By Thomas Gaist, 17 May 2013
In the second wildcat strike to break this week, miners at Amplat refused to go underground Thursday evening.
By Patrick O’Connor, 15 May 2013
The main unions and the ANC government are creating the conditions for another massacre in Marikana.
By Mike Jones, 26 March 2013
Agang, the new political formation established by former anti-apartheid activist Mamphela Ramphele, offers no alternative for the South African masses to the parties of big business.
14 March 2013
Afrikaans is the third most common home language in South Africa and is widely spoken and understood as a second or third language.
By Chris Marsden, 9 March 2013
Nine South African police officers have been charged with the murder of taxi driver Mido Macia.
By Mike Jones, 5 March 2013
Opposition grows to the killing of 27-year-old taxi driver, Mido Macia, by South African police on February 27.
By Chris Marsden, 23 February 2013
The 18 February events could easily have escalated into a second Marikana massacre, when police killed 34 striking miners in August of 2012.
By Joshua Lumet, 30 January 2013
The strike, which has led to the death of at least three workers, was ended last week pending a government announcement on a new minimum wage.
By Joshua Lumet, 11 January 2013
Confrontations between striking farm workers and South African police and private security guards have left several people wounded and some 50 arrested.
By Chris Marsden, 24 December 2012
The election of Zuma and Ramaphosa is an endorsement of the massacre at Marikana and the ensuing brutal assault on striking miners.
By Iqra Qalam and Jashua Lumet, 8 December 2012
The Congress of South African Trade Unions has called off a strike in the Western Cape Province in a bid to contain growing anger and resistance among farm workers.
By Iqra Qalam and Joshua Lumet, 6 December 2012
The failure of the agrarian reform policies of the African National Congress has exposed the bourgeois nationalist liberation movement’s inability to resolve the land question.
By Joshua Lumet and Iqra Qalam, 26 November 2012
The trade unions and the political establishment are seeking to demobilize the farmworkers’ struggle, which follows and has been motivated by the eruption of strikes in the mining industries.
By Joshua Lumet and Iqra Qalam, 21 November 2012
The three-week-long strike by farm workers in the fertile farmlands of the Boland in South Africa has now spread to 24 different areas and has led to further violent clashes with police.
By Joshua Lumet and Iqra Qalam, 16 November 2012
Militant struggles among South Africa’s impoverished workers have spread to the Western Cape province’s farms, following on months of upheavals in the mining industry.
By Julie Hyland, 12 November 2012
The inquiry into the South African police massacre of striking miners at Marikana heard evidence that police tampered with the scene to justify the killings.
By Chris Marsden, 5 November 2012
The South African Police Service is waging a brutal campaign of intimidation facilitated by the suffocation of strikes in the mining sector by the COSATU.
By Bill Van Auken, 1 November 2012
Mine security guards shot and killed two striking coal miners in KwaZulu-Natal on Wednesday, amid continuing tensions and clashes in South Africa’s mining sector.
By Julie Hyland, 29 October 2012
Saturday’s rally by South Africa’s COSATU union federation and the National Union of Mineworkers only exposed the hostility of broad masses of workers toward the official unions.
By Chris Marsden, 26 October 2012
Mass sackings, police intimidation and brutality are being employed in an effort to bring the wave of strikes in South Africa’s mines to a close.
By Chris Marsden, 26 October 2012
Four miners who testified Tuesday before the Farlam Commission into the Marikana massacre were immediately arrested by police. They are to be charged with murder.
By Chris Marsden, 20 October 2012
Tens of thousands of South African workers remain in struggle and a new strike by platinum miners at Lonmin’s operation in Marikana delivered a blow to efforts to stem the working class upsurge.
By Chris Marsden, 20 October 2012
The main instruments of Zuma and the African National Congress for suppressing the mass strike movement are the Congress of South African Trade Unions and its affiliate, the National Union of Mineworkers.
