democratic South Africa. Read the rest of this entry »


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