SERI Press statement Abahlali Nokuthula Mabaso FINALOn the evening of 5 May 2022, Abahlali baseMjondolo’s Nokuthula Mabaso was shot and killed in the eKhenana informal settlement in Cato Manor, Durban. According to Abahlali baseMjondolo, Mabaso was on her way home from a meeting when she was shot five times in front of her children. Earlier this year, in March 2022, she was witness to the killing of Ayanda Ngila. Since 2018, Abahlali baseMjondolo has lost at least seven of its members in eKhenana to targeted assassinations.

As part of the ongoing repression that has intensified in eKhenana in the last year, Nokuthula Mabaso was one of the three women arrested in October 2021. They were denied bail and held in custody for approximately two weeks. As part of the bail conditions, Mabaso was barred from returning to her home in eKhenana. According to Abahlali baseMjondolo, at the time of her death, Mabaso was playing an important role in supporting cases related to the ongoing repression experienced in eKhenana including the various arrests made on trumped‑up charges, recent attacks on the settlement, as well as Ayanda Ngila’s assassination.

Nokuthula Mabaso is remembered as a strong and resolute leader in Abahlali baseMjondolo’s Women’s League and in eKhenana informal settlement in Cato Manor. She has played a central role in defending the occupation against evictions and sustaining the commune’s various operations.

SERI is devastated by this brutal attack and sends its condolences to Nokuthula Mabaso’s loved ones and to Abahlali baseMjondolo. SERI condemns the killings of Mabaso, Ngila and other activists and echoes repeated demands for justice and accountability for the violence and harassment that the eKhenana community and the broader Abahlali baseMjondolo movement have suffered, particularly over the past year.

We repeat our calls for the leadership of the South African Police Services, the National Prosecuting Authority and the South African Human Rights Commission to urgently look into the longstanding issue of political violence in KwaZulu-Natal and in particular, the repression of community activists.

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