GIWUSA Congress: a step forward for workers movement

Executive Committee statement The Workers and Socialist Party congratulates the General Industries Workers Union of South Africa (GIWUSA), and all its members, office bearers and officials on their successful National Congress which took place over the last weekend. This, GIWUSA’s 4th National Congress, saw a landmark decision in the history of the union. Delegates voted in favour of affiliation toRead the rest of this page »

Mogadishu Terror Attack

No to terror! No to imperialist intervention! Solidarity with the working class and poor people of Somalia By Mametlwe Sebei, Executive Committee The horrifying carnage of the bomb blast in Somalia resulted in the tragic loss of more than 300 lives, maiming and terrible injuries of hundred more and massive destruction of the already ruined infrastructure of the capital city,Read the rest of this page »

Reshuffle: Zuma throttles SACP

By Weizmann Hamilton, Executive Committee Zuma’s cabinet reshuffle – his twelfth in eight years – underlines the depth of the ANC’s crisis. Carried out a mere 58 days ahead of the most important elective conference in the ANC’s history, Zuma’s move has a number of inter-related objectives: firstly to strengthen his faction. The axing of Nzimande is aimed at silencingRead the rest of this page »

What can be done to end violence against women? 

Women’s month tarnished by ANC Minister: by Ferron Pedro, National Committee Three days before South Africans would celebrate National Women’s Day, a video showing Deputy Minister of Higher Education Mduduzi Manana physically assaulting a woman outside of a nightclub, went viral. Soon photos of the woman’s scars and bruises as well as a recording of Manana admitting to the assaultRead the rest of this page »

Mineworker assassinations: symptom of rotten leadership

Build worker-control to struggle for jobs  by Mamtelwe Sebei, Executive Committee The Mail & Guardian’s damning report of brutal purges of former mineworkers-committee members, who heroically led the 2012 mineworkers’ strikes, by AMCU’s leadership, confirms the perspectives and warnings which WASP alone made long ago. None of the shocking charges laid against the AMCU leadership comes as a surprise toRead the rest of this page »

Support the City of Tshwane security guards

Save jobs! By Shaun Arendse, Tshwane WASP On 12 September hundreds of outsourced security workers on contract to the City of Tshwane marched to Tshwane House. They are only asking that the DA-led municipality saves their jobs and the livelihoods of their families. More than 3,000 security guards across 27 outsourcing contractors face retrenchment at the end of September. Unfortunately,Read the rest of this page »

Marxism and the land

Executive Committee Despite the ‘formal’ abolition of racial discrimination the idea that there is an oppressed ‘black nation’ continues to find support. But why is this? More than was often the case under the white-minority apartheid regime, the class foundations of exploitation and oppression are much clearer after twenty three years of ANC government and ‘black majority rule’. The answerRead the rest of this page »

Political crisis in Lesotho

No trust in SADC “stand-by force” By Mametlwe Sebei, WASP Executive Committee The assassination of Lesotho Defence Force Chief, Lt-General Khoantle Motsomotso on 5 September, by two fellow-officers and former-allies, themselves in turn killed by Motsomotso’s bodyguards, is unfortunately not a shock in a country where assassination is no longer an exception to the rule. His murder, like that ofRead the rest of this page »


BUT NEHAWU BACKS MANAGEMENT! by Michael Helu, Cape Town WASP The following was originally published as an #OutsourcingMustFall statement. The Nehawu leadership at CPUT issued a statement condemning the action of students and workers struggling to address the accommodation problems of students and the attack on workers by management who want to reduce the workers’ wages from R5,000 to R3,500Read the rest of this page »

Crisis of metro coalitions exposes flawed EFF tactics

by Mametlwe Sebei, WASP Executive Committee Starting in Nelson Mandela Bay, a domino effect is now threatening the collapse of the DA-led coalition governments in Tshwane and Johannesburg too. The public spats between the DA, EFF and UDM along with the latest threat by the DA mayor in Tshwane to withdraw from the coalition, shows that parties are failing toRead the rest of this page »