Neue Veranstaltungshinweise

Southern Africa

Es wurden keine neuen Veranstaltungshinweise in der letzten Woche veröffentlicht

Kommende Veranstaltungen

Southern Africa | Anarchist movement

Keine kommenden Veranstaltungen veröffentlicht

Report on the Johannesburg launch of Black Flame

category southern africa | anarchist movement | news report author Dienstag Oktober 13, 2009 20:58author by Jon - ZACF (personal capacity) Report this post to the editors

Around 120 people, from seasoned anarchist militants and trade unionists to students and professors came together at Wits University in Johannesburg on Wednesday 7 October 2009 for the launch of “Black Flame: The revolutionary class politics of anarchism and syndicalism”, the first of a two volume series on anarchist history and theory by Lucien van der Walt and Michael Schmidt. The room was filled up so fast and so quickly that latecomers had to find space on the stairs - one of the biggest launches at the university in years. [Nederlands]
Authors' presentation
Authors' presentation

Report on the Johannesburg launch of Black Flame

Around 120 people, from seasoned anarchist militants and trade unionists to students and professors came together at Wits University in Johannesburg on Wednesday 7 October 2009 for the launch of “Black Flame: The revolutionary class politics of anarchism and syndicalism”, the first of a two volume series on anarchist history and theory by Lucien van der Walt and Michael Schmidt. The room was filled up so fast and so quickly that latecomers had to find space on the stairs - one of the biggest launches at the university in years.

It was hosted by the Johannesburg Amandla! collective, a broad left group, along with the Sociology department. Following an introduction by the hosts, there were presentations from both authors on what they hoped to achieve in publishing the book and a brief history of anarchism and some of its notable achievements. As noted by the authors, "Black Flame" has already received much publicity, including a positive mention at the recent Congress of South African Trade Unions congress by Cosatu general-secretary Zweli Vavi. Its outlook is internationalist and global; its aim is to recover the "proletarian practice" of anarchism and syndicalism.

Proceedings were then opened to the floor, with lively discussion. Proceedings were participatory and excited, quite the opposite of most book launches - an example of the engagement and debate anarchism promotes. Many issues were raised, although the authors generally steered discussion away from detailed historical debates towards current concerns and issues of general relevance. For example, the vision of syndicalism - democratic, transformative, revolutionary unionism - was highlighted, as was the anarchist and syndicalist role in anti-colonial struggles in the twentieth century.

The floor also made many key points, like the anarchist from Zimbabwe who argued that country's pro-democracy movement (sold out by the Movement for Democratic Change under Morgan Tsvangirai) could stand to learn a lot from the principles and history of anarchism as laid out in "Black Flame".
There was a great deal of interest, as testified by the rapid sales before and afterwards.

Predictably a few old school Marxists made an attempt to discredit anarchism and glorify the Soviet Union (including its invasion of Afghanistan). This did not go down well: almost the whole house broke out into laughter after one such diatribe. An anarchist militant from Zimbabwe present neatly refuted any nostalgia for the Soviet Union, showing how the Zanu-PF regime and Mugabe were militarily supported by the USSR and China - including in the genocidal Matabeleland Massacres, in which over 30 thousand mostly Ndebele people were killed.

On the whole, though, this blast from the past was fine propaganda for anarchism, exposing the authoritarians - an argument for the democratic, open, libertarian vision of anarchism. Not all questions were answered, of course, The authors tended towards the end to refer people to the book, pushing folks with an interest in anarchism or radical politics and history to read "Black Flame". There may have been some lost opportunities here, but although some questions were left unanswered the launch closed on a great notes.

A large group of comrades then gathered at the Wits Post-Graduate Club for after-launch drinks and discussions that lasted into the wee hours of the morning.

If the intention was to mainstream the book and bring discussion of anarchism into mainstream academic circles, which it was, then the decision to launch it at Wits (with the crowd this entailed) was the right one. The linkage with Amandla! did bring in a wider audience, though, and helped set a more activist tone.

