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South Africa: ANC President Zuma purges cabinet

South Africa: ANC President Zuma purges cabinet

Political situation demands the launch of a mass workers’ party The cabinet reshuffle Jacob Zuma announced, like a thief in the night, at 12am, on 31 March, 2017, is the most audacious act of factional manoeuvring since Zuma’s election as president of the African National Congress (ANC) in 2007 and of the country in 2009. […]

South Africa: Worker and student protests intensify

South Africa: Worker and student protests intensify

#OutsourcingMustFall campaign becomes point of reference for the working class Across South Africa protests and strikes by workers and students are continuing across the higher education sector. Protests at the University of the Free State (UFS) grabbed headlines on Monday night when protesting black workers and black students were attacked by white rugby supporters at […]

South Africa: Metalworkers’ union expelled from COSATU
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South Africa: Metalworkers’ union expelled from COSATU

Rebuild the trade union movement on socialist principles! WASP Reporters The pro-African National Congress (ANC) right-wing of the Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu) leadership has accomplished what the apartheid regime could not and split the 2.2 million-strong trade union federation. On the night of 7/8 November – dubbed the ‘night of the long […]

South Africa: Elections 2014

South Africa: Elections 2014

The African National Congress has been re-elected with 62% of the vote. This represents a marginal decline with the shedding of a few hundred thousand votes in absolute terms and the loss of 3.5%. Given the scandal filled five-year term of president Zuma, not least of all the Marikana massacre and Nkandla-gate, ANC strategists must […]

South African Union breaks with ANC

South African Union breaks with ANC

National Union of Metalworkers (NUMSA) decides to cut ties with the ANC In what will go down in history as the most important trade union congress since the founding of Cosatu in 1985 delegates at the special congress of the National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa have taken the bold and historic decision to […]

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South Africa: South Africa

South Africa: South Africa

Heroically leading ANC to power but struggle tragically into dead end The Democratic Socialist Movement offers condolences to the Mandela family and all those in South Africa and internationally who are mourning the passing of Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela. Mandela is a symbol of the struggles and sacrifices of millions over decades to end apartheid and […]

South Africa: One year after the Marikana massacre

South Africa: One year after the Marikana massacre

Both capitalists and working class prepare for unforeseen turmoil On August 16, 2012, at Marikana, a bloody line was drawn in South Africa’s political sand when police in cold blood shot dead 34 workers and wounded 78. The few seconds of the massacre that were shown on TV tore down decades of carefully nurtured illusions […]

Workers and Socialist Party launch making waves within the combative SA working class

Workers and Socialist Party launch making waves within the combative SA working class

The Marikana massacre, where police armed with automatic weapons opened fire and killed 34 striking miners, was a watershed in post-Apartheid South Africa. Echoing this, one headline covering the launch read “born in post-Marikana anger, Workers & Socialist Party enters SA politics”. The most significant feature of the 2012 mineworkers’ strikes was the organisation of […]

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