Task team to investigate murders of Abahlali baseMjondolo members

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The South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) says a police task team has been established in KwaZulu-Natal to investigate the assassination of Abahlali baseMjondolo Movement members.

This after the commission wrote to President Cyril Ramaphosa to seek the intervention of the Justice, Crime Prevention and Security Cluster in the human rights violations reportedly experienced by the movement and its members.

Abahlali baseMjondolo is a socialist shack dwellers’ movement which primarily campaigns for land, housing and against xenophobia.

SAHRC Commissioner, Philile Ntuli says the organisation has been receiving complaints for years.

“The numbers of assassination of members of Abahlali baseMjondolo is exponentially high. 24 members in the past 14 years have been assassinated and investigations have not been done. As the Human Rights Commission, we did over the years receive complaints from both individuals as well as organisations within the country as well as international individuals as well as organisations who are concerned at the plight of Abahlali baseMjondolo.”