South Africa

China and Brazil: Two expressions of the deepening capitalist breakdown

By Nick Beams, 4 March 2016

As the “BRICS model” of economic growth disintegrates, conditions are emerging for another financial crisis.

ANC in crisis as President Zuma struggles to reassure big capital

By G.T. Maqhubela, 16 February 2016

The Economic Freedom Fighters, led by Julius Malema, are making political capital from the crisis confronting the ANC by posturing as a “left” anti-corruption alternative.

Job cuts and threats of defaults as commodity prices fall

By a reporter, 30 January 2016

The South African mines minister has warned that 32,000 jobs could be lost in the industry as a result of the fall in commodity prices.

South Africa: University students storm parliamentary precincts

By G. T. Maqhubela, 23 October 2015

Some students have been reported to be facing treason charges.

South Africa: Unite Against Corruption marches seek to exploit working-class anger at ANC

By G.T. Maqhubela, 12 October 2015

The intention of the UAC and other formations like it is to oppose a socialist alternative to ANC rule.

Global economic crisis leads to job cuts in South Africa

By G.T. Maqhubela, 5 September 2015

Amid a commodity price rout and rising costs, corporations have announced plans to shed some 10,000 jobs in South African gold, coal, iron and platinum mining.

South African Communist Party and COSATU hold emergency national congresses

By G. T. Maqhubela, 27 July 2015

Among the usual blather and infighting, the key resolutions of both meetings were that neither COSATU nor the SACP would break out of alliance with the governing ANC.

South Africa: ANC’s anti-immigrant measures impact tourism

By G. T. Maqhubela, 13 July 2015

Tourist arrivals into South Africa from abroad have plummeted amid the government’s enforcement of xenophobic anti-immigrant policies.

South Africa: Commission whitewashes ANC role in Marikana massacre

By G. T. Maqhubela, 29 June 2015

For three months, President Jacob Zuma delayed releasing the Farlam Commission’s report into the murders of dozens of striking mineworkers in August 2012.

ANC whips up racism amid xenophobic attacks in South Africa

Part 2

By G. T. Maqhubela, 29 May 2015

The anti-immigrant agitation is aimed at diverting attention from the disastrous impact of the pro-capitalist policies pursued by the ANC and its partners since coming to power in 1994.

ANC whips up racism amid xenophobic attacks in South Africa

Part 1

By G. T. Maqhubela, 28 May 2015

The anti-immigrant agitation is aimed at diverting attention from the disastrous impact of the pro-capitalist policies pursued by the ANC and its partners since coming to power in 1994.

South African police fire on protesting foreign nationals

By G.T. Maqhubela, 13 April 2015

The forces directing enmity against foreigners seek to deflect attention from the responsibility of the South Africa ruling elite in condemning millions to poverty.

Students occupy University of Cape Town building in anti-Cecil Rhodes campaign

By Thabo Seseane Jr., 27 March 2015

Students have called for nearly three weeks for the removal from the campus of a statue of the colonialist Cecil Rhodes.

Top South African police officials targeted in ANC faction fight

By Thabo Seseane, 21 March 2015

The suspension of leading police officials has been allegedly linked to investigations of corruption by President Jacob Zuma.

The phony internationalism of the United Steelworkers

A warning to US oil workers on South Africa’s National Union of Mineworkers

By Thabo Seseane Jr., 10 March 2015

Last month’s tour of Houston picket lines by officials from South Africa’s National Union of Mineworkers underscored the anti-working class character of the United Steelworkers.

South African finance minister raises income tax, fuel and electricity levies

By Thabo Seseane Jr., 3 March 2015

South African Finance Minister Nhlanhla Nene of the ruling African National Congress (ANC) announced the measures in his first full budget speech since taking office last year.

South African MP warned against investigating Russia-South Africa spy satellite

By Thabo Seseane Jr., 2 March 2015

The Spy Cables describe Johannesburg as the “El Dorado of espionage.”

South Africa: ANC provincial premier renounces electronic-tolling populism

By Thabo Seseane Jr., 17 February 2015

David Makhura of the African National Congress has called on motorists to pay the widely hated electronic tolls introduced on the province’s roads in December 2013.

Africa subject to billions in illicit capital flight

By Thabo Seseane Jr., 11 February 2015

A 2008 study covering the years 2002 to 2006 found that the continent lost $859 billion in cumulative capital flight.

