Presos denuncian abusos represivos en cárcel de Girón (Santander) 20:47 Nov 25 0 comments
Asesinado Roberto Cortés, dirigente de Marcha Patriótica en el Huila 23:32 Nov 19 0 comments
Colombia: otro vil asesinato más: Sergio Ulcué Perdomo 22:07 Nov 19 0 comments
Hostigamientos y presiones a líderes indígenas para capturar a líder guerrillero 21:29 Nov 19 0 commentsmore >>
Recent articles by Jonathan
Recent Articles about Southern Africa Repression / prisoners
ZACF Response to The Times of Swaziland
southern africa | repression / prisoners | press release Wednesday January 18, 2006 22:15 by Jonathan - ZACF international at zabalaza dot net ZACF Postnet Suite 153, Private Bag X42, Braamfontein, 2017, South Africa
Zabalaza DOES NOT claim bombing of police van
A letter to the editor of The Times of Swaziland, which carried an article in the January 15th edition falsely saying that the Zabalaza Anarchist Communist Federation claimed responsibility for bombing a police van.
The newspaper quotes our website as saying “Our organisation together with PUDEMO comrades took control of a certain territory around Manzini and it is then that an armored police “hippo” wandered into comrade controlled territory, was stoned and petrol bombed,”
What Zabalaza actually said can be read at http://www.anarkismo.net/newswire.php?story_id=1462 :
"Countering Saturday's SWAYOCO demonstration in which the ZACF participated, the Royal Swazi Police fired warning shots and in the resulting chaos, arrested "MK" and seven SWAYOCO comrades. Last month, however, the shoe was on the other foot, when an armored police "hippo" that wandered into comrade-controlled territory found itself stoned and petrol-bombed."
Nowhere did we claim, nor have we ever done so, to have stoned or petrol bombed a police vehicle, or any other symbol of oppression for that matter. In fact the ZACF has consistently been against terrorism in favour of mass popular mobilisation. Which can be seen in our public statements on the September 11 WTC attacks (found online here: http://www.zabalaza.net/recent/wtc_911_attacks.htm), the bombings in Madrid (found online here: http://www.zabalaza.net/news/news02.htm) and in London (found online here: http://www.zabalaza.net/news/news03.htm).
Please note also that we have never claimed, “to be even mightier than PUDEMO or SWAYOCO” nor have we claimed “to have members in most parts of the country".
Therefore, in defense of our organisation, which we feel has been misrepresented; we declare the following:
1) The ZACF, which operates in both South Africa and Swaziland, supports the pro-democracy movement in Swaziland, but it does so realising that the Swazi political system can only be changed democratically by the bulk of the Swazi popular classes organising en masse to change it at grassroots level into a form acceptable to themselves. A few people running around with petrol-bombs is both insufficient to change the system and is an anti-democratic substitution of shadowy unaccountable individuals for democratic mass action.
2) Therefore, the ZACF as a whole has no policy of petrol-bombing state or capitalist targets, and its membership in Swaziland have denied to our annual regional congress in December 2005 to having taken part in any such bombings. The report carried on our website of the attack on the hippo has been misread to suggest that ZACF members participated in the attack. The reference to "comrade-controlled" territory simply implies territory controlled, at least at the time, by comrades of the pro-democratic movement, not necessarily ZACF members.
3) The ZACF remains committed to the struggle for mass participatory democracy for all people resident in Swaziland (and more broadly in southern Africa) but, as The Times of Swaziland article correctly reported, "agitates to go beyond the usual bourgeois betrayal and involve a destruction of the Swazi capitalist state and its replacement by decentralised popular assemblies" of the working class, poor and peasantry.
In solidarity with the struggling Swazis,
Sat 14 Dec, 00:06
WSA Statement on Marikana Massacre 15:24 Sat 25 Aug 0 comments
Solidarity with the Harare 52: Another dark day in Zimbabwe! 16:54 Tue 22 Feb 0 comments
"I'll remember your face, you fucker." 17:34 Mon 09 Feb 2 comments
ZACF Statement of Solidarity with Jerome Daniels and Riedwaan Isaacs 19:37 Wed 09 Jul 2 comments
From Haymarket to Sebokeng: the struggle continues 00:13 Fri 02 May 1 comments
ZACF Statement on the Murder of Pudemo Deputy President Dr. Gabriel Thandokuhle Mkhumane. 22:29 Mon 07 Apr 0 comments
ZACF Statement of Solidarity with APF/CAWP Activists and Against Police Violence 15:52 Tue 01 Apr 0 comments
Swaziland: The Royal Assassination of Our Dear Comrade 01:43 Wed 15 Aug 0 comments
A Path Through the Embers Jul 26 0 comments
Andries Tatane: Murdered by the Ruling Classes Apr 21 0 comments
South Africa's support for the ZANU-PF dictatorship in Zimbabwe Nov 07 0 comments
The situation in Swaziland Dec 01 0 commentsmore >>
WSA Statement on Marikana Massacre Aug 25 WSA 0 comments
Solidarity with the Harare 52: Another dark day in Zimbabwe! Feb 22 Zabalaza Anarchist Communist Front 0 comments
"I'll remember your face, you fucker." Feb 09 Wits University, Johannesburg 2 comments
ZACF Statement of Solidarity with Jerome Daniels and Riedwaan Isaacs Jul 09 Zabalaza Anarchist Communist Front 2 comments
From Haymarket to Sebokeng: the struggle continues May 02 ZACF 1 commentsmore >>