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ANC Throws Off Its Mask! Workers Murdered!

category southern africa | repression / prisoners | feature author Monday August 20, 2012 21:17author by ZACF/ TAC/ IWACauthor email zacf at riseup dot net Report this post to the editors

South African anarchist statement on the Marikana Massacre

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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.

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  • WSA Statement on Marikana Massacre

    Capitalists and politicians guilty! Stop police brutality.
    No justice, no peace. No Zuma, no Malema, no LONMIN!

    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.


    People! We must face the facts. The ANC government and the big capitalists run the show. The system makes the rich and powerful richer and more powerful.

    The workers and the poor suffer. We have no protection. You work, but you do not survive. Food prices are going up. ESKOM is going up. We must pay? With what? But when we struggle, we get shot.


    The state uses brutal force against the majority. We are marching, raising our grievances. This is our right. We must struggle to live. So, we fight against all elites: those who control government and those who control companies (like Lonmin).

    But our voices are silenced with bullets.

    While we do not agree uncritically with all the actions of the workers at Marikana, we are always with the working class and poor against the state and capitalists.


    The ANC promised to change the system. Instead, it became part of the system. Complaining against the National Party’s (NP’s) oppression, the ANC took office. The NP murdered workers. But now the ANC murders workers.

    The ANCYL has no grounds to pretend to condemn the police killings (see its Statement 17 August 2012). The ANCYL is part and parcel of the ruling ANC regime.

    Malema and other expelled ANCYL leaders also want to use these events to get reinstated into the ANC – to get rich or lie trying. But the ANC’s hands are dripping with blood.

    The past and present ANCYL leaders (like all ANC leaders) want more money, not more freedom for the people.


    Capitalism is a system of brutality and exploitation, of suffering. The black, Coloured and Indian working class suffers from the legacy of apartheid national oppression and from daily capitalist and police repression. (And even the white working class is exploited and oppressed).


    ANCYL uses the ANC murders to bang the drum again for ”the nationalisation of mines and other strategic sectors of the economy.” But Marikana shows the true nature of the state/ government, no matter what party: a bloodthirsty killing machine for the rich black and white ruling class.

    Real workers’ control of the economy does not mean private corporations (privatisation) or state corporations (nationalisation). It must mean real people’s democratic control of the economy through worker and community committees, serving people’s needs.


    The role of the police is to repress and silence the working class and poor. This problem cannot be fixed by commissions or enquiries – as some people think. Ask the family of Andries Tatane. It cannot be changed by elections. Remember: Sharpeville 1960, Soweto 1976, Uitenhague 1985, Michael Makhabane in 2000, SAMWU workers in 2009, Andries Tatane in 2011 … Marikana 2012. At least 25 protestors and strikers were killed from 2000, before Marikana.


    Look at Marikana. Elections do not change the system. Joining the government and becoming a politician is no solution. Replacing Jacob Zuma with another ANC leader is no solution. A new political party – even a “left” or “workers” party – is no solution. All the political parties are no solution.


    The Marikana unions, NUM and AMCU, have fallen into the trap set by the ruling class politicians and bosses. They fought each other, instead of fighting the real enemy. Unity is strength: do not be divided and ruled. Workers of the world unite! Working class of all countries and races unite! End the alliance! COSATU should have no links with the bloodstained ANC.


    It is time to replace the capitalist / state system with Counter Power by the people. This means that we want workers’/ community control of the economy, from below. We want democratic and direct self-management of industry by the workers in the workplaces; we want self- government of communities by those living in them. We want to collectively decide on how we run our lives. We refuse to live according to the rules determined by bosses and politicians, who use the police to shoot us like dogs when we disobey.




    Issued by:\

    Tokologo Anarchist Collective
    Zabalaza Anarchist Communist Front
    Inkululeko Wits Anarchist Collective

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  • author by Bernardo - Common Struggle Libertarian Communist Fedpublication date Mon Aug 20, 2012 07:38author email author address author phone Report this post to the editors

    It's great to see this statement, I've shared it with others via social media and seems to be making the rounds pretty well. I'd love however to see some deeper analysis come from our SA comrades. I've had very limited success finding much background on the AMCU for example.

