Conditions for a revolution are ripe in South Africa

The year 2012 is likely to go down in history as the year the post-Mandela revolution started. Students of revolutions know that "the revolution comes in the night like a thief". But a keen student can see the signs long before the revolutionary outbreak happens. Those in power are...

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...

We All Are Marikana – Struggles Lessons From South Africa

On September 23 it was held the first session of the School "Globalization 2013", promoted by the International Labor Research and Information Group (ILRIG), a 30 years old organization in South Africa, in which the CSP-Conlutas and Quilombo Race and Class (Blacks movement affiliated to CSP-Conlutas) made their first...

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...

Nelson Mandela: From Fight To Capitulation

Nelson Mandela, leader of the South African black people, former president of that country and without doubt one of the most prominent figures of the twentieth-century international politics died on December 5. Millions of black South Africans mourn the death of their beloved leader and so do many...

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...

Students rebellion achieves huge victory

After ten days of unprecedented protests, students in South Africa have won an interim demand that there be no increases in university fees next year. The “Fees Must Fall” movement was the biggest student uprising since the end of apartheid. South Africa has a million or so students registered in...

Struggle for free education in South Africa: student is killed

There is a long history of student activism in South Africa. Students were part of the fight against apartheid. For many years, students have protested against the university fees, which prevent students from working class families from attending university. For example, the fees for a year at the University...

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...

South Africa: The Economic Crisis is Back, and Xenophobia is too.

There is a great coincidence between xenophobic attacks in South Africa. In 2008, at the height of the global economic crisis, a wave of xenophobia killed 42 people, injured hundreds and 25,000 people had to leave their homes. By Cesar Neto In 2019, when a new cycle of world economic crisis is...

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