South Africa: Mpumalanga premier roiled by African National Congress faction fight

By Thabo Seseane Jr., 7 February 2015

The Stalinist South African Communist Party has accused Mpumalanga Premier David Mabuza of the African National Congress of instigating violence at a Communist Party lecture.

South Africa: Apartheid-era assassin Eugene De Kock granted parole

By Thabo Seseane Jr., 3 February 2015

Nicknamed “Prime Evil,” Eugene De Kock confessed to more than 100 acts of murder, torture and fraud.

South Africa’s politically connected elites profit amid power outages

By Thabo Seseane Jr., 29 January 2015

On Monday, ESKOM, the largest South African power utility, began implementing “managed” blackouts, cutting 2,000 megawatts from its grid.

Xenophobic attacks on foreign shop-owners spread in Gauteng, South Africa

By Thabo Seseane Jr., 28 January 2015

The African National Congress government’s policy of Black Economic Empowerment explicitly excludes foreign nationals.

Faction fight behind purge at South African tax-collection agency

By Thabo Seseane Jr., 30 December 2014

Recent suspensions over allegations that a covert investigative unit spied on senior politicians are the latest developments in an on-going shakeup at the South African Revenue Service.

Unscrupulous lenders target South African mineworkers

By Thabo Seseane Jr., 10 December 2014

Many South African mineworkers cannot obtain legal lines of credit and are forced to turn to loan sharks.

ANC-affiliated student group stages anti-Semitic stunts against South African retailer

By Thabo Seseane Jr., 6 December 2014

In late October, the Congress of South African Students dumped a severed pig’s head in the meat section of a Woolworths store in Sea Point, Cape Town.

Ernest Cole Photographer—A searing look at apartheid South Africa

By Fred Mazelis, 5 December 2014

A moving and powerful exhibit at New York University’s Grey Art Gallery showcases the remarkable work of a little known black South African, Ernest Cole.

South African police ignore official watchdog’s recommendations

By Thabo Seseane Jr., 1 December 2014

In the first six months of the 2014-2015 fiscal year, deaths in police custody rose by 1 percent.

South African banking in crisis as furniture unit threatened with closure

By Thabo Seseane Jr., 17 November 2014

Whatever the outcome of the business rescue plan of furniture retailer Ellerines, global finance capital will seek to make workers carry the cost.

Former South African police boss exploits footballer’s murder in comeback bid

By Thabo Seseane Jr., 13 November 2014

Under Cele, the ranks of the South African Police Service were again militarised as they had been under the white supremacist regime.

Cronyism paralyses South African state-owned enterprises

By Thabo Seseane Jr., 6 November 2014

An acrimonious strike has crippled the South African Post Office for 12 weeks.

South Africans under 60 disqualified from state-funded housing

By Thabo Seseane Jr., 4 November 2014

Having failed over 20 years to reduce the housing backlog, the government is now excluding younger South Africans from state-funded housing.

South Africa metalworkers union announces formation of new party

By Thabo Seseane Jr., 30 October 2014

Militant strikes by workers have earned South Africa the pejorative title of “protest capital of the world.”

A quarter of South Africans regularly go hungry

By Thabo Seseane Jr., 27 October 2014

Malnutrition is especially severe among women and children in South Africa, with Oxfam researchers reporting that childhood stunting has increased to 26.5 percent.

South Africa: ANC and unions exploit popular anger over electronic toll collections

By Thabo Seseane Jr., 14 October 2014

In its efforts to limit its losses in the municipal elections due in 2016, the Gauteng ANC is relying on the services of COSATU.

South Africa’s education department maintains apartheid-era victimisation of blacks

By Thabo Seseane Jr., 7 October 2014

While forming almost 80 percent of overall population at the last census in 2011, blacks made up only 8.3 percent of those with a tertiary qualification.

Miners Shot Down: Documentary about the 2012 Marikana massacre

By Derek Bell and Martin Kreickenbaum, 1 October 2014

The film deals with the atrocity against mine workers carried out by the ANC government in South Africa, in cooperation with trade unions and company management.

South African trade union federation promotes illusions in Castroism

Part Two

By Thabo Seseane Jr., 12 September 2014

This is the conclusion of a two-part article on the promotion of Castroism by South Africa’s trade unions.

South African trade union federation promotes illusions in Castroism

Part one

By Thabo Seseane Jr., 11 September 2014

This is the first of a two-part article on the promotion of Castroism by the Congress of South African Trade Unions.

