Raj Patel

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A haunting new anthology of life stories told by South African pavement dwellers is ‘both testimony and poetry’, writes Raj Patel, opening ‘the door to a world of compassion, of fellow-suffering, that holds you firm.’ There’s ‘too much at stake to shy from truth, and the writers here have the courage to face it directly, even if the results are brutal.’


Looking back on the September attacks on Abahlali baseMjondolo members in Kennedy Road, Durban, Raj Patel profiles the views of key Abahlali activists including S’bu Zikode, Zodwa Nsibande and Mazwi Nzimande. Though strongly disrupted by the African National Congress-led (ANC) attack in September, Abahlali has continued to meet, while the absence of its leaders from the Kennedy Road settlement has illustrated the deficiencies of the ANC.

http://www.pambazuka.org/images/articles/300/kennedy-5-shackdwellers.jpg... the past month the Durban shack dwellers movement, Abahlali baseMjondolo, has been systematically harassed and criminalised by the local police and municipality. Five Kennedy Road members of Abahlali have been arrested and detained. The five have been released on bail following a twelv...read more