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southern africa / community struggles / press release Wednesday March 11, 2009 17:42 by Jon
The Zabalaza Anarchist Communist Front (ZACF) is angered by the killing of a second working class activist youth by the Community Policing Forum (CPF) in Sebokeng in less than a year.

In July of last year Anti-Privatisation Forum (APF) activist Mathafeni Majobe was killed by members of the CPF after partaking in a service delivery protest in Sebokeng. This time the victim was Teboho “Diventsha” Tsotetsi, who was stabbed to death in front of his parents on Wednesday 4 March by members of the CPF for refusing to withdraw charges he had laid against those same CPF patrollers, who had severely beaten him and stolen his cell phone and wallet the previous Friday. read full story / add a comment
Ανακοίνωση του Zabalaza Anarchist Communist Front (ZACF – Αναρχικό Κομμουνιστικό Μέτωπο Zabalaza ) για το ζήτημα της έλλειψης, αλλά και της ιδιωτικοποίησης του νερού στη Νότια Αφρική. read full story / add a comment
southern africa / gender / opinion / analysis Saturday February 21, 2009 17:25 by Zabalaza Anarchist Communist Front
On Thursday 12 February 2009 members of the Zabalaza Anarchist Communist Front participated in a protest-march held in Johannesburg as part of the Coalition Against Water Privatisation's Women and Water Campaign. The protest went from Library Gardens in central Johannesburg, a historic meeting point for protests in the city, to Mayor Amos Masondo's office in Braamfontein, near Constitution Hill. The march was to demand that Masondo withdraw his appeal of the pro-poor Johannesburg High Court ruling of Judge Tsoka, which ruled that the forced installation of pre-paid water meters and the prepayment water system is unlawful and unconstitutional, and that City of Johannesburg and Johannesburg Water provide residents of poor townships with 50 litres of free water per person per day. read full story / add a comment
southern africa / repression / prisoners / press release Monday February 09, 2009 17:34 by Wits University Student Coalition on Palestine   text 2 comments (last - tuesday february 10, 2009 23:31)
"I'll remember your face, you fucker" were the parting words of inspector Pretorius as he sped away from a group of more than thirty university students who had been harassed and assaulted by Pretorius and his SAPS uniformed colleagues for at least two hours. Students of Wits University and the University of Johannesburg, carrying paper placards and painted banners, were traveling by bus to a COSATU rally at the South African Zionist Federation where speeches were to be delivered. The COSATU rally formed part of a campaign of nationwide actions in support of the people of Gaza under the banner "Free Palestine, Isolate Apartheid Israel". read full story / add a comment
southern africa / imperialism / war / press release Friday February 06, 2009 21:02 by Zabalaza Anarchist Communist Front
Statement distributed by ZACF members and progressive students at the Wits University Orientation Week in response to the presence of the South African National Defence Force and attempts by it to recruit students to the military by offering to pay for their education. read full story / add a comment
southern africa / education / anarchist communist event Wednesday February 04, 2009 18:08 by Jon   text 1 comment (last - tuesday february 10, 2009 14:17)
The ZACF will be facilitating a Red & Black Forum (anarchist communist educational workshop) with the theme "Does the Vote Bring Democracy?" this Saturday in Orange Farm, south of Johannesburg. The RBF will be hosted by the Anti-Privatisation Forum affiliated Orange Farm Electricity and Water Crisis Committee. read full story / add a comment
southern africa / the left / opinion / analysis Monday December 01, 2008 14:52 by Jonathan P & James Pendlebury
This article argues that active abstention is the only strategic and tactical approach to the 2009 South African elections which is consistent with revolutionary anti-capitalist politics. It was written for a forthcoming issue of Khanya: A Journal for Activists, which will present a range of different approaches that social movements may take in response to the 2009 elections. read full story / add a comment
Ανακοίνωση της ZACF για τη χρησιμοποίηση του όρου «αναρχικός» από τον Mosiuoa Lekota. read full story / add a comment
southern africa / miscellaneous / press release Tuesday October 28, 2008 15:18 by Jon
Once again we, the Zabalaza Anarchist Communist Front (ZACF), have to defend our political tradition from bourgeois politicians, this time on both sides of the ANC split, and explain to them what exactly is meant by a term that they throw about without actually knowing its meaning.
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africa meridionale / migrazione / razzismo / opinione / analisi Thursday October 02, 2008 16:57 by Steffi, Jonathan Payn e James Pendlebury
A solo 14 anni dalla fine dell'apartheid qualcuno sostiene che siamo in presenza di una nuova apartheid. A solo 14 anni dal genocidio in Rwanda c'è chi dice che in Sud Africa si stia verificando un genocidio particolare. Niente a che vedere con il gap economico tuttora esistente tra sudafricani con diverso colore della pelle e nemmeno con una guerra tra diversi gruppi etnici come in Rwanda. [English] read full story / add a comment
Pogroms then... and now.
