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[PRESS STATEMENT] SERI, Abahlali baseMjondolo and the Forge to launch new publication in the Jhb and open exhibition on Abahlali (17 November 2022).

SERI AbM Forge Press statement CPN launchOn Thursday, 17 November 2022, SERI and Abahlali baseMjondolo, together with the Forge will host a panel discussion to launch SERI’s new Community Practice Note (CPN) on Abahlali baseMjondolo entitled Abahlali baseMjondolo: Living politics. The CPN details Abahlali’s 17-year history of organising from below which has seen the movement’s membership surpass 100,000 people across South Africa. The CPN also details the movement’s strategies and tactics for advancing their struggles for land, housing and basic services, and how it has responded to evictions, repression and state violence in a highly charged context, costing the movement 24 lives since 2009. The CPN is accompanied by English and isiZulu executive summaries. The first launch took place on Abahlali’s birthday in eKhenana on the 4th of October.

The panel discussion will be facilitated by SERI’s director of research and advocacy Lauren Royston and SERI executive director Nomzamo Zondo will make opening remarks. Panellists include:

Thapelo Mohapi, General Secretary, Abahlali baseMjondolo

Melita Ngcobo, Chairperson of Abahlali baseMjondolo’s Vusimuzi branch in Thembisa;

Richard Pithouse, Scholar, activist and journalist

Thato Masiangoako, Researcher, SERI.

The launch will follow the opening of Socialism or Death: Abahlali baseMjondolo on the Frontlines of Struggle, which is a collection of images taken of Abahlali’s eKhenana Commune in Cato Manor, KwaZulu-Natal by journalists and photographers Nomfundo Xolo and Siyabonga Mbhele.

Details for the event are as follows:

Date:               Thursday, 17 November 2022.

Time:               From 18:00

Venue:            The Forge, 87 De Korte Street, Braamfontein, Johannesburg.


Contact details: 

  • Thapelo Mohapi, Abahlali baseMjondolo general secretary: mohapithapelo35[at]gmail.com.
  • Thato Masiangoako, SERI researcher: thato[at]seri-sa.org.


Download the press statement here.