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...

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....

Marikana still bleeding

On August 16, 2012, a miners' strike in the city of Marikana, South Africa, was harshly repressed, resulting in 34 deaths (along with eight others, in the earlier days), around 70 injured and over 200 arrested. After two years, those responsible by the repression remain unpunished, but the wound...

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...

German Government and Volkswagen: Populism and Repression in the South African Pandemic

The German government decided, through the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ), together with South African Volkswagen, to support the battle against Coronavirus in Port Elizabeth, South Africa. By Cesar Neto The initiative was presented to the press in June.  An important local newspaper reported this with the...

Retaking the Path of Struggle, Against the ANC and the CP

The wave of looting that occurred in South Africa in July showed the bankruptcy of the ANC/COSATU/Communist Party tripartite model of government. The left in general and the reformist left in particular try to minimize the events in this country. This text will try to demonstrate: a) that 300...

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...

The Marikana Massacre: A Turning Point In The Post-Apartheid Era.

The images of the massacreof 34 miners by heavily armed police officers aroused a strong reaction among those who keep in their memories one of the most just struggles of the 20th century, which has been the battle fought for decades of the workers and the black majority...

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