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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. read full story / add a comment
southern africa / the left / opinion / analysis Saturday May 14, 2016 07:50 by Warren McGregor 1 image
A constant fixation on the machinations of elite power manoeuvring, and persistent, recurring calls for either new leadership, or new political parties, are evidence of a very conservative and authoritarian political culture. These stories may well be important. Indeed, this is the nature of current socio-economic organisation (capitalism and the state). These human-created forms of control always operate to centralise power up the hierarchy, thus investing tremendous power in the hands of very few. This few – race, gender, rhetoric regardless – the ruling class, are those who control the means of production, administration and coercion. Our pre-occupations are drawn to such elite individuals and groups as many of us have chosen to hand over our political power and future to these. Now this political culture usually results in the general and often vain belief and hope that through hierarchical, fundamentally undemocratic organisation, leaders invested with this incredible power are somehow to create the foundations for a more equal society and world. Also important to consider is that all political parties, no matter the colour of its beret, whether in control of the state or seeking to attain this control, centralise the power of decision-making upwards, and are thus fundamentally authoritarian and anti-democratic.
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southern africa / miscellaneous / opinion / analysis Tuesday May 10, 2016 16:41 by Shawn Hattingh 1 image
Across the political spectrum, individuals and organisations have been expressing their disgust and shock that a faction – indeed a single family, the Guptas – have ‘captured’ the state. Consequently, there have been calls for state ‘capture’ to be ended though firing Zuma.
The Gupta’s offering cabinet posts to politicians, if true, was brazen and corrupt. While the fact that a section of capitalists – in this case a family – have such influence over the state should disgust us; it should not come as a surprise. To understand why, it is important to look at what states are, why they arose, and whose interests they serve. Coupled to this, it is essential to look at a few examples of how the state and capitalism in South Africa have always been defined by cronyism and corruption. read full story / add a comment
southern africa / anarchist movement / opinion / analysis Monday May 02, 2016 20:00 by Leroy Maisiri
In South Africa, the black working class majority is gripped by the rough hands of its ruling class, made up of a cold combination of black state elites and white capitalist elites, who choke the very life out of her. blazing but blinded. In days like these it is important to remember our heroes, our champions of past years, to remember the stories of Ma Josie Mpama, who wanted nothing more, than to see the working class mature, to explode like landmines under the feet of the oppressive system that has spent centuries trampling over us. The other day, while deep in thought, I felt the room grow more still, filled with clarity. The voices of Lucy Parsons, Josie Mpama and other heroes pierced my very being. Their voices reminded me of the dream, the obtainable goal. To remember that we, the working class billions, can be more than what we are now, that we can awake, from our half-life, that we can be more than the shares and stocks that the system has nailed to our backs. read full story / add a comment
Reclaiming Our Global Past: Why South Africa is Not "New Terrain" for Anarchism/Syndicalism, and How it is Being Re-implemented Locally
southern africa / anarchist movement / opinion / analysis Monday April 18, 2016 07:12 by Warren McGregor 1 image
A Presentation at the St. Imier International Anarchist Conference by Warren McGregor (ZACF), August 2012. read full story / add a comment
southern africa / history / opinion / analysis Tuesday April 05, 2016 18:44 by Lucien van der Walt 1 comment (last - wednesday april 06, 2016 23:27) 1 image
If W. H. "Bill" Andrews (1870- 1950) is remembered today, it is usually as a founder and leader of the Communist Party of South Africa (CPSA, today the SACP). In that role, he served as party chair, member of the executive of the Communist International, leading South African trade unionist, visitor to the Soviet Union, and defendant in the trial of communists that followed 1946 black miners' strike.
