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 survived… when nothing has changed, said one of the survivors who was one in the group that was mowed down in front of TV cameras. He was shot with 14 bullets and lay in a coma for two months.

Family members of the murdered workers spoke of their loss and pain. The ANC-government, which sent no representative to the commemoration, is at the time of writing rubbing salt in the wounds by rendering the commission of inquiry it instituted ‘to find the truth’ a complete farce by refusing to cover the cost of legal representation of the mineworkers’ families.

The Lonmin workers’ strike leaders spoke of the struggle the still face as the company tries to take back with the right hand the unprecedented wage increases it conceded a month after the massacre. Though Friday was a working day, thousands of Lonmin workers chose to sacrifice a day’s wages to pay their respects to their fallen comrades...

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 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
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

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