South Africa

ANC: The Chosen Party for South African Capitalism

The victory of the ANC in the South African election has yet again shown it is the capitalists’ chosen party for running South African capitalism. Its primary role is organising and enforcing the exploitation of the working class even when this means downing strikes in bloodshed as we saw at Marikana in 2012 (see leftcom.org).

Fosatu Worker News

Fosatu poster

Fosatu Worker News was first published in 1979 with the formation of the Federation of South African Trade Unions (Fosatu) in the wake of the Durban strikes in 1973. It was distributed to all union members. It continued until the formation of the less workerist and more ANC aligned Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu) in 1985.

Isizwe (journal of the United Democratic Front)

Isizwe

Isizwe (The Nation) was the journal published by the United Democratic Front to stimulate discussion and debate on topics including workerism, capitalism, nationalization, trade unionism and the democratic processes involved in the organisation of people's power.

Paulo Freire in South Africa

Paulo Freire

This short essay examines Paulo Freire's extraordinary influence in popular democratic politics in South Africa and in the 1970s and 1980s.

Decolonizing the Notion of Citizenship

Abahlali baseMjondolo outside the Durban City Hall - 8 October 2018

Phumlani Majavu reflects on xenophobia in South Africa and, drawing from popular radical movements, argues for the idea of citizenship to be decolonised.

Abahlali baseMjondolo march against assassinations in Durban

Abahlali baseMjondolo outside the Durban City Hall - 8 October 2018

More than 5 000 members of Abahlali baseMjondolo took to the streets of Durban yesterday to demand accountability for, and an end to, political violence being meted out against their comrades and other activists.

Not white genocide, not really land reform, not really farmers

This week the far right South African white genocide meme went mainstream via a Trump tweet, but apart from ‘no it’s not really white genocide’ fact checking there’s been little discussion of what’s actually going on.

Tearing racism up from its capitalist roots: An African anarchist-communist approach - by Bongani Maponyane (ZACF)

A take down of scientific racism, and analysis of the ongoing links between capitalism and racism in South Africa.

Abahlali baseMjondolo leader S’bu Zikode’s life is ‘in grave danger’

S'bu Zikode

Abahlali baseMjondolo continues to be subject to assassination in Durban. This article, from the Daily Maverick in Johannesburg, reports on recent threats to the movement.