Maponyane, “Our War Cry is “We Have Had Enough” (ZACF, TAAC) (2017)

OUR WAR CRY IS “WE HAVE HAD ENOUGH”
Bongani Maponyane (ZACF/ TAAC)

13 July 2017

Recent repression in South Africa, like the sentencing of four protestors from Boiketlong township to 16 years in jail for alleged violence, shows what we face. The black working class is victimised and unfairly charged. This is due to the fights and popular unrest in township communities, against unfair, corrupt, maladministration and brutal living conditions. We have less and we live under financial constraints. But once we take action to the streets to fight the brunt of poverty, we face the guns and fists of police brutality. And this where jail time comes in.

Rich men who have stolen billions and exploited millions face no charges, despite media exposing their evils. But the freedom fighters in the struggle get imposed penitentiary time,

We want to stop the corruption, stop the suffering, stop the injustice. The war cry, our popular slogan, should be that we, the black working class, have had enough. The bedrock of every liveable community rests on honour, good services and decent livelihoods. Our brothers and sisters who take up this fight for justice should not be the ones punished for these actions.

But we cannot rely on the politicans, no matter the party or the colour. We know that the people we elect to serve our communities forget doing so, once they live cozily, sit in the luxury seats. So down with this stomach politics!

The 1994 ANC-led regime said it will not do what the National Party did to the people. But we experience the opposite today. The enemy we face has proven to include the ruling party. Nelson Mandela said that if the ANC does to the people, what the NP did to the people, then the people must fight back. So we must fight for justice, against what they have since perpetrated against us.

It is only by building working class counterpower and ideological clarity, and never by elections, that we can win our fight for freedom.

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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).