Last week three people were killed and scores of others injured or left homeless in attacks on members of a poor squatters movement, Abahlali baseMjondolo, outside the country’s third-largest city, Durban. The attackers shouted: “‘The AmaMpondo are taking over Kennedy. Kennedy is for the AmaZulu.” AmaMpondo is a veiled reference to identify the squatter movement as Xhosas. Not as Zulus. Abahlali, however, has both Xhosa and Zulu members and supporters. But as more information emerge this “ethnic” violence has less to do with ethnicity and more to do with politics. In fact, some of the squatters and their supporters claim the attackers did so with the full knowledge of the police and the municipality, the latter which is run by the ruling ANC and which is intent on clearing the city of slums before the 2010 World Cup.
For more context here is an interview with some of the squatter leaders with Democracy Now! done a few weeks ago: