Solidarity with Abahlali BaseMjondolo and Mqapheli George Bonono
Assembly of the Unemployed | Statement | 12 May 2021
The Assembly of the Unemployed (AoU) is adding its solidarity support to Abahlali BaseMjondolo in KwaZulu- Natal following the arrest of its deputy President, Mqapheli George Bonono, and hopes that state grants him bail a right he deserves just like any ordinary South African citizen.
The Assembly of the Unemployed extends its solidarity support to the entire ABM, the landless people who are trying hard to sustain their livelihoods. As we know that around election time KwaZulu-Natal and many other areas in the country become a no-go area note that his arrest is linked to election time but this is a very sensitive time for all social movements doing environmental, health, land, decent work and other socio-economic justice work that cannot be overlooked.
Currently the situation demands that Social Movements become vocal and be the voice of many oppressed, unemployed and the struggling people of South Africa who have never enjoyed the fruits of a democratic state but rather continue to live in fear when challenging what is rightfully theirs. Therefore, pledging solidarity with ABM is very crucial and the AoU cannot be silent on this matter and will continue to support ABM struggles in the country.
The struggle continues, in Solidarity with ABM.
Issued by the Assembly of the Unemployed:
Motsi Khokhoma, Botshabelo Unemployed Movement on 073 490 7623
Nonhle Mbuthuma, Amadiba Crisis Committee, 076 359 2982
Matthews Hlabane, South African Green Revolutionary Council, 082 707 9860
Siyabulela Mama, PE Amandla Forum, 065 970 7079
Mike Khumalo, Back To Work Campaign, 083 265 1519
The Assembly of the Unemployed is a South African network that brings together Social Movements, Community Based Organisations, Mining and Affected Communities, Community Health Workers, people working to sustain livelihoods and fighting for decent housing, service delivery and against evictions.