    From what I can tell it seems to have been a split from the NUM and I saw a quote from one of its officers that it distinguishes itself as "apolitical and anticommunist," a contradictory statement if ever there was one. Should this be read as meaning their politics are simply in opposition to the SACP, or as it might be read by someone from the US as being generally anti-left ("anticommunism" is a term with its own particular history here).

    The other significant point that needs some clarifying I think is the interplay between inter-union rivalries, and then the actual relationships on the ground among the rank-and-file workers. From what I've read it seems as though the conflict that climaxed with the massacre began as a wildcat action. Is this at all accurate?

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    author by SA activistpublication date Tue Aug 21, 2012 21:37author address author phone Report this post to the editors

    ... will be out soon from ZACF.

    author by W.S.A.publication date Sun Aug 26, 2012 13:32author address author phone Report this post to the editors

    We, members of the Workers Solidarity Alliance, send our deepest condolences to the families and friends of the murdered miners.


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    author by CLASS WARpublication date Sat Sep 01, 2012 01:58author address author phone Report this post to the editors

    When the capitalists’ profits fall, they respond to proletarian resistance with bloodbath!
    No killing can put an end to proletarian defiance in South Africa!

    When miners from the mine of Marikana (which extracts 12% of platinum produced in the country and which is in the same time the richest platinum mine in the world), together with local inhabitants scraping along in miserable slums, demonstrated 15th August 2012 for improvement of their living conditions, the police – protective body of capital – responded with slaughter.

    45 shot dead in 5 days committed by the state in order to repress the protests!
    But the unbearable living conditions cannot be washed away by shed blood.
    The time bomb continues to tick... And it will blow up all the system of exploitation!

    Already the first day of strike for higher wages (10th August) finished by massacre: ten dead. The reply of capital was necessarily murderous – platinum is an important commodity for car industry. Since the beginning of the economic crisis the companies like Lonmin lost part of their profits due to slump in production. Riots in mines also caused drop of their share price. Spreading of the struggles to other mines would be a heavy punch for mining capital, a punch that the government of African National Congress (ANC) couldn’t afford to happen.

    The courageous proletarians of Marikana, among them also some of Swaziland and Mozambique origins, nevertheless decided to go on with the struggle. Neither the massacre, nor the threats and ultimatum given by the Lonmin to restore the work stopped the strike. On the contrary, so far only 13% of workers went back to work and the strike spread to at least two more mines. Moreover, the scabs are massively threatened and targeted by the strikers to such a point that the police already officially gave up the attempts to protect them. The proletarians have raised the flag of struggle and they don’t wait until ANC, South African “Communist” Party (SACP) and trade union COSATU, tripartite alliance, will propose them “compassionate” solution of their problem.

    It is not the first time that proletariat in South Africa has first-hand experience of what is the role of the mediators of law and order. This time it was the miners’ trade union NUM that tried to prevent the strike at any price even while using violence to maintain social peace. Social peace that means that workers continue to live in shanty towns; while ANC spent for the celebrations of its 100th anniversary at least 9.5 million Euros, social peace that obliges our class in South Africa to struggle for access to drinkable water and electricity while the new palace of president of ANC will cost 19 million Euros!

    The proletarians in Republic of South Africa lose their illusions. ANC is in power since 1994 and it has proved that it manages the exploitation of proletariat by capital in the same way as any other government. 40% of active population is unemployed; half of that youth age 18 - 24. Number of those who eke out an existence on social benefits increased from 2.5 million in 1999 to 12 million in 2006.

    Some massive strikes broke out in South Africa during last 2 years: strike of civil servants in 2010 that lasted 20 days and in which 1.3 million people took part, strikes of mining, energetic, oil and metallurgical industry in 2011, each with hundreds to thousands workers participating.

