Vol 23 No 2

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Figuring out what happened to the Movement for Socialism (MFS) after the 2016 local government election is difficult. The reason for this is straightforward: information about its activities became scantier and inaccessible by the end of 2016. No public record of its official launch exists, fuelling suspicions that it has been aborted and buried. Even so, workers must know what happened to the MFS and study its significance for constructing a genuine workers party in today’s political crises. Our previous […]Read the rest of the article

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The launch of the South African Federation of Trade Unions marks a renewed beginning in the political landscape of South Africa. The truth of this assertion lies in the long view of history where one will find that history had cast the politics of the liberation movements on the path or route of non-collaboration with the bourgeois class or collaboration with that class.  This is true since the late 1930s in the former route taken in the political evolution of […]Read the rest of the article

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The annual conference of the APDUSA was held in the Northern Cape over the Easter weekend. Three papers were delivered. The presidential address focussed on the sea change that has been occurring in the organisational vehicles that the labouring majority has been using in struggle. In these, social movements and trade unions are promoted and portrayed as formations to be supported on a political level. The struggles of trade unions are elevated to a political level at the expense of […]Read the rest of the article

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South Africa is in the grip of a protracted political and economic crisis that is intrinsic to capitalism, with devastating consequences for the working class. The rate of exploitation of the labour force, with ever increasing unemployment continues unabated, with a growing number of companies closing down and economic growth foundering. Amidst these structural impediments workers’ day was celebrated in South Africa. May or Workers’ Day is an important event in the calendar of the international working class movement. Traditionally […]Read the rest of the article

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There has been a wave of protest marches and actions by an assemblage of motley organised formations, including parliamentary opposition parties, calling for the resignation of president Zuma. Blatant corruption practices and his role in state capture by the infamous Gupta family, has led to their battle cry: Zuma Must Fall! We are told that the endemic state graft by “a rapacious predatory elite” is undermining the gains of our struggle and eroding our constitutional democracy. The “Save South Africa […]Read the rest of the article

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Is the government doing enough to counter the food security crisis that is facing South Africa? In 2002, Government introduced a new school feeding scheme or as it is officially called the National School Nutrition Programme (NSNP), that aims to foster better quality education by providing the children in schools with regular meals. The schemes also provide an incentive for the children to attend school. Vuzamanzi Primary School in Khayelitsha, Site C, is among the schools benefitting from the program. […]Read the rest of the article

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As South Africa advanced to a post apartheid democracy it afforded some black people the opportunity to become the beneficiaries of land redistribution. However, little progress, as promised by the ANC manifesto, has been made in terms of the transformation of land ownership and resources for black empowerment. The ANC accepted the course of collaboration with colonialists while pretending that it would result in progress for the oppressed population of South Africa. The petty bourgeois in the ANC merely chose […]Read the rest of the article

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Counterrevolution has gathered momentum in Latin America. Local elites are bitterly determined to reassert their full control of the state and the economy in every country in the region. After restoring their social domination the prime target will be to wipe out all social gains that the impoverished and exploited classes have won through the anti-neoliberal governments in the last decade. Imperialism – with the United States leading interventions in ‘its own backyard’- is aiding this vicious assault on anti-neoliberal […]Read the rest of the article

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The uncertainty prevailing in French politics has been heightened by the outcome of the presidential elections. For the first time in modern French history the two mainstream parties, the right wing party, renamed Les Republicains and the left, the Socialist Party (PS) were eliminated in the first round. Emmanuel Macron, a relative unknown in French politics who less than a year ago founded a movement, En Marche (neither left nor right) without a formal political structure, defeated the Far Right […]Read the rest of the article