The Anti-Privatisation Forum (APF) was formed in mid-2000 in Johannesburg through a merger of the Wits Crisis Committee (opposed to the Wits 2001 neo-liberal programme at the University of the Witwatersrand, or “Wits”) and the Anti-Igoli Forum (a coalition of groups opposed to the City of Johannesburg’s Igoli 2000 neo-liberal programme). The Bikisha Media Collective was formally affiliated to the APF and anarchists / syndicalists played various roles in the first five or so years of the APF. Below is a newspaper article from The Citizen newspaper 2002 which includes a photo of APF protestors at the Jeppe Magistrates Court (Johannesburg) following the arrest of a number of 87 APF members for a protest at Mayor Amos Masondo’s house, during which some protestors damaged property. Banners and t-shirts include APF affiliates the Soweto Electricity Crisis Committee (SECC) and the Kathorus Concerned Residents (KCR). It also includes articles on the arrests, and struggles in Ikageng and Soweto and elsewhere against evictions and electricity disconnections.
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