[STATEMENT]: APF – 17 August 2000 – APF Statement Supporting COSATU, Union Protests against Labour Law Amendments

The text of another statement I wrote when I was a Media Officer for the Anti-Privatisation Forum (APF). APF STATEMENT ON LABOUR LAWS 17 August 2000 The Johannesburg Anti-Privatisation Forum expresses its full solidarity with today’s protest action by COSATU. We support COSATU’s resolute stand in opposition to the proposed labour law changes. The proposed … Continue reading [STATEMENT]: APF – 17 August 2000 – APF Statement Supporting COSATU, Union Protests against Labour Law Amendments

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[STATEMENT]: APF – 11 October 2000 – “Release all S26 Prisoners”

The text of another statement I wrote when I was a Media Officer for the Anti-Privatisation Forum (APF). RELEASE ALL S26 PRISONERS During and after the S26 demonstration in Prague the Czech police arrested up to 950 people. Those arrested were denied their legal rights, were beaten in custody and denied access to legal aid, … Continue reading [STATEMENT]: APF – 11 October 2000 – “Release all S26 Prisoners”

[STATEMENT] APF – 24 August 2000 – “No Business as Usual as Anti-Privatisation Forum protests Khetso Gordhaan and iGoli 2002”

The text of another statement I wrote when I was a Media Officer for the Anti-Privatisation Forum (APF). Subject: No business as usual as Anti-Privatisation Forum protests Khetso Gordhaan and iGoli 2002 Date: Thu, 24 Aug 2000 19:33:31 GMT + 2:00 The Anti-Privatisation Forum organised protest at the Gordon Institute of Business Science on Thursday … Continue reading [STATEMENT] APF – 24 August 2000 – “No Business as Usual as Anti-Privatisation Forum protests Khetso Gordhaan and iGoli 2002”

[STATEMENT]: 7 August 2000 – APF Communiqué number 2: “Bundy’s iron fist versus democracy and freedom of expression|

The text of another statement I wrote when I was a Media Officer for the Anti-Privatisation Forum (APF). Issued for the anti-privatisation/ anti-outsourcing struggle at the University of the Witwatersrand (Wits) ongoing the time. It was labelled a "communiqué" as a play on Wits' practice at the time of calling its official statements "communiqués. Anti-privatisation … Continue reading [STATEMENT]: 7 August 2000 – APF Communiqué number 2: “Bundy’s iron fist versus democracy and freedom of expression|

[STATEMENT] APF Press Release – “APF: Kathorus to March against Privatisation 10 May 2001”

The text of another statement I wrote when I was a Media Officer for the Anti-Privatisation Forum (APF). I was guided by comrades of KCR and others to paint the picture of what was happening on the East Rand, and how the working class was fighting back. ANTI-PRIVATISATION FORUM C/o AIDC offices, 3rd floor, COSATU … Continue reading [STATEMENT] APF Press Release – “APF: Kathorus to March against Privatisation 10 May 2001”

[STATEMENT]: APF statement – 15 August 2000 – APF rejects the Ministry of Public Enterprises’ “Accelerated Agenda Towards the Restructuring of State-owned Enterprises”

The text of another APF statement from when I was a Media Officer for the Anti-Privatisation Forum (APF). I worked on it with Nicolas Dieltiens, also an APF Media Officer at the time. ANTI-PRIVATISATION FORUM C/o AIDC offices, 3rd floor, COSATU House, Braamfontein, Johannesburg, 2017 339-4121 The Johannesburg Anti-Privatisation Forum (APF) notes with concerns government’s … Continue reading [STATEMENT]: APF statement – 15 August 2000 – APF rejects the Ministry of Public Enterprises’ “Accelerated Agenda Towards the Restructuring of State-owned Enterprises”

[STATEMENT]: 18 July 2000 – APF Communiqué number 1: “Disrupting Whose Urban Futures?”

The text of a statement I wrote when I was a Media Officer for the Anti-Privatisation Forum (APF). This followed a protest at the "Urban Futures" conference at the University of the Witwatersrand (Wits), 14 July 2000, organised by the APF. The conference was largely organised by  the Greater Johannesburg Metropolitan Council (GJMC) and Wits … Continue reading [STATEMENT]: 18 July 2000 – APF Communiqué number 1: “Disrupting Whose Urban Futures?”

[LEAFLET]: (updated) APF/ KRC in 2001: All Kathorus Residents — March On The Council!

The text of another leaflet I wrote when I was a Media Officer for the Anti-Privatisation Forum (APF). This was for a march led by APF affiliate, the Kathorus Concerned Residents Committee (KRC).  KRC was based in the big blue collar townships of the East Rand. The march was from Katlehong township. Get the PDF … Continue reading [LEAFLET]: (updated) APF/ KRC in 2001: All Kathorus Residents — March On The Council!

[EDITOR]: The “Anti-Privatisation Monitor” of the APF, 2000

Back in the day, I was a founder member of the Anti-Privatisation Forum (APF) in Gauteng in 2000. The APF was born of a merger of the Wits University Crisis Committee (fighting neo-liberal campus restructuring at the University of the Witwatersrand) and the Anti-Igoli Forum (fighting neo-liberal municipal reforms in Greater Johannesburg). It included unions … Continue reading [EDITOR]: The “Anti-Privatisation Monitor” of the APF, 2000

[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”

[STATEMENT, 2015] Lucien van der Walt, “With the Working Class, Against Imperialism and Terror Attacks”

Published at anarkismo.net on 15 November 2015 here With The Working Class, Against Imperialism and Terror Attacks. Lucien van der Walt Politics should be approached with a simple rule: does an action help or harm the working class and poor's struggle for complete freedom? Strategic choices are determined by moral or ethical ones. More precisely: … Continue reading [STATEMENT, 2015] Lucien van der Walt, “With the Working Class, Against Imperialism and Terror Attacks”

[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)