By Robert Stevens, 15 October 2012
Tens of thousands of South Africa miners remain on strike in wildcat action, following a breakdown in talks between trade unions and management.
By Robert Stevens, 11 October 2012
In the face of a growing wave of walkouts by workers across South Africa, mining companies are announcing mass layoffs of striking employees.
By Eric Graham, 9 October 2012
South Africa’s miners are among the workers worst affected by silicosis in the world.
By Joseph Kishore, 8 October 2012
The state and the unions are attempting to gain control of a spreading wave of strikes that have erupted across South Africa.
By Bill Van Auken, 6 October 2012
Anglo American Platinum fired 12,000 striking South African miners Friday as the transnational corporations, the ANC government and the COSATU union federation sought to quell a growing wave of wildcat strikes.
By Eric Graham, 2 October 2012
In the midst of an escalating wave of wildcat strike action by miners, South Africa’s biggest trade union federation, COSATU, convened its 11th national congress.
By Chris Marsden, 28 September 2012
The strike wave that began at Lonmin’s Marikana platinum mine is now engulfing South Africa’s platinum, gold and coal mining industries and has spread to transport and other sectors.
By Jordan Shilton, 26 September 2012
The African National Congress government has reaffirmed its determination to pursue right wing economic and social “reforms.”
By Julie Hyland, 22 September 2012
As miners at the Lonmin platinum producer in Marikana returned to work Thursday, President Jacob Zuma authorised the domestic deployment of the military to deal with continued unrest in the mining sector.
By Anthony Torres and Alex Lantier, 21 September 2012
It took three weeks for France’s New Anti-capitalist Party to write on the massacre of 34 South African miners on August 16 at the Marikana mine.
By Julie Hyland, 20 September 2012
The massacre of striking South African platinum miners and the spreading confrontation between miners and the ANC regime have exposed the reactionary character of racial and nationalist politics.
By Julie Hyland, 17 September 2012
A march by hundreds of striking miners in South Africa’s platinum mining belt was blocked and dispersed by police on Sunday.
By Chris Marsden, 13 September 2012
The South African army has been put on a state of high alert, amidst an escalating strike-wave involving platinum and gold miners.
By Eric Graham, 12 September 2012
The liquidation of the South African company Pamodzi Gold Limited led to the awarding of rights to the Orkney and Grootvlei gold mines to Aurora Empowerment Systems (AES) in 2009.
By Kate Randall, 11 September 2012
Gold Fields Ltd.’s KDC gold mine has been hit by strike of 15,000 workers, the second wildcat action at the company in less than a week.
By Iqra Qalam, 11 September 2012
More than three weeks after the Marikana massacre, families are still searching for their missing siblings and husbands in hospitals and jails.
By Eric Graham, 10 September 2012
Investigations into the Aurora Empowerment Systems, which has not paid workers at the Orkney and Grootvlei mines for years, have revealed a tangled and dirty web of criminality.
By Bill Van Auken, 5 September 2012
The miners’ struggles have evoked a “fear of contagion” in ruling circles, as the issues confronting this oppressed layer of workers resonate not only in South Africa, but internationally.
By Alex Lantier, 4 September 2012
Four gold miners were hospitalized after being shot at Gold One’s Modder East operation yesterday in South Africa.
By Julie Hyland, 3 September 2012
Burials for most of the 34 platinum miners massacred by police on August 16 took place Saturday.
By Chris Marsden, 1 September 2012
The police massacre of striking miners at Marikana is a watershed for post-apartheid South Africa.
By Alex Lantier, 31 August 2012
In an act of naked class justice, South Africa is using an apartheid-era law to lay bogus murder charges against striking miners targeted by police in the Marikana massacre.
By Julie Hyland, 29 August 2012
Many more have joined the strike at South Africa’s Lonmin platinum mine in Marikana, scene of the brutal police massacre of 34 workers on August 16.
