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southern africa / workplace struggles / opinion / analysis Tuesday September 04, 2012 17:19 by Shawn Hattingh 1 image
While any human being with any sense of justice should be appalled by what happened at Marikana it would, however, be a mistake to view it as an isolated incident that emerged out of the blue. read full story / add a comment
africa meridionale / repressione / prigionieri / comunicato stampa Monday September 03, 2012 17:59 by ZACF/ TAC/ IWAC 1 image
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] read full story / add a comment
southern africa / repression / prisoners / press release Saturday August 25, 2012 17:24 by Workers Solidarity Alliance
We, members of the Workers Solidarity Alliance, send our deepest condolences to the families and friends of the murdered miners in South Africa. read full story / add a comment
région sud de l'afrique / répression / prisonniers et prisonnières / nouvelles Monday August 20, 2012 23:23 by ZACF/ TAC/ IWAC 1 image
Déclaration anarchiste sud africaine sur le Massacre de Marikana.
Déclaration conjointe publiée par : Tokologo Anarchist Collective, Zabalaza Anarchist Communist Front et Inkululeko Wits Anarchist Collective.
Les capitalistes et les politiciens coupables! Mettons fin à la brutalité policière.
Pas de justice, pas de paix.
Ni Zuma [NDT. président de la République lié à l’ANC], ni Malema [ex-président de la ligue de jeunesse de l’ANC ayant alimenté des tensions raciales], ni LONMIN [NDT. minière britannique]!
La Constitution promet les droits politiques et l’égalité. Il est très clair que les patrons et les politiciens font exactement ce qu’ils désirent. Ils marchent sur la tête du peuple. C’est démontré par la tuerie de la police sur les grévistes de la mine de Marikana de la minière Lonmin. read full story / add a comment
Νότια Αφρική (Περιφέρεια) / Εργατικοί Αγώνες / Ανακοίνωση Τύπου Monday August 20, 2012 22:00 by ZACF/ TAC/ IWAC 1 image
Ανακοίνωση Νοτιοαφρικανών αναρχικών για τη σφαγή στη Marikana
Κοινή δήλωση για τη σφαγή στη Marikana της Αναρχικής Ομάδας Tokologo, του Αναρχικού Κομμουνιστικού Μετώπου Zabalaza και της Αναρχικής Ομάδας Inkululeko Wits. read full story / add a comment
southern africa / repression / prisoners / feature Monday August 20, 2012 21:17 by ZACF/ TAC/ IWAC 6 comments (last - tuesday september 04, 2012 18:17) 1 image
Joint statement on the Marikana Massacre issued by the Tokologo Anarchist Collective, Zabalaza Anarchist Communist Front and Inkululeko Wits Anarchist Collective The Constitution promises political rights and equality. It is quite clear that the bosses and politicians do exactly as they wish. They walk on the faces of the people. This is shown by the police killings of strikers at Lonmin’s Marikana mine. [Ελληνικά] [Français] [Italiano] read full story / add a comment
áfrica austral / a esquerda / opinião / análise Thursday August 02, 2012 02:02 by Bruno Lima Rocha 1 image
Nem mesmo Mandela impediu o saque das elites sul-africanas durante a Copa do Mundo de 2010. Os 20% mais ricos ainda controlam 80% do PIB nacional. read full story / add a comment
africa meridionale / economia / opinione / analisi Tuesday March 06, 2012 18:38 by Shawn Hattingh 1 image
Ancora una volta molto clamore è scoppiato sui media in seguito alla presentazione del bilancio dello Stato del Sud Africa. La finanziaria 2012, comunque, è una volta di più la dimostrazione del programma della classe al potere dell'ANC: liberalizzazioni, tagli alla spesa per i poveri e sussidi per i ricchi. Dalla legge di bilancio e da altre fonti risulta evidente che l'ANC, a dispetto dell'isteria dei media, non ha alcun interesse per le nazionalizzazioni. Lo Stato, dunque, cerca in gran parte di affrontare la crisi economica globale con il ricorso al mondo delle imprese, come al solito. [English] read full story / add a comment
southern africa / economy / opinion / analysis Friday March 02, 2012 03:01 by Shawn Hattingh 1 image
Once again much media fanfare has broken out in aftermath of the South African state’s budget speech. The budget, however, is yet more proof of the ANC’s ruling class agenda: free markets, budget cuts for the poor and subsidies for the rich. From the budget and other utterances it is clear the ANC has, despite media hysteria, no interest in nationalisation. The state will, therefore, try and deal with the global economic crisis largely through business-as-usual.
