100 år med Mandela

I dag ville Nelson Mandela have fyldt 100 år. I de 95 år han levede, nåede han at blive betragtet som både terrorist og frihedshelt. Men mest af alt vil han blive husket som en inspiration og et symbol for undertrykte mennesker i hele verden.

Nelson Mandela var en vigtig brik i sejren over det sydafrikanske apartheidstyre, der delte mennesker op i racergrupper, med de hvide som overherrer. Og han er et vigtigt symbol for alle mennesker der kæmper imod racisme og undertrykkelse.

Ikke fordi den vision han havde for Sydafrika er realiseret i dag. For selvom Sydafrika på mange måder er et bedre sted i dag end før 1994, er landet (ligesom resten af verden) blevet mere ulige siden ANC kom til magten, Read more of this post

Students saved South Africa

The Nelson Mandela Centenary will be making headlines around the world on July 18. But 50 years ago, Mandela was in prison and the ANC were virtually defunct within South Africa. Instead, it was a students’ organisation that reignited the struggle against apartheid.

As we celebrate the 100th birthday of Nelson Mandela and his contribution to the defeat of apartheid in South Africa, as well as the inspiration he still holds for oppressed people around the world, we must remember to also celebrate the 50th anniversary of the South African Students’ Organisation (SASO). Read more of this post

Ramaphosa – fra kommunist til stenrig minemagnat

Som ANCs nye partileder, og afløser for den skandale- og korruptionsramte Jacob Zuma, bliver Cyril Ramaphosa sandsynligvis også snart Sydafrikas næste præsident. Stenrige Ramaphosa vil dog næppe gøre hverdagen lettere for landets mange fattige.

Jeg husker stadigvæk den dag i marts 1997 på Københavns Universitet, da Cyril Ramaphosa fortalte om sin rolle i kampen imod apartheid og arbejdet med at skrive verdens nok mest progressive forfatning. Read more of this post

UN and ANC legitimise colonisation

Officials from the United Nations, the African National Congress and an array of mostly former but also present world leaders have participated in the Crans Montana Forum in Dakhla, occupied Western Sahara, to the delight of the colonizer, Morocco.

The Special Advisor to the UN Secretary General, and former French Minister, Philippe Douste-Blazy, chaired the opening ceremony and a workshop, Read more of this post

ANC pudser politiet på strejkende minearbejdere i Swaziland

Wonder (2)”ANC’s investeringsfond, Chancellor House Holdings, sendte en hær af kampklædte politifolk mod de 270 strejkende arbejdere på Maloma-kulminen i Swaziland”, skriver generalsekretæren for fagforeningen ATUSWA,Wander Mkhonta  i en pressemeddelelse.

Den lovlige strejke startede i sidste uge, efter at minearbejderne havde krævet en lønstigning på mellem 200 og 250 kroner om måneden.

Maloma-minen er ejet af det ANC-ejede Read more of this post

ANC calls for the release of political prisoners in Swaziland

In a statement from Chairperson of the African National Congress NEC Sub-Committee on International Relations Obed Bapela on May 7, the ANC called for the release of all political prisoners in Swaziland.

“The democratization of Swaziland must preoccupy the work of the African National Congress and all progressive forces as we call for the release of political prisoners, return of exiles and free political activities in that country.”

The ANC has previously called for the unbanning of political parties of Swaziland without any apparent success. In October 2012, ANC Chairperson  Baleka Mbete said that “we need to make sure Swaziland is liberated including the unbanning of political parties,” and in June 2012 President Zuma’s foreign policy advisor Lindiwe Zulu said that South Africa must press Swaziland to unban political parties. Read more of this post

Støtter ANC demokrati i Swaziland?

Sydafrikas regeringsparti, African National Congress (ANC) udtalte på deres politikkonference i sidste uge, at Sydafrika (der er Swazilands klart vigtigste handelspartner) støtter demokratisering i Swaziland.

Blandt andet udtalte præsident Zumas udenrigsrådgiver, Lindiwe Zulu, at ”vi støtter demokratiseringen af Swaziland”, og at budskabet fra konferencen var, at ANC skulle ”presse på” for at få partier lovliggjort i landet.

Med en ting er retorik, noget andet hvordan man rent faktisk handler. For samtidigt er ANC-regeringen i gang med at give Swazilands enevældige monark, kong Mswati III, et kæmpe lån på 230 millioner Euro, uden at stille egentlige krav om demokratisering til gengæld.

Letter to SA minister: release Maxwell and dismantle Tinkundla

The Free Maxwell Campaign has written an open letter to Jeffrey Radebe, South African Minister of Justice and Constitutional Development, to “inquire into is the illegal interrogation, and according to COSATUs website, the additional torture, of Swazi student leader Maxwell Dlamini” on September 30.

The letter also asked the South African government to help dismantle the undemocratic Tinkundla system in Swaziland. Read more of this post

Will Zuma’s South Africa demand democratisation in Swaziland?

“I believe that king Mswati III is under immense pressure even from his closest buddy, South Africa’s President Jacob Zuma,” says Sikelela Dlamini from the Swaziland United Democratic Front, an umbrella organisation of the democratic movement in Swaziland.

The recent spate of pro-democracy demonstrations against the regime in Swaziland, which so far culminated in the mass demonstrations in March and April of this year, shows the increasing willingness of Swazis to face intimidation and police brutality to demonstrate their dissatisfaction with the regime. Read more of this post

Conference of the Democratic Left: ‘We are our own liberators’

‘We are our own liberators’ is the slogan that is to be adopted by the new South African left. This is obviously meant to differentiate the new left-wing movement, Conference of the Democratic Left (CDL), from the increasingly un-participatory and top-down led ANC and its tripartite alliance partners, COSATU and the South African Communist Party (SACP).

Before the formation of the CDL in 2008, there was no left-wing alternative to the tripartite alliance. The CDL seeks to rectify this. In a recent press statement, the CDL called for all “left forces” committed to “an anti-capitalist politics” to participate in the first national congress of the CDL to be held in January 2011. Read more of this post