South Africa

Hugh Masekela 1939-2018

Submitted by Matthew on 14 February, 2018 - 12:34 Author: Bruce Robinson

South African trumpeter Hugh Masekela died aged 79 on 23 January following a recurrence of prostate cancer. He was famous internationally for his playing and singing; for blending South African musical styles with jazz and pop; and as a prominent anti-apartheid activist. Born in Witbank, a mining town near Johannesburg, Masekela started his musical career in a school run by the British anti-apartheid priest Trevor Huddleston.

South Africa needs a workers’ party

Submitted by Matthew on 14 February, 2018 - 8:55 Author: Luke Hardy

As Solidarity goes to press on 13 February, the ANC, the ruling party, has officially asked Jacob Zuma to step down as President of South Africa. Zuma has been under increasing pressure to resign since December, when deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa was narrowly elected leader of the ANC at its conference.

The ANC and the South African left

Submitted by Matthew on 11 January, 2017 - 12:59 Author: Luke Hardy

The African National Congress (ANC), the party that has been in power since 1994 when majority rule was established in South Africa, is coming apart at the seams. This is in a context of radical student struggles, protests against austerity, and a growing rank-and-file movement in the unions and the ANC itself.

Fees must fall … wages must rise

Submitted by Matthew on 26 October, 2016 - 1:00 Author: Dales Forbes

South Africa has seen some of its largest protests in two decades in the last month as tens of thousands of students, many activists affiliated with the "Fees Must Fall" movement, faced off with police and university authorities to demand a cheaper university system.

Battles have been raging at the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, where officials used tear gas to subdue protestors, at the University of the Free State in Bloemfontein and the University of KwaZulu-Natal in Durban and at the University of Cape Town.

“Poor people can think for themselves”

Submitted by Matthew on 27 March, 2015 - 12:01

In South Africa, the governing African National Congress (ANC) considers itself the only legitimate voice of the poor. Self-organising among the poor is met with brutal repression by the state and its organs.

Christoph Plutte and Anja Hertz talked to Ndabo Mzimela and S’bu Zikode of Abahlali base Mjondolo, a grassroots organisation of people living in informal settlements in South Africa who struggle for the dignity of shack dwellers and against evictions and repression by the state and its organs.

Union revolt in South Africa

Submitted by Matthew on 26 November, 2014 - 11:41 Author: David Kirk

The largest South African trade union, the National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (NUMSA), has been expelled from South Africa’s union confederation COSATU by that body’s executive.

The reason for this expulsion is that NUMSA members voted in December 2013 at a special conference to refuse to support the ruling ANC in elections. NUMSA wants to move towards a independent workers’ party.