Abahlali baseMjondolo press statement, The ANC must be removed from office 6 May 2014

For nine years our movement has boycotted elections. Continue reading

Why Abahlali endorsed DA. S’bu Zikode speaks


Pollice in Tshwane Metro kill hawker without facing charges

Jan Rivombo a hawker was apparently killed when refusing to hand over fruit without any form of receipt to Tshwane Metro police. He joins a long line of people who have died in the last few year at the hands of the police, apparently for reasons that did not require the use of deadly force.  No one has been charged with the offence, giving a sense that lawlessness is widely tolerated



Raymond Suttner, Johannesburg street traders (with permits) victory may seem small in larger scheme of things, but these days we should rejoice wherever rights triumph over arrogant power

The return of the traders (who held legal permits) to Johannesburg city centre after a constitutional court hearing has aroused considerable emotion Continue reading

Franny Rabkin on Concourt ruling for return of evicted traders


Traders win right to return to trading in Constituitonal court

With only a brief report at hand it appears that the constitutional court has done far more than was expected w Continue reading

City council tells Concourt that it was ‘convenient’ to remove traders from Johannesburg city centre


More information from SERI on Johannesburg informal traders appeal to constitutional court


Johannesburg traders head for constitutional court


Aftermath of ruling that traders case is not urgent


Bad day for constitution when judge rules that traders eviction from work place is not urgent


Greg Nicolson reports on atmosphere in and around traders action against Johannesburg council.

This is Gcina Malindi,SC, one of the trialists in a UDF treason trial of the 1980s, now a leading advocate. the words are that of Greg Nicolson summarising

‘Advocate Gcina Malindi represented the respondents and decided not to respond to the real issues. Instead, in a sleepy speech, he argued the technicalities of urgency. He said the traders had ample time to launch a court action since the effects of Clean Sweep were being felt in October. They were simply trying to waste the court’s time, he argued, and even asked the traders to pay the municipality’s legal costs, a request Judge Monamo responded to by saying the traders have no money. “If the older people can do something wrong then the younger people will follow because they learn from that,” the judge advised.

Malindi said that the traders are out of work is nothing new in South Africa. “There can never be an appropriate time to act,” he counselled. If it’s not at Christmas time, it will be when children are starting school.’


Judgment reserved in case to reverse eviction of traders from johannesburg city centre