[Marxism] The xenophobia outbreak in South Africa: Strategic questions facing the new social movements | Links
glparramatta at greenleft.org.au
Tue Jul 22 04:11:07 MDT 2008
By *Oupa Lehulere*
June 2008 -- The township of Alexandra outside Johannesburg, South
Africa, has a long history of resistance to oppression and exploitation.
In the late 1950s Alex (as it is popularly referred to) was the centre
of bus boycotts against increases in fares and of struggles against
apartheid, in the 1980s Alex was the centre of building street
committees that represented what were then called ``organs of people’s
power’’ – forms of alternative government to the apartheid state, and in
2002 the event that announced the presence of the new social movements
on the South African post-apartheid political landscape – the
20,000-strong march led by the Social Movements United – took place in Alex.
The fact that it was Alex that would go down in history as the township
that expressed most publicly the reactionary attitudes held by
working-class people against fellow working-class people from other
parts of Africa throws into sharp relief the process of political and
organisational decline that has been underway within the South Africa’s
working class since 1994.
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