South Africa

Class Struggle, ‘Xenophobia’ and the Local Elite

This article offers a brief case study of how grassroots self organisation enables communities to resist xenophobic violence in South Africa.

The class struggle in South Africa 1976-80

Soweto schoolkids in the 1976 riots

A pamphlet published by the BM Combustion group, including parts of the texts Reflections on the Black Consciousness Movement and the South African revolution and On the poverty of Berkeley life, by various authors.

The party is haunting us again

NUMSA members

The National Union of Metal Workers of South Africa (NUMSA) recently split from the African National Congress (ANC). As part of this it is exploring establishing a mass workers' party in South Africa. This article examines why this path is deeply flawed.

Escalating Political Violence in South Africa

An article from the mainstream media in South Africa on escalating political violence including assassinations, police murders and violence from local party structures.

Another Abahlali baseMjondolo comrade has just been assassinated in Durban

South African shack dwellers' movement Abahlali baseMjondolo have just announced that Thuli Ndlovu, their Chairperson in KwaNdengezi has been assassinated. As the statement below indicates there had been serious threats against another comrade, Ndabo Mzimela, but the hammer of oppression fell elsewhere. The Marikana Land Occupation has been attacked by the ANC since this statement was issued. It seems that the Land Invasions Unit stood back and let the party members do the work. A women who tried to resist was attacked and injured with a spade.

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Land occupations continue in Durban

Martha Chofe & her son with the remains of her home, Cato Crest

South African shack dwellers' movement Abahlali baseMjondolo report on the illegal eviction of shacks in an occupied settlement by municipal authorities.

Abahlali baseMjondolo Meeting, eTafuleni, Durban, 7 September 2014

Abahlali baseMjondolo Meeting, eTafuleni, Durban, 7 September 2014

To vote or not to vote: should it be a question?

This article looks at the upcoming elections in South Africa on the 7th of May. As part of this, it looks at the dangers of activists promoting parties and electing to vote for one party or another, and how this creates and feeds into illusions in and about the state.

F*ck the police - Jared Sacks

Jared Sacks provides a critique of the police from South Africa where the ANC is increasingly responding to mass protest with murder at the hands of the police.

Abahlali: We were promised homes for all, not just for ANC party members

South African shack dwellers' direct action movement Abahlali baseMjondolo on the death and legacy of Nelson Mandela.