Uprising in the Cape Winelands - self-organised farmworkers reject union attempts to end their strike
Driving through the Hex River Valley after Wednesday’s chaotic protests feels like entering a ghost town. Yet when one manages to find residents and speak to them, it becomes crystal clear that the farm workers are planning to hold out for their wage demands – and that few of them know anything of the well-publicised promises that they would be back at work this week.
by Jared Sacks
Entering the Hex River Valley on Thursday morning was a surreal experience. Following Cosatu's well publicised statement on Wednesday, I had expected that most farmworkers would already be in the fields trying to recuperate their lost wages over the past two weeks.
The coverage of the Marikana massacre seems to start with the mass killings of 16 August. But that’s not where, or how the violence started, and it wasn’t rivalry between unions, either. Rewind a few days and prepare for goosebumps: you’ll find a web of conspiracy around two murders which not reported in the media and ended in no arrests, but scared the living daylights out of the workers before the weeks of horror started.
by Jared Sacks, The Daily Maverick
Jared Sacks on popular protest, disruption, and violence in South Africa in the wake of the Lonmin Massacre.
The City of Cape Town is currently being rocked by a spate of road blockades and other significant protests. Certain liberal NGOs have joined the DA in condemning the protests claiming that they are violent and motivated by political party agendas.
Yesterday more than forty people were arrested in a major police operation to prevent the occupation of the Rondebosch Common in an elite suburb of Cape Town - the most unequal city in South Africa, which has now surpassed Brazil as the most unequal country in the world.
We “invaded” Rondebosch Common…but only the police destroyed the fynbos.
Statement by those who occupied the common
We did our best. We had everything stacked against us.
Jared Sacks on the civil society/NGO exploitation of grassroots organizations at the United Nations COP 17 meeting on global warming in Durban.
Two reports from Occupy South Africa from a libertarian perspective.
Occupy Cape Town
About 200 Cape Town residents participated in the call for a "World Revolution Day" on October 15, inspired by the growing worldwide Occupy movement. We arrived at the Company Gardens next to Parliament in typical Capetonian fashion: mostly late, disjointed, and with a huge array of goals and personal agendas for the first day.
This statement, from the Landless People's Movement (LPM), welcomes the new report and links to a pdf of the report.
Landless People's Movement Press Statement
8 July 2010
The LPM Welcomes the Independent Research Report into Political Violence Against our Movement
As the Landless People's Movement in Gauteng we welcome the independent research report by Jared Sacks into political violence against our movement in Gauteng.