South Africa

Another Abahlali baseMjondolo leader assassinated in Durban

S'fiso Ngcobo

Last night S'fiso Ngcobo, chairperson of his local Abahlali baseMjondolo branch was assassinated in Durban. Earlier in the day Ndumiso Mnguni, also an Abahlali baseMjondolo member, was shot and seriously wounded by Municipal security guards.

General Strike in South Africa

Workers occupy downtown Johannesburg

Cities and rural towns across South Africa were shut down today as the new South African Federation of Trade Unions, which is independent of the ruling ANC, and driven by the militant National Union of Metal Workers, held a successful general strike. The strike was strongly supported by popular organisations organised outside of the factory floor, such as Abahlali baseMjondolo. It is being understood as a clear indication that the ANC has lost its hold over the organised working class.

Forced Development, Demolitions, Flooding & Threats in Vusimuzi, Tembisa

Vusimuzi settlement was founded in 1995 and is now being subject to forced demolition and flooding of existing homes due to new development.

Recent development in South Africa's land occupation movement

Statement from the South African land occupation Abahlali baseMjondolo, on their growth in membership, new occupations of land, and the irrelevance of ANC's 'land reform'.

Unfreedom Day Rally: Freedom a figment of elite imagination, say 50,000 shack dwellers

UnFreedom Day 2018

An article from the mainstream media on the annual 'UnFreedom Day' rally held each year by Abahlali baseMjondolo in Durban as a counter event to the national public holiday 'Freedom Day'. Thousands of people, from various parts of the country, participated in the event. The movement affirmed its commitment to the collective ownership and democratic management of land, outside of the logic of capital.

New Boss, Same as the Old Boss

Cyril Ramaphosa

Essay by Dennis Webster, first published in The Jacobin, on the ascension of Cyril Ramaphosa to the Presidency of the African National Congress.

New Labour Bills in South Africa attack worker rights and democracy

In South Africa the Minister of Labour announced the state intends to carry out a new round of attacks on workers and their rights. The attacks come in the form of three Labour Bills currently being considered by parliament: the Basic Conditions of Employment Bill, the National Minimum Wage Bill and the Labour Relations Amendment Bill. If passed, the changes to the labour laws these bills propose will be a major attack on workers’ rights, won through decades of struggle, and will further deepen and entrench inequality and roll back important democratic gains.

The 'Workerist-Populist' Debate in South Africa in the 1980s

Fosatu founding congress

In the 1980s there was a bitter debate in the anti-apartheid struggle between 'workerists' and 'populists'. This short piece compiled by Warren McGregor, first published at Zabalaza, gives a useful overview of that debate,

Manichean Delirium (In the Time of Jacob Zuma)

Jacob Zuma

An essay by Richard Pithouse that, drawing on Frantz Fanon, looks at Manichaeism as ideology in the postcolony. The essay makes specific reference to South Africa under Jacob Zuma and was first published in The Con.