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Νότια Αφρική (Περιφέρεια) / Λαϊκοί Αγώνες / Γνώμη / Ανάλυση Monday March 28, 2016 19:12 by Selby Semela - Sam Thompson - Norman Abraham 1 image
Όμως ο αγώνας δεν έχει κατασταλεί, όπως μαρτυρούν οι επίμονες αναφορές αναταραχών και σποραδικής βίας στον Τύπο της Νότιας Αφρικής. Τέτοια γεγονότα υπογραμμίζουν τη συνεχιζόμενη ζύμωση που διατηρεί το επαναστατικό πνεύμα ζωντανό από μέρα σε μέρα σε όλη τη Νότια Αφρική. read full story / add a comment
southern africa / anarchist movement / press release Friday February 19, 2016 10:46 by Zabalaza Anarchist Communist Front 39 comments (last - tuesday october 04, 2016 16:25) 1 image
19th February 2016 The following is the official statement of the Zabalaza Anarchist Communist Front (ZACF) of South Africa on the controversy that erupted around Michael Schmidt, a South African activist, several months ago. It follows a careful collective discussion process and research and comes several weeks after the last installment in a series of articles claiming to be an expose of Schmidt. As we are also committed to a number of ongoing workshops, activities and publications, our time was limited. It has two main aims: to outline our position on the claims made for, and against, Schmidt, and to respond to a number of false statements that have been made about the ZACF in the course of the developing Schmidt affair. The statement opens with an executive summary, followed by a much more extensive discussion. The statement was collectively crafted and issued by the ZACF: www.zabalaza.net Questions and requests for comment should be addressed to firstname.lastname@example.org with a clearly-identifiable subject line (Please note that we will not be responding to questions, queries or claims from people using pseudonyms or otherwise concealing their identities. Organisational affiliation, if any, should please be stated). * Please note that a much earlier draft seems to have leaked online, labelled “Consolidated ZACF statement v18.docx” at 84kb, dated 22 December 2015. Our documents go through a process of collective writing and criticism and fact-checking, so THIS version (the one you are reading now) is the correct one, with significant changes from earlier versions. All previous drafts are made null-and-void by this final version and have no standing whatsoever, and we will not enter into discussion of such drafts. read full story / add a comment
southern africa / migration / racism / opinion / analysis Monday February 01, 2016 18:22 by Siyabulela Hulu-Hulu 1 image
Attacks on African and Asian foreigners flared up in South Africa twice in 2015, first in April, mainly in KwaZulu, then in October in Grahamstown, the Eastern Cape. Many attacks were on small (spaza) shops run by foreigners. Maybe 500 were displaced in October. The looting and smashing of property in spaza shops, and the immensity of these criminal activities country wide, has had an incredible and negative impact on our democracy, on our lives, on our livelihoods, and reflects badly on the nation's morality. read full story / add a comment
southern africa / miscellaneous / opinion / analysis Friday January 29, 2016 17:12 by Warren McGregor 1 image
Many in the working class hope the 2016 local government elections will prove a turning point. The ruling African National Congress (ANC) won the 2014 elections easily, but its grip is weakening. The ANC-allied Congress of SA Trade Unions (COSATU) has split, the radical metal union NUMSA expelled. The ANC could even lose control of at least one of giant "metro" municipality in 2016, possibly greater Johannesburg or Nelson Mandela Bay - probably to the moderate Democratic Alliance (DA), not the ANC breakaway, Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF).
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southern africa / anarchist movement / opinion / analysis Friday December 11, 2015 16:36 by Tokologo African Anarchist Collective 1 image
Welcome to the first double issue of Tokologo, combining issues 5 and 6. This marks our third year of publishing by the Tokologo African Anarchist Collective and its study circles. 2015 has been a turbulent year. On the one side, the horrors of attacks on immigrants and foreigners continue. In April, attacks broke out, mainly in KwaZulu-Natal, spurred directly by Zulu King Goodwill Zwelithini's inflammatory statements. One of the big failures of the 1994 transition was that much of the old Bantustan/ homeland apparatus remained in place, with the continuing power of chiefs and kings. Again, in October, this time spurred by rumours and the taxi associations, there were riots in the Eastern Cape. read full story / add a comment
southern africa / migration / racism / opinion / analysis Monday November 09, 2015 16:42 by Leroy Maisiri 1 image
The poem below was written by Zimbabwean Zabalaza Anarchist Communist Front comrade Leroy Maisiri, against the backdrop of the a wave of riots against African and Asian ‘foreigners’ that started to sweep Grahamstown, South Africa, from Wednesday 21 October 2015. By Saturday, around 300 shops, mostly small businesses, owned by people from countries like Bangladesh, Nigeria, Pakistan, and Somalia, had been targeted, many burnedand looted. Perhaps 500 people have been displaced, many are in hiding. While university and college student protests across town faced down the state in the fight against high fees in a heroic struggle, mobs provoked by rumours of murders and mutilations by ‘foreigners,’spurred on by malicious forces including local taxi drivers, attacked the ‘foreigners.’ Heroic efforts by the local Unemployed Peoples Movement (UPM) and some other township residents were not enough to halt the carnage. Working class, see this divide-and-rule for what it is! You have nothing to gain from this. As the UPM says, “We are all the victims of colonialism and capitalism. We all need to stand together for justice. If unemployed young men chase a man from Pakistan out of Grahamstown they will still be unemployed and poor the next day. The students have shown us what unity can do.” The students have shown us the way forward.
