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southern africa / history of anarchism / opinion / analysis Sunday July 17, 2011 23:48 by Lucien van der Walt 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
southern africa / workplace struggles / opinion / analysis Monday July 11, 2011 20:22 by Lucien van der Walt and Ian Bekker 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
southern africa / anarchist movement / link to pdf Friday July 08, 2011 21:34 by Zabalaza Anarchist Communist Front 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 / 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 / opinion / analysis Thursday April 21, 2011 23:28 by Shawn Hattingh 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
southern africa / anarchist movement / press release Sunday April 10, 2011 17:37 by Zabalaza.Net tech crew 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
southern africa / workplace struggles / feature Thursday April 07, 2011 23:51 by Shawn Hattingh 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
africa meridionale / economia / opinione / analisi Friday March 11, 2011 22:10 by Lucien van der Walt 1 image
I sindacati sud-africani, confederati nel COSATU (Congress of South African Trade Unions), forte di 2 milioni di iscritti, hanno messo a punto una visione politica coerente che rompe con il neoliberismo. Il fatto è notevole - ma è sufficiente? Quanto vitale e desiderabile è questa visione proprio mentre l'era neoliberista barcolla? E c'è un'alternativa? [English] read full story / add a comment
southern africa / repression / prisoners / press release Friday March 04, 2011 07:24 by وقع على البيان 1 image
عندما أحرق محمد البوعزيزي نفسه كان يشعل في نفس الوقت و دون أن يدرك موجة من الانتفاضات و الثورات الشعبية التي انتشرت كالنار في الهشيم في شمال أفريقيا و الشرق الأوسط , و التي أمكن الشعور بحرارتها بعيدا جدا في زيمبابوي , حيث اعتقل يوم السبت 19 فبراير شباط 46 ناشط منهم طلاب , عمال و نقابيون في هراري . لقد اعتقلوا حسب وثائق الشرطة بتهمة التخطيط لثورة على النمط المصري للإطاحة بروبرت موغابي , الموجود في السلطة منذ عام 1980 , في اجتماع نوقش فيه سقوط حسني مبارك و الأحداث في شمال أفريقيا و الشرق الأوسط . المعتقلون , الذين يمثلون فدرالية نقابات زيمبابوي ZCTU و اتحاد الطلاب الوطني في زيمبابوي ZNSU و المنظمة الاشتراكية الأممية ISO , كانوا قد أنهوا للتو مشاهدة برنامج وثائقي أخباري عن الانتفاضة في مصر و قد وجدوا هناك , حسب المدعين العاميين للدولة , بغرض "تنظيم , و وضع إستراتيجية , و تنفيذ الإطاحة بالحكومة الدستورية لزيمبابوي ... على الطريقة المصرية" . read full story / add a comment
àfrica austral / repression / prisoners / comunicat de premsa Friday March 04, 2011 01:43 by Organitzacions Anarquistes 1 image
Quan Mohammed Bouazizi es va calar foc, sense voler va desencadenar una onada d’aixecaments i revoltes populars que s’ha estès com la pólvora per tot el nord d’Àfrica i Orient Mitjà. El calor pot sentir-se en llocs tan distants com Zimbabwe, on el dissabte 19 febrer 46 activistes a favor de la democràcia, entre ells estudiants, treballadors i sindicalistes van ser arrestats en la seva capital Harare. Segons la policia, van ser arrestats per tramar una revolta a l’estil d’Egipte per enderrocar a Robert Mugabe, que ha estat en el poder des de 1980, en una reunió per discutir la caiguda de Hosni Mubarak i els esdeveniments en el nord d’Àfrica i Orient Mitjà . Els arrestats, que pertanyen a la Federació de Sindicats de Zimbabwe (ZCTU), la Unió Nacional d’Estudiants de Zimbabwe (ZNSU) i l’Organització Socialista Internacional (ISO), acabaven de veure un documental sobre l’aixecament a Egipte i, d’acord amb els fiscals de l’Estat, parlaven de "organitzar, elaborar estratègies i acabar amb el govern constitucional de Zimbabwe … el camí d’Egipte".
