system of capitalism-imperialism causes poverty and suffering, not
UN representatives and the NGO’s at the WSSD are singing the
same song that agricultural subsidies in the imperialist centres
are to be blamed for blocking access of exports from Africa and
the rest of the neo-colonial countries. They are saying that these
subsidies are causing poverty.
are deliberately trying to focus people’s attention away from
the root cause of world poverty and suffering, namely the capitalist
system itself. To expose the lies of the UN and the NGO’s
we first have to look at what is really happening. The first assumption
that the UN and NGO’s make is that the food industry exists
to feed the world. In fact, under imperialism, the aim of the control
of the food resources of the world is to keep the working classes
of the world in a permanent state of hunger or semi-hunger. If this
were not the case, why is there starvation while the capacity just
the US can feed the world several times over.
we include the other imperialist centres, we can see that
there is no logical reason why starvation takes place even for one
person.. If they have so much, why do they need subsidies? Clearly
the subsidies are not to help them produce. So what are they for,
then? The US state pays subsidies to the farmers to NOT produce
food! In other words a deliberate scarcity is created so that the
price of processed food can be kept artificially high.
means a higher rate of profit to the capitalists! In Europe the
companies are sitting on mountains of food. Often thousands of tons
of food are dumped into the sea. Even in South Africa, the food
companies let the ‘excess’ milk run into the drains
and have been known to dump many tons of meat into the sea. With
so much over-production, what hope has the neo-colonial countries
of increasing in any significant way, their exports to the imperialist
centres?? What the UN and NGO’s do not say is that if all
subsidies and cheap loans are abolished for the US and EU, then
this would apply to all countries.
their high level of technology, the US and EU would still be able
to produce more cheaply than any other place in the world. Therefore
there would be a tendency for more products to go to the neo-colonial
world than vice versa. The only way the neo-colonial countries can
‘compete’ is by imposing slave conditions. Some of the
food sectors in the neo-colonial countries may even close down.
But the biggest markets for food is the US and Europe. This brings
us to the real reason why the UN is talking about the food subsidies.
The level of food subsidy is higher in the EU , under the CAP –
Common Agricultural Policy, than in the United States. A lowering
of the food subsidies would substantially benefit US capital as
their exports to the EU would dramatically increase. The talk of
subsidies, therefore, is a fallout among the imperialists and they
are cloaking it in terms as if it is about rescuing the plight of
the world poor! Subsidies or no subsidies, the position of the working
classes in the neo-colonial countries would still be that of super-exploitation
and suppression by world imperialism of all shades.
through price-fixing have manipulated downwards the price of raw
materials from the neo-colonial countries. Indeed, there are 30%
more exports from Africa today than in 1980, but in real terms income
is 40% less than what it was in 1980. Further, already Africa’s
trade with the rest of the world is 46% of it economic activity,
while trade only makes up 13% of the economic activity of both North
America and Europe. Will the US monopolies give Africa the technology
to become self-sufficient in food production? No, as this would
threaten the markets and profits of imperialism. [If workers across
the neo-colonial world were well fed, do you think they would slave
for a few pennies for any capitalist company?] Instead, the dependence
on world imperialism capitalism is entrenched at all costs. Earlier
this year Zambia had a huge grain surplus.
IMF/World Bank instructed them to sell it off for gaining foreign
exchange. This foreign exchange went towards a debt payment, so
this was a double plunder by imperialism. Now that the crops have
failed, Zambia as well as huge parts of Southern Africa faces a
famine of unprecedented proportions. Imperialism is slow to deliver
food ‘aid’, yet it was its policies that led to the
starvation in the first place. This ‘aid’ is a fraction
of the wealth that imperialism plunders from Africa. But this ‘aid’
also plays a more sinister role: The UN is the channel for the surplus
food from the capitalist monopolies. This food is bought at a premium
so the capitalists still maintain their high profits. This ‘aid’
comes with conditions.
example, food ‘aid’ was given to Angola in exchange
for rights for the oil monopolies to explore and extract reserves
from the country! The image of the giant corporations is also boosted
by the UN, as they are seen as the ‘rescuers’ of the
poor, instead of being seen as the plunderers that they really are!
For years, the imperialists have been instructing the African governments
to replace local food production with cash crops such as coffee,
for export. Countries that used to be self-sufficient in food became
dependent on the imports from imperialist countries.
world has been turned into a genetically modified Kellogg’s
country. The working classes of the world are slowly being genetically
modified, having our health undermined and resources plundered by
imperialist policies, and the UN and Oxfam and the like, have the
audacity to say that subsidies and not the giant corporations and
banks are to blame!
thing is clear is that the UN and the NGO’s are tools of imperialism!
In a Socialist world order, all the most modern technological advances
would be made available for free to all people in the world. There
would be no question about any single person starving. The riches
of the world would be put to use for the benefit of all humanity.
The giant monopolies and banks, cannot do this as these handful
of parasites base their very existence on keeping knowledge and
the wealth of the world in the private hands of a few.
Imperialism-capitalism is responsible for world hunger and suffering!
Down with the UN, the tool of imperialism! Down with the NGO’s
and all the capitalist regimes of the world!
Down with imperialism! Down with the WSSD, NEPAD and GEAR!
Capitalism sustains itself on tear gassing, detentions and hunger
of the world working classes!
Capitalism is not sustainable! Forward to the rebuilding
of the revolutionary Communist International, the Fourth International!
Issued on 2.09.03
IMEKO YOBUNGXOWA NKULU YOBU-IMPIRIYALI (UBUNGXOWANKULU
OBUBANGAZONKE) INGUNOBANGELA WENDLALA NETSOKOLO, HAYI UKUXHASWA
NGEZIMALI KWABALIMI NABAFUYI
Abameli bezizwe ezimanyeneyo kunye nemibutho engaphandle koburhulumente
iculo elinye lokuba ukuxhaswa kwabalimi kumazwe ama-imperiyali ngunobangela
oxingisa ukungena kwezinto zangaphandle e Afrika nakuwo onke amazwe
ayesakuba ngamathanga. Eli licula elaliculwa kule nkomfa idlulileyo
yase Rhawutini imalunga nokulondolozwa kwendalo. Bathi le nkxaso
abantu ngemfe emehlweni befuna ukuba bangayiqapheli ingcambu yendlala
kunye nokusokola ehlabathini. Unobangela bubungxowa nkulu uqobo.
Ukuveza elubala ubuxoki bezizwe ezimanyeneyo kunye nemibutho engaphandle
korhulumente, kufuneka siqale sijonge ukuba yintoni kanye kanye
eyenzekayo. Intelekelelo yezizwe ezimanyeneyo kunye nemibutho engaphandle
korhulumente yeyokuba abavelisi bokutya bavelisela ukondla ihlabathi.
