South Africa

The ANC and the South African left Matthew Wed, 01/11/2017 - 12:59

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.

Fee rise defeated Matthew Wed, 10/28/2015 - 11:04

The governing party of South Africa, the ANC, has been shaken by a powerful student movement, and has been forced to make significant concessions.

“Poor people can think for themselves” Matthew Fri, 03/27/2015 - 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 Matthew Wed, 11/26/2014 - 11:41

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.

South Africa: left fights for right to strike and right to work AWL Fri, 07/18/2014 - 13:57
Apartheid's British friends. AWL Wed, 07/09/2014 - 15:00

Of 2000 odd multinationals in South Africa, 1200 are British.

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South Africa: The “bleeding that means death” AWL Tue, 06/10/2014 - 17:51

In January this year around 70,000 members of the South African Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (AMCU) downed tools at mines run by the world's top three platinum producers — Anglo American Platinum, Impala Platinum and Lonmin — to demand that their basic wages be more than doubled to 12,500 rand a month.

A recent attempt to return to work ended in four deaths as conflict broke out at Lomin offices in Marikana, the latest in a string of violent incidents surrounding the dispute.

Challenging the ANC's neo-liberalism AWL Tue, 06/10/2014 - 17:44

Mzwamdile Tshofela is a chair of the National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (NUMSA) branch at the Mercedes Benz plant in East London, Eastern Cape province.

He is also a member of the global Works Council [employee-employer consultation body] for Mercedes Benz’s parent company Daimler. He spoke to Solidarity on 23-25 May during the Labour Start conference in Berlin.


S: We have heard about NUMSA calling on the Confederation of South African Unions (COSATU) to break with the ANC governing party, can you tell us a little bit about that?