Socialist Fight Public Meeting: What way forward for the revolution in south Africa?
Date(s) - 22/03/2014
7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Socialist Fight Public Meeting: What way forward for the revolution in South Africa?
Peter Banda, Acting General Secretary of the General Industries Workers’ Union of South Africa (GIWUSA)
Shaheen Khan, chief co-ordinator, Bolshevik Study Circles (ex-Revolutionary Marxist Group).
Latief Parker, Critique journal Editorial Board
Michael Pröbsting, International Secretary of the Revolutionary Communist International Tendency (RCIT)
Gerry Downing, Secretary Socialist Fight Group
Chair, Laurence Humphries, Socialist Fight CC
Following the Marikana Massacre on 16 August 2012 the peace-ful two stage National Democratic Revolution con-trick by the ANC is unravelling. Numsa has split from Cosatu and the ANC so now the socialist revolution is back on the agenda.
After the massacre at Marikana the world was shocked and outraged at the slaughter of the workers, but the NUM, ANC, SACP and COSATU endorsed the police actions and condemned the miners.
The unholy alliance of the ANC/SACP/COSATU (Congress of South African Trade Unions)
had to support what they thought was necessary to ensure a cheap and compliant workforce for the capital.
Although Cosatu had, through its general secretary (Z. Vavi) spoken in favour of pro-poor policies and had even dared to criticise the ANC government, they succumbed to reaction and supported the alliance’s position. There has been in the past and there is now bitter infighting within the constituent members of the alliance, but the leaders were all singing from the same hymn sheet.
Except for Vavi who raised the alarm regarding the escalating rate of inequality, there was no one else to speak for the poor. The alliance was and remains a means to enrich oneself and to hell with the producers of wealth.
Speaking the truth has caused Vavi to acquire enemies in high places and Vavi played right in to their hands by becoming embroiled in a scandal in which serious charges have been laid against him. These are charges for which Vavi must be censured.
His enemies are hoping to get rid of him from the political scene, but with election coming in May, Vavi has popularity amongst the masses. Erwin Jim of NUMSA (National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa) has welcomed the marikana miners who have left the COSATU affiliated NUM, so new alliances are being forged. But are Vavi and Jim the revolutionary leaders South Africa needs?
THE NATURE OF THE SOUTH AFRICAN REVOLUTION – By Shaheen Khan, Chief co-ordinator, Bolshevik Study Circles (ex-Revolutionary Marxist Group). Speaker at the forthcomming Socialist Fight public meeting on South Africa