Supporters of Abahali baseMjondolo, a landless peoples' movement, have planned to stage a protest in Durban on Monday, October 8, to denounce alleged violence against its members by the authorities. Protesters are expected to gather at Curries Fountain and march to City Hall. The event is expected to end at noon (local time). Members of the National Union of Metal Workers of South Africa (NUMSA) and the South African Federation of Trade Unions (SAFTU) are expected to attend the march. An increased security presence, along with transportation disruptions, are likely around the march route.
Abahali baseMjondolo campaigns against evictions and for public housing. With over 50,000 members, is the largest social movement in South Africa. Since its founding in 2005, it has faced serious repression, with a number of its members and leaders killed, threatened, or incarcerated.
Individuals in Durban should anticipate transportation disruptions and avoid public gatherings as a precaution.
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