Archive for the ‘rebellion’ Category

South Africa’s goldmines beset by simmering resentment

In Plunder, rebellion, Repression on October 1, 2012 at 9:20 am

Down the mine there is pain, oppression and the cold fear of never coming back. But worst of all, said rock driller Mbuzi Mokwane, is the day he gets his pay cheque. “My pay day is the most miserable day for me. At least during the week I’m working. But on the day you’re given a pay slip that says 4,000 rand [£300], you start calculating your outgoings and you can go crazy. There is daylight robbery in the mines.” Read the rest of this entry »


Liberation betrayed by bloodshed

In rebellion, Repression on August 26, 2012 at 10:25 am

by Njabulu S. Ndebele, City Press

The tragedy at Marikana reflects the loss of the vision of liberation and the onset of repression by default, argues Njabulo S Ndebele 

On the evening of Thursday, August 16, in Johannesburg, I returned to my hotel for a well-deserved rest.  Read the rest of this entry »

Marikana was the uprising of the poor

In rebellion, Repression on August 26, 2012 at 10:22 am

by Simphiwe Dana, The Sunday Independent

And they mowed them down with automatic guns. Just like in the movies… except, there were no sound effects. No slow motion for emphasis. Just dust. It sounded like fireworks going off. A thunder of explosions that could excite or terrify. Fast and gritty. A memory snatched by time amid the recollection of a dream. It was a dream, so quickly was it over. I blinked and it had never happened. Read the rest of this entry »

Activists decry talk of ‘third force’ at Marikana

In rebellion, Repression on August 25, 2012 at 3:36 pm

by Niren Tolsi, Mail & Guardian

The suggestion, presented with a sprinkling of muti, is that the 34 miners would not have been shot dead if some unseen hand had not been at work.

The Marikana dust appeared to have just settled on the bodies of the 34 dead miners last week when the spin machines started whirring out the spectre of a “third force”, whispering of “agents provocateur” and “criminal elements” at work. Read the rest of this entry »

Marikana Massacre a Bleak Reminder of Worst Days of Apartheid

In rebellion, Repression on August 24, 2012 at 2:47 am

by Feargal Enright, éirígí

At least 34 people were shot dead and 80 more were injured when police opened fire on striking workers at a platinum mine in Marikana, in the North West province of South Africa last Thursday [August 16]. Read the rest of this entry »

Marikana: What really happened? We may never know.

In rebellion, Repression on August 23, 2012 at 7:22 am

by Mandy de Waal, The Daily Maverick

As Jacob Zuma attempts to contain the damage of the Marikana massacre by promising a speedy enquiry, researchers, activists and rights officials at the scene of Lonmin’s killing fields are accusing the police of tampering with evidence. Even worse, a theory is emerging that the police manoeuvre at Marikana that left so many miners dead was a deliberate and deadly act.  Read the rest of this entry »

On the Politics of Protest in Cape Town

In rebellion on August 23, 2012 at 7:19 am

by Jared Sacks, Amandla

A few weeks ago the City of Cape Town was rocked by a spate of road blockades and other significant protests. Certain liberal NGOs have joined the DA in condemning the protests claiming that they are violent and motivated by political party agendas. Read the rest of this entry »

Election anger mounts in Senegal

In rebellion, Repression on February 21, 2012 at 12:54 pm


Senegalese are continuing their protests against incumbent president Abdoulaye Wade’s decision to seek a third term in office, erecting barricades and pelting police with rocks just days before a presidential election. Read the rest of this entry »

Nigeria: Was it a 14-day dream?

In rebellion on January 27, 2012 at 11:19 am

by Sokari Ekine, Pambazuka

Is the Nigerian ‘revolution’ over? Was it just a brief moment in our history when everyone came together believing that this time things would be different? Or has there been a permanent shift in consciousness? Emmanuel Iduma likens Nigeria’s 14-day revolt to a dream from which we awoke and returned to normalcy. Read the rest of this entry »

Taking Back the Commons in Cape Town

In rebellion on January 26, 2012 at 1:32 pm

Take Back the Common

Mahala, Thursday, January 26th, 2012 by Christopher McMichael

This Friday communities around the Cape will march from Athlone stadium to Rondebosch commons for a three day ‘occupation’. The aim is a public space to discuss solutions to a range of issues: housing, rent arrears, evictions, political corruption and the ongoing segregation in the city. Read the rest of this entry »