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southern africa / economy / feature Wednesday July 27, 2011 17:49 by Shawn Hattingh   text 5 comments (last - tuesday august 02, 2011 18:48)   image 1 image
It has become common knowledge that South Africa is the most unequal country in the world. Only 41% of people of working age are employed, while half of the people employed earn less than R 2 500 a month. Worse still, inequality is growing with wages as a share of the national income dropping from 50% in 1994 to 45% in 2009; while profit as a share of national income has soared from 40% to 45%. In real terms this means that while a minority live well – and have luxurious houses, swimming pools, businesses, investments, and cushy positions in the state - the majority of people live in shacks or tiny breezeblock dwellings, are surrounded by squalor, and struggle on a daily basis to acquire the basics of life like food and water. Likewise, while bosses, state managers, and politicians – both black and white – get to strut around in fancy suits barking orders; the majority of people are expected to bow down, do as told, and swallow their pride. Despite being expected to be subservient, however, protests in working class areas are spreading. People have become fed up with being unemployed, having substandard housing, suffering humiliation, and having their water and electricity cut off. In fact, per person South Africa has the highest rate of protests in the world [3]. It is in this context of growing community direct action, even if still largely un-coordinated, that the state has felt it necessary, at least on a rhetorical level, to declare its intentions to lead a fight against unemployment and reduce inequality. To supposedly do so it unveiled a new economic framework, The New Growth Path (NGP), late in 2010 with the declared aim of creating 5 million jobs by 2020 [4]. read full story / add a comment
southern africa / repression / prisoners / opinion / analysis Tuesday July 26, 2011 18:52 by Richard Pithouse
A reflection on state repression of popular struggles in South Africa in the wake of the full aquittal of the Kennedy 12 (Abahlali baseMjondolo political prisoners). read full story / add a comment
southern africa / repression / prisoners / non-anarchist press Monday July 25, 2011 00:00 by Democratic Left Front   text 1 comment (last - monday july 25, 2011 18:03)
Press statement by the Democratic Left Front on the total collapse of the state's case against the 'Kennedy 12' following the armed attacks on Abahlali baseMjondolo in September 2009. read full story / add a comment
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southern africa / community struggles / non-anarchist press Tuesday July 19, 2011 17:57 by Abahlali baseMjondolo   image 1 image
The Kennedy 12 have been acquitted of all the charges bought against them after the attack on our movement in September 2009. It is a great day for the 12, their families, our movement and the struggle of the poor in South Africa.
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southern africa / history of anarchism / opinion / analysis Sunday July 17, 2011 23:48 by Lucien van der Walt   image 3 images
The Industrial Workers of the World (IWW, the Wobblies) was the main influence on the radical left in South Africa in the early twentieth century. But who were the South African Wobblies? This article looks at three key figures. From Industrial Worker, May 2011, no. 1735. read full story / add a comment
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southern africa / workplace struggles / opinion / analysis Monday July 11, 2011 20:22 by Lucien van der Walt and Ian Bekker   image 1 image
The biggest single strike since the 1994 parliamentary transition in South Africa showed the unions’ power. It won some wage gains, but it threw away some precious opportunities. We need to celebrate the strike, while learning some lessons: • the need for more union democracy
• the need to use strikes to link workers and communities
• the need for working class autonomy
• the need to act outside and against the state
• the need to review our positions: against the Tripartite Alliance, for anarcho-syndicalism read full story / add a comment
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southern africa / anarchist movement / link to pdf Friday July 08, 2011 21:34 by Zabalaza Anarchist Communist Front   image 1 image
Announcing the publication of issue number twelve of the anarchist communist journal Zabalaza: A Journal of Southern African Revolutionary Anarchism, July 2011. Now available online in .PDF read full story / add a comment
southern africa / environment / non-anarchist press Tuesday July 05, 2011 21:01 by Bandile Mdlalose
