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160,000 Metalworkers in South Africa are On Strike for Higher Wages

Union metalworkers in South Africa, organized in NUMSA, are on an unlimited strike for an 8-percent wage increase.

Ju Angio

October 10, 2021

At Least 70 Killed During Protests in South Africa After Former President Zuma Is Jailed

The imprisonment of former President Jacob Zuma for contempt of court triggered protests and violent repression in several South African cities. Corruption, internal conflicts in the ruling party, poverty, unemployment, and the pandemic are fueling the mobilization.

Dockworkers in South Africa Refuse to Offload Israeli Cargo Ship in Solidarity with Palestine

Dockworkers in the port city of Durban, South Africa have refused to offload an Israeli cargo ship in solidarity with Palestinians.

Otto Fors

May 21, 2021

Steve Biko: Murdered by South African Cops On this Day in 1977

Steve Biko, South African socialist and leader of the Black Consciousness Movement, was murdered by the cops 43 years ago today. His legacy lives on in the critically important contributions he and BCM made to the struggle against apartheid.

Scott Cooper

September 12, 2020

Killer Cops Are Global: South African Police Murder Teen with Down Syndrome

Protests ignite in Johannesburg, South Africa after police murdered a 16-year boy with Down Syndrome when he did not respond to police demands. Black people across the world are standing up to fight back against the police and the state in cities across the globe. 

Carmin Maffea

August 29, 2020

Day Zero is Already Here for Cape Town’s Poor

Cape Town, South Africa is experiencing a drought so severe that the local government has announced the city’s water taps will be shut off indefinitely in 2019. However, for the city’s Black and poor residents, the water emergency has been a reality for years.

Robert Belano

March 30, 2018

Prospects for a Working Class Revolutionary Socialist Party in South Africa

Radical leftists in South Africa and beyond have broadly welcomed NUMSA’s 2018 New Year’s resolution to establish a workers’ party in the near future. What is to be expected?

Peter Jacobs

February 3, 2018

South Africa: NUMSA Calls to Build a Workers Revolutionary Party

The largest metalworkers' union in South Africa has just put out a call to build a revolutionary workers' party in the country, independent of both the ANC and the Communist Party.

Left Voice

January 11, 2018

Labor Movement and the Left in South Africa

Peter Jacobs talks about the reconfiguration of the labor movement after NUMSA's break with the COSATU, the movement Fees Must Fall and challenges for the Left.

Left Voice

October 19, 2017