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Bandile Mdlalose of Abahlali writes about her arrest

Published: 
October 9, 2013

Seven Days of Thoughts in Westville Prison

On June 3, 2010 when I became the General Secretary of Abahlali BaseMjondolo
Movement S.A. I vowed to die where Abahlali members die. I vowed to protect my
country. I vowed to be loyal to the poorest of the poor. I vowed to uplift the
Constitution of South Africa in respect for all those who fought for this
country. I vowed to take forward the struggle for land and housing in the
cities, to make sure that land, cities, wealth and power are shared.

As upon my vows I stand firm to implement them. No judgement, imprisonment or

Letter from Prison - Bandile Mdlalose of

Published: 
October 9, 2013

Seven Days of Thoughts in Westville Prison

On June 3, 2010 when I became the General Secretary of Abahlali BaseMjondolo
Movement S.A. I vowed to die where Abahlali members die. I vowed to protect my
country. I vowed to be loyal to the poorest of the poor. I vowed to uplift the
Constitution of South Africa in respect for all those who fought for this
country. I vowed to take forward the struggle for land and housing in the
cities, to make sure that land, cities, wealth and power are shared.

As upon my vows I stand firm to implement them. No judgement, imprisonment or

Rally in Solidarity With the Shack Dwellers Movement

Published: 
October 8, 2009

Picture the Homeless, the Poverty Initiative, and Domestic Workers United
invite you to:

Violent Attacks in Kennedy Road Informal Settlement

Published: 
September 29, 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.

Clip From Post Dear Mandela Work-In-Progress Screening Discussion

Published: 
September 13, 2009

Mazwi and Reverend Mavuso, speaking at the Poverty Initiative at Union Theological Seminary on the final night of their 2-week U.S. visit. The discussion was very engaging as folks contemplated how to forge a meaningful solidarity between struggles in the U.S. and the Abahlali movement in South Africa.

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The Shack Dwellers Movement in New York City This Week!

Published: 
August 15, 2009

We’re very excited to have one of the characters from ‘Dear Mandela’, the teenage community leader Mazwi Nzimande, in New York this week. ‘Dear Mandela’ is a documentary currently in production about young people living in South Africa’s slums, who are trying to halt the forced evictions leading up to the 2010 Soccer World Cup. Please come out to see the shack dwellers in action, hear about their work and find out how you can support their struggle and get involved with anti-eviction struggles right here in NYC.

Shack Dwellers Movement Building Solidarity in the USA

Published: 
July 7, 2009

Even though the film is still in production, our outreach work has already begun. Our team is committed to using DEAR MANDELA to strengthen social movements around the world. Our youngest character Mazwi Nzimande has been invited by the Poverty Initiative to travel to the United States and join more than 160 leaders from across the country and around the world as they gather for a week in Charleston WV to study together, teach one another, and to work towards Reigniting the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s Poor People’s Campaign Today.