South Africa: We condemn the Anti-Immigrant March set for Pretoria
Statement of the Workers International Vanguard League/Party (South Africa), 23.2.2017, http://www.workersinternational.org.za/
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.
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