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southern africa / miscellaneous Wednesday August 24, 2016 16:30 by MC Biko
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Anti-Robert Mugabe protesters in Harare, Zimbabwe

A year and half ahead of the 2018 general elections, the poor and working people of Zimbabwe are up in arms against President Robert Gabriel Mugabe and his ZANU-PF regime which has been in power for 36 years. In the last 3 months Zimbabwe has been shaken by protest actions of workers, informal traders, commuter omnibus operators, and unemployed youths. These actions have occurred at a time when the country is experiencing a liquidity crisis and the ruling party structures are crumbling from within as liberation war veterans, once Mugabe’s staunch loyalists, break ranks from the regime. Meanwhile, the opposition political parties (a myriad of MDC splinter groups and two ZANU-PF splinter groups) are in talks to form a coalition party. The regime has since stepped up its repressive measures in a bid to squash dissent.

southern africa / repression / prisoners Friday October 16, 2015 16:18 by Zabalaza Anarchist Communist Front
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Condemn political violence, terror

South Africa, 16 October 2015: On the evening of Friday 9 October 2015, a militant of the Zabalaza Anarchist Communist Front in the impoverished black township of Khutsong (west of Johannesburg), was threatened with violence for his political work by a group of youths.

The next morning, a political school that he and another member run in the area, was forcibly disrupted by an even larger mob. The two Zabalaza comrades were fortunately able to escape, but have had to flee to a neighbouring township where they are now in hiding. Meanwhile the thugs have returned to the house where “Tebogo” lives, looking for him.

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southern africa / community struggles Thursday September 03, 2015 19:24 by Sifuna Zonke
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On 3 September 1984, the Vaal Triangle, which is located southeast of Johannesburg and was part of the industrial heartland of South Africa, exploded into unrest. A general stay-away from work was called, schools were closed, buses and taxis stood idle and militant protest spread across the country. It was the most significant and large-scale rebellion of the black working class since the Soweto Uprising of June, 1976, and signified one of the final nails in the coffin of apartheid and white minority rule.

For the black working class living in the townships across the Vaal Triangle, such as Sharpeville, Sebokeng, Evaton, Bophelong, Boiketlong, Zamdela and others the conditions were very similar to those of today. A slump in the steel industry had led to many workers being retrenched, there were evictions of rent defaulters and bribery, corruption and self-enrichment of local councillors was rife. Councillors’ election promises went unfulfilled and township residents demanded their resignation; allegedly threatening that they would set fire to their houses should they fail to do so.

Thirty-one years later, on 21 April 2015, the Sebokeng Magistrate’s Court in the Vaal sentenced four community activists from Boiketlong to sixteen years in prison each for allegedly setting fire to the local ward councillor’s house and cars during a protest action.

southern africa / the left Tuesday March 24, 2015 23:06 by Shawn Hattingh
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Karl Marx once said that history repeats itself, first as a tragedy then as a farce. A case in point is that in South Africa sections of the left are once again calling for a mass workers’ party (MWP) to be formed to contest elections – this they believe will bring us closer to revolution. History says otherwise.

Of course the new calls for a MWP stem from the National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (NUMSA) breaking from the African National Congress (ANC). As an outcome NUMSA is exploring the possibility of setting up a MWP to contest elections. Many Marxist and leftist influenced organisations, but also cadres within NUMSA, are therefore providing reasons why activists should be interested in such a party.

southern africa / the left Wednesday May 07, 2014 21:28 by Shawn Hattingh & Jonathan Payn
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There has been much hype, amongst the media and sections of the public, in the run up to this year’s provincial and national elections in South Africa and, for some, the arrival of new parties to the electoral arena has renewed their faith in the possibility of an electoral solution to the myriad of problems facing South Africa. Politicians from across all parties have been using this hype and a seemingly renewed faith in the ballot box to their advantage.

The question, therefore, is: can equality, socialism, national liberation or ‘economic freedom’ – or even a respite from state violence – for a majority be brought about through parties and activists entering into the state or through voting for parties that promise not to use the state for violent or oppressive means; or will this only lead to a dead-end for the working class yet again?