By Eric Graham, 28 August 2012
The increase in the prevalence of Fetal Alcohol Syndrome in school-aged children in the Wellington area of the Western Cape is bound up with the appalling levels of social inequality in South Africa.
By Julie Hyland, 25 August 2012
Anger continues to mount over the August 16 massacre of 34 striking miners at South Africa’s Lonmin platinum mine in Marikana despite official efforts to lower tensions.
By Joseph Kishore, 24 August 2012
The massacre of 34 striking workers at Lonmin’s Marikana mine in South Africa has cast into sharp relief the role of the official trade unions.
By David Walsh, 23 August 2012
The strike by thousands of South African platinum miners, which led to the police murder of 34 workers August 16 at Lonmin’s Marikana mine, is spreading to other companies in the industry.
By Bill Van Auken, 21 August 2012
Four days after 34 of their comrades were massacred by heavily armed police, striking South African platinum miners defied a company ultimatum to return to work or be fired.
By Alex Lantier, 21 August 2012
The World Socialist Web Site notes with contempt the French Communist Party’s defense of the massacre of 34 striking South African miners by police at Marikana.
By Chris Marsden, 20 August 2012
South African platinum miners have continued their strike in the aftermath of the August 16 police massacre of 34 of their comrades in a hail of bullets that left another 78 wounded.
By Bill Van Auken, 18 August 2012
The massacre of striking platinum miners in South Africa has laid bare the irreconcilable conflict between the working class on the one hand and the ruling ANC and the unions allied to it on the other.
18 August 2012
The WSWS received this letter from a reader on Thursday’s police massacre of striking miners in South Africa.
By Bill Van Auken, 17 August 2012
South African paramilitary police sent by the ANC government gunned down as at least 30 striking miners.
By Iqra Qalam, 31 January 2012
Forty people were arrested last Friday in a brutal police crackdown on an Occupy Rondebosch Common demonstration in Cape Town, South Africa.
By Zac Hambides, 17 January 2012
With real unemployment at 36 percent, social tensions are mounting in South Africa amid a marked economic slowdown.
By Bill Van Auken, 11 January 2012
The centenary celebration by South Africa’s ruling African National Congress provides a fitting occasion for a balance sheet on the character and fate of bourgeois nationalist movements.
By Susan Garth, 30 August 2011
Municipal workers organised in the South African Municipal Workers Union (SAMWU) and the Independent Municipal and Allied Trade Union (Imatu) have joined South Africa’s continuing strike wave.
By Susan Garth, 1 August 2011
The number of days lost in strikes across South Africa approached 30 million at the end of July.
By Susan Garth, 18 July 2011
Engineering workers in South Africa are in the second week of a strike calling for a 13 percent pay rise.
Letter from South Africa
14 September 2010
South Africa’s black economic empowerment legislation has become the preferred route to riches for the ANC elite while the majority continue to struggle.
By Zac Hambides, 13 September 2010
To the consternation of the Western powers, the Chinese regime is seeking to exploit Africa’s vast natural resources, cheap labour and new markets via South Africa, which is the largest investor in the continent, outside of the US and Europe.
By Ann Talbot, 13 September 2010
Union leaders were chased out of a meeting in Johannesburg when they told striking public service workers that their three-week strike was over.
By Ann Talbot, 9 September 2010
The three-week strike by 1.3 million South African public service workers, including teachers, hospital workers and civil servants, ended on Monday when unions instructed the strikers to return to work pending further discussions.
By Ann Talbot, 27 August 2010
The strike by 1.3 million public service workers in South Africa represents a significant escalation of the international class struggle in response to the global recession and the austerity measures that governments have adopted worldwide.
By Ann Talbot, 23 August 2010
Strikers at Chris Hani Baragwanath Hospital in Soweto and Helen Joseph hospital in Johannesburg were attacked by South African police using water cannon and rubber bullets last week.
