Join the Socialist Party Join us today!

Printable version Printable version

Facebook   Twitter

Link to this page: http://www.socialistparty.org.uk/issue/740/15598

From The Socialist newspaper, 31 October 2012

South African miners: the struggle continues

Following the massacre at Lonmin's Marikana mine in South Africa, in August, readers will be shocked and disgusted to learn of the on-going horrendous attacks on striking miners.

On 'Tuesday' 30 October police deployed rubber bullets and tear gas at close range at the 'Anglo American Platinum (Amplats)' Thembelani mine.

This attack was the stick, which alongside a very small carrot of 2,000 rand (£140), formed an attempt by mining corporation Amplats to force strikers back to work.

A deal, struck between Amplats and unions including the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM), had not been agreed by the miners.

Previously Amplats sacked 12,000 workers. When the miners, determined and organised, did not retreat mining bosses sought another route to continuing their brutal exploitation of the workforce.

Hoshoko Letshoba, a miners' leader, spoke to the Socialist and explained that the miners are determined to keep on fighting for their 'minimum' demand of a wage of R12,500.

He described some of the intimidation faced by the miners - about 500 have been arrested on trumped up charges.

Hoshoko is a member of the Democratic Socialist Movement (DSM), the Socialist Party's sister party in South Africa, and will be a key speaker at the Socialism 2012 weekend.

NUM leadership

Across the world workers and trade unionists were horrified by the role played by the NUM leadership in the Marikana attack.

Again there has been involvement by the NUM leaders in further attempts to undermine the strike and to impose its leadership, including trying to organise a provocative rally in the Rustenburg mining area last Saturday.

Two workers were shot with live ammunition in the clashes that inevitably followed between striking workers on the one hand and union officials and police on the other.

As the DSM explains "the NUM leadership stood on the other side of the class barriers, actively colluded with the mining bosses, denouncing the demands and the actions of their own members, and called for the ANC to help end the strike and for the police to smash it."

As Reuters news agency commented: "The strikes have shone a harsh spotlight on South Africa's persistent income inequality and the promise by Nelson Mandela's African National Congress (ANC) to build 'a better life for all' following the end of white-minority rule." This is also true for Cosatu.

Hoshoko reported that the support for the building of a new mass party of the working class is growing.

DSM speakers have made the case for the building of a new government that would nationalise mines, banks and land.

Mametlwe Sebei, a leading DSM member, is quoted in the SA press saying: "We have drawn a line in the sand.

"We're building a socialist alternative," when he spoke at a mass meeting of AngloGold Ashanti workers.

Questioned in South Africa's City Press another DSM member, Thamsanqa Dumezweni, said: "Workers only have their heads and hands, which they sell. This is a revolution against capitalism."


Support the South African miners

Any donations for the struggle are welcome. Deposits can be made into the account below - Rustenburg Joint Strike Coordinating Committee Bank: Standard Bank, South Africa Account: Workers Defence Fund Account No. 300495986 Branch: East Gate, Branch Code: 018 505 Swift Code: SBZAZAJJ


Socialism 2012

Socialism 2012 is a weekend of discussion and debate taking place in London over 3 and 4 of November.

Hoshoko will speak in the Saturday night rally alongside RMT transport union general secretary Bob Crow and Socialist Party general secretary Peter Taaffe and others. There will also be a Rally for Socialism on Sunday.

As well as two rallies, there are 36 sessions across the weekend discussing everything from 'Is human nature too greedy for socialism?' to 'Scroungers? The role of unemployment in capitalist economy and the ideology of 'benefit culture'.

See www.socialism2012.org.uk for full programme and tickets. 10% discount until Friday 2 November

Why not click here to join the Socialist Party, or click here to donate to the Socialist Party.


In The Socialist 31 October 2012:


 

Home   |   The Socialist 31 October 2012   |   Join the Socialist Party

Subscribe   |   Donate   |   PDF  




Related links:

South Africa:

triangleCardiff West Socialist Party: South Africa - 5 years after the Marikana massacre

triangleBristol South Socialist Party: What is happening in South Africa?

triangleChesterfield Socialist Party: South Africa

triangleCaerphilly and RCT Socialist Party: Class struggle erupts across South Africa

triangleSouth Africa: burning anger

Miners:

trianglePowerful picture of the Port Talbot steel workers' struggle

triangleWarts-and-all account of class war and the struggle for LGBT+ rights

triangleMutinies and strikes: when Bolshevism threatened British bosses

triangleCrunchy guitar and poignant dialogue in alt-rock homage to south Wales miners

Socialist:

triangleConference on state spies: who's watching who?

triangleSocialist Students 'welcome' Hillary Clinton to Swansea

triangleHundreds turn out for rally aimed at removing west Wales Tory MP

Africa:

triangleCourageous Ebola nurse Salomé Karwah dies

triangleSouth Africa: Unity against poverty, crime and xenophobia

International

International

18/10/17

Hong Kong

Campaign against political repression in Hong Kong

11/10/17

Catalonia

Catalonia: Workers can finish what Puigdemont won't

4/10/17

Catalonia

Solidarity with Catalonia - the people have the right to decide

4/10/17

Catalonia

Eyewitness: Irish socialist MP participates in events

2/10/17

Catalonia

Exemplary resistance by the people of Catalonia

27/9/17

Germany

Germany: Election results in political earthquake

27/9/17

Catalonia

Strike against Madrid's 'state of emergency'!

27/9/17

Germany

German elections: rise of the far right and right-wing government will provoke resistance

27/9/17

France

French Labour reform protests

25/9/17

Catalonia

Catalonia: Student strike called

20/9/17

Myanmar

Brutal repression of Rohingya people sparks massive humanitarian crisis

20/9/17

Catalonia

Solidarity with Catalonia in the Spanish state

15/9/17

Germany

Berlin hospital strike

13/9/17

Korea

Korean peninsula: is nuclear war likely?

13/9/17

Students

Interview with leader of students' union in the Spanish state: "When we fight, we win!"

triangleMore International articles...


Join the Socialist Party
Subscribe to Socialist Party publications
Donate to the Socialist Party

triangle19 Oct Arriva North West bus drivers strike over pay

triangle18 Oct Russia, October 1917: When workers took power

triangle18 Oct Tories torn - bin them now

triangle18 Oct Royal Mail bosses block strike - back postal workers

triangle18 Oct Balloting members on the pay cap

triangle13 Oct The end of the Tories?

triangle11 Oct Nasty party imploding...drive out the Tories

More ...

triangle21 Oct Birmingham: NSSN Solidarity Forum

triangle23 Oct Chesterfield Socialist Party: The continuing struggle for abortion rights

triangle24 Oct Liverpool Socialist Party: The October Russian Revolution 100 years ago to the day

triangle25 Oct Salford Socialist Party: The October 1917 Russian revolution

More ...

Socialist Party Facebook page
Socialist Party on Twitter
Visit us on Youtube

Archive

Archives:

October 2017

September 2017

August 2017

July 2017

June 2017

May 2017

April 2017

March 2017

February 2017

January 2017

2016

2015

2014

2013

2012

2011

2010

2009

2008

2007

2006

2005

2004

2003

2002

2001

2000

1999

Legal

SP RSS feed RSS

Platform setting: = No platform choice

V2