Lucien van der Walt

'This is class warfare' the struggle for democracy in Zimbabwe

Lucien van der Walt on the potential of Zimbabwean trade unions' to force change during a wave of strike action in 1998.

Trade unions in Zimbabwe: For democracy, against neo-liberalism

Lucien van der Walt's paper on the state of organised labour in Zimbabwe circa 1998.

The influence of the IWW in South Africa - Lucien van der Walt

An article by Lucien van der Walt on the IWW's impact on South African political affairs and those of neighbouring countries in the early twentieth century.

Labour in South Africa: A sleeping giant?

A chapter by Lucien van der Walt providing a brief overview of the union movement in South Africa, black and white, its achievements and its challenges.This includes a discussion of all the main union federations and their background, including the Federation of Unions of South Africa (FEDUSA).

The politics of land: ZANU vs. the MDC

An article from 2000 by Samuel Kariuki and Lucien van der Walt on the issue of land in Zimbabwean politics and the potential lessons from neighbouring South Africa.

The voice from below: Zambian workers speak out

A 1997 article in which Sakhela Buhlungu and Lucien van der Walt talk with Zambian workers about the country's economic liberalisation and its effects on their conditions and militancy.

The anarchist movement in North Africa: 1877-1951

Normally eurocentric, Lucien van der Walt and Michael Schmidt sketch out the anarchist movement in North Arica until the mid-twentieth century.

Rethinking welfare: A radical critique - Lucien van der Walt

In 2006, Cosatu called for the introduction of a universal basic incomes grant in response to the ANC introducing various welfare measures to alleviate poverty. Lucien van der Walt argued that that unions had been sidestracked by technocratic demands and that the demand for welfare should instead be linked to the struggle of the working class to reinvent society.

Anarchism and syndicalism in the colonial and postcolonial world, 1870-1940: The praxis of national liberation, internationalism, and social revolution

A book edited by Steven Hirsch and Lucien van der Walt examining social anarchist, anarchist communist, anarcho-syndicalist, and revolutionary syndicalist movements in Africa, Asia, East Europe, Latin America and the Caribbean, as well as Ireland, in the period of classic imperialism.

Get rich or lie trying: Why ANC millionaire Julius Malema posed as a radical

This article aims to explain, from an anarchist / syndicalist perspective, the rapid rise and fall of Julius Malema, the controversial and corrupt multi-millionaire leader of South Africa’s ruling party, the African National Congress’s (ANC’s) “youth league” (ANCYL). It is demonstrated that Malema’s posturing as radical champion of the black poor was simply a means to an end: rising higher in the ranks of the ANC, in order to access bigger state tenders and higher paying political office.