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Media Statement: The South African Human Rights Commission condemns the brutal killing of Lindokuhle Mnguni, a leader within the Abahlali baseMjondolo Movement

22 August 2022

Attention: Editors and Reporters

The South African Human Rights Commission (“the Commission”) has learnt of the passing of Mr Lindokuhle Mnguni, the Chairperson of eKhenana Community and a leader within the Abahlali baseMjondolo Movement, a social movement representing the interests of shack dwellers in South Africa.  According to reports, Mr Lindokuhle Mnguni died on Saturday, 20th August 2022, at his home in eKhenana, Cato Manor Durban. Two armed men are alleged to have shot the activist to death.  

Mr Lindokuhle Mnguni’s brutal passing occurs just three months after the death of Ms Nokuthula Mabaso and Mr Ayanda Ngila, both members of the Abahlali baseMjondolo Movement who died in March this year.  Mnguni, Mabaso and Ngila, join a list of eight (8) other members of Abahlali baseMjondolo Movement, that have been shot and killed whilst in eKhenana since 2018.

The Commission strongly condemns the brutal and senseless killing of Mr Lindokuhle Mnguni. The State, particularly the South African Police Service has a duty to ensure the creation of a safe environment that enables human rights defenders to carry out their activities toward the advancement of all human rights. In doing their work, human rights defenders have the right to be protected.

The Commission calls upon the SAPS to conduct an immediate and thorough investigation into the killing of Mr Lindokuhle Mnguni to ensure that the perpetrators responsible for this atrocious act are swiftly brought to account.

The Commission extends its deep condolences to Mr Lindokuhle Mnguni’s family and to all members of the Abahlali baseMjondolo Movement.
The Commission will continue to monitor this matter, and the plight of members of the Abahlali baseMjondolo Movement and will intervene, where required.


For further information contact SAHRC KZN Acting Provincial Manager, Ms. Pavershree Padayachee on Tel: 031 304 7323 Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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