South Africa

No Pravin, it was not progressive nor redistributive

Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan

This article looks at the South African state's budget for 2017. Far from being redistributive and progressive, as the South African Minister of Finance claimed, it was rather a regressive and outright neoliberal budget.

“... we are being left to burn because we do not count”: Biopolitics, Abandonment, and Resistance

Shack Fire in the Kennedy Road settlement, Durban

Anna Selmeczi on popular resistance to the lethal segmentation of the urban order in South Africa.

Trust in the Capacities of the People, Distrust in Elites

Trust in the Capacities of the People, Distrust in Elites

This book by Kenneth Good, published in 2014, argues for popular democratic control of society.

Abahlali’s Vocal Politics of Proximity: Speaking, Suffering and Political Subjectivization

Abahlali baseMjondolo protest in downtown Durban

First published in 2012 this paper, written after sustained immersion in Abahlali baseMjondolo, examines the significance of what the author terms 'speaking suffering' in the movement's politics.

The Looting of the Congo: Colette Braekman

Article on the cause and human costs of the second Congo War (1998-2003) a civil war that involved multiple armed groups, most backed by large mining concerns and foreign powers and was fought over access rights to the DRCs vast mineral deposits. Declared the bloodiest conflict in modern African history.

From ‘Foreign Natives’ to ‘Native Foreigners’: Explaining Xenophobia in Post-apartheid South Africa

From ‘Foreign Natives’ to ‘Native Foreigners’

An analysis of xenophobia in South Africa that foregrounds the role of the state.

The Life and Death of Dr Abu Baker ‘Hurley’ Asvat, 23 February 1943 to 27 January 1989

Abu Baker Asvat

Abu Baker Asvat was a doctor and political militant in South Africa. He was murdered in 1989.

Popular Politics in the History of South Africa, 1400–1948.

Popular Politics in the History of South Africa, 1400–1948.

A ground breaking reappraisal of popular politics in South Africa.

The First Globalisation and Transnational Labour Activism in Southern Africa: White Labourism, the IWW, and the ICU, 1904–1934

South African coal miners, 1920s.

Lucien van der Walt on transnational labour activism in Southern Africa in the first half of the twentieth century.

The Death of Neil Aggett: Unions and Politics, Then and Now

Neil Aggett's funeral, Johannesburg, 1982

A lecture in honour of Neil Aggett by Edward Webster.