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South Africa/Azania Today: The Ongoing; Struggle for Power to the Black Majority

(excerpted from Fourth International Newsletter No. 22, December 5, 2013) The death of Nelson Mandela, the historic leader of the African National Congress, in South Africa/Azania on December 5, 2013, has given rise to a tidal wave of comments and homages of every kind. To understand Mandela and his legacy, it is essential to examine […]

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SOPA Press Statement: On the Death of Nelson Mandela also: Statements by Lybon Tiyani Mabasa

SOCIALIST PARTY OF AZANIA (SOPA)HEAD OFFICE: Unit 8 Renaissance Centre Ghandi Square ´ 2001P.O. Box 11039 Johannesburg 2000Email: lybonmabasa@mweb.co.zaashrafjooma@gmail.com Office of the Secretary General Dated: 6 December 2013 The Socialist Party of Azania (SOPA), together with the nation, mourns the passing away of Nelson Mandela, the first president of South Africa under democratic rule. With […]

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Lybon Mabasa, SOPA President, Speaks Out Against the Repression of the Strikers in the Mines of Marikana

When evidence was given, during the last week of October, at the judicial commission investigating what happened at Marikana on August 16, an e-mail from Cyril Ramaphosa (1) to the authorities and the police was produced. In this e-mail, the former trade union head and still leader of ANC asked the police, the minister and […]

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Open Letter to Jacob Zuma, President of the Republic of South Africa

Since mid-September, threats have been made in South Africa against well-known political figures of your country — especially against Julius Malema, former leader of the ANC Youth League (ANCYL); Anglican bishop Johannes Seoka, who participated in every battle against the apartheid regime and helped to organise the workers in trade unions; and Tiyani Lybon Mabasa, […]

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Marikana, the Labour Movement and the South African Situation

COSATU is going to go to its congress. Unlike in past congresses, it will not be a celebratory congress but one which will be about soul searching and to find out how so many things could have gone wrong, also why is it nothing was done to avert the disaster or change the fortune for […]

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Statement of International Secretariat of the Fourth International: We Salute the Marikana Black Mineworkers in Azania/South Africa

We salute the Black mineworkers of Marikana (Azania/South Africa) who, by their 40-day-long strike, with their trade union, the Association for Mineworkers and Construction Union (AMCU), stood their ground in the face of the shameful bloody repression unleashed by the South African government. They have just forced the Lonmin mining corporation to retreat! We salute […]

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Marikana Settlement and its Implications

On the 18th September 2012 the bosses at Lonmin finally made an offer that was decent and acceptable to the workers. This happened after a long, protracted and deathly strike in which 45 workers died, more than eighty were wounded, more than 279 were arrested and charged for various crimes including murder. This settlement deal […]

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CODESA’s ‘Lock-Out’ Clause Comes Back to Haunt Us

At the close of the negotiated settlement that was CODESA the Black majority and Black workers came out completely short-changed. The negotiating parties had on the one hand agreed on the legalisation of Black poverty through the ‘property clause’. The clause that to this very day makes the fight against poverty a pipe dream. Under […]

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More on Marikana: Put Your Conscience to the Test

Remember this: “First they came for the communists, I did not speak out — because I was not a communist; Then they came for the socialists, I did not speak out — because I was not a socialist; Then they came for the trade unionists, I did not speak out — because I was not […]

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Report on the Latest Developments on the Marikana Massacre

The initial response of the government, COSATU, the SACP and the COSATU affiliated National Union of Mineworkers was first to launch a ruthless attack on the 28,000 mine workers who participated on the so-called wild-cat strike organised by the Association of Mining and Construction Union (AMCU) but most importantly on the massacred workers who they […]

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