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southern africa / repression / prisoners / feature Thursday March 03, 2011 18:42 by International Anarchist Organisations 3 comments (last - wednesday march 09, 2011 17:14) 2 images
When Mohammed Bouazizi set himself alight he unwittingly ignited a wave of popular uprisings and rebellions that have spread like wildfire across North Africa and the Middle East, the heat of which can be felt as far afield as Zimbabwe where, on Saturday 19th February, 46 pro-democracy activists including students, workers and trade unionists were arrested in Harare. According to police documents they were arrested for plotting an Egypt-style revolt to overthrow Robert Mugabe, who has been in power since 1980, at a meeting to discuss the fall of Hosni Mubarak and events in North Africa and the Middle East. The arrested, who represent the Zimbabwean Federation of Trade Unions (ZCTU), Zimbabwe National Students Union (ZNSU) and the International Socialist Organisation (ISO), had just watched documentary news footage on the uprising in Egypt and, according to state prosecutors, were there to "organise, strategise and implement the removal of the constitutional government of Zimbabwe ... the Egyptian way". [Castellano] [Dansk] [Italiano] [العربية ] [Català] read full story / add a comment
africa meridionale / repressione / prigionieri / comunicato stampa Monday February 28, 2011 21:22 by Organizzazioni anarchiche 1 image
Quando in Tunisia Mohammed Bouazizi si è dato fuoco ha inconsapevolmente innescato un'ondata di rivolte popolari e di ribellioni che si sono propagate come un incendio in tutto il Nord Africa ed in Medio Oriente, sprigionando un'energia che si è sentita fino allo Zimbabwe dove, sabato 19 febbraio, 46 attivisti democratici, tra cui studenti, lavoratori ed attivisti sindacali sono stati arrestati ad Harare, durante un meeting per discutere della caduta di Hosni Mubarak e dei fatti in Nord Africa ed in Medio Oriente... [English] [Castellano] [Dansk] read full story / add a comment
áfrica austral / represión / presos / comunicado de prensa Monday February 28, 2011 18:33 by Organizaciones Anarquistas 1 comment (last - thursday march 03, 2011 22:17) 2 images
Cuando Mohammed Bouazizi se prendió fuego, sin querer desató una ola de levantamientos y rebeliones populares que se ha extendido como un reguero de pólvora por todo el norte de África y Oriente Medio, cuyo calor puede sentirse en lugares tan distantes como Zimbabwe, donde, el sábado 19 de febrero, 46 activistas a favor de la democracia, entre ellos estudiantes, trabajadores y sindicalistas fueron arrestados en su capital Harare. Según la policía, fueron arrestados por tramar una rebelión al estilo de Egipto para derrocar a Robert Mugabe, quien ha estado en el poder desde 1980, en una reunión para discutir la caída de Hosni Mubarak y los acontecimientos en el norte de África y Oriente Medio. Los arrestados, que pertenecen a la Federación de Sindicatos de Zimbabwe (ZCTU), la Unión Nacional de Estudiantes de Zimbabwe (ZNSU) y la Organización Socialista Internacional (ISO), acababan de ver un documental sobre el levantamiento en Egipto y, de acuerdo a los fiscales del Estado, hablaban de "organizar, elaborar estrategias y acabar con el gobierno constitucional de Zimbabwe ... el camino de Egipto ".
