One year after the Marikana massacre PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 19 August 2013 06:38

Both capitalists and the working class prepare for unforeseen turmoil

On August 16, 2012, at Marikana, a bloody line was drawn in South Africa’s political sand when police in cold blood shot dead 34 workers and wounded 78. The few seconds of the massacre that were shown on TV tore down decades of carefully nurtured illusions about the ANC government and the capitalist state. The state’s resort to the most brutal form of reaction against the striking Lonmin workers set in motion a new period of revolution and counterrevolution in South Africa. A year later, a mining bosses’ offensive against jobs and worker rights is gathering pace. With the lessons of Marikana imprinted on the consciousness of millions of workers and youth, the scene it set for further mighty upheavals centred on the mining industry.

Remembering Marikana

The massacre on August 16, 2012, was a carefully orchestrated operation calculated to crush the Lonmin workers’ deadly challenge to the government and the capitalist order. Provoked by days (and years) of repression, the thousands of workers gathered on the hill, ‘the mountain, outside Marikana were fenced in with razor wire, attacked from behind and from the air with water bombs, and automatic gunfire. Chased towards the five-meter opening in the fence, in front of TV cameras, a first group was shot down. The...

Last Updated on Monday, 19 August 2013 06:51
Repression defeated: Liv Shange back in South Africa PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 15 July 2013 14:20

A victory for the whole working class

On Sunday July 14, Liv Shange was able to return to South Africa. She had been threatened to be kept out of the country because of the political role she played in the mineworkers’ struggle. The Workers and Socialist Party launched the Liv Shange Defence Campaign to put pressure on the authorities against this threat. So far they had to back off and let Liv and her three children back in.

Read full article on the Workers and Socialist Party Website.

Last Updated on Monday, 15 July 2013 14:28
Liv Shange Defence Campaign by WASP PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 29 June 2013 12:39


Liv Shange, who is currently with her children on a family visit in Sweden, learned from an article in the Sunday Independent that her immigration status is under investigation. The authorities threaten a deportation order so that she can’t come back into the country. This is linked to the...

Last Updated on Saturday, 29 June 2013 12:43
Mining strike, DSM and WASP activist Liv Shange faces deportation PDF Print E-mail
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Monday, 24 June 2013 15:54

by Weizmann Hamilton (Coordinating Committee Member of WASP,
General Secretary of the Democratic Socialist Movement)

In a sinister development, ANC General Secretary, Gwede Mantashe’s claim – made to a business forum in Sandton on Tuesday 11th June, 2013 -- that foreigners from Sweden and Ireland were behind what he described as “anarchy in Marikana”, has been followed by an attempt to throw...

Last Updated on Tuesday, 25 June 2013 10:30
University of Johannesburg Honouring Obama: A Crime Against Humanity PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 22 June 2013 13:03

by Mukondeleli Nekhemiyah Oracle Mulaudzi

On the Saturday of June 22, I found myself at the main entrance of the University of Johannesburg. I was there in solidarity with other University of Johannesburg students like myself together with various student movements and alliances. These included the South African Student Congress, several COSATU unions, SAPO and the Democratic Socialist Movement DSM amongst...

Last Updated on Tuesday, 25 June 2013 06:24

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