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southern africa / the left / anarchist communist event Monday August 03, 2009 19:24 byJon   image 1 image
The Zabalaza Anarchist Communist Front will have a stand at the Jozi Book Fair, to take place this Saturday and Sunday at Museum Africa, Newtown, Johannesburg. The Book Fair is part of the Khanya College Annual Winter School. Note this is not a specific anarchist event. read full story / add a comment
Νότια Αφρική (Περιφέρεια) / Λαϊκοί Αγώνες / Νέα Sunday July 26, 2009 19:06 byΑλληλέγγυος
Έντονες συγκρούσεις έχουν ξεσπάσει στα προάστια του Johannesburg της Ν.Αφρικής , καθώς πολίτες απελπισμένοι απο τις συνθήκες διαβίωσης , έχουν ξεχυθεί στους δρόμους. read full story / add a comment
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southern africa / community struggles / anarchist communist event Tuesday June 09, 2009 17:10 byPoor People's Alliance   text 1 comment (last - monday june 15, 2009 19:01)   image 1 image
The Poor Peoples’ Alliance (PPA), made up of radical community-based organisations across South Africa, is to march from Morris Isaacs High School to the Hector Pieterson Memorial in Soweto on the 16th June 2009 to re-enact the 1976 march. read full story / add a comment
région sud de l'afrique / divers / nouvelles Saturday June 06, 2009 03:22 byEmilie B. et Simon Laviec
À la loterie malgache, le gagnant serait Andry Rajoelina, qui a réussi à pousser à l’exil le « président élu » Marc Ravalomanana. Ce dernier annonce pourtant son retour prochain à Madagascar. L’Etat français n’est pas seulement spectateur. read full story / add a comment
Αλληλοβοήθεια: μια αναρχική ιδέα σε εφαρμογή στη Νότια Αφρική - Κείμενο στη σειρά «Τέσσερα Εργαλεία Κοινοτικού Ελέγχου» - Μέρος 1ο read full story / add a comment
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zuidelijk afrika / miscellaneous / feature Saturday May 30, 2009 15:25 bySteffi   image 1 image
Wederzijdse hulp is een belangrijk en relevant anarchistisch concept. Het laat zien hoe aspecten van een betere wereld al overal bestaan, waaronder in Zuid Afrika, en hoe we deze wereld kunnen bereiken, waarbij we voortbouwen op bestaande culturele praktijken, en die uitbreiden. read full story / add a comment
africa meridionale / la sinistra / opinione / analisi Monday May 25, 2009 21:42 byZabalaza Anarchist Communist Front
Il testo che segue contiene un'analisi presentata da un esponente del Zabalaza Anarchist Communist Front (ZACF) al 'Seminario sui risultati elettorali del 2009' organizzato dal Khanya College a Johannesburg, domenica 10 maggio 2009. Il tema del seminario era "Qual'è il significato delle elezioni del 2009 per la classe lavoratrice in Sud Africa?". [English] read full story / add a comment
southern africa / the left / opinion / analysis Friday May 15, 2009 14:11 bynestor   text 3 comments (last - tuesday may 26, 2009 20:37)
The following analysis was presented by a member of the Zabalaza Anarchist Communist Front (ZACF) at the Khanya College organised Seminar on the 2009 Election Results, held in Johannesburg on Sunday 10 May 2009. The topic of the seminar was “What do the 2009 Election results mean for the South African working class?”.
There were speakers from the following organisations present: Bolshevik Study Circles & Che Guevara Film Club, Zabalaza Anarchist Communist Front (ZACF), General Industries Workers Union of South Africa (GIWUSA), Soweto Concerned Residents (S.C.R–A.P.F), NKUZI – Fieldworker of Farmworkers' Programme and Kathorus Concerned Residents (KCR)
It should be noted that - owing to the constraints of time allocated for this presentation - this is by no means a complete analysis of the 2009 elections, and what the ANC victory and Zuma administration means for the poor and working class of the region. It serves only to raise some of what we believe to be important issues for consideration going forward. [Italiano] read full story / add a comment
southern africa / miscellaneous / opinion / analysis Thursday April 23, 2009 15:09 byLucien van der Walt
The renewed Congress of South African Trade Unions (COSATU) support for the ruling nationalist African National Congress (ANC) has seen the unions dedicate organisers over the last few weeks to ensuring an “overwhelming” ANC victory in the national elections on the 22 April 2009.

