cropped-cropped-dokument-1-seite0015.jpgSouth Africa: We condemn the Anti-Immigrant March set for Pretoria

Statement of the Workers International Vanguard League/Party (South Africa), 23.2.2017,




Workers International Vanguard League/Party condemns, in the strongest terms, the march by the Mamelodi Concerned Residents scheduled for Pretoria/Tshwane on Friday 24th February 2017.


Each time the class struggle intensifies then suddenly there are spikes in attacks on poor African immigrants. The only ones who gain from this violence when worker fights worker, is the monopoly capitalist class, who continue to plunder the land.


Last year, in July, the UNCTAD published a report stating that since 2000 the gold mines have been carrying off most of their production without declaring it, more than $213 bn (over R2,5 trillion). This is besides what has been stolen for decades by the mining monopolies and banks, through illegal and legal theft, amounting to hundreds of billions every year.


The govt does not stop this theft. If they did, there would be full employment for all, everyone would have decent housing and health care as well as free education from creche to university. The basis for drug abuse and prostitution would be non-existant.


The police do not arrest the thieving mine bosses nor do they arrest the drug dealers and brothel owners. They know where they are and what they are doing.


The question then arises: Why does the Mamelodi Concerned residents not march on the police stations and the Union buildings? The govt just released a budget where they say that the monopolies can steal as much as they want, they govt will do nothing; the govt prefers to increase the price of petrol. They know that food, transport and all costs for the masses will increase but the bosses can continue to steal the country dry.


Why does the Concerned residents not march on the banks, who are weakening the currency and so reducing all our wages?


For a concerned group, they appear very unconcerned with the wellbeing of the masses. We call on everyone to not only boycott this march but to actively oppose it.


In 2008 when the last major violence against our African brothers and sisters occurred, the police were photographed, openly allowing gangs of thugs in their attacks. Once it occurred in one area, it spread throughout the country.


Thus we can conclude that the misleaders at the head of the Concerned Mamelodi Residents are working with the state- they were even granted permission by the DA City Council for this attack. If this group is working with the state it means that they are working with big capital who want to divert the attention of the masses away from their plunder to worker fighting worker.


We call on workers to get organised in committees of local and immigrant workers, to defend themselves from any possible attacks by these unconcerned concerned group.


We challenge them to lay siege to the police station and the Union buildings and the Chamber of mines; let the march go to the banks who are stealing from us daily.


Don’t hide behind the excuse of drugs and prostitution. Go to the root cause.


If you study the migration of the population in Africa, then hundreds of years ago, people moved from West Africa, to the east at the base of the Sahel and then south to where South Africa is today. Looked at this way, we are all West African.


The mines and the economy in South Africa has always been built from the blood and sweat of workers from across the entire Southern Africa (Namibia, Malawi, Angola, Mozambique, Lesotho, Swaziland, Zimbabwe, Botswana, Zambia, etc.). The wealth has been carried off by the imperialists, not our fellow worker. The imperialist are responsible for unemployment, not our fellow starving worker.


Let us deal with the main criminals, the imperialists, the mines, the banks, and the govt, whether Anc or DA.


Let us not forget that when the apartheid regime and imperialism smashed the resistance movement here, it was our fellow worker, across Africa, who first opened their doors to us, who shared a slice of bread with us.


Don’t allow imperialism and the rich to divide us.


Workers of the world unite, we have nothing to lose but our chains; we have a world to win.


Socialism will be international; let us join hands to free ourselves; the time has come to expropriate the capitalist class, the big bosses, the imperialists.