Two years on, Marikana massacre continues to radicalise South African workers

By Thabo Seseane Jr., 19 August 2014

Workers’ resolve is hardening, even as the unions manoeuvre for paltry wage increases.

Over 100,000 protest in defence of Gaza in South Africa

By our reporter, 11 August 2014

On August 9 a massive protest took place in Cape Town, South Africa, opposing Israel’s bloody offensive against the population of the Gaza Strip.

South African platinum miners return to work

By Chris Marsden and Barry Mason, 27 June 2014

The five-month strike of 70,000 South African platinum miners is over following the acceptance of a deal by the Association of Miners and Construction Union.

South African mineral resources minister seeks end to 18-week platinum miners strike

By Thabo Seseane Jr., 31 May 2014

Ngoako Ramatlhodi has set up a team composed of personnel from his department, the Department of Labour and the Treasury in an attempt to ease the concerns of global investors.

South African miners speak: “We are striking so our children don’t also end up with nothing”

By our reporters, 29 May 2014

The World Socialist Web Site conducted an interview with two South African miners.

South Africa: Big business demands ANC speedily impose its National Development Plan

By Thabo Seseane Jr., 26 May 2014

The Employment Equity Amendment Act seeks to compel designated employers to meet racial targets at management level in aid of the “transformation” of post-apartheid society.

South Africa: Lonmin fails to break 16-week platinum strike

By Thabo Seseane Jr., 17 May 2014

The African National Congress government will now come under increasing pressure from international and domestic capital to find other means of breaking the strike.

ANC’s parliamentary majority reduced amid worsening economic conditions

By Thabo Seseane Jr., 14 May 2014

Protests during South Africa’s election expressed for the first time since 1994 working class hostility to the entire bourgeois post-apartheid establishment.

Workers reject employers’ offer in South African platinum mining strike

By Thabo Seseane Jr., 7 May 2014

The longest labour dispute since the end of apartheid is set to overshadow the May 7 general election touted as a celebration of 20 years of majority rule.

Anti-ANC vote campaign initiated in South African general election

By Thabo Seseane Jr., 6 May 2014

The Vote No campaign is cast in the interests of and broadly supported by the pro-Thabo Mbeki bloc, which is now scattered inside and outside the ANC.

Looming job cuts in South African platinum strike

By Thabo Seseane Jr., 16 April 2014

South Africa’s ruling elite hope to utilise the long-running strike in the platinum mines to push through a sweeping “restructuring” of the industry.

Apartheid-era coup leader Bantu Holomisa calls for South African electoral commission head to resign

By Thabo Seseane Jr., 11 April 2014

Holomisa first gained prominence in 1987 when he led a coup as a major-general in the defence force of Transkei, the apartheid-era Bantustan now incorporated into South Africa’s Eastern Cape province.

South Africa’s platinum strike in its 10th week

By Thabo Seseane Jr, 10 April 2014

Some 70,000 members of the Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union have been on strike at the three largest platinum producers since January 23.

South African police evidence in tatters as Marikana Commission enters phase two

By Thabo Seseane Jr., 4 April 2014

At the Farlam Inquiry into the police murder of 34 striking miners in Marikana, evidence was heard that the victims were surrendering when they were killed.

ANC and its competitors stir up racialism in advance of South African elections

By Thabo Seseane Jr, 3 April 2014

Some 500 people joined an African National Congress march in Cape Town on March 26 to demand better sanitation, housing and land from the ruling Democratic Alliance.

National Union of Mineworkers presses for end of 10-week platinum strike in South Africa

By Thabo Seseane Jr, 3 April 2014

Mine owners are holding the threat of mechanisation and mass layoffs over the heads of the strikers.

The “left” posturing of South Africa’s Economic Freedom Fighters

By Thabo Seseane Jr., 20 March 2014

The aptitude for horse-trading that Julius Malema of the Economic Freedom Fighters displays, the willingness to sit around a table and cut deals, is the hallmark of a self-seeking member of the elite.

Police and ANC fire on protesting South African schoolchildren

By Thabo Seseane Jr., 19 March 2014

Along with scores of other towns, Bekkersdal in the west of Gauteng is the scene of violent protests over issues such as municipal corruption.

South African police attack naked assault victim

By Thabo Seseane Jr., 12 March 2014

The latest instance of brutality involving the South African Police Service, the beating of a naked man who had already suffered an assault, was filmed by concerned office workers from a nearby block.

