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southern africa / workplace struggles / opinion / analysis Sunday December 26, 2010 15:11 por Lucien van der Walt   image 1 image
The August-September 2010 mass strike in the South African state sector demonstrated remarkable working class unity across racial and ideological lines, as 1.3 million workers of all colours stopped work for four weeks despite severe economic recession. The strikers' determination reflected growing frustration with low wages and at the glaring political corruption and enrichment of the elite, plus the drive - by African, coloured and Indian workers specifically - to attain living conditions breaking decisively with the oppression and immiseration of the apartheid past. Yet the strikers' partial victory was tarnished by tactics that divided strikers from the larger working class - notably, hospital disruptions - and a failure to raise demands that linked union and community struggles against both neo-liberalism and the apartheid legacy. The top-down manner whereby the strike was ended makes workers cynical about their own unions, demonstrating the alarming bureaucratisation and centralisation that has arisen, in large part, due to union leaders being enmeshed in the African National Congress (the neo-liberal governing party) and state industrial relations machinery. Unions should re-orientate towards other working class movements, outside and against the state, to fight for a libertarian and socialist transformation, from below. The ideas of anarcho-syndicalism - raised at the 2009 COSATU Congress - provide a useful starting point.
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southern africa / workplace struggles / non-anarchist press Thursday December 09, 2010 22:26 por Daniell
In Robertson a conflict between dismissed workers and CSAAWU on one side and the Robertson Abattoir on the other evolves. The core of the conflict is the slave like conditions which the workers were forced to work under at the abattoir, before they were locked-out and eventually dismissed. The workers and their families now faces starvation. In order for the workers to be succesfull they need all the support they can get. read full story / add a comment
southern africa / workplace struggles / non-anarchist press Friday December 03, 2010 20:22 por Daniell
The Commercial Stevadoring Agricultural and Allied Workers Union (CSAAWU) is supporting 50 workers against an illegal lockout by Robertson Abbatoirs, that started on Tuesday 30th November 2010. CASAAWU and the workers need support from activists, social movements and progressive organisations. read full story / add a comment
southern africa / community struggles / other libertarian press Saturday November 20, 2010 23:14 por Sherry
The Abahlali baseMjondolo describe their politics as “a homemade politics that everyone can understand and find a home in”. They believe in politics that are shaped not by an outlined external ideology, but by the current and relevant experiences of its people. Politics derived from any singular prescribed theory, they argue, creates elitism and patronage. By building their political aims and beliefs directly and internally, they are more successful in addressing the realistic needs of its participants. It is very much a politics of the here and now. They have called for “a living communism” and are adamantly anti-capitalism, particularly in their beliefs that private land should be made public for housing. read full story / add a comment
África austral / imperialismo / guerra / non-anarchist press Friday November 12, 2010 20:56 por Wilber Dávila
Angola celebra este jueves, 11 de noviembre, el 35 aniversario de la independencia nacional, cuya proclamación marcó la entrada de Angola en el concierto de las naciones como un país independiente.

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Zabalaza: A Journal of Southern African Revolutionary Anarchism
southern africa / anarchist movement / link to pdf Monday October 11, 2010 05:36 por Warren McGregor   image 1 image
We, at the Zabalaza Anarchist Communist Front (ZACF) are pleased to announce that issue number 11 of our organ Zabalaza: A Journal of Southern African Revolutionary Anarchism is now available online. read full story / add a comment
southern africa / gender / non-anarchist press Monday October 04, 2010 00:09 por Natasha Vally
Twelve people were arrested at a private gathering in Extension 14 Vosloorus at about 03h30 on the 3rd of October 2010 by the Vosloorus Police Services. Most of the twelve arrested had just returned from the annual Johannesburg Lesbian & Gay Pride Parade to join birthday celebrations of a friend's mother. The twelve have been charged with obstruction of justice and attack on the police, a charge that they have denied to both the SAPS and their legal representative from Section 27, Advocate A. Hassim. read full story / add a comment
southern africa / history of anarchism / anarchist communist event Saturday October 02, 2010 12:02 por Lucien
Grahamstown seminar on 'Black Flame: the revolutionary class politics of anarchism and syndicalism', @ Rhodes Sociology, Eastern Cape, South Africa
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Tram under workers self-management in Barcelona
southern africa / miscellaneous / opinion / analysis Thursday September 09, 2010 20:57 por Jonathan Payn   image 2 images
The promise of safe, reliable and affordable public transport comes as welcome news for the majority of working class and poor South Africans and immigrants to the country. The segregated town planning left behind by the system of racialised capitalism known as apartheid has meant that the majority of the population – also those who can least afford it – are often the ones who have the furthest to travel to work, schools, hospitals and so on.