    Increasing discontentment influenced also alternation in power, president Thaba Mbeki was in 2008 replaced by more populist dunce Zuma. In this context it is not a surprise that the proletariat is searching its way in struggle and it gets organized in different shapes: strike committees, committees of unemployed, movements of shanty towns’ inhabitants, etc. multiply. Ruling ANC as well as SACP together with its sisterly Greek KKE watch the autonomous struggles of proletariat with fear in the same way that they were horrified by the possibility that the so called Arabic spring could “infect” our class in South Africa. The state is determined to nip any spreading of the revolt in the very bud, to repress it as hardly as in the times of apartheid.

    The new black bourgeoisie that originated due to a programme of Black Economic Empowerment (BEE) owns only 9% of the capital in mining companies, but the black state elites manage the capitalist social relation in South Africa. Capital has neither nationality nor race, but for its valorisation it requires state and its police that will ensure exploitation.

    The socialism of ANC that some call for, the betrayal that they accused ANC of, was nothing but a trick to control the mood of working class. Black Nationalism that was supposed to be the radical opposition to British colonialism (that was indeed expropriating soil, imposing taxes and absorbing afterward the landless as a cheap labour force) has never been anything else than another project of the same class society based on the same class conflict. Nelson Mandela himself clarified already in 1964 the nationalist and bourgeois essence of ANC: “The ANC has never at any period of its history advocated a revolutionary change in the economic structure of the country, nor has it, […] ever condemned capitalist society.”

    ANC thus hasn’t betray proletariat, but it was, on the contrary, since the beginning an expression of black bourgeoisie aspiration to capitalist domination. Nationalisations are nothing else than an attempt to get more wealth for the black bourgeoisie in the same way as the bourgeoisie sucks the proletariat in Venezuela, Colombia, China and Cuba.

    It is time to wake up from the dream about betrayal of elites of ANC nourished by the leftists. In the same time it is necessary to refuse the aspirations to put the trade union COSATU back on its feet, demanded by some militants.

    Proletariat in South Africa, as well as all around the world, has to get rid of the social relations imposed on it, it has to clearly refuse capitalism. That is what are ANC, SACP, COSATU, all the left factions of bourgeoisie and NGOs afraid of - proletariat autonomous of their ideologies, proletariat struggling for a real improvement of its living conditions, proletariat that through the struggle grasps the real causes of poverty, oppression, state murders and imperialist wars - the foundations of capitalist exploitation, class society, separation from all means of living, production of commodities instead of production for satisfaction of human needs.

    Comrade proletarian, don’t forget that a factory is not yours, a mine is not yours, an office is not yours, a school is not yours, this country is not yours… these are different places of your exploitation, your alienation, your expropriation from means of living… your workplace is your prison, and from prison, THERE IS ESCAPE… or better said, WE WILL DESTROY IT!!!

    Proletariat has neither homeland, nor race.
    It is not about greed and “betrayal” of the elites.

    The bloody repression in South Africa is only an augury of what capital prepares for the struggling proletariat everywhere in the world!

    For satisfaction of human needs.
    Against murderous capitalism.

    For combative proletariat.
    For Communism.

    Class War Group – August 2012 •

    author by Michaelpublication date Sat Sep 01, 2012 15:49author address author phone Report this post to the editors

    In South Africa popular organisations frequently describe themselves as 'non-political'. What this usually means is that they are non-party political - this is often important in a country where there is massive disgust at party politics. And when AMCU say that they are 'non-communist' they mean that they are not going to take instruction from the Stalinists in the SACP - again a very good thing.

    AMCU does identify as a radical union. In fact some of its leaders say its revolutionary. What its actual practices are though I have no idea. However we should certainly not right off any popular organisation that says that it is 'non-political' and 'anti-communist' in South Africa.

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    author by Jon - 1 of Anarkismo editorial grouppublication date Tue Sep 04, 2012 18:17author address author phone Report this post to the editors

    Here's a link to the full anarchist communist analysis mentioned earlier in this thread:

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