Inyani phantsi kobu-imperiyali imveliso yokutya ehlabathini yenzelwa
ukugcina abasebenzi behlabathi kwimeko yisigxina yokulamba nokuhlala
belamba. Oongxowankulu bathi bazuze inzuzo ngale ndlala yabasebenzi.
le ibingeyonyani kutheni le nto kukho ukusokola xa zikhona imeko
zokuba iMelika ingondla ihlabathi amatyeli amaninzi? Ukuba sidibanisa
ezinye iindawo zama-imperiyali singabona ukuba akukho sizathu sokuba
indlala ibhuqe nomntu omnye. Ukuba banakho ukuvelisa ukutya okuninzi
kangaka kutheni kufuneka baxhase amafama ngezimali nje? Ngokucacileyo
ukuba le nkxaso ayibancedi ukuba bavelise okuyakuthi kuhluthise
wonke umntu. Ngako oko bakholo ntoni? Uburhulumente base Melika
bubhatala intywenka yemali kumafama nge-akile nganye engasetyenziselwa
mveliso, ukuzama ukukhuthaza amafama ukuba angavelisi mveliso ezakungela
ukuhla kwexabiso lokutya.
amazwi kwenzelwaukuba ukutya kunqabe khon’ ukuze amaxabiso
okutya abephezulu kakhulu. Lo nto ithethe ukuthi kobakho ingeniso
enkulu koongxowa nkulu abavelisa ukutya! EYurophu iinkampani zihleli
nentaba yokutya. Amaxesha amaninzi amawaka eetoni zokutya zilahlwa
elwandle.Nalapha emZantsi Afrika iinkampani zokutya zilahla ubisi
kwimibhobho yelindle kwaye ziyaziwa ngokulahla iitoni zenyama elwandle.
Ngokuvelisa kakhulu, leliphi ithemba lamazwe aphantsi kobu-imperiyali
lokunyusa ukuthunyelwa kwemveliso yawo kumazwe ama-imperiyali. Into
ethethwa zizizwe ezimanyeneyo kunye nemibutho engaphandle korhulumente
kukuba, ukuba inkxaso ngemali kunye nemboleko ephantsi bezinokupheliswa
eMelika kunye naseYurophu, ize loo nto yenziwe kuwo onke amazwe
indlala ingaphela. Ngokomgangatho ophezulu wobuchwepheshe, iMelika
kunye neYurophu banokuvelisa ngaphezulu ngamaxabiso aphantsi kunayo
nayiphi na indawo ehlabathini. Ngako oko kungakwazeka ukuba kuveliswe
ukutya okuninzi okunokuthengiswa kumazwe aphantsi kobu-imperiyali
ngamaxabiso aphantsi. Eyona ndlela ayakuthi la mazwe ayesakuba ngamathanga
akhuphisane ngayo kukuba kwenziwe iimeko zobukhoboka. Amanye amacandelo
okutya kula mazwe ayakuthi avalwe. Kodwa iimalike zokutya ezinkulu
yiMelika ne Yurophu.
Lo nto ithi isise kowona nobangela nokuba yintoni le nto umbutho
wezizwe ezimanyeneyo uthetha ngokusasazwa inkxaso yamafama okutya.
Izinga lokusasazwa kokutya linyukile eYurophu, phantsi kwesivumela
ekuthiwa yiCommon Agreement on Agricultural Products, xa uthelekisa
ne Melika. Ukuhliswa kokwabiwa kokutya kuba yingeniso kwezoqoqosho
neMelika njengoko izinto abazithumela eYurophu zinyuka ngokukhawuleza.
Ukuthetha ngokunikezelwa kokutya ngokufikelelekayo ebantwini kukuwa
kubu-imperiyali kwaye bakusoloko bethenga ixesha labo ngelithi benza
iindlela ezinceda abantu abasokolayo behlabathi. Lo gama bababenza
amaxhoba endlala mpela. Ikhona inkxaso yamafama ingekho, imeko yabasebenzi
kumazwe aphantsi kobu-imperiyali iyakuhlala injalo – intlupheko
phantsi koongxowankulu abafumana konke abakufuna ukufezekisa ubomi.
kobu-imperiyali nokungxowankulu abasebenzi bayakusoloko bexhatshazwa
ngelona zinga lakhe laphezulu nokucinezelwa ngama-imperiyali ngazo
zonke indlela. Ubuimperiyali buye barhwaphiliza ngokuthi Buhlise
amaxabiso emveliso yemveli okanye engagqibelelanga esuka kumazwe
aphantsi kobu-imperiyali ngemeko yorhwebo olusekwe ngobuqhophololo.
kukho umlinganiselo ongama 30% kwizinto ezisiwa ngaphandle ziphuma
e Afrika namhlanje, xa kuthelekiswa nomnyaka ka 1980, kodwa ngokwenyani
ingeniso ingaphantsi ngokomlinganiselo ongama 40% xa kuthelikiswa
ngomnyaka ka 1980. Ukongeza koku urhwebo lwase Afrika lunga 46%
xa luthelekiswa nehlabathi liphela ngokwezoqoqosho lwalo, nangona
urhwebo lwaseMelika kunye ne Yurophu lenza umlinganiselo oli 13%.
iinkampani ezinkulu zase Melika zingayinika iAfrika ubuchwephesha
obunokwenza ukuba iyeke ukuxhomekeka kuyo ekuveliseni ukutya? Hayi
ngoba lo nto iyakuthi isengele phantsi ubungangamsha baseMelika
nobo-imperiyali. [ukuba abasebenzi kumazwe aphantsi kobu-imperiyali
bebefumana ukutya ngokwaneleyo, ucinga ukuba bebenokuba ngamakhoboka
eepeni zamashishini oongxowa nkulu?] Ukusuka apho ukuxhomekeka kubu-imperiyali
kubekwa phambili ngazo zonke indleko. Ekuqaleni kulonyaka iZambia
ibinengqolowa eninzi. Ingxowa mali yehlabathi (IMF), kunye nebhanki
yehlabathi (WB) zayalela ukuba urhulumente ayithengise azokwazi
ukufumana imali yokuhlawula ityala langaphandle. Ngoku abantu bayalamba
isivuno sephelile yaye amatyala asekhona. Loo myalelo wokuthengisa
wawuliyelenqe lokuba iZambia ihlale ixhomekeke kuma-imperiyali ukutyisa
abantu bayo lisenziwa ngama-imperiyali. Ngoku izityalo zaphanza.
I Zambia kunye namazwe esemaZantsi e Afrika ajongene nendlala ezisa
ubhubhane wokufa ngeyona ndlela yakha yambi. Ama-imperiyali arhuqa
imilenze ekunikezeleni “ngoncedo” lokutya, nangona ibikwa
bubu-imperiyali obubangele le nyhikityha. Olu “ncedo”
bubutyebi obathathwa kwalapha e Afrika. Kodwa olu “ncedo”
ludlala indima enkulu ukugcina iAfrika isisicaka sobu-imperiyali.
