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South Africa: ''Social warfare'' keeps Johann Rupert awake at night

Written by Ben Morken Tuesday, 16 June 2015
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Rupert-Johann-2004Recent comments by South Africa’s most powerful business tycoon, Johann Rupert, gives interesting and penetrating insights into the current state of mind of the bourgeoisie. Rupert is clearly very disturbed by the current state of affairs, even admitting that they are keeping him awake at night.

 

South Africa: Frans Baleni kicked out! A heavy defeat for the COSATU and NUM right wing

Written by Ben Morken Monday, 08 June 2015
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minersIn a highly significant event, delegates to the 15th National Congress of the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) have voted to remove the incumbent general secretary, Frans Baleni and replace him with a clear left wing candidate, David Sipunzi. The result, which came as shock to many, is a heavy blow to the class collaborationist right wing of COSATU, the main trade union federation. This shakeup will have wide ramifications not only in the trade union movement, but also in the Tripartite Alliance.

 

Burundi on the brink after army deposed Nkurunziza

Written by Ben Morken Thursday, 14 May 2015
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burundi protests 2015-thThe situation has developed dramatically in Burundi. Weeks of struggle by the masses against President Nkurunziza’s plan to stand for yet another term in office have led to deep splits in the state apparatus. The entire regime has been shaken to its core. But in the absence of a party capable to lead the masses, the vacuum has been filled by sections of the army.

   

Burundi: mass protests shake the regime

Written by Ben Morken Friday, 01 May 2015
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mass-revolt4The fragile Great Lakes region of central Africa has been thrown into turmoil over the the past few days. Police unleashed violence against protesters in Burundi after the current president, Pierre Nkurunziza announced on Saturday, 25 April, that he intends to run for a third term as president. This unconstitutional move is undermining the Arusha Peace Agreement, which ended the 13 year civil war. It risks pushing the entire Great Lakes region into chaos and instability, and a possible return to another war.

 

South Africa: Socialism or barbarism! Stop xenophobia - fight capitalism!

Written by Ben Morken in South Africa Monday, 20 April 2015
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jacob zuma in 2008 thThe recurrence of the barbaric violence against mainly African immigrants in some parts of South Africa over the past week has once again shone the spotlight on the worsening situation which is developing in the country. These reactionary attacks go against the whole grain of the history of the South African workers’ movement which was mainly born out of the need to combat this kind of racist and xenophobic violence and discrimination and to unite all oppressed layers of society under the umbrella of working class solidarity.

   

Nigeria general election: Buhari’s victory and the gathering storm

Written by Workers' Alternative – Nigeria Tuesday, 07 April 2015
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general buhari holding a broom at a campign rallyAfter sixteen years in power, the PDP has finally been removed by the Nigerian masses. This is a direct consequence of the mass movement that erupted in January 2012. Buhari has been elected by enthusiastic masses in the hope that he will provide real change. But his programme remains one of continuation of privatisations and sell-offs. It will not be long before the Nigerian masses realise this from their own living experience.

 

South Africa: "Rhodes Must Fall" , Capitalism must fall!

Written by Ben Morken Tuesday, 07 April 2015
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rhodes-must-fall1Over the last three weeks, students, lecturers and workers at the University of Cape Town (UCT) have been demanding that management remove a statue of Cecil John Rhodes – a 19th century British colonialist whose destructive imperialist legacy is still remembered across much of Southern Africa to this day. However, the issues that have been brought up by the students in the wake of the campaign are much broader and more far-reaching than the mere removal of a statue. The "Rhodes Must Fall Campaign", which was started by a handful of students, has mushroomed into a furious country-wide debate over the need for radical change.

   

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