Zabalaza in “Afrique Sans Chaines” (CNT, Vignolles), 2000s

Materials by the Zabalaza Anarchist Communist Federation (later: Front, ZACF) were carried in the Paris-based Afrique Sans Chaines, which ran for at least 5 issues. Afrique Sans Chaines was produced by the Africa team of the International Secretariat of the CNT-Vignolles, an anarcho-syndicalist union  with which the ZACF and, before it, Bikisha Media Collective, had links. Afrique Sans Chaines focussed on African workers in France, African news and African trade unions, and African anarchist and syndicalist news. Several issues of the ZACF’s journal, Zabalaza, carried adverts for Afrique Sans Chaines as well, and Afrique Sans Chaines described Zabalaza as its “sister” journal. In practice, Afrique Sans Chaines carried materials on “Francophone” Africa, and Zabalaza, on “English-speaking” Africa.

Below are complete copies of issues of Afrique Sans Chaines in which Zabalaza or ZACF material (in French, naturally) was carried.

Issue 1 hereasc4_Page_1 CROP

Issue 2 here

Issue 3 here

Issue 4 here

A copy of Issue 5 (no Zabalaza material) is here for reference.

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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).