South Africa

Marikana massacre [part 4]

The Farlam Commission is part of the capitalist instruments of violence against the masses The Farlam Commission lists as a central theme: ‘The Commission is of the view that the first „game changer‟ was another decision by the strikers, to enforce the unprotected strike by violence and Intimidation.’ (p512). In other...

Marikana massacre [part 3]

The NUM officials were well aware the RDO’s at Lonmin were underpaid but signed a two year agreement with Lonmin, where they were the sole bargaining union, which excluded addressing the wage demands of the RDO’s. This agreement was due to last until late in 2013. The NUM leaders...

Marikana massacre [part 2]

The police claim that the original plan was to roll out the barb wire all at once, early in the morning and then surround and disperse the few strikers who had come to the koppie.   By Workers International Vanguard Party The police claimed the one set of barbed wire was...

On the Farlam Commission report and the Marikana massacre

The leadership of the SACP, NUM, Cosatu and the ANC would have us believe that the striking mineworkers at Marikana were ‘violent’, that they were thugs. The Farlam Commission report, limited as it is, shows the contrary. By Workers International Vanguard Party Despite the political manipulation of the conclusions of the Farlam...

South Africa: the wheels are loosening

A few years ago, an important leader of the ANC (African National Congress) said, “I fear the wheels are coming off”, referring to the economic and political situation of South Africa. He was right, and the wheels continue to loosen. Throughout these years, in general terms, we may say...

General Strike in South Africa

Several cities in Sout Africa participate of the General Strike called by the South-African Federation of Trade Unions (SAFTU) and the National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (NUMSA,) both independent from the government of the CNA. The strike was strongly supported by popular organizations like Abahlali baseMjondolo. By Americo...

On the fall of Zuma

The revolutionary period of 1980 to 1993 was partially defeated by the negotiated settlement whose cornerstone was the maintenance of capitalist relations. The negotiated settlement was based on the protection of private property. By 1994 Anglo American directly controlled more than 50% of the Johannesburg Stock Exchange shares. Imperialism...

Zuma falls – the crisis continues

In the 90s, South Africa, the African country with the biggest proletariat in the continent, caused major expectations when, under the ANC and Mandela’s leadership, workers put an end to the revolting regime of apartheid. By Americo Gomes. The end of the Apartheid, in 1994, was a major victory for black...

We reject the proposed water levy!

We agree with the Outa (Organization Undoing Tax Abuse) position rejecting the proposed water levy. However, the critique does not go far enough. At the heart of the water crisis in Cape Town is a drive by the various levels of government to create business opportunities for big capital....

The students want socialism

   “We want free education for everybody. We want to develop South Africa and Africa”. Interview of Palesa Mcophela, activist of Student’s rise.   Palesa Mcophela is an activist of FeesMustFall, a movement of students protest that started in de middle of October 2015, as a reaction to the rise of...

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