Climate change is one of the main issues facing the world at this moment. We all know that when things go wrong, like when there is an earthquake or a flood, or a drought, poor people are most vulnerable. And usually the response to these disasters is a second disaster for poor people. For instance in Sri Lanka the so-called ‘development’ after the Tsunami forcibly removed fisherfolk from their coastal land to give it to developers to build hotels. Sometimes the attempts to prevent disaster are also a disaster for the poor. In South Africa when it is acknowledged that we as a country are using too much electricity it is not the big companies or the rich that have the police and the security guards kick down their doors to disconnect them. In some other countries in Africa poor rural people are being forced off their land so that it can be used for bio-fuels. Maybe this will slow down climate change but why must it be the poor people in Africa that must pay the price for this? They are not the ones that caused the problem. The ones that caused this problem are the rich, especially in America and in Europe. read full story / add a comment
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southern africa / culture / other libertarian press Tuesday June 21, 2011 21:45 by Soundz of the South   image 1 image
The reason why millions and millions of people, especially young people, are
unemployed and live in poverty in South Africa is because of the capitalist
and state systems. Capitalism and the state lead to all sorts of problems
including unemployment, inequality and the oppression of workers, women and
people of colour. read full story / add a comment
southern africa / imperialism / war / opinion / analysis Friday June 10, 2011 02:12 by Shawn Hattingh
In this article, using an anarchist analysis, it will be argued that this lopsided trade, expansive investment and projection of state power by the South African ruling class are signs of the imperialist role they play in southern Africa. In undertaking this, it will be outlined how the South African ruling class, as an integral part of their imperialist role, are conducting a class war against the workers and the poor across sub-Saharan Africa. Through examining this class war, it will hopefully become clear that the South African state is being used as a key instrument by the ruling class – made up of capitalists and high-ranking state officials – to further their own interests in southern Africa. The consequence of highlighting the imperialist nature of the South African state also has implications for the strategies and tactics that should be used in struggle. It will be strongly argued that due to its hierarchical centralising and expansionist ambitions, the state cannot be used as a tool for liberation in South Africa or in the region.
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southern africa / repression / prisoners / non-anarchist press Monday June 06, 2011 20:42 by Peter Kenworthy   image 1 image
The President of the Swaziland National Union of Students, Maxwell Dlamini, has been detained, tortured, and forced by Swaziland’s regime to sign a confession that says he was in possession of explosives during the April 12 Swazi Uprising - a movement inspired by similar uprisings in North Africa and The Middle East. read full story / add a comment
southern africa / repression / prisoners / non-anarchist press Monday May 02, 2011 18:15 by Abahlali baseMjondolo
Abahlali baseMjondolo will return to the Durban magistrate’s court on Tuesday 3 May 2011 to support the twelve men who have become victims of the political conspiracy to disguise the reality of the armed attack on our movement that took place in the Kennedy Road settlement on the 26th and 27th of September 2009. That attack displaced hundreds of women, men and children and the resulting conflicts left some people with serious injuries and two people dead. read full story / add a comment
southern africa / community struggles / non-anarchist press Monday May 02, 2011 18:04 by Ayanda Kota
On the 27th of April 1994 the people of this country stood in long queues for many hours, waiting to cast their vote for the first time. In some parts of the country the weather was indeed hostile, freezing cold, while in other parts of the country it was scorching hot. Our people were voting for the first time, voting for an end to racism and for democracy and a better life - for jobs, free education and decent housing. Over and above their vote for their material needs to be met they were voting for their freedom. Or so they were made to believe! read full story / add a comment
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southern africa / repression / prisoners / opinion / analysis Thursday April 21, 2011 23:28 by Shawn Hattingh   image 5 images
On the 13th April, people in South Africa were stunned. On the evening news the sight of six police force members brutally beating a man, Andries Tatane, to death was aired. The images of the police smashing his body with batons and repeatedly firing rubber bullets into his chest struck a cord; people were simply shocked and appalled. Literally hundreds of articles followed in the press, politicians of all stripes also hopped on the bandwagon and said they lamented his death; and most called for the police to receive appropriate training to deal with ‘crowd control’ – after all, elections are a month away. Andries Tatane’s death was the culmination of a protest march in the Free State town of Ficksburg. The march involved over 4,000 people, who undertook the action to demand the very basics of life - decent housing, access to water and electricity, and jobs. read full story / add a comment
