Cape Town’s water (mis)management crisis
No to profiteering! by Rose Lichtenstein, Cape Town WASP Cape Town is facing its worst drought in almost 100 years. Rainfall was at a 100 year low two years in a row, and the dams that supply 98% of Cape Town’s potable water are currently only 26% full. The biggest, Theewaterskloof Dam, is only at 13%. Once a dam isRead the rest of this page »
EFF silent on metro job losses
This article appeared as the editorial of Izwi Labasebenzi in Issue No. 2 of 2017. Cover image: the image of the worker holding a placard with the slogan “we would rather stick with ‘corruption’ that feeds our kids, than ‘change’ that starves them” appeared on a march in Tshwane on 26 January organised by various ANC organisations. We do notRead the rest of this page »
Outsourcing Victory!! State repression fails
by Shaun Arendse, Tshwane WASP On 17 January the ‘public violence’ charges against Austin Mofyoa were dropped and the state’s case against him dismissed. This is an important victory against the attempts to criminalise protest in general and to suppress the struggle against outsourcing in particular. Austin is an #OutsourcingMustFall activist, branch secretary of the GIWUSA union’s Pretoria branch andRead the rest of this page »
Sudan: Free political prisoners!
CWI statement CWI supporter Mohamed Diaeldin Mohamed Satti, 21, known as “Hamudi”, is among the protesters who have been arrested by the Sudanese State last week, as part of the brutal response of Al Bashir’s regime to the ensuing wave of protests against skyrocketing prices and austerity. Hamudi’s arrest took place last Wednesday afternoon, as he participated in aRead the rest of this page »
Piki-Tup offices occupied to save jobs
by Lebohang Phanyeko, Johannesburg WASP Workers employed by the Jozi@Work scheme are employed across Joburg to pick up refuse and litter. Many have been on contract since the beginning of the scheme introduced by ANC mayor Parks Tau. It is supposedly a ‘job creation’ scheme but in reality it is a programme for the super-exploitation of labour by parasitic outsourcingRead the rest of this page »
Soshanguve Block AA water crisis: police repress protest
by Bongani Mazibuko, Soshanguve WASP Residents of Soshanguve in block AA protested on 10 January against continuous water shortages due to the old infrastructure of pipes that burst regularly, street lights that are not working, potholes and damaged tar roads due to lack of storm water channels and no prospect of employment in the community projects which are only givenRead the rest of this page »
As ANC’s crisis deepens, a mass socialist workers party is now even more urgent
Download this statement as a printable PDF here. Executive Committee statement The Workers and Socialist Party welcomes metalworkers’ union NUMSA’s 2018 New Year statement on a workers party. The call to help build such a party could not have been more timely. It comes against the background of a conference that has split the ANC down the middle. ThisRead the rest of this page »
ANC Conference: Divided they stand, united they fall
by Weizmann Hamilton, Executive Committee After the most tumultuous run-up to any conference in ANC history, watched across the world, with over a thousand journalists in attendance, and the markets moving up in anticipation of the results, Cyril Ramaphosa has ascended to the presidency of the ANC after a bitterly fought factional contest. The “radical economic transformation” faction and theRead the rest of this page »
Free Education for All Now!
Statement by Socialist Youth Movement and Workers and Socialist Party The announcement by President Zuma that government will provide free education for poor working class and lower middle class students, with family incomes of less than R350 000, has understandably been met with cynicism and repugnance for its opportunism. It is nevertheless a major concession to the #FeesMustFall movement andRead the rest of this page »
Another victory against job losses in Bhisho!
by Ferron Pedro, Executive Committee On 31 October, 54 outsourced security workers working at the Eastern Cape Department of Roads and Public Works had their contracts terminated. Many had worked at their posts for more than 6 years and were suddenly without jobs because a tender had been awarded to a new company. Like in many other cities and provinces,Read the rest of this page »