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Title:The Promised Land and the University of 'Abahlali baseMjondolo'
Author:Pithouse, RichardISNI
Year:2006
Periodical:African Sociological Review (ISSN 1027-4332)
Volume:10
Issue:1
Pages:102-142
Language:English
Notes:biblio. refs.
Geographic terms:South Africa
Southern Africa
Subjects:protest
2005
informal settlements
economic inequality
social inequality
Peoples of Africa (Ethnic Groups)
Urbanization and Migration
Politics and Government
History and Exploration
sociology
Slums
Squatter settlements
South Africa--Social conditions
Link:https://www.jstor.org/stable/afrisocirevi.10.1.102
Abstract:Capital is thrusting us into a world in which an increasingly massive portion of humanity lives in Third World slums, in what in South Africa are called 'emijondolo' (shack settlements). In Durban, fabulous private fortunes have and continue to be made very efficiently while life gets worse in Kennedy Road settlement. The people in whose name the power of the ANC was legitimated have been betrayed. In Kennedy Road settlement, more than 20,000 shack dwellers have mobilized themselves as 'Abahlali baseMjondolo' (shack dwellers) and organized mass political insurgence, demanding land, housing, toilets and an end to the threat of forced removals. As a result, they have suffered more than 80 arrests since March 2005, their constitutionally guaranteed right to stage public protests has been illegally withdrawn, and negotiations with the City authorities have been illegally suspended. This essay recounts events in Durban from 19 March to 14 December 2005. Notes, ref. [ASC Leiden abstract]
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