How valid is such an approach, and what are the tasks of the working class in the current period? read full story / add a comment
southern africa / economy / opinion / analysis Monday April 20, 2009 19:48 byLucien Van Der Walt
One of the great weaknesses of SA unions - or at least their leaders - is the notion that unions should actively aim at restructuring the economy through policy engagement. This idea is often labelled 'strategic unionism' or 'radical reform', and centres on a politics of cooperating with capital and the state to effectively restructure "South African" industry for global competition. This is summed up in the phrase that "business is too important to leave to management". read full story / add a comment
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région sud de l'afrique / divers / nouvelles Tuesday April 14, 2009 01:38 byRelations internationales   image 1 image
La crise malgache a fait au total une centaine de morts depuis décembre. Hélas ce n’est pas pour une révolution sociale… mais pour servir les intérêts de businessmen rivaux. read full story / add a comment
région sud de l'afrique / la gauche / nouvelles Tuesday April 14, 2009 01:26 byVincent Nakash
Emblème de la lutte anti-apartheid et détenteur du pouvoir sud-africain depuis 1994, l’ANC, parti de Nelson Mandela, a connu en octobre 2008 une scission éprouvante. read full story / add a comment
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southern africa / miscellaneous / feature Tuesday April 07, 2009 17:10 byMichael Schmidt   image 1 image
Much printers’ ink has been shed by pundits and politicians in attempting to explain, excuse, laud or condemn the rise of Jacob Zuma to the ANC Presidency from where it is just a short hop, skip and jump to the South African Presidency following the 2009 General Election. The rest of us, the people, are reduced to either disgruntled witnesses or ecstatic cheerleaders of “JZ” shifting the weight of his gut from foot to foot in his monotonous mshini-wam song. He knows it doesn’t have to be a particularly energetic dance, for it is pretty much guaranteed that the ill-gotten gains he allegedly sought so assiduously for so long will soon be his when he holds the keys to the Treasury. Just how did arguably the world’s most famous liberation movement implode so rapidly into a venal kleptocracy, a cabal of back-slapping thugs? Did it in fact implode? Did it descend from great ethical heights or was the rot there all along? read full story / add a comment
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southern africa / culture / opinion / analysis Tuesday April 07, 2009 14:28 bySteffi   text 1 comment (last - monday june 01, 2009 08:36)   image 1 image
Mutual Aid is an important and relevant anarchist concept. It shows how aspects of a better world already exist everywhere, including in Southern Africa, and how we can achieve this world, building on and extending existing cultural practices. First published in issue number 10 of Zabalaza: A Journal of Southern African Revolutionary Anarchism, April 2009. read full story / add a comment
africa meridionale / movimento anarchico / comunicato stampa Monday April 06, 2009 18:09 byZabalaza Anarchist Communist Front
Lo Zabalaza Anarchist Communist Front (ZACF) annuncia l'uscita del decimo numero del nostro organo, "Zabalaza - giornale dell'Anarchismo rivoluzionario sudafricano" e la sua disponibilità online. Il giornale può essere scaricato come file PDF. I singoli articoli verranno pubblicato un po' alla volta su Anarkismo. [English] read full story / add a comment
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southern africa / miscellaneous / opinion / analysis Monday April 06, 2009 15:26 byJonathan   image 1 image
The tragedy which has beset the people of Zimbabwe, itself an indictment against the praxis of armed struggle controlled by a central political elite, is well-known. Zimbabweans waged a courageous guerilla war against colonialism only for the leader of that liberation movement, who has jealously guarded his presidency since Zimbabwe’s 1980 independence, to have turned out to be a despot equal to or rivaling the hated colonial ruler Ian Smith, who the people of Zimbabwe (then southern Rhodesia) fought so hard to rid themselves of. The Matabeleland massacres of the 1980s to root-out predominantly Ndebele opposition to Robert Mugabe’s ruling Zimbabwe African National Union (now Zanu-Patriotic Front) - the feared reprisals of which induce him, and high-ranking military officials close to him to this day to clench so strongly to power, for fear of being charged with crimes against humanity; the systematic abduction, torture and murder of political dissidents; the rigged elections and consequent campaigns of harassment and intimidation of opposition party Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) supporters in the wake of Mugabe’s first electoral defeat in 28 years; the shattered economy, with the world’s highest inflation-rate and the recent outbreak of cholera - which Mugabe blames on biological warfare being waged against Zimbabwe by the Western imperialist powers - are no secret, and need not be discussed in any detail here. read full story / add a comment
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southern africa / anarchist movement / link to pdf Friday April 03, 2009 23:09 byJon   text 1 comment (last - sunday april 05, 2009 18:02)   image 1 image
The Zabalaza Anarchist Communist Front (ZACF) is pleased to announce that issue number 10 of our organ Zabalaza: A Journal of Southern African Revolutionary Anarchism is now available online. You can download the PDF to print out and distribute at the link given below. Individual articles will also be published on Anarkismo.net as time goes by. [Italiano] read full story / add a comment
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África austral / represión / presos / llamado / petición Friday March 27, 2009 18:37 byOrganizaciones anarquistas brasileñas   image 1 image
Petición de solidaridad con compañeros sudafricanos juzgados por su militancia comunitaria. [English] [Português] read full story / add a comment
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southern africa / repression / prisoners / appeal / petition Thursday March 26, 2009 19:54 byFederação Anarquista do Rio de Janeiro   image 1 image
On Sunday 1st March two militants from the Landless People's Movement (LPM) - a movement similar to the Brazilian MST - were arrested, together with 6 other community members from the informal settlement/ squatter camp of Protea South in Soweto, on charges of public violence, illegal gathering, assault and more. This was after they protested and delivered a memorandum to the local councillor stating their grievances and concerns around the prospect of their eviciton and forced removal to another location far from where they currently live. [Português] read full story / add a comment
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África austral / repressão / prisioneiros / chamada / petição Wednesday March 25, 2009 21:02 byFederação Anarquista do Rio de Janeiro   text 2 comments (last - friday march 27, 2009 18:38)   image 1 image
No domingo, dia 1 de março de 2009, dois militantes do Landless People’s Movement (Movimento do Povo Sem-Terra) – um movimento semelhante ao MST brasileiro – foram presos na África do Sul. Juntamente com 6 outros membros da comunidade de Protea Sul, em Soweto, os militantes foram presos sob acusação de violência pública, associação ilegal, agressão entre outras. Isso aconteceu depois da participação deles em uma manifestação em que entregaram aos políticos locais um documento com uma lista de reivindicações protestando contra sua perspectiva de despejo e sua transferência forçada para outra localidade, diferente de onde vivem hoje.
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zacflogo.gif imageZACF Reply to the Misrepresentation of the ZACF by American Journalists and on the Schmidt Affair 09:46 Fri 19 Feb by Zabalaza Anarchist Communist Front 32 comments