This article looks at the Bus Rapid Transit system, what BRT really is, how our so-called leaders plan to implement it – since, as usual, there has been very little popular involvement – and whether our leaders, or BRT, can serve the needs of the poor and working class read full story / add a comment
southern africa / community struggles / non-anarchist press Wednesday September 08, 2010 07:02 por South African Press Association
Johannesburg - Pro-democracy demonstrators marched on Tuesday in Swaziland against Africa's last absolute monarchy, despite the arrests of nearly 50 people on the eve of the protests. read full story / add a comment
southern africa / miscellaneous / non-anarchist press Tuesday September 07, 2010 08:31 por Richard Rooney
The Swazi state is so worried about how the international community will view the Global Day of Action for democracy in Swaziland tomorrow (7 September 2010), it has barred foreign journalists from the kingdom. read full story / add a comment
southern africa / repression / prisoners / non-anarchist press Tuesday September 07, 2010 00:55 por Richard Lee
JOHANNESBURG – On the eve of the Global Day of Action for Swaziland, police in Swaziland this afternoon broke up a peaceful meeting of pro-democracy activists at the Tum’s George Hotel in Manzini before loading scores of them into police vans and taking them away to the Manzini Regional Police headquarters. read full story / add a comment
In Swaziland you can get locked up for wearing this tee-shoirt.
southern africa / indigenous struggles / non-anarchist press Friday September 03, 2010 10:17 por Mike Marqusee   image 1 image
Mike Marqusee has just returned from a visit with trade unionists and democracy activists in Swaziland. This article will appear in The Hindu Sunday Magazine on 29 August. Swaziland is a small country with a big problem. The 1.3 million inhabitants of the land-locked southern African kingdom live under the thumb of one of the world’s last absolute monarchies, a venal and repressive regime whose plunder of the country is systematic and comprehensive. read full story / add a comment
Demonstrators burned barricades and tyres during protests over soaring prices in Maputo [Reuters]
southern africa / economy / non-anarchist press Thursday September 02, 2010 23:09 por Al Jazeera   image 1 image
At least six people have been shot dead in Mozambique's capital during clashes between police and demonstrators protesting against rising food and fuel prices. Police opened fire on protesters throwing stones and setting fire to tyres and barriers, but it was not immediately clear whether their bullets were responsible for the deaths. According to the AFP news agency, one boy was shot in the head and left dead in the street, while a police spokesman told Reuters two children were killed in the violence. Red Cross rescue teams in the impoverished southern African country said demonstrators were killed during separate protests in Maputo on Wednesday. "We have had 42 cases at the hospital. Twenty-three were wounded by gunshots. Two are being operated on at the moment. Nineteen have wounds from physical attacks. One died," Antonio Assis da Costa, director of emergency services at the Red Cross, told AFP. read full story / add a comment
southern africa / community struggles / non-anarchist press Saturday August 14, 2010 14:30 por Kerry Chance
This report gives a detailed timeline of the events on the day and night of the attack on Abahlali baseMjondolo. read full story / add a comment
southern africa / the left / other libertarian press Sunday August 08, 2010 02:11 por Zodwa Nsibande, S'bu Zikode
S'bu Zikode, chairperson of Abahlali baseMjondolo, and Zodwa Nsibande, secretary of the organisation's Youth League, on the authoritarian left, the world cup, delivery and more. read full story / add a comment
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southern africa / history of anarchism / anarchist communist event Wednesday August 04, 2010 16:32 por Warren McGregor   image 1 image
BLACK FLAME: The revolutionary class politics of anarchism and syndicalism by Lucien van der Walt & Michael Schmidt, examines the anti-authoritarian class politics of the anarchist/syndicalist movement, and its 150 years of revolutionary popular struggle on five continents.

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southern africa / repression / prisoners / non-anarchist press Thursday July 15, 2010 04:44 por Abahlali baseMjondolo
The political interference around this case continued in the lead up to the start of the trial today. The prisoners were not brought to court and the state witnesses were not summoned to appear in court making it impossible for the trial to begin.

