The constant smell of smoke from the burning wood fires in the townships, as residents attempt to keep warm from the freezing winter nights in their flimsy tin shacks, is just one of the reasons for the night time smog surrounding Johannesburg.

The other reason is the flames of class struggle that are literally burning across the...


Political situation demands the launch of a mass workers’ party.
The cabinet reshuffle Jacob Zuma announced, like a thief in the night, at 12am, on 31 March, 2017, is the most audacious act of factional manoeuvring since Zuma’s election as president of the African National Congress (ANC) in 2007 and of the...


Capitalist politicians use xenophobia to divert attention from failures of profit system. 
Over the past two months a new ‘wave’ of xenophobic violence threatened to engulf South Africa. Isolated attacks against foreign residents and foreign businesses took place in the south of Johannesburg and the west...


Public sector strike and soldiers’ mutiny expose reality behind “economic growth”. 
Côte d’Ivoire is currently going through a period of heavy social turmoil. The year had started well for the ruling regime, with the anouncement of an expected 8 % GDP growth for 2017 (the highest in...


A feeling of “déjà vu”.
On the evening of Friday, 28 October, a poor fish vendor, Mohsen Fikri, was murdered in the town of Al Hoceima (in the Rif region) after being searched by police. The appalling images of his death circulated online caused a huge stir, his body having been crushed by a...


State tries to crush worker-student unity in struggle for free education. 
Two leading activists of the #OutsourcingMustFall movement, both members of the Workers and Socialist Party (WASP), are facing legal harassment for their role in supporting the struggle for free education.


Desperate regime responds with massive repression. 
More than 500 people have been killed by Ethiopian state forces and thousands jailed. But this massive repression has not, however, stopped the growing mass revolt in Ethiopia. In early October the regime declared a state of emergency and closed down the...


Socialist mass workers party needed. 
The 3 August municipal elections and the student protests have confirmed our perspective following the Marikana massacre: “The battle lines [have been] drawn for colossal struggles to come ... the political reverberations will continue to rock the country like the...


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