Extracts: “Tales from the Pit” #3 ca. 2004: anarchism, anti-authority + Phambile Motsoaledi anarchist centre and project

The following PDF has some extracts from Tales from the Pit # 3 – this was a ‘zine linked to the South African punk scene. While it was heavily focused on band reviews and interviews, it sometimes included more political (and generally anarchism-influenced) material.

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This extract includes material from a Zabalaza Anarchist Communist Front (ZACF) member, directed at more political members of the subculture (“Anarchism,Punk and a Healthy Disrespect for Authority”) and a report on the ZACF-linked project -centred on the Soweto-based ZACF affiliate, the Black Action Group (BAG), to create a social centre in the Motsoaledi squatter camp inside that township.  This was part of a larger “Phambile Motsoaledi Community Project” linked to the ZACF.  “Phambile” translates as “forward!”

Alert readers will note that these two articles also appeared in the one-off Libertarian Offensive, also linked to ZACF, previously posted here.


About Lucien van der Walt

I teach at Rhodes University, the Eastern Cape. I’m 10th generation South African, born and bred. I have long been involved in union education, and have a background in social movement and left-wing activism, the Workers’ Library and Museum, the Anti-Privatisation Forum, and the National Health and Allied Workers Union (NEHAWU). I’ve presented or published 450+ papers, including conferences and workshops, co-edited 4 journal specials (on global and African labour history, and the left), and produced five books. Southern Africa editor for the 2009 'International Encyclopaedia of Revolution and Protest' (Blackwell). I won the 2008 international ‘Labor History’ PhD thesis prize, and the 2008/2009 Council for the Development of Social Science Research in Africa (CODESRIA) award for best African dissertation, for my thesis on South African anarchism, syndicalism and black militants. I have also done research in Namibia, Zambia and Zimbabwe.

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