Nationalise & Occupy to save jobs

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Secretariat statement Both the metal and mining industries have announced job losses which taken together will total in the tens of thousands. Working class families and even entire communities face devastation. In both the gold and coal mining sectors the bosses are once again refusing to agree to pay rises that could lift the mineworkers and their families out ofRead the Rest…


Liv Shange – A Farewell Tribute

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After nearly twelve years in South Africa, Liv Shange, Executive Committee member of the Workers and Socialist Party, is returning to her native Sweden on 27 July 2015. Reluctantly, in the face of the insurmountable obstacles the ANC government had placed in the way of her efforts to settle in SA permanently, she has had no option but to leaveRead the Rest…


The Marikana Report – a whitewash

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Weizmann Hamilton Under severe pressure from the families of the victims of the Marikana massacre and threats of legal action, president Jacob Zuma has released the report of the Farlam Commission of Inquiry. Not unexpectedly, the report completely exonerates the government and specifically deputy president , Cyril Ramaphosa, former Police and Minerals & Energy Ministers Nathi Mthethwa  and Susan ShabanguRead the Rest…


Massive opportunities for working class struggle despite United Front postponement

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Executive Committee statement Activists across the country will be disappointed over the postponement of the launch of the United Front, for the second time in six months. The conversion of the original launch in December 2014 into a Preparatory Assembly was understandable and necessary. Then structures were not in place and there was uncertainty over the UF’s ideological orientation, organisationalRead the Rest…


For a Socialist Freedom Charter

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by Weizmann Hamilton Preface In December 2014, the United Front’s National Preparatory Assembly referred back to the structures for discussion a number of questions critical to the UF’s role in the struggle of the working class. These issues are: (i) should the United Front become a political party? (ii) should it adopt socialism as its ideology? (iii) should it contestRead the Rest…


Workers day 2015: Organise to struggle for socialism

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PREPARE FOR THE COMING BATTLES Secretariat Statement This year we are celebrating workers day in the shadow of huge changes in the trade union movement. The Cosatu federation that has dominated for 30 years has split with the expulsion of NUMSA and then Vavi. They were booted out by the pro-ANC/anti-working class leadership around Cosatu president Dlamini. The ANC andRead the Rest…


Organise against xenophobia – a programme for our communities

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WASP Secretariat Statement -Build a country-wide socialist civic movement -Fight for jobs, houses and services for all -Support the Johannesburg anti-xenophobia march (1pm, Thursday 23 April Assemble at Pieter Roos Park, Empire Road, Parktown.) Working class and poor communities are angry. They are angry because after twenty years of ANC rule the majority of us still live in poverty. MassRead the Rest…


No to xenophobia! Working class unity for jobs, education and services for all

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Secretariat Statement Workplace and community action to stop both murder, looting and government fuelling of xenophobia! The Workers and Socialist Party condemns the xenophobic attacks that are centred in and around Durban and now spreading also to Johannesburg. We call on community organisations and trade unions across South Africa to take a stand to put an end to the attacksRead the Rest…


The Garissa massacre, Al-Shabaab and US imperialism

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by Shaun Arendse On 2 April, the Somali based al-Qaeda affiliate al-Shabaab carried out a horrific massacre of 148 university students in Garissa, Kenya. The 15 hours of carnage saw Muslim students separated from Christian, with the latter lined-up and executed. Later, parents trying to identify their murdered children found it almost impossible to recognise them due to the facialRead the Rest…


Vavi’s expulsion opens new chapter in working class struggle

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Twenty years of class collaboration as part of the Tripartite Alliance has finally produced an irreversible split in the Cosatu trade union federation. On 30 March, Cosatu’s Central Executive Committee (CEC) expelled general secretary Zwelinzima Vavi, a vocal critic of the anti-working class policies of the ANC government for his 16 years as leader of the federation. Further, the CECRead the Rest…