By Hiram Lee, 19 August 2010
More than one million public workers in South Africa went out on strike on Wednesday demanding higher wages.
By Robert Stevens, 16 June 2010
South African riot police respond to protests by thousands of stewards at the soccer World Cup, with tear gas attacks and rubber bullets.
By Bill Van Auken, 25 May 2010
Israel agreed to sell nuclear arms to South Africa’s apartheid regime in the 1970s, according to a book published today. The revelation has surfaced at an inconvenient time for the US as it campaigns for increased sanctions against Iran.
By our reporter, 14 May 2010
Workers at state-owned Transnet, the logistics company that runs the rail network and ports facilities in South Africa, are on strike.
By Brian Smith, 12 April 2010
Eugene Terreblanche, a white supremacist leader in South Africa, was murdered in his sleep on his farm outside Ventersdorp, 100 miles west of Johannesburg, following a dispute over wages with a young man and a youth in his employ.
By Brian Smith, 29 March 2010
This month marks the 50th anniversary of the Sharpeville Massacre, in which 69 people were gunned down by the police during a peaceful protest in South Africa.
By Ann Talbot, 15 February 2010
On February 2, 1990, Nelson Mandela walked free from Victor Verster prison, heralding the end of the apartheid system. Two decades later, however, South Africa still ranks among the most unequal societies in the world.
By Chris Talbot, 16 May 2009
New South African President Jacob Zuma has appointed a business-friendly cabinet.
By Chris Talbot, 30 April 2009
The election victory of the African National Congress and its leader, Jacob Zuma, is a distorted expression of powerful social tensions within South Africa.
By Chris Talbot, 20 April 2009
In the latest development in the longstanding legal conflict within South Africa’s ruling elite, corruption charges have been dropped against African National Congress President Jacob Zuma.
By Patrick O'Keefe, 2 February 2009
The Supreme Court of Appeals has effectively reinstated criminal charges against African National Congress (ANC) President Jacob Zuma.
By Chris Talbot, 19 November 2008
The decision of a number of former leaders to break away from the African National Congress and to set up a new party is the latest manifestation of the bitter conflict and infighting that has developed in South Africa’s ruling party.
1 November 2008
The following letter was sent to the World Socialist Web Site in response to the article, “Canadian Government defends export of asbestos to poorer nations.”
By Ann Talbot, 3 October 2008
President Thabo Mbeki of South Africa has resigned and been replaced by Kgalema Motlanthe, reflecting growing divisions within the ruling ANC and creating political uncertainty in South Africa and neighbouring countries.
Zuma and the South African working class
By Patrick O’Keefe, 18 September 2008
On Friday, September 12, the Pietermaritzburg High Court ruled that the National Prosecuting Authority’s decision to recharge African National Congress President Jacob Zuma on fraud and corruption charges was invalid.
By Chris Talbot, 7 August 2008
A general strike brought the South African economy to a standstill on Wednesday. The South African Congress of Trade Unions (COSATU) called its two million members out on a one-day strike in protest of rising prices of food and fuel.
Letter from South Africa
1 August 2008
The xenophobic attacks taking place in different parts of South Africa have gripped local and foreign media attention. Graphic details are portrayed in the media of “mobs” attacking immigrants, looting, raping and killing. It appears as if the intensity of the hatred for the immigrant community has caught everyone by complete surprise.
By Ann Talbot, 7 June 2008
An uneasy calm has descended on the South African townships and squatter camps after three weeks of anti-foreigner violence that left more than 50 dead, 650 seriously injured and an estimated 80,000 displaced. Tens of thousands are thought to have fled the country. Others are housed in temporary shelters, unable to return to their homes in South Africa for fear of further attacks or to their country of origin.Those who have been displaced are still housed in churches, community halls and police stations that opened their doors to them at the height of the attacks.
