“Fuck 2010” – Activists Reclaim Jozi Streets for Soccer — Soccer for the People, Not for Profit (ZACF and others)

From http://www.anarkismo.net/article/13998

Friday August 07, 2009 22:39author by Jon – ZACF

Activists Reclaim Jozi Streets for Soccer

Half a dozen anarchists, including members of the Zabalaza Anarchist Communist Front, participated in a Reclaim the Streets inspired six-a-side soccer ‘tournament’ this Sunday 2nd August in Newtown, Johannesburg. They were invited to form an anarchist team by the organisers.

**All photos courtesy of Aragorn from CrimethInc Far South**
**All photos courtesy of Aragorn from CrimethInc Far South**

The soccer tournament was part of the Recess: Street Credit cultural event and art exhibition which coincided with the annual Khanya College Winter School. The tournament took place on Henry Nxumalo street in Newtown, under the M1 highway – just a few hundred meters away from the Johannesburg Central Police Station – when activists and soccer enthusiasts cordoned off the road with plastic tape and started playing.

According to a call to participate in the event, the tournament was “intended to disrupt the normal flow of traffic in the square, hijacking the street for creative and political intentions. The teams have been carefully selected, a minor representation of a larger socio-political body of organisations and collectives”, intending to “bring together a variety of cultural and socio-political activists, for reasons of networking, political engagement and having fun”.

Unfortunately not all of the eight teams invited to participate in the event turned up, but the Siyaphambili Youth Project and the Circled-A Team were present, together with two other teams. The whole atmosphere of the tournament was against the 2010 World Cup, which is seen by many as the sole preserve of the rich. The SYP team even had the letters to make up “FUCK 2010” painted on the back of their teams shirts.

The Circled-A team lost 5-3 to a team of youngsters, the fourth and fifth goals being scored in the last two minutes when the anarchist team was looking for the winner (and then equaliser). The Circled-A team could perhaps have done better but some of the Soweto-based anarchists expected to play on the team were unable to attend because they could not raise the necessary transport money in time.

There has been talk of turning this into the start of a social movements six-a-side league.

Verwandter Link: http://www.zabalaza.net

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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).