End Attacks on Abahlali baseMjondolo! Stop the shootings! Free Bandile Mdlalose!
04 October 2013
Yesterday evening War on Want, the World Development Movement (WDM), Abahlali baseMjondolo Solidarity UK and a number of people who have been inspired by our partner, Abahlali baseMjondolo, protested outside South Africa House following the attacks on Abahlali.
The protest was sparked by the police shooting a 17 year old girl, Nqobile Nzuza, and arresting the Secretary General of Abahlali baseMjondolo, Bandile Mdlalose, who has been denied bail.
The shooting and arrest were during a protest in Cato Crest, near Durban. Despite three High Court interdicts preventing evictions; evictions and demolitions have taken place illegally nine times in the settlement.
Nqobile is the third person who has been killed in Cato Crest this year, the other two being Nkululeko Gwala and Thembinkosi Qumelo. No arrest or investigation has been done in any of these cases.
Abahlali members have shown their force, solidarity and determination across Durban this week, protesting against the increased repression and attacks on the movement and to demand land, housing and services for all.
There has been a strong backlash with at least three people arrested and rubber bullets being fired. The attacks on the movement have not gone unnoticed internationally with Chomsky, Raj Patel, War on Want, WDM and many others writing open letters to President Zuma.
War on Want calls for an immediate end to the attacks on our partner, for the release of all Abahlali members being held and a full investigation into the murders of Abahlali members.