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”