Neither the Investigating Officer nor the prosecutor could explain why the prisoners were not brought to the court or why the state witnesses had not been summoned to appear in court. read full story / add a comment
southern africa / economy / non-anarchist press Tuesday July 13, 2010 04:21 por John S. Saul
I first knew Mozambique through close contact in Dar es Salaam with FRELIMO in the early and difficult years – the 1960s and the first-half of 1970s – of its armed liberation struggle. Then Mozambique was seeking both to unite itself and to find political and military purchase against an intransigent and arrogant Portuguese colonialism. And FRELIMO – under the leadership of, first, Eduardo Mondlane (to be assassinated by the Portuguese) and, after him, of Samora Machel – did indeed manage, by 1975, to lead the country to victory. Along the way, FRELIMO succeeded in liberating zones in Mozambique adjacent to its rear bases in Tanzania and Zambia where it built a new social infrastructure of agricultural coops, schools and health services. Equally important, it forged an impressive corps of politically conscious and disciplined leadership cadres (see Cabaço, 2001 and 2009). read full story / add a comment
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südliches afrika / verschiedenes / pressemitteilung Wednesday July 07, 2010 18:17 por Zabalaza Anarchist Communist Front   image 1 image
Die Fußball-Weltmeisterschaft muss als die Schande aufgezeigt werden, die sie ist. Die ZACF verurteilt zutiefst die Scheinheiligkeit und Verlogenheit, mit der die Regierung die Weltmeisterschaft als einzigartige Gelegenheit zur Steigerung der ökonomischen und sozialen Verhältnisse der in Südafrika und Afrika lebenden Bevölkerung präsentiert. Dabei ist und war diese Gelegenheit lediglich eine Fressorgie für das inländische und globale Kapital und die in Südafrika herrschende Elite. Tatsächlich hat das Ereignis verheerende Konsequenzen für die Armen und die arbeitende Klasse in Südafrika – ein Vorgang, der bereits begonnen hat.
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textDécès de l’anarchiste nigérien Sam Mbah 06:49 Fri 12 Dec by Zabalaza Anarchist Communist Front 0 comments

Le Zabalaza Anarchist Communist Front [Ndt. Organisation communiste libertaire d’Afrique du Sud] est profondément attristé d’apprendre la mort d’un grand être humain, un frère africain et un camarade de lutte – Sam Mbah. Nous voudrions envoyer nos plus sincères sympathies à ceux et celles qui ont connu Sam. Nous espérons que vous puissiez vous consoler par le fait qu’il a fait le plus pleinement usage du temps passé avec nous.

orbituaryofousilawrencezitha.gif imageOrbituary of Ousi Lawrence Zitha 16:03 Mon 01 Sep by Nobyhle Dube 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).

saasha.png imageLaunch of the online Southern African Anarchist and Syndicalist History Archive (SAASHA) 04:07 Thu 01 May by SAASHA 0 comments

1 May 2014: launch of the online Southern African Anarchist and Syndicalist History Archive (SAASHA)
http://saasha.net/

malema_tswana.png imageANC e Latlhile Seaparwelwa Khemo Sa Sone! Ba Bolaile Babereki! 14:53 Fri 03 May by TAAC, iWAC, ZACF 3 comments

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.

10ww.jpg imageΟ αγώνας των εργατώ&... 17:56 Wed 23 Jan by Dmitri (republishing) 0 comments

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.

391982_417861508270211_1865472150_n.jpg imageΗ νίκη των εργαζομέ&... 07:29 Thu 20 Sep by proletconnect 0 comments

Αύξηση των μισθών κατά 20% κέρδισαν τελικά οι μεταλλωρύχοιΑύξηση των μισθών κατά 20% κέρδισαν τελικά οι μεταλλωρύχοι στο εργοστάσιο πλατίνας lonmin έπειτα από σφοδρές συγκρούσεις με την αστυνομία που δολοφονούσε και μετά την σκληρή αντιπαράθεση με τα αφεντικά.

marikan.jpg imageAfrique du Sud: Sommet d’oppression politique après le massacre des mineurs 00:16 Sun 16 Sep by Alternative Libertaire 0 comments

Jeudi 16 août, la police sud-africaine tirait à balles réelles sur les grévistes d’une mine de platine à Marikana, assassinant froidement 34 personnes.

photo_134726994500710.jpg imageΑνεξάρτητη απεργί ... 20:06 Wed 12 Sep by Dmitri (republishing) 0 comments

Οι "χρυσοβαρώνοι" της Ν. Αφρικής "παγώνουν" 15.000 χρυσωρύχους για συμμετοχή σε ανεξάρτητη απεργίαΣτο Δυτικό Ραντ της Ν. Αφρικής, τα Χρυσαφένια Πεδία (Gold Fields), ένας από τους μεγαλύτερους παραγωγούς χρυσού παγκοσμίως, "πάγωσε" 15.000 εργάτες του χρυσωρυχείου που προχώρησαν σε ανεπίσημη απεργία.

530967_334034813354596_302201915_n.jpg imageCai a máscara do ANC! Trabalhadores assassinados! 15:40 Wed 05 Sep by ZACF/TAC/IWAC 0 comments

Declaração conjunta sobre o massacre de Marikana emitida pelo Tokologo Anarchist Collective, a Zabalaza Anarchist Communist Front e o Inkululeko Wits Anarchist Collective. A constituição sulafricana promete direitos políticos e igualdade. Está bastante claro que os patrões e políticos fazem o que querem. Pisam no rosto das pessoas. Isso foi demonstrado pela matança de grevistas na mina Marikana de Lonmin.

