• Socialism at the Forefront of Numsa’s New Political Party

    A socialist South Africa led by the working class – this is the vision of the newly registered political party, the Socialist Revolutionary Workers’ Party (SRWP). At the party’s two-day long pre-launch conference, over a thousand delegates congregated to discuss, what it means to promote socialism in South Africa. Keep reading »

  • Working Class Movement Must Be Independent

    South African Federation of Trade Unions says workers are not at summit to moan but to announce a radical and revolutionary programme. Keep reading »

  • NUMSA Statement on its 10th National Congress

    South Africa’s biggest trade union, the National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa, held its 10th National Congress from 12-15 December 2016 in Cape Town. This statement was written on 7 December. 1. This ‘Workers’ Parliament’ could not be meeting at a more critical time for the world working class in general and the South … Keep reading »

  • South Africa’s Troubled Alliance and the Road Ahead

    An Interview with Karl Cloete The expulsion of the National Union of Metal Workers of South Africa (NUMSA) from COSATU in November 2014 was a watershed moment in the post-apartheid labour movement. The expulsion is a product of, and has deepened further, the crisis in the Alliance between the African National Congress (ANC), Congress of South … Keep reading »

  • South Africa and the Changing Politics of Labour

    Part 1: The Demise of COSATU The two biggest signifiers of the state of the labour movement in South Africa in 2014 are, on the one hand, a terminal crisis within what is still, formally, the biggest trade union centre – the Congress of South African Trade Unions (COSATU), aligned to the ruling party, the African … Keep reading »

  • New Working Class Leadership and the Prospects for Socialist Politics in South Africa

    The dramatic upsurge of popular grass-roots protest in South Africa’s townships and rural areas in recent years has been well-termed as marking a virtual “rebellion of the poor” in that country. The working-class itself has also been assertive there, prompting the ANC-led state’s orchestration of an horrific massacre of dissident mine-workers at Marikana in 2012. … Watch video »

  • “Manifestos and Reality”

    A Presentation to the Cape Town Press Club by NUMSA General Secretary I speak to you today with a powerful and united mandate from 341,150 metalworkers. They made their views extremely clear in our workers’ parliament in December last year – the parliament we called the NUMSA Special National Congress. In that parliament there was vigorous … Keep reading »

  • NUMSA Rupture Could Mark New Start for Socialist Politics in South Africa

    The resolutions adopted at the National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa’s (NUMSA’s) congress in December mark an important rupture in South African politics. NUMSA, the Congress of South African Trade Unions’ (COSATU’s) largest affiliate, has refused to endorse the African National Congress (ANC) ahead of this year’s elections and is to explore the establishment … Keep reading »