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southern africa / miscellaneous / opinion / analysis Friday March 31, 2017 20:26 by Shawn Hattingh   image 1 image
In the midst of gorging themselves through exploitation and corruption, competing factions of the flabby ruling class in South Africa (the ruling class being capitalists, politicians and top state officials) have once again stepped into the ring to take pieces out of one another. In the one corner of the fight is the Zuma faction - comprised of sections of Black Economic Empowerment (BEE) capitalists, top state officials, and politicians aligned to Zuma - while in the other corner is the Ramaphosa/Gordhan faction - comprised of sections of the ANC leadership such as Ramaphosa and Gordhan, white capital and the South African Communist Party (SACP). These factions have recently been standing toe to toe exchanging blows and in the process, metaphorical blood has been spilled: those of a few Cabinet Ministers, including Pravin Gordhan. read full story / add a comment
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Νότια Αφρική (Περιφέρεια) / Αναρχικό κίνημα / Γνώμη / Ανάλυση Sunday February 26, 2017 17:20 by Lucien van der Walt   image 1 image
Μόνο μια ριζοσπαστική αλλαγή –μια νέα Αφρική βασισμένη στην ελευθεριακή και σοσιαλιστική ανάπτυξη– μπορεί να σπάσει αυτό τον φαύλο κύκλο. Αυτό περιλαμβάνει τόσο τον αγώνα ενάντια στις αφρικανικές ελίτ, όσο και ενάντια στον ιμπεριαλισμό. Και αυτό με τη σειρά του απαιτεί μια ρήξη με τις ιδέες του «τρίτου κόσμου», που αγνοούν τα ταξικά ζητήματα μέσα στην Αφρική και με τον εθνικισμό, που καλεί σε ενότητα όλους τους Αφρικανούς – μία άνευ ουσίας ενότητα μεταξύ των τοπικών καταπιεστών και των θυμάτων τους. Χωρίς ένα προοδευτικό αριστερό και αναρχικό σχέδιο, οι απογοητεύσεις και η δυστυχία των μαζών απλώς θα καλυφθεί από κενές ιδέες (η «δημοκρατία») ή αντιδραστικά κινήματα (όπως το Boko Haram) και συναισθήματα (ο ρατσισμός και το μίσος προς τους μετανάστες). read full story / add a comment
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southern africa / workplace struggles / opinion / analysis Sunday February 26, 2017 04:39 by Lucien van der Walt   image 1 image
In these grim times, both globally and locally, it is important to reaffirm the centrality of workers’ education, and the need for a strong working-class movement. Ordinary people have immense potential to change the world, and steer it in a more progressive direction than that promised by capitalists, populists and the political establishment, writes Lucien van der Walt. read full story / add a comment
Credits: Daily Maverick
southern africa / economy / opinion / analysis Sunday February 26, 2017 03:28 by Shawn Hattingh   image 1 image
On Wednesday, the Minister of Finance of South Africa stood up in the circus that passes itself off as a National Parliament and without any sense of irony what-so- ever declared that the South African state’s budget for 2017 was redistributive and progressive. If the Minister was to be believed, therefore, the budget was aimed at making a dent in the substantial class and racial inequalities that exist in the country. To back this up, supporters pointed out that the tax rate on top earners was raised marginally in the budget and people receiving dividends from shares would have to pay 5% more on these in tax. Despite this, one word could sum up the idea that the budget presented was redistributive and progressive: bullshit. Rather the budget presented by Minister Pravin Gordhan was yet again another attack on the working class. What the budget did was to favour corporations at the expense of the poor. In doing so, it remained based on the neoliberal dogma that has defined South Africa’s post-apartheid politics. In other words, the budget was a vivid demonstration of how the state is an instrument and weapon of the ruling class that functions to benefit that class. This can be seen throughout the budget, including how the state plans to raise money and how it plans to spend it. read full story / add a comment
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southern africa / miscellaneous / opinion / analysis Tuesday February 07, 2017 16:04 by Leroy Maisiri   image 1 image
Bribery and extortion of the piblic police and other officials is to fund the Zimbabwean state. The regime destroyed any healthy form of industry and severely cut itself from its financial feeding source. Now they have employed police, city council and Zimra to become state fund-raisers ticketing for almost everything a citizen is supposed to receive from the state but the state cannot provide. read full story / add a comment
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southern africa / workplace struggles / opinion / analysis Friday December 16, 2016 23:19 by Mandy Moussouris   image 1 image
In what will no doubt become known as a historic strike, women workers at Robertson Winery have played a key role, both because they form the majority of the striking workers but also as leaders of the strike. read full story / add a comment
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southern africa / migration / racism / opinion / analysis Thursday December 15, 2016 06:59 by Lucien van der Walt   image 1 image
A year ago, starting 20 October 2015, around 75 small shops were looted, some burned down, in the eastern townships and downtown area of the small Eastern Cape university town of Grahamstown/ iRhini, South Africa. The attacks targeted Asian and African immigrants, many of them Muslim, and displaced 500 people. These riots were largely ignored by the media.

