South Africa

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.

Why we should not vote

This looks at why the working class should not vote in the upcoming elections in South Africa.

Nelson Mandela: some thoughts

Some brief reflections on Nelson Mandela, his politics, and legacy.

Footsoldiers in a social war: the police, crime and inequality in South Africa - Christopher McMichael

Christopher McMichael on policing, the 'war on crime' and state repression in South Africa.

South Africa: The state's brutality

The article looks at recent notable acts of repression by the South African state directed at protestors and strikers. Linked to this it looks at what this says about the nature of the South African state, the basis of its economy and the ruling class

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.

Another Abahlali baseMjondolo activist murdered in Durban, this time by the police

Nqobile Nzuza

Nqobile Nzuza, 17 years, old was shot dead by the police yesterday morning on a road blockade. She was shot in the back, twice. This is the statement from Abahlali baseMjondolo.

Abahlali baseMjondolo organise march of thousands in Durban in protest at repression

Abahlali baseMjondolo occupy central Durban, 16 September 2013

This article is from the mainstream press in South Africa. But it gives a good enough account of the large protest (thousands of people) that Abahlali baseMjondolo were able to organise in Durban yesterday despite two assassinations, death threats and relentless (illegal) evictions of their members at the Marikana Land Occupation in Cato Crest, Durban.