Tokologo #2: Newsletter of the Tokologo African Anarchist Collective, November 2013

Something a lot more recent for a change! Recent newsletter,  produced by the Tokologo African Anarchist Collective, which also has some links to the Zabalaza Anarchist Communist Front (ZACF). PDF link and editorial below the image.

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Editorial

Welcome to the second issue of Tokologo, produced by the Tokologo African Anarchist Collective.

Why do we publish this? We publish it because our country is crying out for an alternative. And that alternative is anarchism, which stands for a free and democratic society, run from the grassroots, in communities and workplaces, and based on equality and freedom. In such a society, wealth like land and factories would be collectively owned; production would be directed to meeting basic needs and ensuring environmental sustainability. In such a society, everyone would have a say in all matters that affect them; poverty and deprivation would be abolished; hatred and competition would be replaced by cooperation and mutual aid by all peoples.

Corruption, exploitation, police brutality, poverty, and unemployment wreak havoc on township communities, on families, on youth. Desperation provides grounds for hatred, by race, by nationality, by sex. The dreams of freedom of the1980s and 1990s have evaporated. Politicians make promises that they do not keep. Workers are killed when they demand higher wages. While Marikana comrades bury their dead, the super-rich spend millions on weddings and parties …

The black working class, in particular, finds itself held by the chains of capitalists and politicians, and weighed down by the national oppression of the apartheid past. But all working class and poor people, of whatever race, find themselves in chains.

The solution is to fight for something better, a new society. This means organising our working class movements to fight for a new society, And it means freeing our minds of confusion, by educating ourselves with the truth about what is wrong, and the truth about how to make things right.

Tokologo aims to contribute to this project. If you agree with what we say, or want to know more, or want a workshop, why not contact us. Our email address is tokologo.aac@gmail.com or phone us on 072 399 0912.

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About Lucien van der Walt

I teach at Rhodes University, the Eastern Cape. I’m South African, born and bred. I am currently also 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 papers at more than 120 conferences and workshops, published in key journals like 'Capital and Class' and 'Labor History', have co-edited 3 journal specials (these on global labour history, African labour, and unions in the Global South), and written well over 130 other articles, papers and entries. I was Southern Africa editor for the 2009 'International Encyclopaedia of Revolution and Protest' (Blackwell). My focus has been on South Africa, but I have also done research in Zambia and Zimbabwe. I won the 2008 international 'Labor History' thesis prize, and the 2008/2009 Council for the Development of Social Science Research prize for best African dissertation, for my PhD thesis on South African anarchism, syndicalism and black militants. I have several books, including 'Negro e Vermelho: anarquismo, sindicalismo revolucionário e pessoas de cor na África Meridional nas décadas de 1880-1920,' 'Anarchism and Syndicalism in the Colonial and Postcolonial World, 1880-1940: the praxis of national liberation, internationalism, and social revolution' (co-edited with Steve Hirsch, Brill, 2010/ 2014) and 'Black Flame: the revolutionary class politics of anarchism and syndicalism' (co-written with Michael Schmidt, AK Press 2009).