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Spectre of Marikana still looms large

August 17, 2017

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The bloody spectre of of the Marikana massacre continues to loom large over the politics of South Africa, for all the evident attempts to push it into the background. And the calls for justice, not only for the families of the dead and the injured of Marikana but for mining communities generally will only grow louder.

Back to a messier present

August 4, 2017

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In many ways the relationship between members of the governing, ANC-led alliance and the unions that stand in opposition is, on one level, an apparent repeat of the situation that existed 30 and more years ago when internal "workerists" were opposed by the exiled ANC alliance.

Statistics, labour & a no-confidence vote in Zuma

July 28, 2017

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There is nothing sinister in the delay in the release of the South African Labour Forces Survey for the second quarter of this year. But it's crucial look at unemployment and income decline is likely to be swamped by media concentration on the no-confidence vote in parliament.

The bigger picture of patronage and corruption

July 22, 2017

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South Africa's finance minister Malusi Gigaba has announced his 14-point plan aimed at “taking the country out of recession”. Instead it will almost certainly guarantee ongoing discontent, especially with the labour movement.

‘Zuma must go’ — ANC Integrity Commission

July 9, 2017

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The high profile, but practically powerless Integrity Commission (IC) of South Africa's governing ANC still wants President Jacob Zuma to step down. The reasons are spelled out in an IC report suppressed by ANC secretary-general, Gwede Mantshe.

A May Day lesson for SA labour

May 6, 2017

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The tumultuous events during May Day in South Africa illustrated more starkly than ever before the huge rifts within the ANC-led alliance. They should also have raised questions, especially in the labour movement, about united fronts or so-called “broad church” alliances.

Showing up the farce of SA democracy

April 4, 2017

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South Africa’s constitutional democracy has, over the past week been shown up for the farce that it is. And the call now must be for a system that will extend democracy and grant real power to the people “on the ground”,