[Marxism] Massacring miners: the ANC, the Provos and the Irish struggle

Philip Ferguson philipferguson8 at gmail.com
Mon Aug 20 18:30:58 MDT 2012

On August 16, South African police opened fire on striking miners at the
Lonmin mine, near Johannesburg.  The police shot dead 34 miners and injured
78 more.  While ANC leader and South African president Joseph Zuma has
called for a commission of inquiry and declared a national week of
mourning.  Cyril Ramaphosa, once a militant workers’ leader and now a
multi-millionaire with shares in the Lonmin mine, has offered to pay for
the funerals.  Zuma and Ramaphosa are total hypocrites.  The massacre of
these workers is the perfectly logical outcome of the entire course of the
ANC since it won the country’s first democratic elections in 1994.  The
entire ANC is rotten to the core because its primary commitment is to
managing capitalism in South Africa, a course which also has the happy
result of enriching a whole layer of ANC bureaucrats and converting them
into millionaires.

For an analysis of this course, see
(This is a paper from 1999, which lays out the evolution of South African
capitalism and the ANC.)
The massacre and the evolution of the ANC is of direct relevance to the
Irish struggle for several reasons.  The development of the ANC is similar
to that of Fatah in the Palestine, the Sandinistas after their removal from
power, and the Provos in Ireland.  In each. . .

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