530967_334034813354596_302201915_n.jpg imageL'ANC si toglie la maschera! Lavoratori uccisi! 16:59 Mon 03 Sep by ZACF/ TAC/ IWAC 0 comments

La Costituzione del paese garantisce diritti politici ed uguaglianza. E' abbastanza evidente che i padroni ed i politici fanno invece esattamente quello che vogliono. Ci calpestano. Come è stato dimostrato dalle uccisioni da parte della polizia di minatori in sciopero alla miniera di Marikana della Lonmin. [English] [Français] [Ελληνικά]

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image‘Xenophobia’, service delivery protest and government failure: The case of Thembelihle Jun 02 by Jonathan Payn 0 comments

Like in 2008, the recent wave of anti-immigrant violence and looting of foreign-owned stores that followed King Zwelithini’s statement that foreigners must “pack their bags and leave” quickly spread to cities and townships across the country. Unlike other places in Johannesburg, however, there were no reports of xenophobic violence in Thembelihle and, although the violence spread to numerous parts of Soweto in 2008, this adjacent township was unaffected then too. This article, based on an interview with an activist from the Thembelihle Crisis Committee (TCC), looks at how working class self-organisation and solidarity helped curb or prevent the outbreak of xenophobic attacks and attempts to draw lessons for preventing future attacks.

imageClass Struggle, ‘Xenophobia’ and the Local Elite May 21 by Jonathan Payn 0 comments

The xenophobic violence and looting following King Zwelithini’s statement that foreigners “pack their bags and leave” spread to cities and townships across the country. However, the recent attacks are not an isolated incident; nor is Zwelithini solely responsible for fomenting it. Local elites – particularly those linked to the ruling party – also encourage anti-immigrant attitudes and actions. This article, based on discussions with Abahlali baseFreedom Park activists, looks at how local elites stimulate ‘xenophobia’ to protect their class interests, as well as how progressive working class activists have responded.

imageTroubled South Africa must take May Day seriously May 05 by Sian Byrne, Warren McGregor, Lucien van der Walt 0 comments

May Day – a call to build an international movement of working class and poor people across lines of race, nation and religion for workers’ control and democracy from below, social justice and freedom from political and economic oppression – remains critical. In a country racked by anti-immigrant violence, racial and ethnic tensions, the fragmentation of the labour federation Cosatu, corporate scandals and political corruption, it is time to remember May Day’s roots and aspirations.
**A version of this appeared in the South African weekly, "Mail & Guardian" (30 Apr 2015).

imageWhy May Day matters to Botswana: radical roots, today's struggles Apr 24 by S. Byrne, P. Chinguwo, W. Mcgregor, L. van der Walt 0 comments

When we celebrate May Day we rarely reflect on why it is a public holiday in Botswana or elsewhere. Sian Byrne, Paliani Chinguwo, Warren Mcgregor and Lucien van der Walt tell of the powerful struggles that lie behind its existence, and the organisations that created it and kept its meaning alive, including its roots in the radical working class struggles.

imageSud Africa: il sindacalista rivoluzionario indiano Bernard Sigamoney di Durban Dec 24 by Lucien van der Walt 0 comments

Un movimento globale, quello della tradizione anarchica e sindacalista rivoluzionaria, ha influenzato persone di tutti i ceti sociali. Una delle figure più rappresentative fu Bernard L.E. Sigamoney, nato nel 1888. Il nipote di braccianti indiani a contratto, che emigrarono in Sud Africa nel 1870, divenne un maestro di scuola con una impostazione da classe operaia. [English]

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textDécès de l’anarchiste nigérien Sam Mbah Dec 12 0 comments

Le Zabalaza Anarchist Communist Front [Ndt. Organisation communiste libertaire d’Afrique du Sud] est profondément attristé d’apprendre la mort d’un grand être humain, un frère africain et un camarade de lutte – Sam Mbah. Nous voudrions envoyer nos plus sincères sympathies à ceux et celles qui ont connu Sam. Nous espérons que vous puissiez vous consoler par le fait qu’il a fait le plus pleinement usage du temps passé avec nous.

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).

imageLaunch of the online Southern African Anarchist and Syndicalist History Archive (SAASHA) May 01 Southern African Anarchist and Syndicalist History Archive 0 comments

1 May 2014: launch of the online Southern African Anarchist and Syndicalist History Archive (SAASHA)
http://saasha.net/

imageANC e Latlhile Seaparwelwa Khemo Sa Sone! Ba Bolaile Babereki! May 03 3 comments

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.

imageAfrique du Sud: Sommet d’oppression politique après le massacre des mineurs Sep 16 AL 0 comments

Jeudi 16 août, la police sud-africaine tirait à balles réelles sur les grévistes d’une mine de platine à Marikana, assassinant froidement 34 personnes.

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