Class Struggle and Resistance in Africa by Leo Zeilig

By Leo Zeilig

Publish yr note: First released may possibly twenty eighth 2002

This number of essays and interviews reviews classification fight and social empowerment at the African continent.

Employing Marxist idea to deal with the postcolonial difficulties of a number of diverse international locations, specialists examine such concerns because the renewal of Islamic fundamentalism in Egypt, debt reduction, exchange union routine, and strike motion. contains interviews with top African socialists and activists.

With contributions from Leo Zeilig, David Seddon, Anne Alexander, Dave Renton, Ahmad Hussein, Jussi Vinnikka, Femi Aborisade, Miles Larmer, Austin Muneku, Peter Dwyer, Trevor Ngwane, Munyaradzi Gwisai, Tafadzwa Choto, and Azwell Banda.

Leo Zeilig coordinated the self sustaining media middle in Zimbabwe in the course of the presidential elections of 2002 and, sooner than this, labored as a lecturer at Université Cheikh Anta Diop in Dakar, Senegal. He then labored for 3 years as a lecturer and researcher at Brunel collage, relocating later to the guts of Sociological learn on the college of Johannesburg. He has written at the fight for democratic switch, social activities, and pupil activism in sub-Saharan Africa. Zeilig is co-author of The Congo: Plunder and Resistance 1880–2005.

“Cutting-edge.”—Patrick Bond

“This interesting booklet fills a vacuum that has weakened the believers in Marxist resistance in Africa.”—Joseph Iranola Akinlaja, common secretary of the nationwide Union of Petroleum and traditional gasoline staff, Nigeria

“[An] very good collection.”—Socialist Review

“Read this for suggestion, for the experience that we're a part of an international movement.”—Socialist employee (London)

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The working class seems now, by implication, a tiny and privileged group, many of whom live outside the township slum and have interests separate from the majority of the urban poor. However, a closer look at the statistics reveals something quite different. If we examine the household, we can see extraordinary mixing of the different and seemingly divided groups of the poor. 3 percent of households were there no employed or self-employed. This means that less than a sixth of households were entirely unemployed or self-employed.

The Portuguese army was also involved in Angola and Mozambique in an increasingly desperate bid to hold on to Portugal’s African empire. The armed struggle was launched in Guinea-Bissau after the famous dockworkers’ strike in 1959. On August 3 the police attacked MARXISM, CLASS, AND RESISTANCE IN AFRICA 39 strikers on the Pidjiguiti waterfront in the capital, Bissau. Fifty strikers were killed and more than a hundred were wounded. The massacre convinced Cabral that the struggle for liberation must be rooted in the rural areas.

This brings us to another argument. In Soweto, an extraordinarily mixed urban space, the majority of people do not live in “shacks,” as Davis pictures them. The spread of housing types across Soweto shows that 76 percent live in a range of formal housing, from council housing to recently built government housing. This is not to suggest that there is not a housing crisis in Soweto. On the contrary, a shocking 24 percent of people live in “informal” shacks, hostels, or “backrooms” (often corrugated iron extensions tacked onto the side of brick houses).

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