South African reprint of “Counter Information” no. 25, early 1990s, Johannesburg

Counter Information” was (and is) a free newsletter produced “by an independent collective, based in central Scotland, including Glasgow” that fights “against all injustice, oppression and exploitation” (see here and here). Some copies made it into South Africa by the 1990s:  the issue below, number 25 (Nov/Dec/Jan 1989-1990) carried news of the anti-Poll Tax struggle in the UK, the revolts against the Marxist regimes in East Europe (and of the revival of anarchism there), among other issues. It was reprinted and distributed by anarchists in Johannesburg at the University of the Witwatersrand (Wits) around 1992. But without local contact details …

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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.