Profiles: Ousi Lawrence Zitha, 1969-2013, South Africa, TAAC

Ousi Lawrence Zitha came from Kliptown,Soweto. A factory worker much of his life, he lost his job in 2006, and became involved in anarchist political schools/ Red and Black Forums, and joined ZACF-linked Tokologo African Anarchist Collective (TAAC).

The following appeared as Nobuhle Dube, 2014, “Obituary of Ousi Lawrence Zitha,” Tokologo: Newsletter of the Tokologo African Anarchist Collective, number 3, p. 3. (You can get the full issue here, offsite).

Comrade Lawrence was born on 7 July 1969 in Kliptown before moving to Ceza in KwaZulu-Natal. He attended Ceza Primary and Nghunghunyone Secondary, matriculating in 1986 with exemption (excellent at that time).

He was employed by Nampak Polyfoil as a factory worker until 2006. He was an activist, and became involved with anarchism in 2011.

He passed away on 13 June 2013, suffering from chronic kidney failure. He is survived by his mother Johanna Zitha, two brothers (Jaby and Bongane Zitha) and his sister (Gladness Zitha), not forgetting his nieces and nephews.

May he rest in peace.

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.

Related link: www.zabalaza.net

Tokologo #2: Newsletter of the Tokologo African Anarchist Collective, November 2013

Something a lot more recent for a change! Recent newsletter,  produced by the Tokologo African Anarchist Collective, which also has some links to the Zabalaza Anarchist Communist Front (ZACF). PDF link and editorial below the image.

tokologo-2

PDF is here

Editorial

Welcome to the second issue of Tokologo, produced by the Tokologo African Anarchist Collective.

Why do we publish this? We publish it because our country is crying out for an alternative. And that alternative is anarchism, which stands for a free and democratic society, run from the grassroots, in communities and workplaces, and based on equality and freedom. In such a society, wealth like land and factories would be collectively owned; production would be directed to meeting basic needs and ensuring environmental sustainability. In such a society, everyone would have a say in all matters that affect them; poverty and deprivation would be abolished; hatred and competition would be replaced by cooperation and mutual aid by all peoples.

Corruption, exploitation, police brutality, poverty, and unemployment wreak havoc on township communities, on families, on youth. Desperation provides grounds for hatred, by race, by nationality, by sex. The dreams of freedom of the1980s and 1990s have evaporated. Politicians make promises that they do not keep. Workers are killed when they demand higher wages. While Marikana comrades bury their dead, the super-rich spend millions on weddings and parties …

The black working class, in particular, finds itself held by the chains of capitalists and politicians, and weighed down by the national oppression of the apartheid past. But all working class and poor people, of whatever race, find themselves in chains.

The solution is to fight for something better, a new society. This means organising our working class movements to fight for a new society, And it means freeing our minds of confusion, by educating ourselves with the truth about what is wrong, and the truth about how to make things right.

Tokologo aims to contribute to this project. If you agree with what we say, or want to know more, or want a workshop, why not contact us. Our email address is tokologo.aac@gmail.com or phone us on 072 399 0912.