MPAECMandela Park Anti-Eviction Campaign (South Africa)
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activists feeling that the leadership responsibilities in MPAEC need to
the MPAEC's Zuki Mlonyeni, 'we want to make decisions--not
led a sustained repressive charge against the MPAEC. Over the last
Once the MPAEC had constituted itself, however, the general feeling was: 'No more fish and chips political parties!' (6) The residents of Mandela Park were feeling that the community was really pulling together for the first time; they were, like the lefty 'outsiders', excited by how they had managed to unite and pull together.
In the internal discussions of the MPAEC (and also the WCAEC) it has become more important to define the organizational boundaries--who is 'in' and who is 'out'--than to develop its program of action.
This meant that in 2002 the MPAEC was structured around mass meetings with a permanent chair, and though masses of people attended, no particular efforts were made to ensure full participation.
Patriarchal power relations continue to shape the MPAEC and struggles in Mandela Park.
(8) But, on the other hand, even if one accepts Fanon's model and moves from the position that the collective praxis of academic engagement with struggle should begin by sanctioning revolt and then move on to explore, dialogically, nuances and strengths and weaknesses from a position of critical solidarity, should we not have made a much more serious attempt to include women's voices and positions in our originary academic account of the MPAEC, or to ask critical questions about power relations in the 'private' sphere?
All of our arguments about the general need to endorse revolt and to oppose the particular stimgatization of the MPAEC seem to support the former position.
(2.) After our article was completed, the highly respected radical South African academic, Martin Legassick (2003), wrote an account of the MPAEC struggle for Labor's Militant Voice and is now planning a carefully ethnographic study.
(8.) Although Pointer clearly misread our valorization of resistance against evictions and disconnections as a general valorization of the MPAEC and its leading members.