About RCIT Britain

What the RCIT stands for Revolutionary Communist International Tendency (RCIT) The Revolutionary Communist International Tendency (RCIT)is a revolutionary combat organisation fighting for the liberation of the working class and all oppressed. It has national sections in a number of countries. The working class is composed of all those (and their families) who are forced to sell their labor power as wage earners to the capitalists. The RCIT stands on the theory and practice of the revolutionary workers’ movement associated with the names of Marx, Engels, Lenin, and Trotsky. Capitalism endangers our lives and the future of humanity. Unemployment, war, environmental disasters, hunger, and exploitation are all part of everyday life under capitalism as are the imperialistic oppression of nations, the national oppression of migrants, and the oppression of women, young people, and homosexuals. Therefore, we want to eliminate capitalism. The liberation of the working class and all oppressed is possible only in a classless society without exploitation and oppression. Such a society can only be established internationally. Therefore, the RCIT is fighting for a socialist revolution at home and around the world. This revolution must be carried out and lead by the working class, for only this class has the collective power to bring down the ruling class and build a socialist society. The revolution cannot proceed peacefully because a ruling class never has nor ever will voluntarily surrender its power. By necessity, therefore, the road to liberation includes armed rebellion and civil war against the capitalists. The RCIT is fighting for the establishment of workers’ and peasants’ republics, where the oppressed organize themselves in councils democratically elected in rank-and-file meetings in factories, neighbourhoods, and schools. These councils, in turn, elect and control the government and all other statue authorities, and always retain the right to recall them. Authentic socialism and communism have nothing to do with the so-called “socialism” that ruled in the Soviet Union and Eastern Europe, and which continues to do so in China and Cuba, for example. In these countries, the proletariat was and is dominated and oppressed by a privileged party bureaucracy. Under capitalism, the RCIT supports all efforts to improve the living conditions of the workers and oppressed, while simultaneously striving to overthrow this system based on economic exploitation of the masses. Towards these ends, we work from within the trade unions where we advocate class struggle, socialism, and workers’ democracy. But trade unions and social democracy are controlled by a bureaucracy perniciously connected with the state and capital via status, high-paying jobs, and other privileges. Thus, the trade union bureaucracy is far from the interests and living conditions of its members, based as it is on the top, privileged layers of the working class – a labor aristocracy which has no real interest in replacing capitalism. Therefore, the true struggle for the liberation of the working class, the toppling of capitalism and the establishment of socialism, must be based on the broad mass of the proletariat rather than their “representative” from the upper trade union strata. We also fight for the expropriation of the big land owners as well as for the nationalisation of the land and its distribution to the poor and landless peasants. Towards this goal we struggle for the independent organisation of the rural workers. We support national liberation movements against oppression. We also support the anti-imperialist struggles of oppressed peoples against the great powers. Within these movements we advocate a revolutionary leadership as an alternative to nationalist or reformist forces. While the RCIT strives for unity of action with other organizations, we are acutely aware that the policies of social democrats and pseudo-revolutionary groups are dangerous, and ultimately represent an obstacle to the emancipation of the working class, peasants, and the otherwise oppressed. In wars between imperialist states we take a revolutionary defeatist position: we do not support either side, but rather advocate the transformation of the war into a civil war against the ruling class in each of the warring states. In wars between imperialist powers (or their stooges) and a semi-colonial countries we stand for the defeat of the former and the victory of the oppressed countries. As communists, we maintain that the struggle against national oppression and all types of social oppression (women, youth, sexual minorities etc.) must be lead by the working class, because only the latter is capable of fomenting a revolutionarily change in society . Therefore, we consistently support working class-based revolutionary movements of the socially oppressed, while opposing the leadership of petty-bourgeois forces (feminism, nationalism, Islamism, etc.), who ultimately dance to the tune of the capitalists, and strive to replace them with revolutionary communist leadership. Only with a revolutionary party fighting as its leadership can the working class be victorious in its struggle for liberation. The establishment of such a party and the execution of a successful revolution, as it was demonstrated by the Bolsheviks in Russia under Lenin and Trotsky remain the models for revolutionary parties and revolutions in the 21st century. For new, revolutionary workers' parties in all countries! For a 5th Workers International to be founded on a revolutionary program! Join the RCIT! No future without socialism! No socialism without revolution! No revolution without a revolutionary party!
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