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southern africa / community struggles / opinion / analysis Sunday June 16, 2013 02:26 by Lekhetho Mtetwa 1 image
It is clear that the rights of the working class and poor people on the ground are not recognised by those in power, and will never be. After the 1994 elections, ordinary people thought that they will feel and enjoy real democracy. But to their surprise, things didn’t work the way they thought. People are being demoralised, threatened and killed when they stand up. It is now difficult for people to exercise their democratic rights.
It’s clear that voting won’t bring any change in people’s lives. The whole system is run by a small ruling class. Voting does not change the system. By voting we are just fooling ourselves about our rights. People voted in 1994 because they thought their votes will bring complete changes in their lives. No one thought of suffering after voting in the first elections. Promises were made by so-called leaders in order to be voted into power. Their promises were a big lie.
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southern africa / miscellaneous / opinion / analysis Friday June 07, 2013 23:09 by Tina Sizovuka 1 image
Nelson Mandela has become a brand, “Brand Mandela,” his image, name and prison number used to generate cash and to promote the legend of Mandela. In July 2012, for example, the 46664 clothing line was launched (all “Made in China”).
But “Brand Mandela” is more than just an opportunity to sell stupid trinkets to tourists and celebrities. It is also a dangerous myth, based on Mandela-worship, promoted daily in the public imagination to serve far more sinister interests. read full story / add a comment
southern africa / anarchist movement / link to pdf Friday June 07, 2013 00:30 by Tokologo African Anarchist Collective 1 image
The first issue of Tokologo, the newsletter of the South Africa-based Tokologo African Anarchist Collective is now available for download in PDF. read full story / add a comment
southern africa / community struggles / opinion / analysis Wednesday June 05, 2013 23:11 by Bongi Motahane 1 image
On 22 August 2012, communities from in, and out, of Gauteng had a meeting at Khanya College, Johannesburg, on the Marikana massacre. More than half of the 50 people who participated, most of the delegates, came from the mine areas affected by the situation in the North West Province.
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southern africa / repression / prisoners / feature Thursday May 09, 2013 23:48 by TAAC, iWAC, ZACF 1 image
Umthetho sisekelo walelizwe uthembisa amalungelo epolitiki nokulingana kwabantu. Kucacile ukuthi osozimali nosomapolitiki bazenzela umathanda. Banyathela ubuso babantu baseMzansi. Isibonelo esidumile esamaphoyisa ebulala abasebenzi bezimayini zaseLonmin Marikana. read full story / add a comment
southern africa / workplace struggles / non-anarchist press Monday May 06, 2013 18:43 by CSAAWU 4 images
Over 60 CSAAWU worker leaders have been dismissed for taking part in the recent strike wave. Farmers are dismissing workers, increasing their rent, electricity and water. Farmers are preventing dismissed workers from finding alternate sources of income and threatening workers with evictions. Workers are being forced to take their children out of school and borrow money for food where they can. Workers are sitting with pain and suffering but do not regret standing up against years of abuse and exploitation. Viva the spirit of farm workers! read full story / add a comment
southern africa / repression / prisoners / press release Friday May 03, 2013 15:53 by TAAC, iWAC, ZACF 3 comments (last - sunday september 22, 2013 22:45) 1 image
Molaotheo o tshepisitse ditokelo tsa dipolotiki le tekatekano. Go a bonagala gore boradipolotiki le bathapi ba dira ka mo ba ratang ka teng. Ba tshameka ka batho. Seo se bonagetse ka nako eo mapodisi a bolaileng badiri bao ba neng ba dirile ditshupetso kwa moepong wa Lonmin Marikana.
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A critique from within the Black Consciousness tradition in South Africa of a collapse of a faction of that tradition into an authoritarian form of politics. read full story / add a comment
southern africa / community struggles / opinion / analysis Thursday March 28, 2013 17:05 by Oliver Nathan 1 image
South Africa is an extremely unequal society. The post-apartheid dispensation has seen the situation of the majority poor black working class worsening. On the other side of the coin, a few elites have ‘made it’ in capitalism and through the state, often through the elitist forms of ‘Broad Based Black Economic Empowerment and corruption. Inequality in South Africa is easily illustrated when one observes the massive disparities in development, service delivery and wealth between townships and rural areas on the one hand, and suburban areas on the other. Should massive disparities in service delivery between wealthy and poor neighbourhoods be put down to corruption, mismanagement, administrative incapacity and a lack of consultation? Or is there something in how the state is structured and the way in which it rules which means that it can never give the majority of people what they need? read full story / add a comment
southern africa / history / opinion / analysis Wednesday March 06, 2013 01:50 by Tina Sizovuka and Lucien van der Walt 1 image
This article aims to explain, from an anarchist / syndicalist perspective, the rapid rise and fall of Julius Malema, the controversial and corrupt multi-millionaire leader of South Africa’s ruling party, the African National Congress’s (ANC’s) “youth league” (ANCYL). It is demonstrated that Malema’s posturing as radical champion of the black poor was simply a means to an end: rising higher in the ranks of the ANC, in order to access bigger state tenders and higher paying political office. The larger political implications of the Malema affair are also considered, especially the role of the ANC – as a vehicle for the accumulation of wealth and power by the rising black elite, which is centred on the state. read full story / add a comment
southern africa / workplace struggles / opinion / analysis Thursday February 28, 2013 20:13 by Tina Sizovuka and Lucien van der Walt 1 comment (last - sunday march 03, 2013 03:14) 1 image
