In this statement Groundwork supports the calls for President Zuma to step down, but argues that the corruption of the Zuma administration has its roots in the Growth, Employment and Redistribution (Gear) policy adopted by the ANC in 1996. The statement argues that there is no clear alternative to Zuma, and that Groundwork puts its faith in people mobilising for democracy.
In this article Ahmed Jooma and Shaheen Khan argue for the need for working class intervention in the current campaign for Zuma to fall, and that the working class must form a left bloc that will be part of the campaign that includes all the forces calling for Zuma’s downfall.
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.
Maria van DRiel* reports on the Winter School’s aims, new concept and methology, as well as the challenges and debates that took place at the 2012 Winter School.
In this article Maria van Driel* reports on the participants’ review of the Winter School, which took place three months after the school.
Juliet Kabe* report on the meeting with communities about the solidarity accommodation they provide for the Khanya Winter School.