What is necessary now is to capture the momentum generated from the first launch and the publicity that "Black Flame" has received to try and make it accessible to working class militants, with workshops and targetted distribution.

Verwandter Link:



This page can be viewed in
English Italiano Deutsch
George Floyd: one death too many in the “land of the free”

Southern Africa | Anarchist movement | News Report | en

Sa 24 Okt, 15:55

browse text browse image

Mandla Khoza (“MK”), 1974-2019: ZACF anarchist-communist, militant in South Africa and Swaziland (Eswatini) image“The soldier has fallen”: Mandla Khoza, ZACF anarchist-communist and Swaziland activist, 22 May 1974... 07:30 Do 22 Aug by ZACF 0 comments

Comrade Mandla Khoza (or "MK," as his friends and comrades knew him) passed away on Friday 26 July in his home town of Siphofaneni, Swaziland (Eswatini). He had long suffered from sugar diabetes. He leaves behind four children. One of the pioneering members of the Zabalaza Anarchist Communist Federation (ZACF) founded in South Africa on May Day 2003, MK was committed to a social revolution that would place power and wealth in the hands of the working class, the peasants and the poor. As he would often say: “It doesn’t matter if you change who sits on the throne: you have to get rid of the throne itself.” This obituary commemorates his life as a militant. [Français]

speaker.jpg imageSouth African anarchist speaks in Ireland 23:32 Do 29 Okt by Cathal 0 comments

October 26th the Cork branch of the Worker’s Solidarity Movement hosted a talk by South African anarchist and ZABALAZA Anarchist Communist Front (ZACF) member, Jonathan. The ZACF is an organisation of anarchist individuals from South Africa who identify with the communist tradition within Anarchism. The front is organised around the principles of theoretical and tactical unity, collective responsibility and federalism. Their activities include study and theoretical development, anarchist agitation and propaganda, and participation within the class struggle.

textReport on Red & Black Forum on the Economic Crisis 23:57 Di 15 Sep by Jon 0 comments

On Saturday 12th September the Zabalaza Anarchist Communist Front (ZACF) facilitated a Red and Black Forum - or popular education workshop - at a hall in the Sebokeng Municipal Hostel in Sebokeng township, about 50 kilometers south of Johannesburg.

textZACF - southern Africa, Congress 2005 00:41 Mi 30 Nov by Michael (International Secretary) 1 comments

The ZACF's second full Congress, which is the decision-making body of the Federation, consisting of all members, will be held in Johannesburg over the weekend of December 16 & 17

textWhy May Day? An African Working Class Perspective Mai 02 by Leroy Maisiri 0 comments

In South Africa, the black working class majority is gripped by the rough hands of its ruling class, made up of a cold combination of black state elites and white capitalist elites, who choke the very life out of her. blazing but blinded. In days like these it is important to remember our heroes, our champions of past years, to remember the stories of Ma Josie Mpama, who wanted nothing more, than to see the working class mature, to explode like landmines under the feet of the oppressive system that has spent centuries trampling over us. The other day, while deep in thought, I felt the room grow more still, filled with clarity. The voices of Lucy Parsons, Josie Mpama and other heroes pierced my very being. Their voices reminded me of the dream, the obtainable goal. To remember that we, the working class billions, can be more than what we are now, that we can awake, from our half-life, that we can be more than the shares and stocks that the system has nailed to our backs.

imageReclaiming Our Global Past: Why South Africa is Not "New Terrain" for Anarchism/Syndicalism, and How... Apr 18 by Warren McGregor 0 comments

A Presentation at the St. Imier International Anarchist Conference by Warren McGregor (ZACF), August 2012.

imageNo Justice, No Peace: A Year of Struggle Dez 11 by Tokologo African Anarchist Collective 0 comments

