NUMSA expulsion: rebuild trade union movement on socialist principles

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The pro-ANC right-wing of the Cosatu leadership has accomplished what the apartheid regime could not and split the 2.2 million strong trade union federation. On the night of 7/8 November – dubbed the ‘night of the long knives’ in the press – Cosatu’s Central Executive Committee (CEC) voted 33 to 24 in favour of expulsion of the metalworkers’ union NUMSA.Read the Rest…


Revolutionary tactics & parliament – Socialist Youth Movement replies to SASCO

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The dialectic of revolutionary tactics on elections & bourgeois parliaments A response to Sibusiso Mpungose By Nsizwa Thomson Nhlapo, National Secretary of the Socialist Youth Movement & Travolta Malope, National Coordinator of the Socialist Youth Movement. The analysis below seeks to respond to Sibusiso Mpungose‘s article: EFF: A year of Populism and Opportunism published on SASCO’s official website. We do thisRead the Rest…


Support NUMSA’s struggle to reclaim Cosatu’s political and class independence for struggle solidarity and socialism

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by Moses Mayekiso WASP President The outcome of the Cosatu’s Central Executive Committee (CEC)  of 23 – 25th October, 2014, has delayed, until 7th November, 2014, the almost certain expulsion of the 340,000-strong metalworkers’ union NUMSA, Cosatu’s biggest affiliate and the African continent’s largest trade union. NUMSA’s expulsion would be yet another seismic event, an aftershock of the massacre ofRead the Rest…


Nene: black minister of white monopoly capital

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In Nhlanhle Nene’s first major statement as Minister of Finance he lied to the people. He claimed he would “not balance the budget on the backs of the poor”. But this is exactly what the ANC’s 2014 Medium Term Budget Policy Statement promises to do. Over the next two years the ANC plans to cut spending by R25 billion andRead the Rest…


Fetakgomo ANC leadership taught lesson by community sick of corruption

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The community of Ga-Nchabeleng has won an important victory against the corrupt ANC leadership in Fetakgomo municipality, Limpopo. For two weeks in September the community protested daily. This included a 3,000 strong march to the Fetakgomo municipality offices. The protest was sparked when work was halted on a new Home Affairs office in the centre of Ga-Nchabeleng on land givenRead the Rest…


WASP leads major community strike

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The Workers and Socialist Party has been leading the community of Ga-Nchabeleng, (in the Fetakgomo municipality of Limpopo) in a major service delivery protest that has broadened into a full scale community strike. Hundreds and hundreds of community members, with the youth and school students of the Socialist Youth Movement in the vanguard, have protested daily. The protest was sparkedRead the Rest…


End the war on Gaza!

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More than 700 Palestinians have been slaughtered in Gaza in this latest war of impunity waged by the Israeli state. Israel is attempting to undermine the reconciliation agreement between Hamas and Fatah – the two Islamist Palestinian organisations – that could have seen a national unity government emerge. Israel wants to keep the Palestinian territories divided in order to preventRead the Rest…


Mantashe’s fear and loathing – a reply

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The Democratic Socialist Movement has written a reply to Gwede Mantashe, ANC general secretary, who continues to attack the Workers & Socialist Party, our affiliates and their predecessors. Gwede Mantashe, general secretary of the ANC, in a new opinion piece published in the Mail & Guardian (18 July 2014), attacks the Workers & Socialist Party (WASP), the Democratic Socialist MovementRead the Rest…


Metalworkers strike must take forward call for new workers’ party

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Last week the Workers & Socialist Party issued a statement replying to the bosses’ accusation, repeated continuously in the media as a fact, that the metalworkers’ strike and the platinum strike before it are ruining the South African economy. To its credit, Business Report, the bosses’ financial daily newspaper, carried our statement in full as an opinion piece by WASP’sRead the Rest…


Defend the metalworkers – end the lies!

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The bosses, the capitalist politicians of the ANC and the DA, and the media are howling at metalworkers and denouncing them for going on strike. They want to blame metalworkers for the problems of the capitalist economy. The media is full of ‘experts’ who in reality are just spokespersons for capitalism. These ‘experts’ are all saying that the metalworkers strikeRead the Rest…