Izizwe ezimanyeneyo liqonga loo ngxowankulu abangama-imperiyali
apho kuqiniswa ulawulo lobungxowankulu kwihlabathi liphela.
kutya kuthengiswa ngamatyala kusenzelwa ongxowa nkulu bafumane ingeniso
ezakha zaphezulu. “Uncedo” luza kunye nemiqathango ebophelelayo.
Umzekelo uncedo lokutya e Angola kwafuneka inikezele ngelungelo
lokuba iinkampani ze-oyile zixhaphaze ioyile yela lizwe eyayibekwe
koovimba. Ubunjani benkampani ezinkulu zoongxowankulu abangama-imperiyali
buqunywa zizizwe ezimanyeneyo, ezi ziveza ngokungathi zingabahlanguli
babantu abasokolayo, hayi ukuba zijongwe njengezona ezingunobangela
ama-imperiyali esoloko eyalela iinkokheli zase Afrika ukuba ziyeke
ukuvelisa ukutya kwazo zivelise ikofu nezinye izinto ezingeko kutya
zakugqiba zizithumele ngaphandle. Amazwe ebeqhele ukuzenzela ukutya
kuye kwanyanzeleka ukuba axhomekeke kumazwe ama-imperiyali ngokutya.
Ilizwe liye laguqulwa yalilizwe le kellogs. Abasebenzi behlabathi
baye baguqulwa kancinci nempilo yabo ayakhathalelwa nemveliso yaguqulwa
ngokwemigaqo yama-imperiyali, kwaye ezi zizwe zimanyeneyo kunye
nee-NGOs nabanye zinoluvo oluthi, yinkxaso efunyanwa ngamafama hayi
ubu-imperiyali neenkampani ezinkulu kunye ne bhanki emazibekwe ityala.
inye ecacileyo yinto yokuba izizwe ezimanyeneyo kunye nale mibutho
ingaphandle korhulumente zizixhobo zobuimperiyali. Phantsi kwemeko
yehlabathi yobudlelandawonye (ubusoshiyali) bonke ubuchwepheshe
bokubakho ukukhulula bonke abantu endlaleni ehlabathini. Akubakho
namnye umntu oyakulala engatyanga lo gama ukutya kulahlwa emigqomeni
ngabanemali yokuthenga. Ubutyebi behlabathi bokuthi busetyenziswe
ukukhupha bonke abantu endlaleni. Iinkampani ezinkulu kunye neebhanki
azinakukwazi ukwenza oku kuba zilawulwa ngama-imperiyali alawula
ukwanelisa iimfuno zegcuntswana ngokuhluphekisa isininzi sabasebenzi.
wendlala ehlabathini bubungxowankulu nobu-imperiyali obufezekisa
iimfuno zobungxowankulu, hayi ukuxhaswa kwamafama ngezimali zembonelelo.
Phantsi ngezizwe ezimanyeneyo (UN), isixhobo Sobu-imperiyali! Phantsi
ngemibutho engekho phantsi kukarhulumente (NGOs) nabo bonke uburhulumente
bongxowa nkulu behlabathi!
Phantsi ngobimperiyali! Phantsi nge WSSD, NEPAD kunye ne GEAR!
Ubungxowa nkulu busigcina ngezintywizisi (TEAR gas), ukubanjwa,
behlabathi! Ubungxowa nkulu abunalondolozo lwangomso!
Phambili ngokwakha umbutho wobukomanisi, Phambili ngeFourth International!
THE COSATU LEADER’S ‘FIGHT’
AGAINST PRIVATISATION IS TO SAVE THE SOUL OF CAPITALISM
A lot of talk occurred around the COSATU strike against privatisation.
The capitalist media and other agents of capital deliberately ignore
glaring facts about this strike and labelled the COSATU leadership
as being “ultra – left”. Yet we can see that nothing
is “ultra – left” about the COSATU leadership
except that they are doing their job of controlling the working
class from challenging capitalism, the basis of exploitation and
oppression. COSATU leaders are a stumbling block to the revolutionary
advance of the working class while the members of COSATU are an
important component of the working class who play the leading role
in the struggle for Socialism.
leadership has sold out on the mandate of the December Special congress
of 1999. The mandate was that COSATU should mobilise for the series
of general strikes against privatisation and other parts of the
GEAR policy. COSATU leaders never implemented this mandate from
the word go and instead called for the 1 day action of the 10 May
2000 which never seriously challenged the state’s privatisation
drive. They then created a safety valve by agreements at the alliance
summit that they themselves called to put an end to the workers
struggle. The COSATU leaders then claimed victory as if privatisation
has been halted. COSATU leaders are doing nothing to bring the APFs
that exists in different regions into this fight. In fact in Gauteng,
the COSATU leaders have distanced themselves from the APF, in effect
splitting the working class opposition to privatisation.
they pretend they never had such a mandate and continue this fight
from a new basis. The two day stay away was not meant to stop privatisation
but the main objective was to stop the working class from seeking
an alternative leadership against privatisation as is already the
case with this fight. The leaders are aware that sitting down and
do nothing while their own members are being slaughtered by privatisation
will expose these ‘leaders’ and force the workers to
look for an alternative leadership and possibly organisation. That
is the most dangerous thing that the capitalists and the ANC are
avoiding – the working class without leaders to control them
to keep within capitalism.
demands speak for themselves. COSATU is calling on the government
to temporarily stop privatisation of certain services. This is not
“ultra – left” at all as it is not ruling out
privatisation in principle. COSATU has long ago agreed with the
government’s plans to privatise in their summit and other
alliance meetings. The National Framework Agreement (NFA) was a
framework for privatisation to take place. The government has signed
sector agreements in health, education, telecommunication, etc for
privatisation to take place. What COSATU leaders want is to buy
time for the ANC government. They do that by pretending that they
are putting up a fight with the government. This is to direct workers
away from looking for a real alternative.
They now lay the basis for the propping up of a reformist workers
party that will counter the revolutionary overthrow of the capitalist
system. They are not putting any alternative to privatisation such
as nationalisation under workers control of parastatals. They say
that they recognise that “some restructuring” (meaning
privatisation) has to occur. When they accepted the concept of Public
Private Partnership (PPP) they accepted that privatisation “is
not all bad”. They claim that only privatisation that leads
to job losses is bad. COSATU supports NEPAD, a major privatisation
tool for Africa. No action was taken against GEAR although it was
opposed to it (in word not in action) from its implementation.
this talk of a fight between COSATU leadership and the ANC is nothing
more than boosting the COSATU leadership as “genuine leaders”
of the people. When they labelled COSATU leaders as “ultra
– left” they are telling those workers who are disgruntled
by the ANC policies and attacks on the workers not to look any further
away from the leadership of COSATU. The ANC (and capitalists) prefers
the working class to be led by COSATU and SACP leadership who will
control the working class for the soul of the ANC, which is the
current chief representative of the capitalist class.
criticisms COSATU leadership and SACP are having of the ANC policies
or privatisation they still support that the ANC is the leading
political force that must be built and made strong by the working
class. These misleaders are fundamentally implementing these anti-worker
policies they purport to fight. It is the COSATU and SACP leaders
in government such as Mdladlana, Radebe, Shilowa etc who are implementing
GEAR and privatisation. Zwelinzima’s anti- privatisation talk,
while promoting an alliance on the other hand, is nothing more than
his ambition to be the next parliamentarian such as Cronin or Shilowa.
the ANC leadership is busy boosting COSATU’s bureaucratic
leadership as “ultra- left” it is busy repressing the
real leaders of the people who are leading the grassroots struggles.