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fosatu_logo.png imageSouth African ‘Workerism’ in the 1980s: Learning from FOSATU’s Radical Unionism Dec 13 18:23 by Lucien van der Walt, with Sian Byrne and Nicole Ulrich* 0 comments

uf.jpg imageLessons from the 1984-85 Vaal Uprising for Rebuilding a 'United Front' of Communities and ... Dec 13 18:12 by Jonathan Payn 0 comments

460_0___30_0_0_0_0_0_udf.jpg imageΠρακτικές αυτο-ο`... Dec 11 19:43 by Daria Zelenova 0 comments

textLe vieux et le Coup d’État Dec 06 09:58 by Shawn Hattingh 0 comments

udf.jpg imagePractices of Self-Organisation in South Africa: The Experience of the 1980s and its Implic... Dec 05 23:37 by Daria Zelenova 0 comments

zimbabwe1758992_960_720.png imageThe Old Man and the Coup Dec 01 18:39 by Shawn Hattingh 0 comments

sebokengphoto0042.jpg imageThe Cheap Politics that Destroy Our Communities Nov 07 23:24 by Nonzukizo Mute 0 comments

anarchistbanneratantiprivatisationforummarchjohannesburgca2007.jpg imageThe Way Forward for South Africa Nov 07 23:19 by Nkululeko Khubisa 0 comments

Protest in Freedom Park, south of Johannesburg on 8 May. Photo by: Jonathan Payn (ZACF) imageSouth Africa: Fueling the Fire Oct 12 19:58 by Shawn Hattingh 0 comments

textNote on adherence to international solidarity against the criminalization of poverty and p... Aug 28 11:57 by CAB 0 comments

textDesde Uruguay, solidaridad con los cuatro de Boiketlong Aug 16 08:48 by Resistencia Obrero Estudiantil 0 comments

textSolidarity with the Boiketlong 4 from Uruguay Aug 16 08:41 by Resistencia Obrero Estudiantil 0 comments

460_0___30_0_0_0_0_0_b4s_2.jpg image[Appel à solidarité] Les « Quatre de Boiketlong » et la criminalisation de la pauvreté et ... Aug 04 20:43 by Zabalaza Anarchist Communist Front 0 comments

text[Appello di solidarietà] I ‘4 di Boiketlong’ e la criminalizzazione della povertà e della ... Aug 04 15:27 by Zabalaza Anarchist Communist Front 0 comments

text[Llamado a la solidaridad] Los “cuatro de Boiketlong” y la criminalización de la pobreza y... Aug 04 03:51 by Zabalaza Anarchist Communist Front 0 comments

b4s.png image[Call for Solidarity] The ‘Boiketlong Four’ and the Criminalisation of Poverty and Protest Jul 26 04:50 by Zabalaza Anarchist Communist Front 0 comments

Credit: eNCA / Xoli Mngambi imageSAFTU: The tragedy and (hopefully not) the farce Jun 27 23:19 by Mandy Moussouris 0 comments

Credits: Ilanit Chernick imageFuelling the fires: South Africa in class war Jun 09 19:56 by Shawn Hattingh 0 comments

Women constructing a shelter on occupied land at Bush Koppies. Photo: Lekhetho Mtetwa (ZACF) imageLand, law and decades of devastating douchebaggery Jun 08 02:20 by Jonathan Payn 0 comments

textLucien van der Walt – 2017 Statement on Michael Schmidt Affair Apr 12 01:52 by Lucien van der Walt 0 comments

zuma_gordhan.png imageA South African ruling class brawl Mar 31 20:26 by Shawn Hattingh 0 comments

460_0___30_0_0_0_0_0_taac_logo_1.jpg imageΤαξική πάλη κα_... Feb 26 17:20 by Lucien van der Walt 0 comments

educate.png imageWhy Workers’ Education? Why trade unions and what’s next? Feb 26 04:39 by Lucien van der Walt 0 comments

Credits: Daily Maverick image2017 South African Budget Speech: No Pravin, it was not progressive nor redistributive Feb 26 03:28 by Shawn Hattingh 0 comments

d01f82389ada4e8fa0d0e0e1c4db3229.jpg imageCrisis within Crisis, Zimbabwe Feb 07 16:04 by Leroy Maisiri 0 comments

untitled.png imageWoman in the Robertson Winery strike Dec 16 23:19 by Mandy Moussouris 0 comments

grahamstownriots.jpg imageOne Year after the 2015 Grahamstown Riots against Foreign Traders Dec 15 06:59 by Lucien van der Walt 0 comments

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