• 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 »

  • New Era in War on Workers: The Ramaphosa Presidency in South Africa

    The National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (NUMSA) views the appointment of Cyril Ramaphosa to the position of President of the Republic of South Africa, as a new era in the war against workers and the working class majority in the country. Keep reading »

  • In South Africa, Ramaphosa Rises as Lonmin Expires

    Monday night’s internal African National Congress (ANC) presidential election of Cyril Ramaphosa – with a razor-thin 51 per cent majority of nearly 4800 delegates – displaced but did not resolve a fight between two bitterly-opposed factions. On the one hand are powerful elements friendly to so-called “White Monopoly Capital,” and on the other are outgoing ANC president Jacob Zuma’s allies led by Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, his ex-wife and former African Union chairperson. Keep reading »

  • Let’s Rebuild a Democratic Global Trade Union Movement

    The following speech by Zwelinzima Vavi, General Secretary of the newly formed South African Federation of Trade Unions (SAFTU), was delivered in New Orleans at the 46th International Convention of the Coalition of Black Trade Unionists (CBTU) a few days ago. Greetings to my brother and comrade, President of the Coalition of Black Trade Unionists … Keep reading »

  • The Corruption of a Dream

    “Behind every great fortune there is a crime.” — Honoré de Balzac The SASSA scandal currently unfolding is probably the most dramatic expression of how far the African National Congress (ANC) has traveled since its days of opposition to apartheid. [SASSA stands for South Africa Social Security Agency, which is the agency that pays social … Keep reading »

  • SAFTU – This Is What We Stand For

    Declaration of the Launching Congress of the South African Federation of Trade Unions The South African Federation of Trade Unions (SAFTU) has been born. We have passed a milestone in the history of the South African trade union movement at this Launching Congress held in Boksburg from 21-23 April 2017. 700,000 workers represented by 1,384 voting … Keep reading »

  • South Africa and the Changing Possibilities for the Left

    With the claims that a new trade union federation will be launched in March 2017, it is appropriate to draw up a balance sheet of the labour movement in South Africa, and ask whether the optimism of many that a new Left force is going to be unleashed is justified. Or whether the possibilities for … 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 African Workers Mobilize to Challenge Neoliberal Policies

    The National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (Numsa) Special National Congress in December 2013 resolved: “There is no chance of winning back the Alliance to what it was originally formed for, which was to drive a revolutionary programme for fundamental transformation of the country, with the Freedom Charter as the minimum platform to transform … Keep reading »

  • Zuma’s Denialism and Betrayal

    South African President Jacob Zuma‘s budget speech delivered on 4 May 2016 was yet another missed opportunity to look the South African public in the eye and be frank about the challenges our country is facing. This president and the government he leads are in a state of shocking denial about the worsening and unfolding … Keep reading »

  • Austerity Gathers Pace in Volatile South Africa

    A wedge is being quickly driven through Pretoria’s political elite, splitting even those who worked closely in the murky 1980s Durban spy scene during the fight against apartheid. Amongst the victims are vast numbers of poor people beginning to bear the brunt of the diverse shakeouts in the ongoing confrontation now underway between the country’s … Keep reading »

  • The Struggle for South Africa’s Liberation: Success and Failure

    This paper was presented at a seminar at the University of Johannesburg on Wednesday, August 5, 2015. Albie Sachs and Ben Turok served as discussants and a lively, disputatious but comradely exchange followed – with some challenging interventions from the large audience as well. It is true that I’m from Canada and only arrived in … Keep reading »