The text below is a slightly revised revision of a briefing I was asked to write at the time for the local Unemployed People’s Movement (UPM). The UPM played a heroic role in opposing the attacks and assisting the displaced. The text’s general points remain relevant to the working class’s fight against prejudice and racism. And the riots of 2015 should not be forgotten.grahamstown-riots read full story / add a comment
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southern africa / miscellaneous / opinion / analysis Saturday November 05, 2016 22:47 by Shawn Hattingh   image 1 image
The battle between Pravin Gordhan and Jacob Zuma has been presented along the lines of a superhero comic. Gordhan, the hero, is portrayed as the last defence against the rampaging villain, vile Zuma. And like all superhero tales Gordhan the good appears to be gaining the upper hand over Zuma the bad – especially since corruption charges have been dropped and the damning Public Protector’s report on state capture has been released.
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Αυτό είναι το δεύτερο κείμενο από μια σειρά κειμένων που θέλουν να εστιάσουν στην διεθνή ιστορική συγκυρία της καπιταλιστικής κυριαρχίας, στην προσπάθειά της να αναδιαρθρωθεί εντός εκτός των αφηγημάτων περί ‘’κρίσης’’. Η απεργία στο Marikana και η εξέλιξή της, η εμπλοκή των κρατικών θεσμών και της αστυνομίας μπορεί, ενδεχομένως, να φωτίσει κάποιες πτυχές της διαδικασίας εξόρυξης υπεραξίας, της εργατικής εκμετάλλευσης και την ιδιαίτερη μορφή που αυτή λαμβάνει στην συγκυρία αυξανόμενης διεθνοποίησης της αξίας. read full story / add a comment
Source: “South African Labour Bulletin”, volume 40, number 4, pp. 40
southern africa / miscellaneous / opinion / analysis Sunday October 30, 2016 02:39 by Leroy Maisiri   image 1 image
Recent worker-student alliances and activities are lacking in an anarchist/syndicalist approach which focuses on ‘people’s power’ and ‘worker control’. Such an approach is important for radical transformation, writes Leroy Maisiri. read full story / add a comment
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“Επόπτης Mthembu” - Ποίηση ενάντια στην αστυνομική βαρβαρότητα
Εμπνευσμένο από τα γεγονότα της 28 Σεπτεμβρίου 2016 στη Νότια Αφρική, όταν η αστυνομία πυροβόλησε φοιτητές, σκοτώνοντας κάποιους και τραυματίζοντας άλλους read full story / add a comment
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“Επόπτης Mthembu” - Ποίηση ενάντια στην αστυνομική βαρβαρότητα
Εμπνευσμένο από τα γεγονότα της 28 Σεπτεμβρίου 2016 στη Νότια Αφρική, όταν η αστυνομία πυροβόλησε φοιτητές, σκοτώνοντας κάποιους και τραυματίζοντας άλλους. read full story / add a comment
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southern africa / repression / prisoners / opinion / analysis Tuesday October 11, 2016 01:49 by Leroy Maisiri   image 1 image
If our pain was turned into an art museum the most popular exhibit would showcase portraits of the South African Police Service with our bodies on the floor as their footstools. Our silenced screams chock up the airways in our throats, our tracheas burst out and with both hands we grab the artery veins in an attempt to contain the bleeding, trying to redirect this blood, this life back into the cause and yes, bang, bang, bang; you keep shooting and yes bang, bang, bang, we keep running. read full story / add a comment
C’de Bobo addressing the crowd at the “Reclaim June 16” demonstration in Soweto, 2009.
southern africa / history of anarchism / feature Monday October 03, 2016 19:07 by Zabalaza Anarchist Communist Front   text 3 comments (last - monday october 03, 2016 06:12)   image 2 images
The ZACF is saddened to learn of the passing away of comrade Bobo Makhoba in Soweto this Thursday 29 September, at the age of 41, after a long illness. He is survived by his son, to whom we extend our deepest sympathies and condolences – as we do to the rest of his family, friends and comrades.