Welcome to the first double issue of Tokologo, combining issues 5 and 6. This marks our third year of publishing by the Tokologo African Anarchist Collective and its study circles. 2015 has been a turbulent year. On the one side, the horrors of attacks on immigrants and foreigners continue. In April, attacks broke out, mainly in KwaZulu-Natal, spurred directly by Zulu King Goodwill Zwelithini's inflammatory statements. One of the big failures of the 1994 transition was that much of the old Bantustan/ homeland apparatus remained in place, with the continuing power of chiefs and kings. Again, in October, this time spurred by rumours and the taxi associations, there were riots in the Eastern Cape.

imageWhere to, South Africa? Aug 17 by Tina Sizovuka 0 comments

Editorial from issue number 14 of the Zabalaza Anarchist Communist Front's journal, Zabalaza: A Journal of Southern African Revolutionary Anarchism.

imageZabalaza: A Voice for Organised Anarchism in South Africa Nov 06 by Jonathan Payn 0 comments

The Zabalaza Anarchist Communist Front, or ZACF – Zabalaza meaning ‘struggle’ in isiZulu and isiXhosa – is a specific anarchist political organisation based in Johannesburg, South Africa. It is a unitary organisation – or federation of individuals, as opposed to a federation of collectives – whereby membership is on an individual basis, by invitation only. This is because we have seen – through our own experience, as well as that of global anarchism historically – that we can accomplish more as an organisation, and be more effective, when our members share a certain level of theoretical and strategic unity, and collective responsibility.

more >>

imageZACF Reply to the Misrepresentation of the ZACF by American Journalists and on the Schmidt Affair Feb 19 ZACF 39 comments

19th February 2016 The following is the official statement of the Zabalaza Anarchist Communist Front (ZACF) of South Africa on the controversy that erupted around Michael Schmidt, a South African activist, several months ago. It follows a careful collective discussion process and research and comes several weeks after the last installment in a series of articles claiming to be an expose of Schmidt. As we are also committed to a number of ongoing workshops, activities and publications, our time was limited. It has two main aims: to outline our position on the claims made for, and against, Schmidt, and to respond to a number of false statements that have been made about the ZACF in the course of the developing Schmidt affair. The statement opens with an executive summary, followed by a much more extensive discussion. The statement was collectively crafted and issued by the ZACF: Questions and requests for comment should be addressed to with a clearly-identifiable subject line (Please note that we will not be responding to questions, queries or claims from people using pseudonyms or otherwise concealing their identities. Organisational affiliation, if any, should please be stated). * Please note that a much earlier draft seems to have leaked online, labelled “Consolidated ZACF statement v18.docx” at 84kb, dated 22 December 2015. Our documents go through a process of collective writing and criticism and fact-checking, so THIS version (the one you are reading now) is the correct one, with significant changes from earlier versions. All previous drafts are made null-and-void by this final version and have no standing whatsoever, and we will not enter into discussion of such drafts.

imageOrbituary of Ousi Lawrence Zitha Sep 01 Tokologo African Anarchist Collective 0 comments

Comrade Lawrence was born on 7 July 1969 in Kliptown before moving to Ceza in KwaZulu-Natal. He attended Ceza Primary and Nghunghunyone Secondary, matriculating in 1986 with exemption (excellent at that time).

imageAnnouncing the new Zabalaza website Apr 10 ZACF 0 comments

We, at the Zabalaza Anarchist Communist Front (ZACF), are pleased to announce that the new Zabalaza website, Home of Southern African Anarchism, is now online.

textNew Zabalaza Postal Address Jul 04 Zabalaza Anarchist Communist Federation 0 comments

Due to the franchise closing down, the ZACF has a new postal address.

imageAfrican anarchism website redesigned Nov 24 ex-ZACF (South Africa & Swaziland) 6 comments

We are pleased to announce the redesign of the ever-popular Zabalaza website, the world's premier portal for news, analysis, history and theory on class-struggle issues on the African continent.

more >>
© 2005-2020 Unless otherwise stated by the author, all content is free for non-commercial reuse, reprint, and rebroadcast, on the net and elsewhere. Opinions are those of the contributors and are not necessarily endorsed by [ Disclaimer | Privacy ]