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Abahlali baseMjondolo Press statement

Marikana Massacre Memorial Service

Abahlali baseMjondolo has held a number of serious discussions about the
Marikana Massacre within our movement and with our comrades. It has also been
very important for Abahlali to send a delegate straight to Marikana in the
North West province to meet directly with striking workers and struggling
residents of the Wonderkop shack settlement. We, together with the Unemployed
People’s Movement, were also able to send two delegates to the meeting held to
discuss the massacre at the University of Johannesburg last night. We wish to
set the record straight and to say clearly that the account of what has
happened that has been given in the media has mostly come from the state. The
views and experiences of the striking workers and struggling residents of
Marikana has been silenced. It is essential that the media must talk to the
striking workers and struggling residents of Marikana and not just about them.

What has also concerned us about some media reports as well as what the state
has been saying is that it seems now as if communities are violent and that
what we must all pray for is an end to community violence. They say that we
are violent nation. They say that this is a tragedy. But they do not say that
for a long time the police and various anti-land invasion units and private
security companies have been waging a war against the poor. They have been
driving us out of the cities and into transit camps and they have especially
attacked, beaten, tortured and killed those of us who are still struggling for
real freedom, equality and justice. This has been the reality for struggling
communities for years. But most middle class people only started to understand
when they saw Andries Tatane being killed by the police on television. Now the
truth of our democracy is here for all with eyes to see.

The police do not act as peace keepers when there is disagreement between
employers and employees or citizens and government officials. They take sides.
They are there for the employers and the government officials. They are not
there for the people.

And we all know that we are living in a country where every police action is
intelligence driven. The police have their spies everywhere and are listening
to all the activists’ phones. Their intelligence is not used to keep the
peace. It is used to repress us.

The reality of police violence against poor people and especially against poor
people that are resisting their life sentence of poverty raises difficult
questions. Why does the government that so many poor people vote for repress
the poor? Why are our votes wanted but not our presence in the cities or in
the discussions? Why is the government trying responding to the protests that
are happening everywhere with violence rather than support? It is clear that
they want to respond to all this anger and protest by beating us back into the
dark spaces where we are supposed to be kept. They want us in the bantustans
and transit camps. They want us silent.

They want a solution to the reality that this society does not provide for
everyone and include everyone that takes the form of violence and
intimidation. The only real solution is to work with the poor to build a
society in which everyone can participate in decision making and the land and
wealth of the country is shared fairly. That is the only way to build a just
peace. A peace built on state violence will never be just or democratic.

Abahlali basemjondolo will be holding a Memorial Service in Durban on Friday,
24 August 2012. We need to mourn the dead and strengthen ourselves for the
struggles to come.

We are inviting all churches, shack dwellers, progressive movements, and
individuals to attend this service. We are happy that Bishop Rubin Phillip has
confirmed his attendance.

Venue: Emmanuel Cathedral, corner of Victoria Street and Queen Street, Durban

Time: 17:00pm to 18:30pm


Bandile Mdlalose: 071 424 2815
Zodwa Nsibande: 071 183 4388


The colony of Sierra Leone was conceived by British philanthropists and abolitionists as a home for African Slaves freed in England.  A Temne king sold a strip of land on the north shore of the Sierra Leone Peninsula to the Sierra Leone company for the “free community of settlers, their heirs and successors.”

In a few years the settlers were also joined by settlers of African origin from other parts of the empire. Sierra Leone became a British crown colony in 1808. Throughout the 19th century, the colony steadily grew through various “treaties of friendship” and cessions from the local chiefs.

After the British slave trade was abolished 1807, the new colony was used as a base from which the act could be enforced. Beginning in 1808, hundreds, and sometimes thousands, of slaves were freed each year, most of them remaining in Sierra Leone.

Sierra Leone achieved its independence on 27 April 1961.


  1. “August 22nd in History”. Website:
  2. Sierra Leone – History. Website:

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Mastering a foccacia is easy . Foccacia is a light snack normally served as a starter in most restaurants. 

here is how you can make your own.

you need

  • pizza base
  • garlic
  • butter or ghee
  • fresh basil
  •  mozzarella cheese (optional)

spread garlic and butter on a pizza base, and sprinkle with cheese 

bake for about 5 to 7 minutes depending on how crispy you like it

sprinkle fresh basil or parsley and serve it hot with a cup of soup or creamy pasta.