Statement on the attacks on Abahlali baseMjondolo in Kennedy Road, Durban last weekend. Development Action Group (DAG) and the Housing and Land Rights Network of Habitat International Coalition (HIC-HLRN) express their solidarity and support for ABM and the community of Kennedy Road.
Immediate and decisive intervention by the state is needed to stop the violence
According to reports from the Kennedy Road community, an informal settlement in Durban, a group of heavily armed men have attacked leaders of the democratically elected Kennedy Road Development Committee, and intimidated participants at an Abahlali baseMjondolo Youth League camp, resulting in at least four deaths, many injuries, and homes destroyed.
The struggle of the people of Kennedy Road to live in dignified conditions, as promised by the Constitution, has been well documented and their fight to realize these rights commendable. Speculations over the cause of the violence can only fuel further attacks but silence in the face of it is unacceptable. The situation, therefore, requires urgent State intervention to restore peace and, as Sibusiso Zikode asks, requires “close and careful scrutiny of the nature of democracy in South Africa.”