State capture

The Left after constitutional defeat in Chile

The Left after constitutional defeat in Chile

After a crushing defeat of its proposed constitution, Chile’s Left must regroup around universal material reforms. CHILE’S CAPTIVATING PROCESS OF systemic change has derailed. A mass rebellion forced politicians to concede a constituent process, after elections gave...

Building the working class movement through a Left Popular Front

Building the working class movement through a Left Popular Front

IN 2017, THE 14TH NATIONAL Congress of the SACP adopted a resolution “SACP and state and popular power” which resolved that: the 14th Congress mandates the Central Committee to establish a Road Map that must be adopted, with clear, indicative time-lines, by the...

The South African Left needs to go back to its roots

The South African Left needs to go back to its roots

The Working Class Summit bounces back  LAST MONTH, 600 ACTIVISTS packed into a Johannesburg hall for the first meeting in several years of the Working Class Summit. It was a welcome sight for the many sore eyes on the South African Left. The WCS’s main convener is the...

A UNIVERSAL BASIC INCOME: no to means testing

A UNIVERSAL BASIC INCOME: no to means testing

DOZENS OF SOUTH African civil society organisations, trade unions, academic and research bodies –and influential observers like the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development - have been calling on the government to phase in a universal basic income by...

Editorial | Towards the fire next time

Editorial | Towards the fire next time

A key element of the crisis of politics in South Africa lies in the great levels of disillusionment and apathy toward politics of millions of working class people. The “protagonists of the revolution” don’t believe politics is for them. Many believe today that “all...

ROE v WADE  and the Global South

ROE v WADE and the Global South

IN JUNE, THE UNITED STATES Supreme Court overturned its previous Roe v. Wade decision which declared the constitutional right to an abortion. Because of this, abortions are now regarded as illegal in certain US states, where the historic ruling was the only law that...

CLIMATE CHANGE AS CLASS WAR by Matthew Huber

CLIMATE CHANGE AS CLASS WAR by Matthew Huber

IN 2022, THERE ARE A LOT OF BOOKS about climate change and a lot of books that purport to tell us how to address it. Matt Huber’s book is not like most of these. It unambiguously centres class struggle, reconstituting materialist analysis as ecological politics. By...

Why Numsa has degenerated

Why Numsa has degenerated

This article has been jointly published with Daily Maverick. Comrades who have been unlawfully suspended by the National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (Numsa) have been repeatedly asked one question over the past couple of weeks: “Why is this happening?” Why...

PRIVATISED ENERGY: a warning from Mexico

PRIVATISED ENERGY: a warning from Mexico

This article was first published by Africa is a Country. In the 2018 Mexican general election, Andrés Manuel López Obrador (known as “AMLO”) swept to victory. His presidential victory coincided with the historic collapse of the Partido Revolucionario Institucional...

EXPERIENCES OF THE UNEMPLOYED!

EXPERIENCES OF THE UNEMPLOYED!

AMANDLA! INTERVIEWED MEMBERS OF THE BOTSHABELO UNEMPLOYED MOVEMENT (BUM) ABOUT THEIR EXPERIENCES AS UNEMPLOYED PEOPLE. THESE ARE SOME OF THE THINGS THEY HAD TO SAY. Unemployment and jobs Amandla asked them about their experience of unemployment and looking for jobs....

The struggles of working-class women

The struggles of working-class women

ALL WORKING-CLASS communities suffer from the capitalist crises of climate change, unemployment, poverty, and inequality. But women suffer the most. As capitalism advances, it also benefits patriarchy and helps it to flourish. As such, patriarchal capitalism imposes...

SOUTH AFRICA’S FOOD CRISIS

SOUTH AFRICA’S FOOD CRISIS

SOUTH AFRICANS ARE CONTENDING with a rapidly unfolding food crisis, marked by rising transport and food prices. As they do so, high levels of unemployment, unchecked inequality and deepening poverty continue under the watch of the South African State, threatening the...

ORGANISE TO AVOID COLLAPSE!

ORGANISE TO AVOID COLLAPSE!

THE GANG RAPE OF EIGHT WOMEN in Kagiso is an outrage. It is even more of an outrage when you consider this is not an isolated incident. So many women are raped, and gang raped in South Africa. It is estimated that a woman is raped every 26 seconds. Adding insult to...

Migration is a class issue

Migration is a class issue

POLITICIANS ACROSS THE WORLD make efforts to mobilise support from low-waged, precarious and otherwise marginalised workers. They do this by claiming that they will protect them from the depredations of “migrants”, foreigners who take resources from citizens. This...

Xenophobia in Thembalethu township: INTERVIEW

Xenophobia in Thembalethu township: INTERVIEW

My name is Siphiwo Mathys. I am a community activist in Thembalethu township in George and I am a member of the Active United Front.  Siphiwo Mathys: In my community, we have been residing with people from other tribes, other nations for years. They have been working...

BUILDING SOLIDARITY AGAINST XENOPHOBIA

BUILDING SOLIDARITY AGAINST XENOPHOBIA

THE 13TH OF JUNE 2022 marked 42 years since the brutal assassination of Walter Rodney, the Guyanese activist and historian. His most influential book, How Europe Underdeveloped Africa, has been described as “a priceless weapon of theory and history that restores the...