Demand justice for murdered land rights activists in South AfricaNews of the murder of Ayanda Ngila, a 30-year-old land activist and leader of Abahlali baseMjondolo in the Cato Crest informal settlement just west of Durban, has been received with shock in South Africa and abroad.
On 8 March 2022, Deputy Chairperson of Abahlali baseMjondolo’s eKhenana settlement in Durban, South Africa, Ayanda Ngila, was tragically shot and killed by members of the local ANC party.
His killing is part of an ongoing attack on the eKhenana settlement and the wider Abahlali baseMjondolo movement.
Only three days later, on 11 March 2022, in the nearby eNkanini settlement, another Abahlali baseMjondolo member, Siyabonga Manqele was shot and killed when he rushed, unarmed, to the aid of his wife, Thandeka Sithunsa, who was being assaulted by masked police during a night raid of the settlement.
The International Network for Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (ESCR-Net) asks you to take action in solidarity with fellow ESCR-Net members, Abahlali baseMjondolo.
Send a letter to the South African embassy in your country:
You can download a template letter in this link. Feel free to sign the letter and add your organization’s logo to the letter. You can also send the letter as it is.
You can find the email address of the South African embassy in your country here. Please also copy in myself, Ruben Kondrup, to any emails to embassies.
ESCR-Net recently shared a solidarity statement with Abahlali baseMjondolo. Please help us share this through social media.
For more information, please see this collective letter sent to the South African authorities in December 2021.
Thank you for your support.