Vavi’s expulsion opens new chapter in working class struggle

Zwelinzime Vavi

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…


NUMSA & WASP: sharing international experiences of new workers parties

L-R: Alec Thraves (CWI), Irvin Jim (NUMSA gs), Weizmann Hamilton (WASP gs)

The Workers & Socialist Party is seeking affiliation to the Committee for a Workers International (CWI). Over the last twelve days, Alec Thraves, the CWI’s International representative, has been in South Africa visiting WASP branches, caucuses and members. Below is a report written by Cde Thraves of his meeting, as part of a WASP delegation, with NUMSA’s ‘Conference for SocialismRead the Rest…


Who and what should student protests target?

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By Trevor Shaku & Elmond Magedi, Socialist Youth Movement Students’ struggles are waged year after year. They raise genuine issues that affect youth and threaten their future. Financial and academic exclusions are the main issue. However behind this is the financial issue of a general lack of funding for needy students to assist with expensive registration and tuition fees. NSFAS,Read the Rest…


Solidarity with Thembelihle & Tsakane!

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Community protests in Tembelihle and Tsakane over poor water services, inadequate housing and illegal electricity disconnections have been brutally repressed by the police. The Workers & Socialist Party condemns the police murder of two community members (including a school child) and injuries and arrests of dozens of others. Ignorant media accounts make the explosion of protest sound as if itRead the Rest…


ANC’s 2015 Budget: for mass struggle for a working class and poor people’s budget!

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The out-of-touch class arrogance of Finance Minister Nhlanhle Nene was demonstrated not just in the budget he put forward on behalf of the ANC government but also in his choice of ‘jokes’. When announcing a 1% increase in personal income tax on those earning over R180,900 per year, and explaining this would only mean an extra R21 per month forRead the Rest…


WASP to be re-founded as a revolutionary party

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On 14 February 2015, on the eve of its second anniversary, activists of the Workers & Socialist Party gathered in Johannesburg for a bosberaad (national meeting) to take stock and to discuss the future of the party. The meeting took the historic decision to begin a new phase in the life of the party: WASP will be built as aRead the Rest…


ANC leaders fan flames of xenophobia: reply with class solidarity and internationalism

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The Workers and Socialist Party unequivocally condemns the xenophobic attacks on foreign-owned spaza shops that began in Soweto, and spread to the West Rand, Alexandra township, Khayelitsha in the Western Cape and Inanda in Kwa Zulu Natal. A partially-deaf 74-year-old Malawian man is amongst the half a dozen dead so far. He was disembowelled before being set on fire. ARead the Rest…


Soweto riots: for united struggle against unemployment and poverty

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The only way to understand the tragic events of this week is to examine their roots in the brutal social conditions of the capitalist system. South Africa is a country scarred by mass unemployment, crippling poverty and gross inequality. Nearly 40% are unemployed; among the youth unemployment is over 50%. Half of all black households (not individuals, but entire households)Read the Rest…


2015 New Year’s Statement – Sharpening contradictions and rising struggles

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The contradictions of South African society were illustrated in brutal form in the course of 2014. At the end of October it was reported that the two richest people – Johann Rupert and Nicky Oppenheimer – possess more wealth than the poorest 50% of society. Two people have more wealth than 26 million people. This staggering statistic grates against theRead the Rest…


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…