The leaders of campaigns against evictions, privatisation, for land,
are dealt with police brutality and are not called ‘ultra-
left”. These are the people that might get the attention of
the working class and undermine the control ANC have over workers
through SACP and COSATU bureaucracy. By boosting the COSATU leadership
it is undermining these grassroots leaders. None of the COSATU leadership
have faced state repression being ‘ultra – left”
as they are. They are not there when their members are being evicted
or having their electricity and water cut off.
workers are seeing through this COSATU leadership. They know that
it is not trustworthy. When people looked at Jay Naidoo, Shilowa,
Gomomo, they do not see any difference in what Vavi and Madisha
are doing. The working class sees the same empty talk. Their shameful
commitment to the alliance is another measure of how they are like
their predecessors. Workers are asking why do they need the alliance
if it cannot stop the attack on workers and it is actually laying
the basis for the attacks on workers? To the workers it is clear
that Vavi and company need this alliance for personal reasons. Through
it the ANC will give them seats in the government and they will
be silent about the working class and consolidate their family incomes.
alliance does not help the workers in any way but is their cause
of oppression without an effective fight. The small turn out at
the rallies is a vote of no confidence to this wavering leadership.
On the other hand workers know that they have to fight or else things
will become worse. Those who responded do not show faith in the
COSATU leadership either but know very well that the call for this
strike has been a result of their pressure on this leadership that
signed for privatisation against the members’ mandate.
scene is now set for the formation of a reformist workers party.
The capitalist class is only loyal to themselves. In the past they
supported the NP, then they dropped them for the ANC and now they
would even help some other reformist formation, as long as the job
is done, i.e. control is maintained of the workers for exploitation.
Now that they see that the ANC is unable to control the working
class fully on their behalf, they are actively promoting the idea
that the reformists in the ANC and SACP lead the formation of a
is precisely what we warned about in a previous edition of Workers’
International News. This party is guaranteed to be reformist under
the leadership of COSATU and SACP. These reformists will be forming
this party not to destroy the capitalist system but to protect it
from being destroyed by an independent movement by the workers to
form their party to destroy the system. The mass workers party will
be play a counter-revolutionary role. This will be a huge set back
to the workers of Africa as whole if not the world.
How Do We Continue the Fight Against Privatisation?
Firstly, we need to develop a programme of the broadest demands
of the working class and fellow poor. We should strongly oppose
those who want to limit quantities of water to 50 litres per day
per person and such limitations. Such limited demands means taking
responsibility for the capitalist system that we have no control
over, where the working class is in a position of a permanent exploitation.
We need a programme that grows out of the living struggles of the
working class and fellow poor, and poses demands to advance working
class interests to the fullest. All the current struggles against
the actions of the state should be united and supported from a working
need to take a principled stand against privatisation. It must be
stopped and all sectors already privatised should be re-nationalised
under workers control. This should be the main pillar for uniting
all the working class formations, COSATU, NACTU, independent unions,
civics, APFs, Anti – Evictions campaign and working class
political formations. This should be a united front where there
is freedom of political expression. The political formations should
only have observer status and it is up to the broad front to decide
on all matters. From WIVL perspective, we believe that a revolutionary
working class party should be formed based on a revolutionary programme
and revolutionary practice. Phrase-mongering while practice is in
the opposite direction, such as what the SACP does, should be countered.
Even the revolutionary working class party, when it is formed, should
fight for its position in the broad front.
FORWARD TO A BROAD ANTI-PRIVATISATION UNITED FRONT!!
FORWARD TO THE BUILDING OF A REVOLUTIONARY WORKING CLASS PARTY!!
FORWARD TO THE REBUILDING OF THE FOURTH INTERNATONAL!!
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for capitalist slavery
the centuries school education was reserved for the middle and ruling
classes. Only during the rise of capitalism was there a spread of
mass schooling. This schooling was directly aimed at serving the
needs of the rising capitalist system. It was to prepare a class
of wage slaves, the working class, for exploitation. The mass schooling
system has always reflected the needs of capital over the centuries
and the past century and present moment is no exception.
neo-colonial countries have been largely reduced to primary producers
of raw materials, while the imperialist centres have been largely
the preserve of large-scale production. The education system in
each case reflects the needs of capital. It is the needs of capital
that is the main driving force behind the changes/’restructuring’
that is currently taking place in education. How the education system
finally looks like depends on the resistance of the working class
to what the capitalist class wants to impose. The working class
needs to take the lead in opposing the current restructuring in
capitalists claim that over the past 20 years the world economy
has grown. But if we look at the ex-colonies [the neo-colonies]
across the world, there has been massive job losses and downscaling
of industry. The standard of living of the world working classes,
without exception, has fallen. Even in the imperialist centres such
as Britain and the USA, there have been increasing cutbacks on social
gains. What has caused all of this? All over the world there is
excess productive capacity. Factories are under-utilised and farming
conglomerates are subsidised to not produce in order to keep prices
and profits artificially high.
there has been a crisis, the capitalist class pass its effects on
to the shoulders of the working class. It has been 12 years since
the collapse of the international Stalinist machine. Capitalism
claimed its superiority but has failed to live up to its claims.
It has to, on an ongoing basis, develop schemes to extend its lifespan
and its control. With the advance of technology, work has become
more simplified. Capital has no need for huge numbers of skilled
workers. In addition, due to the crisis capital is in, their only
way to survive is to further attack the gains of the working class.
But they have a problem. The current working class has decades of
experience of a certain standard of living and of struggle against
the capitalists. The capitalists have come up with a sinister international
plan to create a future generation of the working class who is unskilled,
uncultured, unquestioning and obedient and who will be prepared
to give up on many of the past gains due mainly to their ignorance
United Nations, and various international capitalist agencies, like
the IMF and World bank, are all part of this sinister plan. Why
do we say so? If we examine the UN international development goals
we can see that their framework is in fact to maintain the inequality
and the dominance of the multinationals. Despite the capacity of
the productive forces to feed the world’s population over
and over, immediately, the UN only sets goals of reducing those
living on $1 per day by half by 2015. By 1998 there were 1.2 billion
people living on $1 per day, so this means that within the next
13 years the number of people living on $1 per day will be reduced
to 600 million. [This is just less than the entire population of
Africa]. But if one looks broader, in 1998, about half the world’s
population, some 3 Billion people, were living on $2 per day. The
UN says nothing about this inequality.
other words the UN and its agencies want to maintain the capitalist
relations, while addressing, or appearing to address the ‘hotspots’.
