Photo: enduring anarchist, ZACF message at Motsoaledi squatter camp, Soweto, 2017

Ten years ago, comrades and friends of the Zabalaza Anarchist Communist Front / Black Action Group / Phambili Motsoaledi Community Project, then active in Motsoaledi squatter camp in Soweto, painted a large mural for “Land and Freedom.”

Although ZACF is no longer active in the area, the mural endures, as a recent photo attests:


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.