Violent attacks in Kennedy Road informal settlement

September 30, 2009

On Saturday night, residents of the Kennedy Road informal settlement were subject to a surprise attack by a group of about 40 armed men. Calls to the police for help were ignored. Although police are claiming two people died, it has been confirmed by Abahlali baseMjondolo that at least four people have been killed: three during the attacks and another died later in hospital. It is reported that the houses of around 30 AbM members were burnt or destroyed by the mob, which was shouting things like “The AmaMpondo are taking over Kennedy. Kennedy is for the AmaZulu” while carrying out the attacks. Hundreds, if not thousands of Kennedy Road residents have fled the community, some seeking refuge at nearby churches. The leaders of Abahlali baseMjondolo and their families have gone into hiding, fearing for their lives.

Here’s a short video about the ongoing crisis in Kennedy Road:

Latest media coverage: 

- The Mercury
- News 24

We are shocked and saddened by the behavior of the police and state who stood by and watched while the attacks took place. We’ll keep you posted as the situation develops.