Posts Tagged ‘S’bu Zikode’

“We are all S’bu Zikode”

In Tearing Ourselves Apart, The Politics of Politics on October 20, 2011 at 6:05 pm

Tuesday, 18 October 2011
Abahlali baseMjondolo Press Statement

“We are all S’bu Zikode”

Abahlali baseMjondolo is a movement of the poor that struggles to protect, promote and advance the dignity of the poor in South Africa. One of our roles is to bring the government to the people and the people to the government. Read the rest of this entry »


South Africa’s Great Change

In Solidarity on September 18, 2011 at 8:45 am

S’bu Zikode’s talk at the 30th anniversary of the 1981 protests against the Springbok tour of New Zealand

I wish to thank Global Peace and Justice, in Auckland, for inviting me to New Zealand to speak on the progress of post-apartheid South Africa and the birth of Abahlali baseMjondolo Movement SA. I also wish to thank Abahlali baseMjondolo Movement SA, the movement that I am part of, for trusting me with the responsibility of representing it. Read the rest of this entry »

S’bu Zikode’s Presentation at the Fanon Colloquium, Rhodes University July 9, 2011

In Freedom, The Politics of Politics on August 24, 2011 at 11:16 am

by S’bu Zikode, Thinking Africa

The idea that shack dwellers can think and that Abahlali can sustain its autonomy has created a crisis. There is a price to be paid for such thinking, for such autonomy.
The university is slowly opening spaces for grassroots organizations and some of us have fought hard for a relationship of equality between grassroots organizations and the university. Read the rest of this entry »

The Politic of Land and Housing

In Cities, Moments of Grace, The Politics of Politics on February 11, 2011 at 1:38 pm

by S’bu Zikode, LibCom

This is the full text of a talk given by S’bu Zikode to a group of students from the University of Chicago at the University of Cape Town today.

The Politic of Land and Housing
Friday 11 February, 2011

I have been asked to speak on the politic of land and housing in our cities. I only get these invitations because of the strength of the movement of which I am part and so, on behalf of Abahlali baseMjondolo, I thank the University of Chicago Civilization program for this platform. Read the rest of this entry »

Questions of loyalty in movement building

In Moments of Grace, The Politics of Politics on November 25, 2010 at 5:28 pm

by Sokari Ekine, Black Looks

How can loyalty become a threat to social movements and how can it be a source of strength? How should movements respond to threats and how do we nurture and build on loyalty from within? What does it mean for the poor? S’bu Zikode, the President of Abahlali baseMojondo, addresses these questions at the University of Chicago which is part of a speaking and solidarity building tour in the US. Read the rest of this entry »

When Loyalty Becomes a Threat to Society

In The Politics of Politics on November 9, 2010 at 6:42 pm

by S’bu Zikode, Abahlali baseMjondolo

I have been invited by the National Economic and Social Rights Initiative to come to the United States of America to speak, to learn and to share our experiences of struggle in South Africa. I wish to thank the National Economic and Social Rights Initiative for their invitation and for their solidarity with our struggles. Over the last years a number of comrades from our movements have received invitations to travel to other countries to try and build a living solidarity between our different movements. Read the rest of this entry »

South Africa: Serving our Life Sentence in the Shacks

In Cities, The Politics of Politics on August 7, 2010 at 2:22 pm

People all over South Africa have been asking the leaders of Abahlali baseMjondolo as to why the government continues to ignore the demands of the shack dwellers. They have been asking why after all the marches, statements, reports and meetings the Kennedy Road settlement continues to get burnt down through the endless shack fires.

They have been referring in particular to the recent Kennedy Road shack fire on Sunday, 4 July 2010 that took four lives, leaving more than three thousand people displaced and homeless. Read the rest of this entry »

The ANC Has Invaded Kennedy Road

In Tearing Ourselves Apart on October 3, 2009 at 2:28 pm

by S’bu Zikode, Abahlali baseMjondolo

The ANC has invaded Kennedy Road. We have been arrested, beaten, killed, jailed and made homeless by their armed wing. This is what it took for Yakoob Baig and Jackson Gumede to finally take back the settlement.

This was a very well organised crime. It is not just an attack on the KRDC. It is not just an attack on AbM. It is an attack on our politic. Read the rest of this entry »

To Resist All Degradations & Divisions

In Interviews on June 13, 2009 at 11:55 am

S’bu Zikode interviewed by Richard Pithouse, Abahlali baseMjondolo, 28 April 2009

Click here to read an annotated version of this interview in pdf and here to read a summary.

Tell me something about where you were born and who your family were.

I was born in a village called Loskop which is near the town called Estcourt. It is in the Natal Midlands. I was born in 1975. I have a twin sister, her name is Thoko. We are now the last born. I have two other sisters. I also had a brother who passed away so I am the only son. Read the rest of this entry »