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 zacf@riseup.net 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.

300_0___20_0_0_0_0_0_pic_1.jpg imageLibertad para todos? Miembros de la Zabalaza Anarchist Communist Front amenazados, las actividades i... 15:14 Thu 29 Oct by Zabalaza Anarchist Communist Front 0 comments

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.

300_0___20_0_0_0_0_0_pic.jpg imageLiberdade para todos? Membros da Zabalaza Anarchist Communist Front ameaçados, atividades interrompi... 15:08 Thu 29 Oct by Zabalaza Anarchist Communist Front 0 comments

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.

pic.png imageQuale libertà per tutti? Militanti dello Zabalaza Anarchist Communist Front minacciati, le attività ... 19:24 Sun 25 Oct by Zabalaza Anarchist Communist Front 0 comments

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]

textLiberté pour tou-te-s ? Des membres de Zabalaza Anarchist Communist Front menacé-e-s et forcé-e-s de... 05:30 Sat 24 Oct by Zabalaza Anarchist Communist Front 0 comments

Traduction française du communiqué de Zabalaza Anarchist Communist Front (ZACF), organisation sud-africaine qui subit la répression. [English]

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.

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imageBeyond "Zuma must fall", beyond choosing between elites May 14 by Warren McGregor 0 comments

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.

imageState ‘capture’ or the nature of the state? May 10 by Shawn Hattingh 0 comments

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.

textWhy May Day? An African Working Class Perspective May 02 by Leroy Maisiri 0 comments

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.

imageReclaiming Our Global Past: Why South Africa is Not "New Terrain" for Anarchism/Syndicalism, and How... Apr 18 by Warren McGregor 0 comments

A Presentation at the St. Imier International Anarchist Conference by Warren McGregor (ZACF), August 2012.

imageBill Andrews and South Africa’s Revolutionary Syndicalists Apr 05 by Lucien van der Walt 1 comments

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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imageZACF Reply to the Misrepresentation of the ZACF by American Journalists and on the Schmidt Affair Feb 19 ZACF 32 comments

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 zacf@riseup.net 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.

imageLibertad para todos? Miembros de la Zabalaza Anarchist Communist Front amenazados, las actividades i... Oct 29 ZACF 0 comments

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.

imageLiberdade para todos? Membros da Zabalaza Anarchist Communist Front ameaçados, atividades interrompi... Oct 29 ZACF 0 comments

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.

imageQuale libertà per tutti? Militanti dello Zabalaza Anarchist Communist Front minacciati, le attività ... Oct 25 ZACF 0 comments

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]

textLiberté pour tou-te-s ? Des membres de Zabalaza Anarchist Communist Front menacé-e-s et forcé-e-s de... Oct 24 0 comments

Traduction française du communiqué de Zabalaza Anarchist Communist Front (ZACF), organisation sud-africaine qui subit la répression. [English]

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