Ruling in Abahlali case lays solid foundation to build on
Defend Freedom - Democracy under Attack, Church Land Programme, Pietermaritzburg. 04 November 2009
ABAHLALI baseMjondolo hit the headlines recently. First, attacks on Durban’s Kennedy Road informal settlement drew a ground swell of newsworthy international condemnation, including a statement from US intellectual Noam Chomsky. A week later, media reported on the outcome of Abahlali’s Constitutional Court appeal on the KwaZuluNatal slums act. What is Abahlali? And was anything really noteworthy about the ruling?
The South African shackdwellers' movement Abahlali baseMjondolo (AbM) is an egalitarian, democratic organisation dedicated to the selfempowerment and selfeducation of thousands of disadvantaged people.
Abahlali case; Abahlali's Constitutional Court appeal; KwaZulu-Natal Slum Elimination and Prevention of Re-emergence of Slums Act; Upgrading of Informal Settlements programme.
Huchzermeyer, Marie. 2009 Invited presentation; Workshop: Defend Freedom - Democracy under Attack. Church Land Programme. Pietermaritzburg. URL: http://abahlali.org/files/Defend_Freedom_contents.pdf