Wednesday, 04 September 2013 12:30

WASP/DSM Statement of Solidarity with Abahlali 4 September 2013

The Workers and Socialist Party (WASP) condemns the latest acts of repression – ANC-instigated evictions of and assault on Abahlali baseMjondolo members – in Cato Crest in the strongest terms. We urge all progressive organisations and individuals to stand in solidarity Abahlali. This attack is the latest in a long history of repression and harassment against Abahlali and other progressive organisations that fight corruption and defend the interests of working class people.

For the second time in just a few weeks, the local ANC councillor Mzimuni Ngiba and the ANC Branch Executive Committee instigated action by the Ethekwini Municipality demolish the shacks of Abahali members in Cato Crest. This despite Abahlali having won a court order which makes the evictions illegal.

The trigger for the attack seems to have been an attempt to expose corruption in the media by Abahlali president S’bu Zikode on the TV show iLungelo Lakho, where he mentioned Ngiba. This shows the fear of these corrupt people of having their evil deeds exposed to the light of public opinion.

Targeted shack demolitions continue despite a second court interdict. Again this demonstrates the ANC government’s utter contempt for the rule of law which they claim to uphold.

The ANC is using tribalism and promoting conflict between shack dwellers and people in formal housing – these are...

Marikana: workers remember the massacre a year ago PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 21 August 2013 19:20

Democratic Socialist Movement reporters, South Africa 21 August 2013

On August 16, the anniversary of the police massacre on striking workers at the Lonmin platinum mine in Marikana, over 5000 mineworkers gathered on ‘the mountain’ where their comrades were shot down a year ago.

The hardest thing is that I don’t know why I...

Last Updated on Wednesday, 21 August 2013 19:43
Workplace report from Khotso Batho: workers used and discarded by CEPPWAWU general secretary PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 21 August 2013 08:07

socialistsouthafrica.co.za publishes a report sent by workers of Khotso Batho, the ‘Black Economic Empowerment’ labour broker company which was contracted to Sasol, until it was shut down recently after massive corruption was exposed. Khotso Batho Mining Services is owned by Maureen Mofokeng, married to the CEPPWAWU (Chemical, Energy, Paper, Printing, Wood and Allied Workers Union) general secretary Simon Mofokeng who also played a key role in the company. The workers who were left...

Last Updated on Wednesday, 21 August 2013 11:52
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...

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

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