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Strike in South Africa - ‘We are prepared for war over peanuts increases’

Strike in South Africa - ‘We are prepared for war over peanuts increases’ Over three million workers in South Africa’s four largest trade union federations held a national strike on Wednesday of last week.

The Rhino Conspiracy—a novel that’s more than a thriller

The Rhino Conspiracy—a novel that’s more than a thriller The Rhino Conspiracy by Peter Hain follows a veteran of the anti-apartheid struggle taking on corruption in the governing elite

Virus grows as world leaders prioritise profits

Virus grows as world leaders prioritise profits Coronavirus is set to reach a horrifying new milestone this week—10 million cases and a death toll of 500,000.

Thousands in Oxford call for Rhodes statue to be torn down

Thousands in Oxford call for Rhodes statue to be torn down Around 4,000 people gathered on Tuesday to call for the removal of the statue of the racist and imperialist Cecil Rhodes that fronts Oriel College in central Oxford.

Moffie—an unsettling film about gay repression under apartheid

Moffie—an unsettling film about gay repression under apartheid Moffie, a new film released to Curzon Home Cinema, is about two soldiers in apartheid South Africa struggling with their sexuality

Lockdowns lead to police brutality and repression in many African countries

06 April 2020
Widespread poverty and lack of public health services make coronavirus a huge threat to people in Africa. But they also face ferocious attacks from state forces

Coronavirus means ‘survival of richest’ in Global South, say South African shack dwellers

02 April 2020
The effects will be even more harrowing if the virus spreads through the vast pools of extreme poverty in the Global South. 

Strikes and repression spread across the African continent

30 March 2020
Workers have suffered repression and evictions to try and stop the spread of the virus, but there has also been fightback in the form of strikes.

An imperial disaster

24 March 2020
If coronavirus rips through countries ravaged by imperialism, it would spell catastrophe for millions.

Massacre that exposed apartheid—60 years after Sharpeville

20 March 2020
Sixty years ago this week the small township of Sharpeville in South Africa hit the headlines around the world. In 1985 Socialist Worker’s Alan Gibson looked at what happened.

Thousands join protests in South Africa against violence towards women

10 September 2019
Women say that the government does not keep them safe from rape and assault, and are demanding urgent action from the authorities

How South African mine workers struck against sexual harassment - and won

30 June 2019
On 19 June, 290 members of National Union of Metal Workers of South Africa at Lanxess Chrome Mine commenced an underground sit-in strike. The strike was against sexual harassment and in solidarity with dismissed co-workers.

South African elections show need for struggle

10 May 2019
The ruling ANC did badly in South Africa’s elections this week. Charlie Kimber says building up resistance is the way forward

South Africa—birth of a party that says it stands for revolution

07 April 2019
The Socialist Revolutionary Workers Party has been formally launched in South Africa.

Death toll of Cyclone Idai in southern Africa is the result of appalling capitalist priorities

25 March 2019
Hundreds, and probably thousands, of people have died as a result of Cyclone Idai.

Urgent appeal for South African miner Makhanya Siphamandla

10 July 2018
Makhanya Siphamandla faces life imprisonment

Winnie Nomzamo Madikizela-Mandela 1936-2018

04 April 2018
Winnie Nomzamo Madikizela-Mandela represented some of the most courageous elements of the struggle against apartheid in South Africa, but also its weaknesses.

LETTERS: ‘I was made to go through interrogation by the state’

26 February 2018
Plus, cuts to mental health services, South Africa after Zuma and more

Life in South Africa after a decade of Zuma—interview with Ronnie Kasrils

20 February 2018
South African socialist and former African National Congress minister Ronnie Kasrils spoke to Charlie Kimber about the significance of president Jacob Zuma’s resignation

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