Privatisation – the transfer of functions and industry to the private sector – is widely and correctly rejected on the left and in the working class. Privatisation leads only to higher prices, less and worse jobs, and worse services. Given this, some view nationalisation – the transfer of economic resources (e.g. mines, banks, and factories) to state ownership and control – as a rallying cry for a socialist alternative. This article argues that nationalisation has never removed capitalism, nor led to socialism, and it certainly does not have a demonstrable record of consistently improving wages, jobs, rights and safety. This article appeals to progressive working class forces to look instead to another way:collectivisation from below, where industry is placed under direct workers’ self-management, subject to worker-community participatory democratic planning and control to meet human needs and end oppression, in a universal human community. read full story / add a comment
africa meridionale / genero / stampa non anarchica Thursday February 21, 2013 22:17 by Alex Duval Smith
Oscar Pistorius era il perfetto eroe sportivo sud-africano perchè la sua vittoria sulla disabilità lo aveva reso una figura universalmente ammirata in una società ancora divisa.La cultura profondamente maschilista in cui egli è cresciuto si estende ai gruppi razziali e ci dà qualche spiegazione per comprendere lo scioccante tasso di violenza nelle mura domestiche. [English] read full story / add a comment
Oscar Pistorius was the perfect South African sporting hero because victory over his disability made him a universally admired figure in a still-divided society. The profoundly macho culture he grew up in spans racial groups and provides some explanation for the country's shocking rates of domestic violence. [Italiano] read full story / add a comment
southern africa / history of anarchism / opinion / analysis Tuesday February 19, 2013 07:30 by Lucien van der Walt 1 image
The first installation in the Zabalaza's new series on Black Stars of Anarchism: The son of a Wesleyan minister, Thibedi William Thibedi was one of the most important black African revolutionary syndicalists in South African history. Thibedi was a leading figure in the International Socialist League (ISL) and in the Industrial Workers of Africa syndicalist union. Later he played an important role in the early Communist Party of South Africa (CPSA), particularly its union work. He was active in all of the key black unions from the 1910s to the 1940s. read full story / add a comment
southern africa / indigenous struggles / feature Thursday February 14, 2013 20:31 by Lucien van der Walt 1 image
2012 is the centenary of the African National Congress (ANC). The party that started out as a small coterie of black businessmen, lawyers and chiefs is today the dominant political formation in South Africa. It was founded by the black elite who were marginalised by the united South Africa formed in 1910, and who appeared at its Bloemfontein inauguration “formally dressed in suits, frock coats, top hats and carrying umbrellas”. Today it is allied via the Tripartite Alliance to the SA Communist Party (SACP) and the Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu). Can the ANC be a vehicle for fundamental, progressive, social change in the interests of the black, Coloured and Indian working classes (proletariat), still mired in the legacy of apartheid and racial domination? This is what Cosatu (and the SACP) suggest. read full story / add a comment
southern africa / anarchist movement / link to pdf Tuesday February 12, 2013 03:00 by Zabalaza Anarchist Communist Front 1 image
Issue number 13 of the ZACF's organ, Zabalaza: A Journal of Southern African Revolutionary Anarchism now available online. read full story / add a comment
southern africa / workplace struggles / opinion / analysis Sunday February 10, 2013 00:28 by Shawn Hattingh 1 image
The series of strikes and protests that recently took place in and around farms in South Africa’s Western Cape Province was fuelled by the deep-seated anger and frustration that workers feel. On a daily basis, farm workers face not only appalling wages, bad living conditions and precarious work, but also widespread racism, intimidation and humiliation. The extent of the oppressive conditions run deep and it is not uncommon for workers to even be beaten by farm-owners and managers for perceived ‘transgressions’. Indeed, life for workers in the rural areas has always been harsh, but over the last two decades it has in many ways gotten even worse and poverty has in many cases grown. read full story / add a comment
Νότια Αφρική (Περιφέρεια) / Εργατικοί Αγώνες / Νέα Wednesday January 23, 2013 18:56 by Dmitri (republishing) 2 images
Υστερα από μια μικρή ανάπαυλα, ενός μήνα, οι εποχιακοί εργάτες γης στη Νότια Αφρική ξεκίνησαν ξανά τον απεργιακό τους αγώνα, με βασικό αίτημα το διπλασιασμό του μεροκάματου από 8 δολάρια σε 17,5. read full story / add a comment
southern africa / workplace struggles / non-anarchist press Saturday December 08, 2012 21:50 by Benjamin Fogel
Ben Fogel on the media response to the self-organised farm workers' strike in the Western Cape. read full story / add a comment
southern africa / workplace struggles / non-anarchist press Wednesday November 21, 2012 16:09 by Commercial, Stevedoring, Agricultural & Allied Workers Union 1 image
For over 2 weeks now, farmworkers in different areas of the Western Cape have been striking. This is a spontaneous strike driven by workers on the ground in response to decades and decades of brutality at the hands of farmers and a government that has thus far refused to listen to workers and transform the rural landscape characterised by dependency master-slave relations, racism, sexism, starvation wages and violations of the limited freedoms won from decades of working class struggle. Farmworkers do backbreaking work sometimes for 12 hours a day to produce food and wine for everybody in this country and countries overseas yet they are forced to work under unsafe and unhealthy conditions, to drink dirty water, live without electricity, live without toilet facilities, on poverty wages, suffer threats of evictions, and violent physical and verbal abuse and intimidation at the hands of the bosses.
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