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 [EDITED]: The “Anti-Privatisation Monitor” of the APF, 2000
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”
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”
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”
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.
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)
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”
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”
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
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
Lucien van der Walt, lecturer, addressing rally, in support of mass student protests at University of Witwatersrand, September 2010. The problem is the system.
From an old file, when I was an Anti-Privatisation Forum (APF) media officer. The APF was founded in 2000; by this stage (early 2001), with rapid growth, the "core" that met Mondays at COSATU House (myself included) were pretty stretched. The unions that helped found the APF (NEHAWU via Wits University Crisis Committee; SAMWU and … Continue reading [DOCUMENT]: Lucien van der Walt, 2001, “Reorganising the APF Media Committee: Report”
Melanie Samson and Lucien van der Walt, September 2000, "Samson, van der Walt - Communities Mobilise - interview with Virginia Setshedi of the SECC," Anti-Privatisation Monitor, number 1, pp. 1-2 An old interview with Virginia Setshedi, at the time an activist in the Soweto Electricity Crisis Committee (SECC), a key affiliate of the Anti-Privatisation Forum … Continue reading [ANALYSIS]: Melanie Samson, Lucien van der Walt, 2000, “Communities Mobilise: interview with Virginia Setshedi of SECC”
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