The international control of capital is built on maintaining the
world working classes in a permanent state of hunger and dependency
on the multinationals. Any real independent development would immediately
challenge the profits of these giant monopolies.
now to education, the UN aims to achieve universal primary education
by 2015. What they do not say but it is implied in their statement,
is that access to secondary and tertiary education will become or
remain elitist and open to those who have the funds. In other words,
the capitalist class and upper middle class will have access to
secondary and higher education to continue their social function
of controlling the world working classes. The youth passing through
the primary education will have a rudimentary[basic] education to
enable them to be passive recipients of capitalist propaganda and
will in effect be robbed of all the past cultural gains. In other
words, the youth will be produced en masse as unthinking robots,
prepared to do the master’s bidding.
to South Africa. The Freedom Charter was vague on the question of
free education up to the highest level. For several decades, while
it suited the ANC leadership, the clause on education was interpreted
in such a way that “The doors of learning shall be open”
meant free education up to the highest level. This illusion was
propped up by various ‘left’ groups who argued for ‘a
working class understanding of the Freedom Charter’. In the
negotiated settlement process, the demands of the working class
was repeatedly watered down until the RDP [Reconstruction and Development
Programme] was developed as the ANC electoral programme in 1994.
RDP only promises 10 years of free schooling. In other words, it
was already in line with the requirements of imperialism [monopoly
capitalism] for reducing the number of skilled workers in the world.
Cosatu and its education affiliates actively promoted this cheapening
of education through their uncritical promoting of the RDP, although
it appears that many members were taken in by the flowery words
of the state and its OBE [Outcomes Based Education] jargon. SADTU,
the teachers union, developed what they called the Yellow book in
which SADTU accepted only 10 years of free schooling and promoted
this as a basis for electoral support for the ANC. Most of SADTU’s
criticism has missed the point, it focuses on issues such as lack
of textbooks, etc instead of looking at the framework. Unwittingly
or wittingly, SADTU became part of the forces justifying the massive
cutbacks in education. Fundamentally the RDP accepted the capitalist
framework and leaving the commanding heights of the economy in the
hands of monopoly capital.
was part of the negotiated settlement and the Cosatu leaders became
the advocates of outcome based education in our ranks. The academics
wrote tomes of documents on the advantages of OBE. In the process,
many thousands of teachers were retrenched and massive cutbacks
in education implemented. In the Western Cape alone 7000 teachers
left teaching and even more than this number of posts were cut down.
Now there is a plan to cut a further 470 teachers and support staff,
in the Western Cape and many thousands more nationally. Most affected
will be the ‘soft’ targets such as pre-primary teachers.
is Outcomes Based Education [OBE] really?
In the government’s revised curriculum statement on Curriculum
2005 they give their views on what OBE is. Whatever they say on
paper is contradicted in practice. They claim to want to aim for
high levels of knowledge. But how can this be achieved if the exit
level is Grade 9 [the old standard 7]. They say they want a learner
centred approach but in practice with over-crowded classrooms, schooling
is reduced to crowd control.
say they want to realise the full potential of the student but if
free schooling is only up to Grade 9, then what hope has the majority
of working class youth of developing their full potential? Even
the free schooling up to Grade 9 is a myth, as parents have to pay
huge school fees from Grade 1. For the past 8 years, students have
been put over to the next standards en masse. Teachers openly admit
that the current crop of Grade 9 students would need a bridging
course to cope with the old Grade 10 syllabus. The government claims
that after Grade 9 the students can proceed to technical schools
or higher standards or look for work.
students will write an exit exam at the end of this year and if
they do not get through they can either repeat the year or they
will be given a work-seeking note! FOR ALL THE HIGH SOUNDING PHRASES
FROM THE GOVERNMENT, IN PRACTICE THE EDUCATION OF OUR YOUTH HAS
BEEN REDUCED TO THAT OF THE FORMER BANTUSTANS WHERE THEY USED TO
ISSUE STANDARD 7 CERTIFICATES TO OUR YOUTH! Very soon, funding to
Grade 10-12 teaching by the state will be reduced to a minimum.
Soon, whoever wants to study at these levels will have to pay massive
amounts. This OBE is thus also a grand privatisation programme of
the state that the unions and other formations have wittingly or
unwittingly allowed in by the front door!
are many other reasons why exit at Grade 9 should be rejected but
educationists have uniformly accepted this. Not a single psychologist
has had the guts to stand up and say wait a minute, the level of
abstract thinking of a 14 year old is only just starting to develop,
so all the high talk of high levels of knowledge is a load of crap!
No, they all have been taken in or have just kept quiet while the
majority of working class youth are being sacrificed to the cheaper
needs of big capital. If big capital has retrenched workers in their
millions, what do they care for today’s youth? The middle
class has not challenged the OBE as they can afford to pay for the
ongoing education of their own children. This so-called progressive
Constitution says children of less than 15 years cannot work but
the OBE system kicks out youth of 14 to become work seekers!
are not saying that the system before OBE was perfect. It was not!
It was also geared to produce cheap labour for the capitalist class.
What we ARE SAYING is that OBE is not going to deliver on its promises
and it is a cover for maintaining class relations in capitalist
society today. It provides a justification to blame all else except
the state and the capitalist class if the youth are not educated.
The parents will be blamed for not controlling the schools or for
not paying fees, the teachers will be blamed for not carrying out
OBE well enough, the youth will be blamed for not making it to university
despite the OBE environment, etc, etc.
the pending collapse of the schooling system we can see why the
tertiary education institutions are being restructured by the state.
There will be, by design, fewer students reaching the tertiary level
so why should the current level be maintained? The restructuring
of tertiary education, in line with the reduced needs of the capitalists
for skilled workers will mean more difficult access, and a host
of obstacles, put in the way of youth wanting to study further.
[see the article on tertiary education elsewhere in this paper]
Nowhere in the world has OBE led to greater educational throughput
of working class youth. In countries like Brasil, where even today
there is free education at technikon and university level, this
was a gain that the working class had fought for.
The teachers have shown themselves incapable of fighting OBE and
the cheap labour system that the state and capital wants. We call
on all parents around every school to form joint anti-privatization
education committees with the students and teachers. We should mobilise
the working class communities, informing them of the dangers of
the OBE and launching a mass campaign for free liberatory education
up to the highest level. Without waging this fight, what future
do our youth have? If our children cannot do better than ourselves,
what are we working for? In spite of the betrayal by the ANC in
government and of the Cosatu bureaucrats and SACP leadership, we
are left with no choice but to pick up the pieces and to rededicate
ourselves to the struggle. The struggle must be for working class
power. Our chief weapon will be unity of the working class in action.
We call on all working class formations to unite in the fight against
this capitalist system.
NO TO RETRENCHMENTS OF TEACHERS AND PUBLIC SECTOR SUPPORT STAFF!
