Reserve bank nationalisation: ANC window dressing

Nationalise ALL banks and finance institutions as the foundation for a socialist economy by Shaun Arendse, Executive Committee   On 7 March President Ramaphosa announced in parliament that the ANC government will nationalise the Reserve Bank. He explained that the ANC had taken a “clear resolution that the Bank should be owned by the people of SA”. This was adoptedRead the rest of this page »

International Women’s Day 2019

End oppression with fight for socialism by Clare Doyle for CWI International Secretariat On Friday, 8th March, women across the globe are striking, marching, protesting and celebrating International Women’s Day in unprecedented numbers. In a welcome development, they will be accompanied by more men than in the past who see the need to fight the special oppression of women. NotRead the rest of this page »

Support the budget day march

Build a workers party – mass struggle for a SOCIALIST budget WASP statement We support the Working Class Summit-organised budget march. It is taking place in Cape Town tomorrow (20 February). We call on all trade unions and working class community, youth and student organisations to support it. The working class must build unity in struggle! There is a newRead the rest of this page »

Venezuela: For mass mobilization of workers to build real socialism and put an end to corrupt bureaucracy!

by Executive Committee of Izquierda Revolucionaria (CWI in Venezuela) The new leader of the Venezuelan right and far right, Juan Guaidó, (recently elected president of the counterrevolutionary national Assembly) has proclaimed himself President. He called on his supporters to take to the streets to force through the down fall of Nicolás Maduro’s government. Immediately, the most reactionary governments in LatinRead the rest of this page »

Eyewitness in Zimbabwe

This morning WASP member Goodenough Chimurenga was able to send us an eyewitness report of the mass movement that rocked Zimbabwe last week. Good morning comrades. I’m sorry that I have not been a reliable correspondent on the events obtaining here. My useless phone and the internet blockade have not helped matters at all. I shall try to give youRead the rest of this page »

Zimbabwe: general strike in response to price hikes

by CWI reporters A three day general strike in Zimbabwe was set in motion on 14 January in response to the deteriorating economic situation in the country. Called by the Zimbabwe Congress of Trade Unions (ZCTU) and local activists the strike was in protest against the 150 per cent fuel price hike announced by President Emmerson Mnangagwa on 12 January.Read the rest of this page »

Nigeria elections – Main parties offer no alternative

Socialists raise banner of struggle General elections are scheduled for Nigeria in February and March. February 16 is due to see the election of the president and National Assembly, while on March 2 governors and state assemblies in most of Nigeria’s 36 states, alongside local elections in the federal capital Abuja, are scheduled.   These elections will see the recentlyRead the rest of this page »

France: Revolt of the ‘Yellow Shirts’

For more than a month now, since 17 November, France has seen an apparently unstoppable revolt from below. A massive tide of very visible protest has swept the country, initially against a rise in the tax on diesel, but rapidly becoming a revolt of the oppressed against ‘the president of the rich’, Emmanuel Macron. On the evening of 10 December,Read the rest of this page »

The EFF is 5… and at sixes and sevens

by Weizmann Hamilton Executive Committee This article appears in the new issue of Izwi Labasebenzi (Issue No. 2 of 2018). The EFF has turned five, but it finds itself at sixes and sevens. The VBS corruption revelations may be shocking, but they are no aberration. This is but the latest example of the EFF’s mounting contradictions. The timing could notRead the rest of this page »

Potential for working class unity in new mass party

Saftu and the Working Class Summit must seize the opportunity! This article appears as the editorial of the new issue of Izwi Labasebenzi (Issue No. 2 of 2018). Not since the advent of democracy has the crisis of capitalism and its political parties revealed itself as starkly as it is now. Despite the ANC government’s measures, directed by domestic andRead the rest of this page »