Zabalaza

Marxism and a free society - Marcus Graham

An anarchist reply to Isaac Deutscher’s address on “Socialist Man” with particular reference to the Minutes of the First International and the sabotaging of the Hague Congress by the Marx clique.

The party is haunting us again

NUMSA members

The National Union of Metal Workers of South Africa (NUMSA) recently split from the African National Congress (ANC). As part of this it is exploring establishing a mass workers' party in South Africa. This article examines why this path is deeply flawed.

Remembering and learning from the past: The 1976 uprising and the African working class

From "Zabalaza: a journal of Southern African Revolutionary Anarchism" #7 (December 2006).

T.W. Thibedi: The life of a South African revolutionary syndicalist

T.W. Thibedi (1888-1960)

The son of a Wesleyan minister, Thibedi William Thibedi was one of the most important black African revolutionary syndicalists in South African history. Thibedi was a leading figure in the International Socialist League (ISL) and in the Industrial Workers of Africa syndicalist union. Later he played an important role in the early Communist Party of South Africa (CPSA), particularly its union work. He was active in all of the key black unions from the 1910s to the 1940s.

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.

Towards a truly democratic left: An anarchist assessment of the DLF at COP17

Jonathan Payn, from the Zabalaza Anarchist Communist Front (ZACF), argues that the Democratic Left Front (DLF), an attempt to unite the left in South Africa, is a top down, undemocratic and middle class dominated structure that needs to be democratised.

Worker co-operatives, markets and the South African state

An evaluation of the realities faced by co-operatives operating in the market through an analysis of ‘worker control’ and ‘social ownership’ in the former Yugoslavian co-operatives, ‘degeneration of worker control’ in the Mondragon Co-operative Complex in Spain and the Ekurhuleni Metropolitan Municipality’s state sponsored co-operative development project in South Africa.

Take Back What’s Yours: the Mine-Line Occupation in Johannesburg

Shawn Hatting from the Zabalaza Anarchist Communist Front on the Mine-Line Factory Occupation in Johannesburg

The Kronstadt Rebellion: Still Significant 90 Years On

Shawn Hattingh, from the Zabalaza Anarchist Communist Front in South Africa, on the Kronstadt Rebellion.