southern africa / migration / racism / feature Friday September 26, 2008 18:14 by Steffi, Jonathan Payn and James Pendlebury   image 1 image
Only 14 years after the end of apartheid some say that this is a new apartheid. Only 14 years after the genocide in Rwanda some say that this is a genocide South African style. But this time it is not just about the still existing economic gap between South Africans of different skin colours, nor about a war between different ethnopolitical groups like in Rwanda. It is about nationality and the fight between those who have the minimum security of being born in South Africa, and the unlucky ones who have no such security – who have, in many cases, had to flee to South Africa from violence or starvation elsewhere. The events of May 2008 show a deep xenophobic sentiment in South Africa that is largely due to social and economic circumstances. It is a poisonous cocktail of nationalism mixed with lack of service delivery. [Italiano] read full story / add a comment
Νότια Αφρική (Περιφέρεια) / Αναρχικό κίνημα / Γνώμη / Ανάλυση Thursday September 25, 2008 19:52 by James Pendlebury (ZACF)
Αν δεν υπάρχει εναλλακτική λύση, τότε ας μας συγκροτήσουμε εμείς μια τέτοια. Ας οικοδομήσουμε τα κινήματά μας σε τέτοιο σημείο που οι μετανάστες - οι γυναίκες που βιάζονται ή οι ομοφυλόφιλοι που αντιμετωπίζουν τη σοβινιστική βία – να μη χρειαστεί ν’ αναζητήσουν την αμφίβολη βοήθεια της αστυνομίας. Ας συγκροτήσουμε δυνατές κοινότητες της εργατικής τάξης που να είναι ικανές να αυτοαμυνθούν και να υπερασπίσουν τα μέλη τους ενάντια στην καταστολή και το σοβινισμό. read full story / add a comment
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southern africa / history / opinion / analysis Friday September 19, 2008 14:39 by James Pendlebury   image 1 image
For decades, nationalism – African or Afrikaner – has been the dominant ideology in South Africa. It has drawn the working class into unity with the bosses, and divided workers from their fellow workers. It has promised freedom and delivered oppression; it has promised bread and delivered starvation. Nationalism can play a progressive role when in opposition to an oppressive regime, but in power, it invariably becomes a weapon against the working class. The pogroms of May 2008 are the latest disaster to arise from nationalism. [Ελληνικά] read full story / add a comment
southern africa / migration / racism / opinion / analysis Wednesday September 10, 2008 14:58 by Steffi
Some of the people attacked in recent xenophobic pogroms in South Africa were born in South Africa or have a South African passport. Aren’t they South Africans? What makes a South African? How many generations must one have lived here to be accepted? What skin colour does one have to have? When thinking about this it quickly becomes clear that who is a South African and who is not is not a scientific decision. It is about what people think and want and this changes over time. read full story / add a comment
Alan Lipman at his home in Johannesburg
southern africa / migration / racism / interview Friday September 05, 2008 20:04 by Jon   image 1 image
Alan Lipman served as an early member of the underground SACP, which had been re-established in 1953 after its predecessor, the CPSA, was outlawed in 1950. He and his wife Beata worked in an SACP front organisation planning the Congress of the People, which adopted the Freedom Charter in Kliptown in 1955, and Beata beautifully hand-lettered the official version of the Charter. But after intense disagreements over Soviet imperialism with SACP leader Michael Harmel, the couple split with the Party in 1956. Alan engaged in an act of sabotage against the records office of the hated new pass system for black women. The couple fled into exile in 1963, narrowly avoiding being swept up in the Rivonia Treason Trial. In exile, Alan became involved with the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament and later shifted towards a libertarian socialist position. The Lipmans returned to South Africa in 1990 and although he initially ran as an ANC ward candidate, he became disillusioned with the neo-liberalism of the ANC and later became associated with the ZACF with whom he conducted a well-received workshop in Orange Farm in May 2006. read full story / add a comment
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southern africa / anarchist movement / link to pdf Wednesday September 03, 2008 22:23 by Zabalaza Anarchist Communist Front   image 1 image
Issue number nine of the theoretical journal of the Zabalaza Anarchist Communist Front is now available online. read full story / add a comment
africa meridionale / economia / opinione / analisi Sunday August 10, 2008 15:20 by Zabalaza Anarchist Communist Front
Lo Zabalaza Anarchist Communist Front (ZACF) esprime la sua solidarietà con i lavoratori iscritti al Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu), la cui campagna nazionale per lo sviluppo di un'azione di massa contro la crisi energetica è culminata in uno sciopero generale nazionale che fermerà tutto im paese nella giornata di mercoledì 6 agosto. read full story / add a comment
southern africa / economy / opinion / analysis Wednesday August 06, 2008 03:39 by Zabalaza Anarchist Communist Front
The Zabalaza Anarchist Communist Front (ZACF) expresses its solidarity with the rank and file workers of the Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu), as their national campaign of rolling mass action against the electricity crisis culminates in a national strike and stayaway throughout the country on Wednesday, 6th August. read full story / add a comment
southern africa / anarchist movement / anarchist communist event Wednesday July 30, 2008 23:37 by Jonathan
Members of the ZACF will be facilitating the first meeting of a group of social movement and trade union militants pulled together by the ZACF to study the book ABC of Communist Anarchism by Alexander Berkman. read full story / add a comment
África austral / movimiento anarquista / entrevista Thursday July 17, 2008 20:09 by Zabalaza Anarchist Communist Front
Un miembro del ZACF plantea la misma serie de preguntas a dos activistas de Zimbabwe. El primer entrevistado, Biko Mutsaurwa, es un anarcocomunista del Uhuru Network [Red Uhuru] y facilitador del Toyi Toyi Artz Kollektive en Harare. El segundo entrevistado es el Compañero Fatso, AKA Samm Farai Monro, un activista cultural y facilitador artístico de Magamba! The Cultural Activist Network [¡Magamba! La Red Cultural Activista]. Las entrevistas fueron mantenidas en Johannesburgo el 21 de junio de 2008 - el día antes de que el líder del MDC Morgan Tsvangirai anunciase su decisión de no participar en la vuelta de las elecciones presidenciales del 27 de junio. [English] read full story / add a comment
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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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