apartheid

Legacies and meanings of the United Democratic Front (UDF) period for contemporary South Africa

United Democratic Front

This essay by Raymond Suttner, former UDF militant and political prisoner, examines the politics of the UDF.

Towards a People's Democracy: The UDF View

United Democratic Front

This is the text of a speech given by UDF militant Murphy Morobe in 1987.

The Third Day of September (The Sebokeng Rebellion of 1984)

An eyewitness account, by Johannes Rantete, of the 1984 uprising in the township of Sebokeng.

In the ANC's battle of factions there are no superheroes

Jacob Zuma

The article looks at the background to the struggle to control the state by factions within South Africa's ruling African National Congress (ANC) and how this is linked to the legacy of apartheid and using the state to build a new section of the ruling class.

Ovambo migrant workers general strike for rights, Namibia: 1971-72

Ovambo miners towards the end of the strike

In the winter of 1971-72 the economy of South West Africa (Namibia) was shutdown by a general strike of contract labourers challenged the economic system emplaced by Apartheid South Africa. The strike led to the scrapping of the contract system and is seen as a watershed moment, encouraging a rapid growth of opposition movements.

Views and Comments No. 39 (August 1960)

The No. 39 (August 1960) issue of Views and Comments, an anarcho-syndicalist leaning publication produced out of New York by the Libertarian League from 1955 until 1966.

From a South African notebook - Maurice Goldman

An eyewitness account of the brutality of South Africa's apartheid system.

Nelson Mandela: some thoughts

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

From people's politics to state politics: aspects of national liberation in South Africa 1984-1994

UDF

This article, written in 1994, the first year of the 'new South Africa', examines the shift from popular people's politics to state politics during the transition from apartheid.

Rugby and Apartheid

Anti-apartheid protestor

A documentary about the history of South Africa v New Zealand international rugby matches and how apartheid affected this.