Marx 21’s Christine Buchholz visits German troops in Africa

By Johannes Stern, 8 March 2014

Christine Buchholz’s trip to Africa underscores how the Left Party and the pseudo-left groups within it play a central role in the revival of German militarism.

North West police commissioner appears before inquiry into Marikana massacre

By Thabo Seseane Jr., 27 February 2014

Evidence belies the testimony of Police Commissioner Zukiswa Mbombo that the massacre at the Lonmin mine in 2012 was not a premeditated bloodbath.

Freed “illegal” miners face imprisonment and deportation in South Africa

By Thabo Seseane Jr., 24 February 2014

Abandoned mines around Johannesburg, often improperly secured by mining companies, are a magnet for laid-off workers, and the sites of numerous fatalities.

South African unions vie for control of militant workers

Part two

By Thabo Seseane Jr., 21 February 2014

This is the conclusion of a two-part comment on the manoeuvres of South Africa’s trade unions to contain growing militancy in the working class. Part one was posted February 20.

South African unions vie for control of militant workers

Part one

By Thabo Seseane Jr., 20 February 2014

This is first in a two-part comment on the manoeuvres of South Africa’s trade unions to contain the growth of militancy in the working class.

Robert McBride appointed as South Africa police watchdog: The ANC’s “answer” to police brutality

By Thabo Seseane Jr., 11 February 2014

Police brutality is rising amid protests that show no sign of abating.

South Africa: Mamphela Ramphele’s planned merger with Democratic Alliance collapses

By Thabo Seseane Jr., 7 February 2014

The exigencies of class interests are the real key to understanding the evolving membership profile of the Democratic Alliance.

The roots of South Africa’s Workers and Socialist Party and its political role

By Thabo Seseane Jr., 4 February 2014

While claiming to point the way towards a socialist reconstruction of society, the Workers and Socialist Party is related through its core elements to the bourgeois nationalist ANC.

South Africa: Economic Freedom Fighters target voters fed up with African National Congress

By Thabo Seseane Jr., 29 January 2014

The EFF, led by ex-ANC leader Julius Malema, have targeted North West province's Madibeng municipality over water shortages amid the district’s worst drought in 80 years.

Campaigning underway in South African elections

By Thabo Seseane Jr., 10 January 2014

The next general election in South Africa will be held between April and July of this year.

Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom: A film largely without history or even politics

By Isaac Finn, 10 January 2014

Director Justin Chadwick has taken a shallow, unserious approach in Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom, focusing on Nelson Mandela’s personal life and using his public activities as a mere backdrop.

Factional warfare grips Congress of South African Trade Unions

By Thabo Seseane Jr., 30 December 2013

The showdown between different elements in COSATU is bound up with factionalism among the elite.

Mandela and the South African Communist Party

By Bill Van Auken, 12 December 2013

The revelation that Nelson Mandela was a member of the South African Communist Party’s central committee has been passed over in near universal silence by the corporate media.

Obama and Mandela

By Bill Van Auken, 11 December 2013

The attempt by the US president to cloak himself in the legacy of Mandela’s years of sacrifice and persecution was an obscene exercise in hypocrisy.

Why imperialism mourns Mandela

By Bill Van Auken, 7 December 2013

Governments that once denounced Nelson Mandela as a “terrorist” and supported the Apartheid regime that sentenced him to life imprisonment now hail him as a global icon of peace and reconciliation.

Former South African President Nelson Mandela dies

By Patrick O’Connor, 6 December 2013

Mandela utilised his political skills and personal courage to stave off the threat of social revolution in South Africa, dismantling the Apartheid regime while defending capitalism.

South Africa’s police concealed evidence, lied to cover up Marikana massacre

By Chris Marsden, 28 September 2013

South African police face accusations this week at the Marikana Commission of Inquiry that they doctored and concealed evidence in order to whitewash their August 2012 massacre of striking miners.

Union shuts down South African gold miners’ strike after less than 3 days

By Thomas Gaist, 7 September 2013

The National Union of Mineworkers accepted a small wage increase offered by the bosses, sending miners back to work.

Industrial strikes spread in South Africa

By Thomas Gaist, 3 September 2013

Strikes are either ongoing or looming in numerous key industries including mining, construction and auto manufacturing.

30,000 South African autoworkers strike over wages and benefits

By Andrea Peters, 22 August 2013

Entering the fourth day of their nationwide strike, South African autoworkers are demanding a 14 percent wage increase.