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sydlige afrika / repression / prisoners / pressemeddelelse Monday February 28, 2011 01:53 by Anarkismo organisationer 2 images
Da Mohammed Bouazizi tændte ild til sig selv, antændte han uforvarende en bølge af folkelige opstande og oprør, der har spredt sig som en steppebrand hen over Nordafrika og Mellemøsten, hvis varme kan føles så langt væk som i Zimbabwe hvor 46 demokrati-aktivister – heriblandt studerende, arbejdere og fagforeningsfolk – d.19. februar blev anholdt i Harare. Ifølge politidokumenter er de blevet anholdt for ved et møde, hvor Hosni Mubaraks fald og begivenhederne i Nordafrika og Mellemøsten blev diskuteret, at planlægge et Egypten-inspireret oprør med henblik på at vælte Robert Mugabe, som har været ved magten siden 1980. De anholdte, der repræsenterer Den Zimbabwiske Sammenslutning af Fagforeninger (ZCTU), Zimbabwes Nationale Studentersammenslutning (ZNSU) og Den Internationale Socialistiske Organisation (ISO), havde lige set dokumentar-optagelser om opstanden i Egypten og var – ifølge statsanklageren – samlet for at ”organisere, planlægge og implementere fjernelsen af Zimbabwes forfatningsmæssige regering … med egyptiske metoder”.
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southern africa / the left / press release Wednesday February 23, 2011 02:46 by Zabalaza Anarchist Communist Front 1 image
From 20 to 23 January 2011, working class and revolutionary militants from throughout South Africa, including a ZACF delegation, gathered in Johannesburg for the Conference of the Democratic Left (CDL). The gathering ended in the launch of the Democratic Left Front (DLF) as a loose alliance of organisations and individuals in struggle.
In explaining our relationship to the DLF, we will here summarise our reservations, while explaining why they are outweighed by the genuine achievements of the CDL. The reservations cover three main areas: attitudes towards the state and elections; leadership structures; and the DLF programme and demands. (We are also less than enthusiastic about some new terms that have become popular in the CDL and DLF, such as “eco-socialism”; but this is largely a matter of language, which we will not discuss in detail here.) read full story / add a comment
africa meridionale / repressione / prigionieri / comunicato stampa Tuesday February 22, 2011 21:11 by Zabalaza Anarchist Communist Front 1 image
Un gruppo di attivisti, che si era riunito in privato per dibattere le recenti insurrezioni in Nord Africa e il Medio Oriente, è stato arrestato durante un'operazione della polizia. Sono attualmente in stato di fermo, senza accuse, e ci sono giunti voci che alcuni membri del gruppo sono sottoposti a gravi aggressioni fisiche da parte dei loro aguzzini. [English] read full story / add a comment
southern africa / repression / prisoners / press release Tuesday February 22, 2011 17:54 by Warren McGregor 1 image
Activists gathered in Harare on the 19th February in a closed meeting to discuss the recent uprisings in North Africa and the Middle East, were arrested after a planned police raid. Currently they are being held without charge and reports indicate that key members of the gathering are being subjected to physical assault by their captors. [Italiano] [Ελληνικά] read full story / add a comment
southern africa / economy / feature Sunday February 13, 2011 14:00 by Lucien van der Walt 1 comment (last - friday march 11, 2011 22:15) 1 image
South African unions, centred on the 2 million-strong Congress of South African Trade Unions (COSATU), have consistently articulated a policy vision that breaks with crude neo-liberalism. This is remarkable – but is it enough? Just how viable and desirable is this vision, particularly as the neo-liberal era lurches into a serious slump? And is there an alternative? [Italiano] read full story / add a comment
southern africa / miscellaneous / anarchist communist event Tuesday February 01, 2011 15:00 by Coalition for a Free Palestine,
The heroic masses of Egypt have risen up against the decades-old corrupt dictatorship of Hosni Mubarak. Taking inspiration from the intifada in Tunisia, for six days, Egyptian protesters have been demanding that Mubarak be ejected from the office he has held for 30 years, demanding affordable prices for basic foods, and demanding jobs. Close to 200 protestors have been murdered by the security forces as they attempt to exercise their democratic rights.
As South Africans watch the unfolding events in the north of our continent, it reminds us too of our own uprisings: Sharpeville, Soweto, Langa... and spurs us on to express our solidarity with the people of Egypt and Tunisia who remain steadfast in their determination to rid themselves of corrupt and oppressive dictators. read full story / add a comment
southern africa / workplace struggles / opinion / analysis Sunday December 26, 2010 16:11 by Lucien van der Walt 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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