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 »

Capitalism kills! The avoidable tragedy of Life Esidimeni

by Federica Miccoli, Tshwane WASP Life Esidimeni. A name which has become identical with the horrific abuse of the most vulnerable, identical with exploitation, neglect, indifference and inhumanity. A name that should remain carved in our memories like Marikana, where human beings were sacrificed on the altar of capitalism. A story whose every detail underlines the ways a neo-liberal societyRead the rest of this page »

Are the Coloureds marginalized?

by Weizmann Hamilton Executive Committee & Eldorado Park WASP This article appears in the August 2017-March 2018 issue of Izwi Labasebenzi On 8 May 2017, working class discontent exploded in the coloured township of Eldorado Park, south of Johannesburg, and spread rapidly to coloured townships to its north, south, east and west. Although the protests came to be dominated byRead the rest of this page »

Mugabe has gone – but his regime remains in power

by Weizmann Hamilton and Tinovimbanashe Gwenyaya The takeover of power by the Zimbabwe defence force is a military coup in all but name. It represents a turning point in post-independence Zimbabwe and the almost certain end of Mugabe’s reign. The military take-over was precipitated by the dismissal of Mugabe’s most loyal henchman for the past thirty seven years, Emmerson Mnangagwa.Read the rest of this page »

Reject the Heher Report

Struggle for free education must continue Socialist Youth Movement Statement After mounting pressure, president Zuma has now released the long awaited Heher Commission report on the feasibility of free higher education. Located firmly within the framework of “free market”, that is, neo-liberal capitalist economics, its conclusion that free education is unaffordable comes as no surprise.  The Feesmustfall campaign for freeRead the rest of this page »

Worker killed at University of Pretoria

Brutality of outsourcing exposed By Ferron Pedro, Tshwane WASP & UP Socialist Youth Movement Mokhiti Johannes Moeti, a worker outsourced to Servest, was killed on Monday when he was pulled into a powerful chipper machine at University of Pretoria’s LC De Villiers campus. Mulisa Mabudafhasi, Moeti’s coworker, found his body, which had been butchered by the machine. According to accounts from workers,Read the rest of this page »