South Africa Today: Confronting Neo-Liberalism

Panel/Workshop Organizer Last Name: 
Goodman
Panel/Workshop Organizer First Name: 
Marty
Panel/Workshop Organizer Affiliation: 
Socialist Action
Host/Sponsor: 
Socialist Action
Abstract: 
The living standards of the overwhelmingly Black South African working class have actually gone down since the fall of apartheid. In response to a tightening World Bank austerity plan, enacted by the ruling African National Congress (ANC), contemporary South Africa has become, “the protest capital of the world.” In 2012, 34 striking platinum Lonmin mine workers were killed by ANC cops and company goons, but no one was punished. Moreover, charges of massive corruption, which included President Jacob Zuma, have shaken the country. A powerful new force, spearheaded by the large metal workers’ union (NUMSA), the largest union in the country, says it is time to break with the status quo and capitalism. Meanwhile, a massive student struggle to democratize and de-racialize education has swept the country. Discussing these developments and more will be three prominent South African activists appearing via Skype, along with Glen Ford, editor of the Black Agenda Report. Please join us for a unique look at South Africa today!
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