Thursday, 16 May 2019
Break-in at the Abahlali baseMjondolo Office
This morning we arrived at our office, which is in the Diakonia Centre in central Durban, to find that there had been a break in last night. The hard drives of two computers, and external hard drive and the keys to our safe were taken. The cash in the safe was not touched and other easily saleable items, like our microwave, television, cameras and mobile sound system were not taken.
It was clear that the thieves were looking for information, not money. One of the hard drives that they took is old and would have very little resale value. However, the two hard drives, and the external hard drive that were taken do contain lots of information about our movement, including the audited database of our membership which is a spreadsheet with every members’ name, age, phone number, ID number and other details, details of all our branches, our correspondence with other progressive organisations in South Africa and elsewhere in the world, and so on.
It is clear that this break in was the work of intelligence. We can’t be certain about the motivation for the break in but our immediate suspicion is that it is linked to our opposition to the gangster mayor of Durban, and all the gangster councillors that support her.
We are currently waiting for the police to finish at the crime scene. Once they have left we will be able to see if anything else was taken, such as files, documents etc.
We repeat our call for her immediate removal as mayor, and for the strongest possible protecting for the witnesses who will testify against her.
We will not be intimidated. We have nothing to hide. The struggle continues.
Mqapheli Bonono: 073 067 3274
Nomusa Sizani: 081 005 3686
S’bu Zikode: 083 547 0474