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South Africa - One Year after Marikana

By suren - Posted on 26 March 2013

Thursday, August 15, 2013, 7:00 - 9:00 p.m. [NOTE - Date change] (at e5) Things are changing at rapid pace in South Africa. In the year since Marikana, the labor movement is embroiled in a fierce struggle over its ties to the Revolutionary Alliance; two new parties (one to the right, AGANG, and a more populist one, Economic Freedom Fighters, have emerged, in addition, of course, to the Workers and Socialist Party--WASP --which formed in the immediate aftermath of Marikana; the nation as a whole is finally contemplating the post-Mandela future (along with re-assessing his legacy); the ruling party seems torn between international puppet masters but the grassroots struggles that defined post-Apartheid South Africa continue apace. We will examine these developments in August, one year after the Marikana massacre.

By way of background, please check out the following short articles that address these topics:

An encuentro 5 and Mass. Global Action coordinator, Suren Moodliar, will share his observations based on his April visit to South Africa. The talk will include an update on the Marikana inquiries. He will then sketch out the different strategies being implemented that nation's diverse and changing progressive left. It will consider quiet opposition within the ruling party and former national liberation movement (the African National Congress), the faultlines within the labor movement, the burgeoning grassroots social movements challenging the state, and new political formations seeking to reconstruct the entire left. Each approach is described with a view to identifying the strengths and challenge of each approach.