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‘It can’t be business as usual in South Africa after this’

‘It can’t be business as usual in South Africa after this’  South African activists analyse what caused a social explosion last week

‘There are no jobs, we are hungry’—riots sweep across South Africa

‘There are no jobs, we are hungry’—riots sweep across South Africa An explosion of rage is sweeping across large parts of South Africa.

Jacob Zuma’s jailing shows up South African government’s failures after end of apartheid

Jacob Zuma’s jailing shows up South African government’s failures after end of apartheid Forty minutes before midnight on Wednesday, Jacob Zuma’s motorcade sped out of his mansion to hand himself into custody. It is the latest step downwards for the former South African president.

Chanie Rosenberg 1922-2021

Chanie Rosenberg 1922-2021 Chanie Rosenberg, who has died aged 99, spent her life fighting the injustices that are still at the centre of world politics today.

Splits at top over India’s Covid crisis

Splits at top over India’s Covid crisis India’s hard right prime minister Narendra Modi is finally feeling the heat after weeks of Covid-19 devastating the country.

Covid-19 vaccine—who will be to blame if the poor are again left to die?

Covid-19 vaccine—who will be to blame if the poor are again left to die? The rollout of Covid-19 vaccination programmes helps governments claim they are in control of the coronavirus pandemic. But the vaccine isn’t for everyone—the poorest are being left behind. And ultimately the scheming of powerful states and pharmaceutical firms put everyone at risk

Anti-apartheid hero Ronnie Kasrils slams South African police attack on disabled people

20 January 2021
There is anger in South Africa after police water-cannoned poor, black, disabled people while a government minister looked on.

A year since the first Covid-19 death, global rulers have failed to contain coronavirus

12 January 2021
Monday marked one year since the first Covid-19 death in Wuhan, China.

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

13 October 2020
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

02 October 2020
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

23 June 2020
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

10 June 2020
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

01 May 2020
Moffie, a new film released to Curzon Home Cinema, is about two soldiers in apartheid South Africa struggling with their sexuality

International round-up: Protests in Paris, Israeli attacks hit Palestinians and Cape Town food fightback

21 April 2020
 

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

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