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Mbokodo: Security in ANC camps, 1961-1990 - Stephen Ellis

1994 text by Stephen Ellis in African Affairs about events in the African National Congress, particularly the 1984 mutiny in ANC camps in Angola. Ellis has since written a book on this topic, which includes invaluable new material from the Stasi archives. He writes from a liberal perspective, but the facts that he has uncovered are very important for understanding the political culture of the ANC.

Get rich or lie trying: Why ANC millionaire Julius Malema posed as a radical

This article aims to explain, from an anarchist / syndicalist perspective, the rapid rise and fall of Julius Malema, the controversial and corrupt multi-millionaire leader of South Africa’s ruling party, the African National Congress’s (ANC’s) “youth league” (ANCYL). It is demonstrated that Malema’s posturing as radical champion of the black poor was simply a means to an end: rising higher in the ranks of the ANC, in order to access bigger state tenders and higher paying political office.

The anti-liberation movements

This is an edited version of a talk given by veteran communist Alan Lipman who participated in drawing up the Freedom Charter in 1955, about why he left the Communist Party and the ANC, subsequently becoming an anarchist. He was addressing a two-day workshop held by the Zabalaza Anarchist Communist Front at the invitation of the now defunct Anti-Privatisation Forum, on class, capitalism, apartheid, neo-liberalism and the ANC, which was held at the headquarters of the Orange Farm Crisis Committee on May 21 this year (2006). The talk was given in English and translated into seSotho.

Are the strikes In South Africa good for mining companies?

As the dispute continues in Marikana, and appears to be spreading to both other platinum mines and to more workers at Lonmin, is it worth taking a step back from the immediate actions and considering the broader economic effect of the strikes?

The Marikana massacre: a premeditated killing?

Benjamin Fogel on the Lonmin Massacre and the chilling bloodlust of the Stalinists in the South African Communist Party.

The Marikana mine workers massacre – a massive escalation in the war on the poor

Ayanda Kota from South African shack dwellers movement Abahlali baseMjondolo reports on the background to the massacre of striking mine workers at Marikana Platinum.

From people's politics to state politics: aspects of national liberation in South Africa 1984-1994

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This article, written in 1994, the first year of the 'new South Africa', examines the shift from popular people's politics to state politics during the transition from apartheid.

ANC thugs disrupt climate justice march in Durban

Benjamin Fogel on the march for climate justice at the COP 17 meeting in Durban.

South Africa: ANC frame up of Abahlali baseMjondolo militants thrown out of court

The 12 Abahlali baseMjondolo activists arrested after the attack on the movement in late 2009 have all been fully acquitted in court - and the state excoriated from the bench for its failed attempt to frame the 12.

Mandela v the working class

Subversion's communist critique of the anti-working class nature of the African National Congress (ANC) and its leader, Nelson Mandela, during the anti-apartheid struggle.