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southern africa / repression / prisoners / non-anarchist press Tuesday April 12, 2011 18:30 by Swaziland Democracy Campaign   text 1 comment (last - tuesday april 12, 2011 19:06)   image 1 image
What follows below is an on the spot report from the Coordinators of the Swaziland Democracy Campaign and the Swaziland United Democratic Front in Swaziland. What we are witnessing is an unprecedented mobilization of the security cluster of the Swazi regime. Despite the statements of the Foreign Minister on SAFM this morning, and other spokespersons of the regime, the Swazi regime is flaunting all the universally accepted civil rights of its people to organize, gather and peacefully express their desire for a democratic Swaziland. The Minister said this morning that the government are ‘in dialogue’ with civil society and they are hoping to reach an understanding. Clearly as the statement below shows, ‘dialogue’ in Swaziland actually means illegal detention! It is now reliably reported that more than 50 leading activists have been detained including journalists from South Africa. read full story / add a comment
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southern africa / anarchist movement / press release Sunday April 10, 2011 17:37 by Zabalaza.Net tech crew   image 1 image
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. read full story / add a comment
région sud de l'afrique / répression / prisonniers et prisonnières / presse non anarchiste Friday April 08, 2011 09:56 by Swaziland Solidarity Network
Comme l’avait promis au sénat il y a quelques semaines, le toujours controversé Premier Ministre du Swaziland, Sibusiso Dlamini, l’État a déjà commencé à « dialoguer » avec les organisateurs et organisatrices du très craint, Soulèvement Swazi du 12 avril. [English] read full story / add a comment
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southern africa / workplace struggles / feature Thursday April 07, 2011 23:51 by Shawn Hattingh   image 2 images
The economic crisis in South Africa has seen inequalities, and the forced misery of the working class, grow. While the rich and politicians have continued to flaunt their ill-gotten wealth, workers and the poor have been forced to suffer. It is in this context that the majority of the leaders of the largest trade unions have, unfortunately, elected to once again place their faith in a social dialogue and partnerships with big business and the state. So while the state and bosses have been on the offensive against workers and the poor, union officials have been appealing to them to save jobs during the crisis. Not surprisingly, this strategy has largely failed. While union leaders and technocrats have been debating about the policies that should or should not be taken to overcome the crisis, bosses and the state have retrenched over 1 million workers in a bid to increase profits. It is, therefore, sheer folly for union leaders to believe that the state and bosses are interested in compromise – without being forced into it. As seen by their actions, the elite are only interested in maintaining their power, wealth and lifestyles by making the workers and the poor pay for the crisis. For the elite, social dialogue is simply a tool to tie the unions up and limit their real strength – direct action by members. In fact, even before the crisis, social dialogue had been a disaster for the unions contributing towards their bureaucratisation and having abysmal results in terms of them trying to influence the state away from its pro-rich macro-economic policies. read full story / add a comment
southern africa / repression / prisoners / non-anarchist press Thursday April 07, 2011 22:15 by Swaziland Solidarity Network
As the ever controversial Prime Minister of Swaziland, Sibusiso Dlamini, promised senate a few weeks ago, the state has already begun “talking” to the organisers of the much feared April 12 Swazi uprising.

The National Organizing Secretary of SWAYOCO, Mcolisi Ngcamphalala, was detained and later tortured by the police from Tuesday evening in Siphofaneni on suspicion that he was one of the organizers of the April 12 Swazi Uprising. [Français] read full story / add a comment
southern africa / repression / prisoners / non-anarchist press Wednesday March 30, 2011 03:05 by Richard Rooney
The Times Sunday reported yesterday (27 March 2011) that members of the Operational Support Service Unit (OSSU), the paramilitary police wing, are training to counter riots. ‘In other countries, when the army goes astray or plots to overthrow the government, the riot police squad is the one expected to contain the soldiers.’ read full story / add a comment
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