NO EXCLUSIONS OF STUDENTS!
DOWN WITH OBE!
DOWN WITH PRIVATIZATION OF EDUCATION!
WE DEMAND FREE. LIBERATORY EDUCATION UP TO THE HIGHEST LEVEL!
mergers and restructuring of tertiary institutions are geared towards
the creation of a docile, unskilled slave mass and an elite of controllers
[the amabhulu amnyama]of the working class
working class and other poverty-stricken parents are making huge
sacrifices to send their sons and daughters to tertiary institutions
of study in the hope that they will have a better life than what
the parents had to endure. When we look at the profile of poverty
in South Africa and the enormous sacrifices being made by the working
class, it becomes imperative to expose the massive educational fraud
being carried out by the government and in particular by the education
census of 1996 reveals that over 50% of women earn 0 – R500
per month; 2.3 million of those who have work, do unskilled labour;
there are 5 million unemployed. These figures have worsened since
then but act as a useful point of reference. In addition to this,
there are about 500 000 school-leavers every year. There was the
recent WSSD in Johannesburg, where the imperialists [the giant monopolies
and banks], through their government representatives outlined their
plans for ‘sustainable’ development.
do they have in store for these above-mentioned poorest of the poor?
Nothing! Are they prepared to give their latest technology to upgrade
Africa? NO! In fact their plans are to extend the absolute enslavement
of the masses in Africa. What is the role of the SA government in
all this? Did they raise any bold plan to tackle imperialism? NO.
In fact, they, through NEPAD, are prepared to be the local agents
for this complete enslavement of the African masses. Through NEPAD,
the ANC government and their counterparts in the rest of Africa
are promising ‘cost-free’ investment to the giant companies.
They are saying that these companies do not need to take social
responsibility for their super-exploitation of the African mass.
In fact, NEPAD is a plan for the complete privatisation of all social
services across Africa. The last vestiges of state resources will
be put in private hands, in the name of so-called public-private
partnerships. The capitalists exploit the masses and the resources,
while the masses are controlled by the ANC elite – among others!
Some partnership indeed!
short, imperialism wants to keep Africa as a source of cheap raw
materials and agricultural goods. Their plans include developing
the tourism industry and the small industry that is developed is
to provide cheap labour to the capitalists. It follows directly
from this that the needs of capital for skilled labour is reduced
to a minimum. What skill is needed to smile at a tourist? Certainly
not a Btech qualification! This brings us to the grand plan of imperialism
and the government, for the working class. This is directly reflected
in the drastic cuts in education.
[the so-called Outcomes-based education] despite all the hype, is
about delivering cheap labour to a level last seen in the times
of Bantustan education, while allowing the children of the middle
class to rise through the ranks to become the trained specialists
of the capitalists to control the working class. In the old days,
the Bantustans had a Std 7 certificate which sufficed for big capital’s
needs. Today, the ANC government has introduced the Grade 9 [Std
7] Exit exam, which has its first mass trial on this year’s
is widespread concern among educators–they say that there
is no syllabus for OBE for Grade 10. At the same time, the teachers
openly admit that the current Grade 9’s would need a bridging
course to cope with the current Grade 10 syllabus. With the mass
unemployment, and the government washing its hands off education
after Grade 9, many students will be turned onto the streets next
year, to look for work, alongside the other millions unemployed!
This disaster in the schools is reflected at tertiary level.
bright sparks among the working class students who, against all
odds, still make it to tertiary level, will face tougher entry requirements
[dressed up as ‘equity’ is access, in other words a
sufficiently high symbol or ‘capability’ to show obedience
and skill to what the capitalist needs]. Those who make it into
the tertiary institutions will be directed to become the new elite
to help control the working class as a whole. Under the guise of
‘equity and Africanization’, the working class will
be played off against each other. [According to Census ’96,
it is noticeable that white youth between 15 and 25 also show a
high percentage of students, 33%, who do not have a matric qualification.
The lack of throughput through secondary level is therefore not
along colour lines but is a phenomenon among the working class as
plan to reduce the tertiary institutions from 36 to 21 is understandable
now that we see that capital and the government do not want to create
a mass skilled workforce. They hide this through many vague terms
such as ‘critical mass’ of intellectuals needed. What
about the education of the children of the working class? The government
complains about falling enrolment figures. This is not because there
are no people, but merely because of economic factors – millions
are without income. They can’t afford a slice of bread, let
alone a tertiary education for their children. A huge number of
skilled unemployed people will be a social problem that big capital
and the state want to avoid! The state will do everything in their
power to reduce the number of skilled people, despite their sweet-sounding
words – equity in access, etc.
us turn now to the government’s plan for tertiary education
to expose it for the massive fraud that it is:
They say that they want to increase access. Yet, in the proposed
merger of Cape Technikon and Peninsula Technikon, the new institution
will have 20 000 students. But hang on: Pentech has 9000 students
while Cape Tech has 15 000. That means that 4000 students from both
institutions will be excluded! When we see that the 20 000 includes
a new section for nursing, then it means that even more students
will be excluded! If a similar number of students are to be excluded
nationally then we are looking at a minimum of 32 000 students who
will be wiped out through the mergers! And the government calls
this – ‘improved access’.
add salt in the wounds, when one compares the fees of Cape Tech
and Pentech, we see that Cape Tech’s fees are much higher.
For example, an Engineering course at Pentech costs R8000 per annum,
whereas at Cape Tech, the same course would cost R11000 per annum.
Current and future prospective students would suffer serious prejudice
in the likely event of increased fees. The scenario would be increased
The national working group proposed that the debt of institutions
in the mergers be written off. The government says yes, BUT, there
needs to be a tough finance policy in place, with tight controls.
This can only mean stronger follow up on student debt. If the government
is ordering repossessions of furniture and even of houses for water
and electricity arrears, then surely similar steps stand to be taken
against students and their parents for fees backlog! This tight
regime is to intimidate the working class and rural poor and these
threats amount to exclusion in advance by the government, of many
hundreds of thousands of our youth.
3. The government blames the poor throughput of the tertiary institutions
on bad student-teacher ratios. Any sane person would think, well,
okay, let’s employ more teachers. But this is beyond our professors
in government! They say, let us address the problem by cutting down
on teachers and students. A gem of logic better than this would
be hard to find.
4. The government uses the convenient label that the number of masters
degrees and professors that exist will automatically lead to better
student qualification. Well, you get many professors who are simply
unable to teach. You also get many people who know their subject
inside out but do not have the papers for it. What is needed is
to overcome the separation between manual and intellectual work.
5. Some of the supporters of merger say that this will lead to “Africanization”,
but nowhere do they explain what they mean. Do they mean more black
faces? And what has this got to do with merger? Do they mean bringing
in African traditions, and if so which ones? Do they mean African
science? What is this by the way? One always thought that science
is science and not limited to a narrow continental outlook. Are
they proposing doctoral studies in muti? Please, can they explain!
