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31 May 2017

South Africa: burning anger

The constant smoke from wood fires, as township residents attempt to keep warm from the freezing winter nights in their flimsy tin shacks, is just one of the reasons for the night-time smog surrounding Johannesburg

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12 October 2016

South Africa: The battle for free education

University students have resumed their battle from last year against tuition fees hikes and for free education. In doing so, they have taken on South Africa's African National Congress (ANC) political establishment. Workers and Socialist Party (Wasp, CWI South Africa) activists explain what's at stake.

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15 July 2015

The Marikana report - a whitewash

In August 2012, 34 striking miners were shot dead by South African police. Not unexpectedly, the newly released report completely exonerates the government.

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8 October 2014

South Africa: "A workers' party must emerge"

The May general election in South Africa saw the ANC returned to power for the fifth consecutive time but there is widespread speculation that President Zuma will not see out his second term

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19 March 2014

South Africa: WASP registers for the 2014 elections

The Workers And Socialist Party (WASP) in South Africa has registered for this year's elections to the national assembly and for the provincial legislatures of North West, Limpopo and Gauteng

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8 January 2014

South Africa: Numsa's bold and historic decision to cut ties with the ANC

Delegates at the special congress of the National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (Numsa) have taken the bold and historic decision to cut ties with the governing party, the African National Congress (ANC)

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27 March 2013

South Africa: Workers and Socialist Party Launched

On 21 March - coinciding with the 1960 Sharpeville massacre memorial day - over 500 Tshwane workers, mineworkers' delegates, trade union and community activists launched WASP

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6 February 2013

South Africa: Battle for control of mining sector

The threat by mining giant Anglo American Platinum (Amplats) to close four shafts, sell one mine and lay off 14,000 mineworkers in their Rustenburg operations is an open challenge to the entire working class

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South African miners on strike 2012

South African miners on strike 2012

12 December 2012

South African miners' struggle

'An historical faultline': The recent determined struggle of South African miners, who have braved bloody repression by state forces, has created political shockwaves throughout the country...

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Mine workers hits the ground as firing starts - Russia Today video still

Mine workers hits the ground as firing starts - Russia Today video still

5 September 2012

South Africa: Marikana massacre ignites a political volcano

In the face of widespread anger, the National Prosecuting Authority has been forced to provisionally withdraw the murder charges against the 270 Lonmin platinum miners arrested after the 16 August Marikana massacre and to release them

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20 July 2011

South Africa: Massive metal workers' strike

As the Socialist goes to press, the two-week strike by workers belonging to the National Union of Metal Workers of South Africa (Numsa) has been settled, with the union claiming to have won above inflation pay rises and concessions over the use of temporary workers though labour brokers...

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1 September 2010

General strike movement sweeps South Africa

THE COSATU trade union federation in South Africa has warned the African National Congress (ANC) government to meet 1.3 million public sector workers' demands for an 8.6% pay increase and a housing allowance of R1,000 a month, writes Weizmann Hamilton of the Democratic Socialist Movement in South Africa.

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Not in my brother's name: demonstrator in New York, photo by Paul Mattsson

Not in my brother's name: demonstrator in New York, photo by Paul Mattsson

21 February 2003

The World Turned Upside Down

Reports from Spain, Germany, Italy, South Africa, Belfast, Glasgow, Israel, New York, Seattle, Brazil, Kashmir, Russia, Ukraine.
MILLIONS OF people, up to 30 million in 72 countries according to the CNN news agency, poured onto the streets of cities and towns and villages, around the world on 15 February in protest against George Bush's war plans

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