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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

South Africa: getting rid of corrupt president isn’t enough

13 February 2018
Zuma has gone, but a new face at the top won’t deliver real change for the people, argues Charlie Kimber

Anti-apartheid campaigner Hugh Masekela’s legacy

26 January 2018
Rehad Desai looks at the life of the most influential artist of the anti-apartheid movement and argues that it can inspire people fighting for a better world

New leader for the ANC in South Africa, but political rot runs deep

18 December 2017
Delegates at the African National Congress conference have elected Cyril Ramaphosa as the party’s new leader.

South Africa needs a new workers’ party

05 December 2017
The African National Congress is facing its biggest crisis since the end of apartheid

‘Rhodes Must Fall’ movement comes from Fringe to London

03 October 2017
The Fall tells the story of the occupation that sparked a movement which challenged the legacy of apartheid in South Africa, writes Bruce George

What's behind the call for a general strike in South Africa?

20 September 2017
The Cosatu trade union federation in South Africa has called a general strike for next Wednesday, 27 September.

Protests pile pressure on South African president and miners in Ukraine fight back

16 May 2017
South Africa’s president Jacob Zuma was facing a vote of no confidence in parliament this week—just as protests surged in areas around the largest city Johannesburg.

Corruption crisis could bring down South African president Jacob Zuma

04 April 2017
Protests in South Africa have rocked the state and could topple the president, writes Charlie Kimber

Don’t miss out on the best of new African cinema

25 October 2016
The Royal African Society presents its sixth film festival showcasing its pick of the best new African film and filmmakers this month.

South African student revolt grows amid repression from cops

25 October 2016
South African authorities are trying to criminalise a wave of protests on campuses, writes Charlie Kimber

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