Bobo was a founding member of the ZACF as well as one of the original guerilla electricians for the Soweto Electricity Crisis Committee’s Operation Khanyisa campaign, which illegally reconnected thousands of households’ electricity after it was cut off for non-payment – forcing Eskom, the state electricity utility, to scrap arrears for thousands of Sowetans. read full story / add a comment
áfrica austral / workplace struggles / news report Tuesday September 27, 2016 08:07 by Rebeldía Contrainformativa
Desde el año 2013, las protestas populares de sectores de trabajadores como comerciantes, conductores de transporte público e incluso sectores de desempleados en Zimbabwe han aumentado, y en varias zonas del país ha habido alzamiento en armas; todo esto contra el presidente Robert Gabriel Mugabe, elegido en el 2013 y que representa al partido ZANU-PF, quien está en el poder desde hace 36 años. read full story / add a comment
Pastor Evan Mawarire
southern africa / miscellaneous / feature Sunday September 25, 2016 18:22 by Leroy Maisiri   text 1 comment (last - tuesday september 27, 2016 05:18)   image 1 image
The last 4 months in Zimbabwe can surely be characterized as an awakening of the Zimbabwean working class, as thousands of these citizens have taken to the streets, responding to Pastor Evan Mawarire’s call: “hatichatya” – we are not afraid. The #Thisflag movement followed soon after. This is certainly a historic time for Zimbabwe; a time of growing labour pains as the country (hopefully) enters a process of rebirth towards a better and new Zimbabwe. But before we can even begin to talk about a free Zimbabwe and how we would go about getting that, we need to first have a clear and coherent class analysis of the Zimbabwean social and political climate. Understanding who we are fighting is essential. Zimbabwe without a doubt needs to rid ourselves of the 92-year- old man who thinks the state house is his graveyard. But in the same breath, we must rid itself of the oppressive state system altogether. Swapping a vicious state capitalist manager with another is nowhere close to constituting progress. read full story / add a comment
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southern africa / anarchist movement / interview Friday September 23, 2016 02:34 by Sosyal Savaş – Zabalaza Anarchist Communist Front   image 1 image
Dear comrades, glad to meet and to create a transcontinental communication and solidarity with you. We are an anarchist magazine/website from Turkey/Kurdistan. We can not say that we label ourselves anarcho-communists but mostly we agree in principles of solidarity, mutual aid, organized struggle and a world without bosses, states, ruling classes etc. the most important thing is for us to be in solidarity with all anarchists, libertarians and social movements which seek to destroy capitalism, states and dominations of all kinds. Only way to achieve success in class war against capitalism and its all apparatus, is to organize, to stay in touch/contact and to stay strong against it together. There are lots of documents about ZACF but mostly English. We have very few sources in turkish. So that we feel to inform anarchists and libertarians who are reading and speaking turkish about your long term struggle in South Africa. So that we have some questions which our comrades may wonder about you? Here are questions:
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güney afrika / anarşist hareketin / interview Friday September 23, 2016 02:13 by Sosyal Savaş – Zabalaza Anarchist Communist Front   image 1 image
Sevgili yoldaşlar, sizlerle tanışmak ve kıtalar arası bir iletişim ve bağlılık kurabildiğim için memnunum. Biz Türkiye/Kürdistan’dan anarşist bir dergi ve haber portalıyız. Kendimizi anarşi-komünist olarak tanımladığımızı söyleyemeyiz ancak genel olarak komünizm, dayanışma, karşılıklı yardımlaşma, örgütlü dayanışma ve patronların olmadığı bir dünya görüşü gibi prensiplerde sizlerle hem fikiriz. Kapitalizme karşı yürüttüğümüz sınıf savaşında başarı elde etmemizin tek yolu örgütlü olmak, bağlantıda kalmak ve onlara karşı birlikte güçlü bir şekilde durmaktır. ZACF hakkında bir sürü dosya ve doküman olmasına rağmen çoğu İngilizcedir. Türkçe kaynaklar çok az miktardadır. Arzumuz Türkçe yazıp konuşan anarşist ve liberter yoldaşlarımızı Güney Afrika’daki uzun süreli mücadeleniz hakkında bilgilendirmektir. Bu nedenle yoldaşlarımızın merak edebileceği bazı sorularımız olacak. İşte sorular:
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southern africa / community struggles / anarchist communist event Saturday September 03, 2016 02:20 by Sifuna Zonke   image 4 images
We, concerned burial societies and community organisations of the Vaal area, invite everyone in the region to support our struggle against high fees and privatisation of cemeteries. Our people are already living in poverty and struggling to access basic services and a better life because of privatisation. Now they want to charge us high fees and profit from the death of our loved ones! We working class people of the Vaal can not afford the high fees they are charging for graves – fees that are so high and on top of it we still have to pay for tombstones, caskets and reopening if we want to bury another person on the site! Asinamali! Grave fees must fall! We demand free graves!

Yesterday it was our electricity and water. Today it is our cemeteries and burial rights. Tomorrow it could be the air we breathe. We are saying no to privatisation! Help us build a movement to defend our human and constitutional rights and to roll back the privatisation and commercialisation of basic services.

Join us to commemorate the victims of the Vaal Uprising and to continue and build the struggle against the privatisation and commodification of basic services and human rights and for true liberation.

Date: Saturday 3 September 2016
Time: 09:00
Venue: Zone 7 Stadium, Sebokeng read full story / add a comment
Anti-Robert Mugabe protesters in Harare, Zimbabwe
southern africa / miscellaneous / feature Wednesday August 24, 2016 16:30 by MC Biko   image 1 image
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
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