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We March Today in Defiance of the City of Cape Town!

In Freedom, In the Courts on July 28, 2011 at 7:29 pm

27 July 2011
Press Release by the Western Cape Anti-Eviction Campaign

We March Today in Defiance of the City of Cape Town!

With or without the permit from the city, today, we will be marching first to the High Court and then to the offices of the City of Cape Town. Read the rest of this entry »


Democratic Left Front Statement on the Aquittal of the Kennedy 12

In Moments of Grace on July 28, 2011 at 7:27 pm

19 July 2011
Democratic Left Front

Press statement: Celebrate the acquittal of the Kennedy Road 12! Investigate the role of the SAPS and the ANC in the September 2009 attack on Kennedy Road

The Democratic Left Front (DLF) salutes the 12 members of Abahlali BaseMijondolo (AbM) from Kennedy Road in eThekwini who were acquitted of all charges of murder. Their arrest and trial followed a September 2009 attack on AbM in the Kennedy Road informal settlement eThekwini. All evidence pointed fingers at ANC-mobilised and police-supported attackers who were heavily armed and used ethnicity part of their strategy. Read the rest of this entry »

What Anarchism and Syndicalism offer the South African Left

In Freedom on July 28, 2011 at 7:23 pm

Lucien van der Walt, Zabalaza

The 21st century is a time of both despair and hope: despair at the evils of contemporary society, hope that a new world is possible.

The ideas of the broad anarchist tradition can contribute greatly to this new world. They are integrally tied to an inspiring body of practice in working class, anti-capitalist, anti-imperialist and civil rights struggles, back to the 1860s. And they are relevant to South Africa today. Read the rest of this entry »

The case for opening SADC borders

In we shall be the prey and the vulture on July 28, 2011 at 7:18 pm

by Mandisi Majavu, Pambazuka

At the end of July 2011, the South African government plans to lift the moratorium on deportations to Zimbabwe and will probably start the deportation of all undocumented Zimbabweans living in South Africa. Read the rest of this entry »

An Open Letter to Jacob Zuma from the Unemployed People’s Movement

In Wizard of the Crow? on July 15, 2011 at 8:12 am


An Open Letter to Jacob Zuma from the Unemployed People’s Movement

Dear Mr. President

Today you will be awarded the freedom of Grahamstown by the Makana Municipality. Raglan Road, which runs up through the township, its shacks and broken down RDP houses, will be renamed Dr. Jacob Zuma Road. We have been told that the budget for the ceremony will be R250 000. We know that in reality it will cost more than this but the Municipality are refusing to give us all the documentation that would allow us to see the real cost of this ceremony. Read the rest of this entry »

Beyond the genocidal concept of tribal homelands

In Ethnicity, Land on July 15, 2011 at 8:07 am

by Mahmood Mamdani, Pambazuka, 2011-07-14, Issue 539

I became interested in the question of why the old community collapsed after I returned to Uganda from the University of Dar es Salaam in 1979. I spent months reading community files in government ministries in Kampala. I was struck that the debate on the Community unfolded as a debate between states only. I could not locate an independent discussion that cut across state lines. Read the rest of this entry »

ANC ratchets up its anti-media campaign in provinces

In we shall be the prey and the vulture on July 6, 2011 at 10:00 am

South Africa’s young democracy may have been a shining example to the rest of the world for a while, but dreams of real freedom of expression and of the media seem to be nearing the end of their usefulness to SA’s ruling party. By MANDY DE WAAL. Read the rest of this entry »

Green Thursday in the life of the nation of Senegal

In Moments of Grace, Revolt on July 1, 2011 at 9:54 am

Arame Tall, Pambazuka

The nation of Senegal came out in all of its flying colours to defend the republic and express its full sovereignty over its destiny.

Green for the colour of hope, green for the colour of renewal, green in opposition to the oppressing claw with which the ruling party of PDS (Parti Démocratique Sénégalais) had reigned over the country of Senegal for the past 11 years of rule – whose colour of representation was blue, once the symbol of SOPI, or change, when PDS leader Abdoulaye Wade was elected to power in 2000, toppling a 40-year regime. Read the rest of this entry »