Lucien van der Walt, 1992, “The Violence: The State’s Bloody Hands,” ‘Revolt’

One of the first things I wrote, an undergrad student and activist at the (stormy) time. Lucien van der Walt, 1992, "The Violence: The State's Bloody Hands," Revolt, number 2. More people are dying in Apartheid’s fall than at its height. The cause of the violence is not “tribalism” but a destabilisation campaign by the … Continue reading Lucien van der Walt, 1992, “The Violence: The State’s Bloody Hands,” ‘Revolt’

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[ANALYSIS]: Lucien van der Walt, 1992, “New World Order in Africa,” ‘Revolt’

One of the first things I wrote, an undergrad student and activist at the (stormy) time. Lucien van der Walt, 1992, "New World Order in Africa," Revolt, number 2. The New World Order is on our doorstep with the US imperialists setting themselves up in Botswana and Zambia. Washington, following the end of the Cold … Continue reading [ANALYSIS]: Lucien van der Walt, 1992, “New World Order in Africa,” ‘Revolt’

[RESEARCH REPORT]: Lucien van der Walt, 1999, “The Social Security System in South Africa”

Note: Report commissioned by the moderate Federation of Unions of South Africa (FEDUSA), via the Sociology of  Work Unit (SWOP). It must be stressed that this report takes an essentially social-democratic  position, given the client. I subsequently wrote a substantially revised, rather more radical version (I should publish it one day). The report was written … Continue reading [RESEARCH REPORT]: Lucien van der Walt, 1999, “The Social Security System in South Africa”

[ANALYSIS]: Lucien van der Walt, 1996, “No to New Pass Laws: Solidarity with Immigrants”

Lucien van der Walt, 1996, “No to New Pass Laws: Solidarity with Immigrants,” Workers Solidarity, volume 2, number 2, third quarter 1996. The new South African government adopted a harsh line towards immigrants from an early period. Some blamed this at the time on Chief Mangosuthu Buthelezi, head of the Zulu national Inkatha Freedom Party … Continue reading [ANALYSIS]: Lucien van der Walt, 1996, “No to New Pass Laws: Solidarity with Immigrants”

[ANALYSIS]: Lucien van der Walt, 1998, “Every Worker Must Condemn Attacks on Foreigners”

Lucien van der Walt, 1998, “Every Worker Must Condemn Attacks on Foreigners,” Workers Solidarity, volume 4, number 2, fourth quarter 1998. Written for a progressive magazine in South Africa, this was produced after the first violent outbreaks of anti-immigrant violence in South Africa in 1998. This took place in the context of mass unemployment and … Continue reading [ANALYSIS]: Lucien van der Walt, 1998, “Every Worker Must Condemn Attacks on Foreigners”

[DEBATE/ PAPER]: Lucien van der Walt, 1999 paper, “Some Comments on the National Question From an Anarchist/ Syndicalist Perspective” (revised)

Revised version of paper prepared by Lucien van der Walt for Lesedi Socialist Study Group, Wits University, 16 May 1999 We need to distinguish between several clusters of issues: National oppression, the national question and the basis of national liberation struggles; The causes of national oppression; Nationalism as an ideology of an existing States; Nationalism … Continue reading [DEBATE/ PAPER]: Lucien van der Walt, 1999 paper, “Some Comments on the National Question From an Anarchist/ Syndicalist Perspective” (revised)

[LEAFLET #2] “Stop Retrenchments! Don’t Privatise Wits,” 2000 (for Lesedi Socialist Study Group)

This is the second of the leaflets I put together for the Lesedi Socialist Study Group at the University of the Witwatersrand, in 2000, a part of the battle to stop outsourcing. For the first leaflet and the context, see here. Click on the image for the PDF, or click here.

[LEAFLET] “Stop Bundy! Stop Retrenchments!,” 2000 (for Lesedi Socialist Study Group)

Before the battle for #insourcing was the battle to stop outsourcing ... I wrote this leaflet for the Lesedi Socialist Study Group in 2000. The LSSG was a broad left group at the University of the Witwatersrand. We were from various radical traditions, ranging from Marxism-Leninism to Trotskyism to anarchism/ syndicalism, and had a background … Continue reading [LEAFLET] “Stop Bundy! Stop Retrenchments!,” 2000 (for Lesedi Socialist Study Group)

[ANALYSIS]: Lucien van der Walt, 1996, “What Anarchist-Syndicalists Believe: Understanding and Defeating Racism”

Lucien van der Walt, 1996, “What Anarchist-Syndicalists Believe: Understanding and Defeating Racism,” Workers Solidarity, volume 2, number 2, third quarter 1996. Written for an progressive magazine in South Africa, this article argued that racism needed to be understood as an immense social evil, closely linked to the development of capitalism and the modern state -- … Continue reading [ANALYSIS]: Lucien van der Walt, 1996, “What Anarchist-Syndicalists Believe: Understanding and Defeating Racism”

Lucien van der Walt, 1994, “The Fire Next Time: Lessons of the Los Angeles (LA) Uprising”

I wrote this in 1994 (or somewhere there) as an introduction for a pamphlet published by the Anarchist Revolutionary Movement (ARM) group at the University of the Witwatersrand (Wits). The pamphlet focused on the 1992 riots in Los Angeles in the USA, which followed police brutality against people of colour.  As it was an imported … Continue reading Lucien van der Walt, 1994, “The Fire Next Time: Lessons of the Los Angeles (LA) Uprising”

[SPEECH]: Lucien van der Walt, 1996, “What’s ‘Left’? Is There An Alternative To Capitalism Today?”

Lucien van der Walt, 1996, “What's  "Left"? Is There an Alternative to Capitalism Today?," talk given at a public meeting hosted by the Workers Solidarity Federation (WSF), at the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg. 22 August 1996. Comrades, the starting point of this talk today is that we need an alternative to capitalism. We need … Continue reading [SPEECH]: Lucien van der Walt, 1996, “What’s ‘Left’? Is There An Alternative To Capitalism Today?”

[SPEECH]: Lucien van der Walt, 1998, “The Silent War on the Land against Black Workers”

Lucien van der Walt, 1998, “The Silent War on the Land against Black Workers,” talk given at a public meeting hosted by the Workers Solidarity Federation (WSF), at the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg. 27 May 1998. In recent months, the rural areas have come into focus in the media. Farm killings The bulk of … Continue reading [SPEECH]: Lucien van der Walt, 1998, “The Silent War on the Land against Black Workers”

[DOCUMENT] Poster from 1996 general strike around labour law

Poster from the 1996 general strike called by COSATU (Congress of South African Trade Unions) to try push the new Labour Relations Act (then Bill) in a more labour-friendly direction. A key point of contention was a clause allowing bosses the right to lock-out, which was being pushed by the old National Party (NP), the … Continue reading [DOCUMENT] Poster from 1996 general strike around labour law

[DOCUMENT] South African Sociological Association condemns “Wits 2001” outsourcing

In 2000, I was part of a campaign against outsourcing and neo-liberalism at the University of the Witwatersrand (Wits). As part of the Concerned Academics Group, one of several structures I was active in, I lobbied for the South African Sociological Association (SASA) to issue a statement firmly condemning the "Wits 2001" programme. SASA agreed, … Continue reading [DOCUMENT] South African Sociological Association condemns “Wits 2001” outsourcing