All welcome to seminars – to be skypecast – at the Centre for Civil Society, University of KwaZulu-Natal:

Interpreting Umlazi’s Unrest, Repression and Occupy Resistance
Speakers: Bheki Buthelezi and China Ngubane
Date: Monday, 9 July 2012
Venue: CCS Seminar Room 602, 6th Floor, MTB Tower, Howard College

The ongoing occupation of the plot next to an Umlazi municipal councilor’s office in V Section is a new reaction to socio-economic oppression, shifting the ‘Service Delivery Protest’ so common in South Africa, to a new kind of appropriation of public space. The Umlazi communities which oppose abuse of local ‘development’ in this area have long struggled to make their voices heard, but in June, protest marches were clamped down upon with unprecedented force by police and local political thugs. Hundreds of activists have been shot at (leading to two hospitalisations), teargassed and arrested, but will their next stage of struggle be tolerated – or like Occupy in other sites, will it be deemed too great a challenge to the status quo? (For more, see,68,3,2675 and )

Buthelezi is an Umlazi civic leader jailed in late June for his role in a non-violent service delivery protest, and an Unemployed People’s Movement activist. China Ngubane is with the Democratic Left Front, Right2Know and the Centre for Civil Society where he is a Dennis Brutus Community Scholar.

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