Their Africanization is an excuse to starve the working class of
world culture. Tribalism and narrowness is being promoted and dressed
up as progress.
6. Now, Cape Tech is looking around for more premises as their current
one is too small. Where will they have place for Pentech students?
The government policy document is clear. They say that duplication
must be reduced. In other words there will be one department of
civil engineering, one of electrical engineering, etc etc. The only
way that Cape tech can make way for some of the Pentech students
is if some departments are closed down. The government already has
a list of departments to be rationalised in each province. For example
in the Western Cape, this list includes Architecture and environmental
design; Visual and performing arts; Health sciences; Home economics;
Languages and literary studies; library and museum studies; Public
admin and social work; Gender studies.
7. The merged tech in the Western Cape will only have 750 academic
staff. This means retrenchment of staff. Looked on a national scale
this means a huge number of academic staff to be cut . Estimates
put the cost of severance packages at billions of rands. The state
would rather pay this than employ more staff to reduce class size.
as with the massive cuts at schools, there is more at stake than
just packages. For each package paid, a post will be closed –
for ever! This means a massive cut in education of our youth –
for ever! Overcrowding will be entrenched, not abolished. In the
name of rationalization, there is the irrational deprivation of
our youth of the cultural riches of the world.
8. The government quotes nameless international success stories.
The challenge must be posed: Did restructuring of the World bank/IMF
anywhere lead to greater access and throughput for the working class
students anywhere in the world? The government should quote the
full picture and not make vague references to motivate their dubious
9. UCT, for example, is not being merged.
which worker can afford to send their children there? The universities,
in general, are there to prepare the controllers of the working
class. UCT’s academic staff and controlling structures are
similar to Cape Tech, yet UCT is deemed fit enough to stand alone.
There are huge overlaps in what UWC offers and what UCT does. Yet
Pentech stands to be closed/downscaled while UWC will be built up
as a centre of excellence. Another gem of logic from Professor Asmal!
Mamphele Ramphele transformed UCT alright – she smashed the
union; outsourced most of the support staff ; entrenched the ruling
clique by acting as a figurehead of their plans to smash student
resistance and keep the capitalist flag flying high.
comes as no surprise that Ramphele is today head of the World Bank’s
desk on “development” in Africa! This is certainly not
the type of transformation that we want or need.
simply put, if the government was serious about education of the
poor multitudes, they would open up more technikons and universities.
Every youth deserves quality education. The doors of education should
be open and there should be no discrimination based on class. The
entry should not be linked to ability to pay. History has provided
many examples of free education being provided up to the highest
level. In all such cases it was the working class rising to impose
this. It is high time that the working class in South Africa rose
to the occasion! Now is the time! Students and teachers should actively
support this fight.
each Technikon and university there should be the immediate setting
up of broad action fronts against the tertiary education restructuring
– these fronts should comprise all sections of students, lecturers,
support staff and most importantly, parents.
mergers and other capitalist restructuring! Phantsi amabhulu amnyama!
Forward to free, liberatory education for all up to the highest
On the Ngema article: We are still in the process of obtaining
the cassette and then we will be in a position to further comment
on this saga. Patience, please!
On the Brasilian elections
to the PSTU and Workers Power group] 26.10.02 –Even though
the elections are over and Lula is now President, the article becomes
even more important.
task of the revolutionary party is to raise the consciousness of
the working class, not to bow to its spontaneous consciousness.
Our task is to understand the illusions of the working class and
assist in the process of shattering these illusions and raising
is important not to make a fetish of elections as the PSTU [United
Socialist Workers Party] and Workers’ Power seem to be doing.
The important point is to emphasize the necessity and centrality
of the working class struggle that is the only way to end the conditions
of suffering of the people in general.
PSTU states that it is calling for a vote in the PT [Workers’
Party] and at the same time it is telling the working class the
whole truth about Lula and the PT. Is this really the case? No.
The full truth is that Lula will lead the attacks against the working
class. Is the PSTU saying this? No. They are confusing the class
character of Lula. They say that the Lula of the 70’s is not
the same Lula of today.
was the Lula of the 70’s a revolutionary Socialist or was
he a trade union bureaucrat biding his time while the masses were
on the march? Lula was never revolutionary. What about all the other
capitalist policies of the PT? Here was an opportunity for the PSTU
to put forward a systematic programme of transitional demands. Is
the PSTU doing this ? No. PSTU was and is still afraid to tell the
truth. Is this perhaps an overhang from when the cdes were inside
blank [spoilt vote] is not being neutral
Since when is spoiling the vote not a valid means of struggle on
the election front? The PSTU seem to be wanting tinker with the
policies of the PT. They seem to be saying that if only Lula and
the PT would break with the IMF and the Free trade agreement of
the Americas [ALCA], then the PT programme would be acceptable.
about all the other capitalist policies of the PT? Is there a danger
that Serra will adopt fascist measures? Clearly not. Thus it is
not a matter of a ‘battle’ between the 2, when in reality
all of us know that their programes are very similar. Further, what
about the 402000 voters who supported the PSTU in the first round
, against Lula and the PT, and against Serra? Does Lula become the
‘lesser evil’? Surely the 402000 can form a revolutionary
pole nationally against both major reformist parties and for a major
exposure of the electoral system, exposing that the current choice
is no choice at all – it is like the Conservatives and Labour
Party in Britain. Thirdly, it is not at all clear on what programme
the PSTU is standing? Are you calling for nationalization of the
commanding heights of the economy under workers’ control?
What about transitional demands on all major issues facing the working
know the situation better than us. In the past the bourgeoisie had
no use for Lula – now that they are in a crisis they need
Lula and they actively promote him, on their terms. We do not get
a sense from you of exposing this fact. You are apologetic about
his alleged ‘unfortunate’ support of the IMF and ALCA.
[You seem to be saying that all Lula needs is a bit of persuasion-
or perhaps he is ill-advised?]
calling for a vote for Lula now, you are destroying the revolutionary
pole that you built up in the first round. How can the masses trust
the PSTU in future? They will ask later : If you knew Lula was so
bad why did you not warn us about him and why did you ask us to
vote for him- Why did you keep quiet?”
Workers’ Power position is worse. They did not even call for
a critical support for the PSTU in the first round. They critically
supported the PT on certain levels in the first round. If effect
they were saying that the PSTU programme was worse than the PT!
They clarify that a vote for Lula is also a vote for the PT’s
bourgeois alliance partners. Why is the PSTU silent on this? It
seems that the PSTU has been carried away by the support received
in the first round and is engaging others on the bourgeois terrain,
instead of keeping the revolutionary objective in sight.
call for voting blank would put tremendous pressure on the PT and
Lula especially if you counterpose a revolutionary programme to
what the PT stands for. This would sharpen the class contradictions
against the electoral system and against the capitalist system itself.
Please show us how your positions are consistent with Lenin’s
and Trotsky’s position on the Labour party in the early 1900’s.
