In this fourth episode of The Last Afternoon in the Garden we go back to the communal garden one last time to reflect on everything that has happened. We seek out experts to try and explain the violence and confront a person from the past who has a different version of events.
In this third episode of The Last Afternoon in the Garden we are struck by incredible tragedy, but everyone involved pulls together, gets sensible and builds a strategy so they can win.
In this second episode of The Last Afternoon in the Garden we get deeper into the work of Mbale Kubheka, the determined attorney who is working to get a conviction for the assassination of Ayanda Ngila.
My investigation started as looking into an assassination, but became about land ownership in South Africa. I became increasingly aware of what it takes to achieve even small victories against powerful, established forces.
Ayanda Ngila was assassinated in the Ekhenana communal garden in Durban, South Africa, on the 8th of March, 2022. Ayanda was 30 years old and shot in broad daylight in the middle of the afternoon. He was fixing a water pipe in front of women and children and as he went down he yelled for […]
Amílcar Cabral was assassinated 50 years ago today. His thought, which sometimes arrived in South Africa via a circuitous route, speaks to our current crisis with undiminished power.
Excluded from power in the ruling party, Cosatu and the SACP need to rethink their strategy
Cosatu, Numsa, Abahlali baseMjondolo and SACP can bring a pro-worker movement
The government must act to protect members of shack dwellers’ movement from violence and harassment
Over the past 15 years, 24 leaders of Abahlali baseMjondolo, the largest independent social movement in South Africa, have been assassinated
The field of such NGOs is crowded but who and what are they holding to account and who are they mollycoddling?
Members of social movement Abahlali baseMjondolo allege that the state monitors their phones and emails, tracking their movements and putting them in constant danger
In the face of climate change, inadequate urban planning in eThekwini exacerbates flooding and poor road maintenance in KwaZulu-Natal and the rest of South Africa affects food security
Bongamusa Manqele was shot from behind while running from the police
The past is helpful in understanding the predatory and violent nature of political factionalism in the province. But it doesn’t answer the question of how to fix it.
Desmond D’Sa, winner of the coveted Goldman Environmental Prize in 2014, tells Paddy Harper how being forcibly removed from his home at the age of 10 taught him to fight for his rights
The City of Cape Town tacitly condones it when wealthy landowners behave illegally, something that is not the case if you’re poor
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The eThekwini mayor has been removed. No, not fired. She’s been redeployed. And it wasn’t because of the dodgy waste tender
Until a democratic order delivers some form of social justice, we will lurch from crisis to crisis
As eThekwini tries to evict transit camp residents, some say it was to retaliate against land activists
The entrenchment and normalisation of assassinations are a threat to democracy
Our readers write in about Unfreedom Day and Winnie Madikizela-Mandela
‘The role and function of civil society is crucial in keeping the public focused on the issue of land rights’
Intra-elite contestation on land seldom takes the often bitter struggles of the urban poor seriously
A land invasion control unit is to be formed in KwaZulu-Natal to protect land earmaked for housing.
Authorities have warned that the need for court orders could hamper planned development.
Readers write in about Abahlali BaseMjondolo, and inner-city buildings.
An article has caused academics’ simmering row over a social movement to boil over.
A march to the Durban City Hall is expected to take place this week as violence against foreign nationals in KZN is falling short of being quelled.
Political assassinations in South Africa have become a feature sustained by corruption, infighting and the "ruling party’s hegemony".
Shack dwellers’ movement Abahlali baseMjondolo says Thuli Ndlovu was threatened and intimidated by an ANC official prior to her death by shooting.