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Libertad para todos? Miembros de la Zabalaza Anarchist Communist Front amenazados, las actividades interrumpidas, forzados a la clandestinidad
áfrica austral / represión / presos / comunicado de prensa Thursday October 29, 2015 16:14 by Zabalaza Anarchist Communist Front 1 image
Sudáfrica, 16 de Octubre de 2015: En la noche del Viernes 9 de Octubre de 2015, un militante de Zabalaza fue amenazado con violencia por su militancia política por un grupo de jóvenes, en el empobrecido barrio de Khutsog (Oeste de Johannesburgo). En la mañana siguiente, una escuela de formación política que él y otros compañeros llevan adelante en el área, fue interrumpida a la fuerza por una multitud aún más grande.
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Liberdade para todos? Membros da Zabalaza Anarchist Communist Front ameaçados, atividades interrompidas, forçados a se esconder
áfrica austral / repressão / prisioneiros / comunicado de imprensa Thursday October 29, 2015 16:08 by Zabalaza Anarchist Communist Front 1 image
África do Sul, 16 de outubro de 2015: Na noite de sexta-feira, 9 de outubro de 2015, um militante da Zabalaza Anarchist Communist Front (Frente Anarquista-Comunista Zabalaza) do pobre município de Khutsong (oeste de Johannesburg), foi ameaçado com violência pelo seu trabalho político por um grupo de jovens. Na manhã seguinte, uma escola política que ele e outro membro organizam na área foi forçada a interromper suas atividades por um grupo ainda maior. read full story / add a comment
Quale libertà per tutti? Militanti dello Zabalaza Anarchist Communist Front minacciati, le attività interrotte, costretti a nascondersi
africa meridionale / repressione / prigionieri / comunicato stampa Sunday October 25, 2015 20:24 by Zabalaza Anarchist Communist Front 2 images
Sud Africa, 16 ottobre 2015: la sera del 9 ottobre un militante dello Zabalaza Anarchist Communist Front nel quartiere proletario nero di Khutsong (Johannesburg ovest), è stato minacciato con violenza d parte di un gruppo di giovani per il suo lavoro politico. [English] read full story / add a comment
Liberté pour tou-te-s ? Des membres de Zabalaza Anarchist Communist Front menacé-e-s et forcé-e-s de se cacher, leurs activités interrompues
région sud de l'afrique / répression / prisonniers et prisonnières / communiqué de presse Saturday October 24, 2015 06:30 by Zabalaza Anarchist Communist Front
Freedom for All? Members of Zabalaza Anarchist Communist Front threatened, activities disrupted, forced into hiding
southern africa / repression / prisoners / feature Friday October 16, 2015 16:18 by Zabalaza Anarchist Communist Front 44 comments (last - tuesday december 15, 2015 15:06) 2 images
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. [Français] [Italiano] read full story / add a comment
southern africa / community struggles / feature Thursday September 03, 2015 19:24 by Sifuna Zonke 1 comment (last - wednesday march 09, 2016 21:35) 1 image
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.
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. read full story / add a comment
southern africa / the left / opinion / analysis Wednesday September 02, 2015 16:48 by Jakes Factoria and Tina Sizovuka 2 images
Will the United Front (UF) address the crises we are currently facing in South Africa? I am concerned about how the UF works and who leads it. In my own view we don’t need a leader, we need to all have equal voice. How can we build the UF as a basis for a stateless, socialist, South Africa? read full story / add a comment
southern africa / miscellaneous / opinion / analysis Wednesday August 26, 2015 17:56 by Lucien van der Walt 1 image
NOTE: Heritage Day is a post-apartheid South African national holiday; unlike most, it has no clear link to major struggles in the past, although there are efforts to position it as a more “political” day. The talk below was given by Lucien van der Walt at an event organised by Sakhaluntu Cultural Group in Grahamstown, for black youth. Thank you all for coming. Thank you, chair, for the invitation. Thank you, organisers, for the event today. Today looks like a great day, a great day to look forward. But before we look forward, we must look back as well. Unless you know where you come from, you will never know where you can go. read full story / add a comment