The recall of President Thabo Mbeki was not only unconstitutional in terms of the ANC constitution, it also revealed deep undemocratic tendencies within the ANC, and its tendency to ignore its own constituency when making important national decisions. This development will have negative implications for the ANC’s accountability as an organization.
In this article Oupa Lehulere argues that Cronin and his party comrades are using Marxism to defend the interests of white monopoly capital. Lehulere critiques their attack on Malikane and shows how their attack on Malikane is in defence of white monopoly capital. Lehulere further explore the theoretical and strategic errors of Malikane himself.
Rating Agencies are being used by the ruling class to discipline governments and force them to keep to neoliberal policies that support monopoly capital.
The transition to democracy in South Africa deepened the structural inequalities inherited from apartheid, and notwithstanding the democratic gains the transition has reinforced the power and wealth of the apartheid ruling classes. The current crisis in South Africa owes its origins to these features of the transition.
The struggles between President Zuma and Pravin Gordhan has been portrayed as anti-corruption struggles against one individual and one family. The reality is that what the struggle is about attempts by a black middle class that has been blocked from accessing the commanding heights of the economy, and a white monopoly capitalist class that still exercises enormous power in South African society.
Oupa Lehulere* argues that the fracturing within the ANC has little to do with personality clashes, hidden agendas or Zuma’s lack of vision; but rather the class configuration that underpinned the cohesion of the Mbeki group.
In this article Oupa Lehulere* argues the crisis in the culture of reading is linked to the legacy of apartheid, government’s macroeconomic policy and the structure of the publishing industry in South Africa.
In this article Oupa Lehulere examines the specific response of the South African ruling class to the crisis