Mobilising statement for 5 December 2009, Soweto, solidarity march, Soweto, with Abahlali baseMjondolo in Durban, Kennedy Road settlemen

Joint statement issued by the Zabalaza Anarchist Communist Front (ZACF) and others for a 5 December 2009 solidarity march, Soweto, with Abahlali baseMjondolo in Durban – which was attacked in September 2009 at the Kennedy Road settlement.  The ZACF called for, and became part of, the Solidarity March Organising Committee (SMOC), which also included the Democratic Socialist Movement, the Anti-Privatisation Forum and the (Soweto-based) Landless Peoples Movement. The ZACF was the key group driving the SMOC and the leaflet contact details are actually ZACF details.  Some photos of the march here and here.

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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 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 100s of papers conferences and workshops, published in key journals like 'Capital and Class' and 'Labor History', have co-edited 4 journal specials (these on global labour history, African labour, and unions in the Global South), and produced five books. 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. My books includd include 'Politics at a Distance from the State: Radical and African Perspectives' (2018, co-edited with Kirk Helliker), 'Negro e Vermelho: anarquismo, sindicalismo revolucionário e pessoas de cor na África Meridional nas décadas de 1880-1920,' and '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).