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‘I’m in Hiding Right Now’: Leader of South Africa’s Shack Dwellers on Assassination Campaign

Amid a wave in assassinations, state-led violent repression, and political persecution, the South African shack dwellers’ movement or Abahlali baseMjondolo (AbM) continue their struggle to secure land and housing for South Africa’s urban poor. Despite having to contend with regular arrests and killings of their leaders, AbM has grown into a strong collective with more than 100,000 members. Thapelo Mohapi, General Secretary of AbM, joined the show from hiding, and explains the intensifying repression, the political dynamics in South Africa, and the movement as a whole.

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