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southern africa / history of anarchism / press release Sunday January 08, 2012 16:32 by Lucien van der Walt 4 comments (last - wednesday february 29, 2012 20:44)
This paper examines the development of anarchism and syndicalism in early twentieth century Cape Town, South Africa, drawing attention to a crucial but neglected chapter of labor and left history. read full story / add a comment
southern africa / the left / opinion / analysis Tuesday December 27, 2011 14:32 by Jonathan Payn 1 comment (last - monday january 02, 2012 18:03) 1 image
Failures of democracy have been a big part of the history of the DLF. We in the Zabalaza Anarchist Communist Front (ZACF) have had to raise such challenges several times (see “DLF structure: concerns and proposals” by ZACF). We have long been troubled by the lack of proper democratic structures, by a leadership that consists far more of middle-class intellectuals than of grassroots militants, and by a programme that seems to be determined in advance by the academic and NGO interests of these intellectuals instead of by the immediate needs of the workers and the poor. read full story / add a comment
southern africa / miscellaneous / opinion / analysis Wednesday November 23, 2011 21:19 by Jonathan Payn 1 image
It was recently reported by various newspapers that ‘a “notorious gang of anarchists” with links to cash heists is attempting to destabilise the Gauteng ANC’. Newspaper articles [*] quoted ANC provincial secretary David Makhura as saying that an ANC investigation would ‘expose the hidden hand of business people who are fuelling and financing activities that seek to disrupt the functioning of the ANC’. The claims came after a group of disgruntled party members allegedly held an unofficial parallel election to decide the party’s Tshwane leader. According to Makhura the parallel gathering ‘was organised by a notorious gang of anarchists, most of whom have disciplinary cases’. read full story / add a comment
southern africa / anarchist movement / opinion / analysis Sunday November 06, 2011 13:19 by Jonathan Payn 1 image
The Zabalaza Anarchist Communist Front, or ZACF – Zabalaza meaning ‘struggle’ in isiZulu and isiXhosa – is a specific anarchist political organisation based in Johannesburg, South Africa. It is a unitary organisation – or federation of individuals, as opposed to a federation of collectives – whereby membership is on an individual basis, by invitation only. This is because we have seen – through our own experience, as well as that of global anarchism historically – that we can accomplish more as an organisation, and be more effective, when our members share a certain level of theoretical and strategic unity, and collective responsibility.
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southern africa / anarchist movement / anarchist communist event Monday October 31, 2011 22:42 by Jared Sacks 1 comment (last - thursday november 03, 2011 22:23) 1 video file
Remember, remember, the fifth of November, as this is the date when South Africa will play host to its first ever Anarchist Book Fair, taking place in Observatory, Cape Town, at Café Ganesh (corner Trill Road and Lower Main Road). read full story / add a comment
southern africa / workplace struggles / opinion / analysis Wednesday September 14, 2011 16:25 by James Pendlebury 2 images
Cleaning workers throughout South Africa have been on strike since Monday 8 August. They are demanding a living wage of R4 200 per month, as well as a 13th cheque and shorter hours.
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áfrica austral / história do anarquismo / link para pdf Monday September 12, 2011 21:00 by Lucien van der Walt 1 image
Este artigo examina a história inicial do anarquismo e do sindicalismo revolucionário na África do Sul, uma sociedade colonial que se industrializou no final do século XIX, e nos arredores da região sul-africana. A África do Sul era caracterizada, nessa época, por um movimento sindical militante, mas que era dividido nacional e racialmente, e pela opressão nacional das pessoas de cor, que constituíam a maioria da população. Em oposição à opressão nacional e à segregação, mas também assumindo uma posição crítica ao nacionalismo africano e de cor, os anarquistas e os sindicalistas revolucionários desenvolveram uma análise da opressão nacional cada vez mais sofisticada, recrutaram e treinaram um quadro multirracial, formaram sindicatos gerais pioneiros e revolucionários contra as pessoas de cor e continuaram a influenciar o trabalho regional, branco e negro, e a esquerda, em geral, após a formação do Partido Comunista da África do Sul (South African Communist Party – CPSA) em 1921.
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southern africa / workplace struggles / press release Thursday September 08, 2011 17:49 by Mbuyiseni Ndlozi, James Pendlebury, Komnas Poriazis
Beginning on Sunday 28 August, Wits students have been littering parts of campus in solidarity with the cleaners’ strike. Cleaners throughout South Africa are demanding a living wage of R4 200 per month: this compares with less than R2 000 paid to cleaners at Wits, who are employed by outsourcing companies such as Supercare. The strike has been undermined, at Wits and elsewhere, by the presence of scab labour; Wits management and the outsourcing companies are striving for “business as usual”. This undermines the entire purpose of the strike, which is to compel exploiter-managers to meet workers’ demands by withdrawing their labour, by preventing the job from getting done – by making sure the campus is not clean. read full story / add a comment
southern africa / the left / opinion / analysis Saturday September 03, 2011 00:48 by Lucien van der Walt 1 image
This article outlines the core features of the anarchist/ syndicalist vision, strategy and relevance to contemporary struggles. While of general interest, it is also directed to South African militants on the left, as part of the larger debate on the future of the left project. read full story / add a comment
Νότια Αφρική (Περιφέρεια) / Καταστολή / Φυλακές / Γνώμη / Ανάλυση Thursday August 11, 2011 08:49 by Shawn Hattingh (ZACF) 2 images
Πρέπει να μάθουμε από αυτά. Στην πραγματικότητα, αν θέλουμε να διασφαλίσουμε πως δεν θα υπάρξουν στο μέλλον άλλοι Άντριες Τατάνε, πρέπει να αναβιώσουμε τις καλύτερες πρακτικές της λαικής εξουσίας και να αρχίσουμε να χτίζουμε έναν ελεύθερο και ισότιμο κόσμο. Ένα κόσμο που θα βασίζεται στις αρχές που έχουν γίνει γνωστές, διαμέσου 150 χρόνων αγώνα για δικαιοσύνη, ως αναρχοκομμουνισμός. read full story / add a comment
southern africa / economy / feature Wednesday July 27, 2011 17:49 by Shawn Hattingh 5 comments (last - tuesday august 02, 2011 18:48) 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 . 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 . read full story / add a comment