South African platinum miners launch wildcat strikes at Amplats sites

By Thomas Gaist, 9 July 2013

Thousands of miners went on strike Sunday evening in a continuation of months of workers’ struggles against multinational corporations and the ANC government.

South African miners battle with police as unions negotiate with mine bosses

By Thomas Gaist, 18 June 2013

Fierce clashes broke out between police forces and platinum miners at an Amplats site in Rustenburg.

ANC, South African mining companies seek to crush new round of strikes

By Thomas Gaist, 7 June 2013

With militancy on the rise among miners, South Africa’s unions and ruling elite are preparing renewed mass repression against the working class.

New strike wave spreads across South Africa’s mines

By Thomas Gaist, 1 June 2013

Three wildcat strikes broke this week in South African mines, as a new wave of militant action spreads across the country.

Security forces fire rubber bullets at striking South African miners

By Thomas Gaist, 24 May 2013

Police fired volleys of rubber bullets at striking South African miners at a mine owned by Lanxess Chrome Mining Ltd on Tuesday, near the city of Rustenburg.

South African miners mount new wave of wildcat strikes

By Thomas Gaist, 17 May 2013

In the second wildcat strike to break this week, miners at Amplat refused to go underground Thursday evening.

South African Marikana miners stage wildcat strike

By Patrick O’Connor, 15 May 2013

The main unions and the ANC government are creating the conditions for another massacre in Marikana.

Agang offers no alternative for South African working class to ANC

By Mike Jones, 26 March 2013

Agang, the new political formation established by former anti-apartheid activist Mamphela Ramphele, offers no alternative for the South African masses to the parties of big business.

WSWS launches new Afrikaans language section

14 March 2013

Afrikaans is the third most common home language in South Africa and is widely spoken and understood as a second or third language.

Police murder in South Africa

By Chris Marsden, 9 March 2013

Nine South African police officers have been charged with the murder of taxi driver Mido Macia.

South African police murder Mozambican taxi driver

By Mike Jones, 5 March 2013

Opposition grows to the killing of 27-year-old taxi driver, Mido Macia, by South African police on February 27.

Unrest breaks out again in South Africa’s mining sector

By Chris Marsden, 23 February 2013

The 18 February events could easily have escalated into a second Marikana massacre, when police killed 34 striking miners in August of 2012.

COSATU calls off farm workers strike in South Africa

By Joshua Lumet, 30 January 2013

The strike, which has led to the death of at least three workers, was ended last week pending a government announcement on a new minimum wage.

South African police fire on striking farm workers

By Joshua Lumet, 11 January 2013

Confrontations between striking farm workers and South African police and private security guards have left several people wounded and some 50 arrested.

African National Congress anoints the butchers of Marikana

By Chris Marsden, 24 December 2012

The election of Zuma and Ramaphosa is an endorsement of the massacre at Marikana and the ensuing brutal assault on striking miners.

Trade unions shut down South African farm workers strike

By Iqra Qalam and Jashua Lumet, 8 December 2012

The Congress of South African Trade Unions has called off a strike in the Western Cape Province in a bid to contain growing anger and resistance among farm workers.

The failure of land reform in South Africa

By Iqra Qalam and Joshua Lumet, 6 December 2012

The failure of the agrarian reform policies of the African National Congress has exposed the bourgeois nationalist liberation movement’s inability to resolve the land question.

South African farmworkers speak on issues in strike

By Joshua Lumet and Iqra Qalam, 26 November 2012

The trade unions and the political establishment are seeking to demobilize the farmworkers’ struggle, which follows and has been motivated by the eruption of strikes in the mining industries.

South African farm workers’ strike spreads

By Joshua Lumet and Iqra Qalam, 21 November 2012

The three-week-long strike by farm workers in the fertile farmlands of the Boland in South Africa has now spread to 24 different areas and has led to further violent clashes with police.

South African farm workers’ strikes inspired by events at Marikana

By Joshua Lumet and Iqra Qalam, 16 November 2012

Militant struggles among South Africa’s impoverished workers have spread to the Western Cape province’s farms, following on months of upheavals in the mining industry.

Charges of evidence tampering at South African mine massacre inquiry

By Julie Hyland, 12 November 2012

The inquiry into the South African police massacre of striking miners at Marikana heard evidence that police tampered with the scene to justify the killings.

Unions collude in repression as South Africa’s strike wave ebbs

By Chris Marsden, 5 November 2012

The South African Police Service is waging a brutal campaign of intimidation facilitated by the suffocation of strikes in the mining sector by the COSATU.