Our watchword must be maximum flexibility on tactics but maximum
inflexibility on principle – we must lose sight of our programme
– we are our programme!
to the building of a revolutionary working class party in Brazil!
Forward to the rebuilding of the Fourth International
What We Need Is A Vanguard Working Class Party
exposure of the counter revolutionary role of the SACP and ANC is
progressively taking the South African working class to another
danger – perhaps the most vicious one. It is taking the working
class to a further counter revolutionary path, a most dangerous
one. This most vicious path is the move towards the formation of
the mass workers party (MWP) which will be nothing more than reformist
party. The reformist MWP will be more counter-revolutionary.
sole purpose will be to defend capitalism from being crushed by
the working class in the tide of rising working class struggles
not only against capitalism but also against its counter revolutionary
agents such as the ANC, SACP and COSATU leadership. A setback such
as this MWP will have a negative impact on the revolutionary project
that will be felt very strongly, not only by South African workers
but by the working class of the region and Africa as a whole –
indeed it will have international implications for the working class
we need is not another election with a new MWP in government, but
the total destruction of capitalism and its replacement by socialism
and then communism. This could only happen through the vanguard
working class party in the lead of the mass struggles of the working
class. We need to rebuild the Fourth International.
NGOKULUNGISA UBUNGXOWANKULU PHANTSI!
FORWARD TO THE BUILDING OF A REVOLUTIONARY WORKING CLASS PARTY!
FORWARD TO THE DICTATORSHIP OF THE PROLETARIATE!
FORWARD TO SOCIALISM!
on your side!
We’re on your side” is the marketing slogan of the supermarket
chain Pick ‘n Pay. This slogan is deliberately employed to
dupe the consumer to believe that the owners and managers of Pick
‘n Pay are fighting ‘uncontrollable’ inflationary
forces, to reduce the price of food in their (the consumers’)
interest. Their efforts have been well rewarded by “Divine
Forces”, in that their turnovers and profits have increased
by nearly 50%, while the consumers have been ‘screwed’
to the tune of more than 30% with the rise in food prices.
unscrupulousness of the capitalist distributor of commodities (supermarkets)
is reflected in the shameless propaganda in the midst of untold
misery, due to unaffordability of food, because of the greed of
these monsters. In a country like South Africa where there is more
than 50% unemployment, and the cost of living is so horrendously
high, due to free reign given by the political rulers, to these
capitalists to exploit the working class at will, the organised
working class should demand the immediate introduction of price
controls on all foods, and the institution of criminal charges against
the working class should demand that wages increase as food and
other necessities prices’ increase. This is an immediate demand
that should be put and if the trade union leaders are not prepared
to fight for this, they should be replaced and workers’ action
committees be set up to take forward this fight. Furthermore, the
distribution of food in the midst of millions of starving people,
should be undertaken by the state, if it is at all concerned (as
it claims to be) about the plight of the poor.
the state refuses to take drastic action, the organised working
class should consider ways and means of effecting food distribution,
through its own efforts, which may mean taking over the Pick ‘n
Pays, the Shoprite – Checkers, the Spars, etc etc.
PALESTINE THROUGH INTERNATIONAL WORKING CLASS UNITY IN ACTION!
“Restructuring is not Privatization”
says the President
‘Honourable’ President, Thabo Mbeki, says that the political
left is deliberately spreading lies about the government’s
plans to privatise national assets such as Telkom, Transnet, SA
Airways, Eskom, etc etc.
claims that there is a fundamental difference between restructuring,
as the state aims to do to the above institutions, and privatisation.
Restructuring, according to Mbeki, means the harnessing of private
capital and technology to improve costs and delivery to the general
mass, while the state maintains control of the institution, through
its major shareholding.
agree with the ‘Honourable’ President that there has
been a substantial improvement in the delivery of services such
as telephones, electricity and water, etc. However it slipped his
mind to mention, that the rate of delivery has been surpassed by
the rate of forceful disconnections of the above services, because
of its ill affordability due to high telephone, electricity and
water tariffs and unemployment. The state cannot tell its capitalist
partners to desist from such harsh measures against its own constituency
just because of poverty and unemployment!
Capitalist Partners did not provide capital and technology for philanthropic
[charity] reasons, but to make handsome profits. The capitalist
is working hand in hand with their majority partner, the state,
to take all the necessary steps, (including using the army and police
force) to oversee the cutting off of supplies; to rigorously maintain
the capitalist principle of profit first, everything else later.
the uninitiated would like to know, how does this modus operandi
[method] of restructured industry differ from a private enterprise?
By the way, on his view of the meaning of restructuring, Mbeki has
many bedfellows such as the Cosatu and SACP leaders.
Red October Campaign is an Extension of the Government’s Poverty
The capitalists of the SACP are at it again - giving credit to capitalism.
They say that they have a campaign called Red October to help facilitate
application for the Government’s Poverty Relief to the poor.
What is entailed of course is to tell the people and the poor that
the government cares for them and has put in place programmes to
deal with poverty. According to them, the problem is that people
either do not know about the availability of such programmes, or
they do not know how to apply. They will be bringing forms to those
they will target to give face to their “campaign” and
will make sure that of those applied at least one gets the poor
benefit for publicity to boost the government’s image. Right
now hospitals are closing their services to the poor as a result
of the SACP’s privatisation programme through its leader Jeff
they be starting to deal with poverty by nationalising what they
are privatising? These ‘reds’ are helping one or two
people get peanuts from the government, while they do nothing about
the R100 Billion that the government will mobilise to enrich a handful
of the amabhulu amnyama through ‘enrichment’ deals of
the mining Charter. Sis, the SA Capitalist Party makes me sick.
floor-crossing merry go round was recently blessed by the learned
judges of the Constitutional Court. This act is fully consistent
with the Constitution, they say. Not one care about the wishes of
the electorate who elected the MP’s on a particular platform.
This undemocratic act is itself a comment on the nature of the Constitution
and the judges themselves.
have the learned judges given the game away by acknowledging that
all these parties are in essence the same?! Take the Momberg case
for example. While he was in the DA he was somehow able to conceal
his ten-year criminal record not only from the entire party but
also all the ‘investigative press’. As soon as he decided
to jump ship for the NNP [What a choice! But then again, he did
not have much to choose from!] not only does his record emerge but
suddenly those veritable bloodhounds from the capitalist press come
to life! Yet others queued up to join the ANC. In the wink of an
eye, gone was all their past criticism of the ANC.
important, the ANC welcomed them with open arms. About opportunists
it is said that the one recognises the other. Clearly this is the
case here. Finally, rumour has it that Buthelezi wanted to defect
to the Freedom Front – he wanted to start farming in the Karoo.
The Freedom Front took a principled stand and turned his application
down. Apparently this was because Buthelezi refused to allow Oranje
to be extended into the KZN.
MUMIA ABU JAMAL!
JAILED AND FRAMED BY US IMPERIALISM!