What Comes After National Liberation Movements?

Imraan Buccus Egypt will celebrate the centenary of its independence from Britain in February. About 70 years ago, liberation began to sweep across the rest of Africa. December 1951 marked the independence of Libya. Ghana won its independence in 1957. The Congo followed in 1960, Tanzania in 1961, Algeria in 1962, Kenya in 1963 and…

A Scheme of Legitimation: South Africa’s Revisionism

 Thand’Olwethu Dlanga South Africa’s ruling African National Congress (ANC) government is exhibiting the past in the present by forging narratives, images, metaphors and symbols to create a specific perspective. The purpose of that perspective is to make sense of the past in ways that render their actions in the present more plausible. They sanction struggle…

‘The Politic of Blood’: Political Repression in South Africa

Kerry Ryan ChanceAn Anti-Eviction Campaign activist gazes at the construction site of the Delft transit camp, a ‘temporary relocation area’ for people evicted from shacks closer to the city. March 2009. Political Repression in South Africa In his famous speech from the dock in April 1964, Nelson Mandela spoke of ‘revolutionary democracy’ rooted in precolonial…

Army Brought in to Aid Illegal Evictions in South Africa

Pavan Kulkarni The Azania shack dwellers’ settlement of Cato Manor, Durban, was attacked by agents hired by the eThekwini municipality authorities on April 2, Thursday. 15 shacks were demolished, leaving several people homeless at a time when a lockdown has been imposed by the South African government and people have been ordered to stay home….

South Africa: The Socialists Speak

Brian Kelly 25 years fter the fall of Apartheid, South Africa remains a deeply unequal society. But are things beginning to change, as cracks appear in the country’s ruling party, the ANC? Brian Kelly recently sat down with Trevor Ngwane, Simphiwe Zwane and Edwin Lfufutswane—three activists on the South African Radical Left—to get their take…

South Africa: Talking Marxism, Serving Capitalism

South Africa is the only place in the world where the entire Black political class speaks in the language of Marxism-Leninism, even when they are in cahoots with Big Capital. What Happened to South Africa’s Freedom Charter? Sixty Years Anniversary of the Freedom Charter Amid Release of Farlam Commission Report

New South African Party to “Overthrow Capitalism”

Black Agenda Report with Nellie Bailey and Glen Ford Irvin Jim, leader of South Africa’s largest union, told a People’s Forum audience in New York City that the newly formed Socialist Revolutionary Workers Party is not “another reformist party. We want to overthrow capitalism in South Africa.” He was joined by Dr. Cosmas Musumali, leader…

Youth Touched by Biko: The Quest for a “More Humane Face”

Veli Mbele This brief input deals with the meaning of Steve Bantu Biko for young people today and whether his vision of bestowing upon South Africa “a more humane face” remains valid. Biko is without doubt one of the most important figures of Black liberation of the past century. Today, 41 years after his murder,…

Abahlali baseMjondolo March Against State Repression, Threats and Assassinations

Abahlali baseMjondolo Press Statement Today, Abahlali baseMjondolo march against repression in Durban. Solidarity protests are also taking place in Cape Town, Johannesburg and New York. Since our movement was founded in 2005 we have faced waves of repression including assault, arrest, torture in police custody, organised campaigns of slander, the destruction of our homes, death threats,…