By Ann Talbot, 21 May 2008
At least 32 people have been killed in violent attacks on immigrants in South Africa. It is reported that upwards of 6,000 people have sought shelter in police stations and churches.
By Latief Parker, 7 March 2008
In South Africa, we swing wildly between believing that everything is doomed or imagining that the financial sun will always shine. Because of our mineral resources, it often seems—for a short period at least—that whatever the financial agonies of the rest of the world, there will always be a silver—or to be more exact—a golden lining for us. In reality, it is easy to trace the political impact of the global economic crises within South Africa.
By Chris Talbot, 29 January 2008
For more than two weeks, South African cities have suffered electricity power cuts lasting several hours. The mainly black townships have often had power cuts in the past, but the present round of blackouts is affecting all areas, including those of the mainly white middle class.
By Chris Talbot, 22 December 2007
The election of Jacob Zuma as president of the African National Congress (ANC) over current South African President Thabo Mbeki expresses the growing social tensions in South Africa. But neither Mbeki’s nor Zuma’s faction has any answers to the problems that face the mass of the population.
22 December 2007
On December 14, more than 4,000 African National Congress (ANC) delegates in the city of Polokwane in Limpopo Province cast their votes at the ANC’s 52nd annual conference to decide between the two candidates standing for president of the organisation, South African President Thabo Mbeki and ANC Deputy President Jacob Zuma.
By Barry Mason, 7 December 2007
Miners belonging to the 250,000-strong South African National Union of Miners (NUM) took one-day strike action on Tuesday, December 4. The strike, the first national walkout by miners since the bringing down of the apartheid regime, was over the country’s appalling safety record. So far this year, over 200 miners have died at work as a result of accidents, exceeding last year’s total of 199.
By Chris Talbot, 23 August 2007
The sacking by President Thabo Mbeki of South Africa of his deputy health minister, Nozizwe Madlala-Routledge, has produced outrage amongst AIDS activists in South Africa and consternation among political commentators internationally.
By Barbara Slaughter, 14 July 2007
The longest public service strike in South African history has been called off by the Congress of South African Trade Unions (COSATU) after 28 days. The dispute began on June 1, when workers from 17 unions took all-out strike action in support of a demand for a wage increase of 12 percent across the board. The final settlement was for a 7.5 percent raise and increases in housing and health benefits.
By our South African correspondent, 14 December 2004
A vicious spat between Archbishop Desmond Tutu and the African National Congress (ANC) has erupted in the wake of the Nelson Mandela Annual Lecture delivered by Tutu on November 29.
By our South African correspondent, 21 May 2004
The tenth anniversary of the end of apartheid and the first democratic elections in South Africa has been widely celebrated throughout the country. The government has used the occasion to congratulate itself on its performance in eradicating poverty, reducing inequality, and generally producing “a better life for all.” However, a report by the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) presents a different picture to that painted by politicians and government spokesmen.
By Chris Talbot, 17 April 2004
The African National Congress (ANC) gained a clear lead in South Africa’s April 14 general elections, taking nearly 70 percent of the votes cast—more than the 66.4 percent in 1999 and 64 percent in 1994.
By our correspondent, 3 March 2004
The murder of two farmworkers by their employers has placed the spotlight on the awful plight of this section of the South African working class.
By Barry Mason, 26 April 2002
Following a five-hour cabinet meeting on April 17, the South African government announced it would make antiretroviral drugs available to victims of rape and would give the drug Nevirapine to pregnant women in order to prevent mother to child HIV infection.
By John Farmer, 23 April 2002
The last major trial relating to South Africa’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) ended in a failure to prosecute on April 11. Dr. Wouter Basson, known as “Dr. Death”, a chemical weapons expert and head of germ warfare programme in the South African army during the Apartheid era, was cleared of 46 counts of murder, fraud and drug dealing. It was the longest and most expensive trial in South Africa’s history. South African government investigators had spent six years investigating Basson’s activities and called 153 witnesses during the case.