Sue Dobson was a white South African woman who infiltrated the apartheid bureaucracy as a spy for the ANC. When exposed, she and her husband had to flee for the UK where it seems they still live. She’s now written a memoir and film rights have already been sold… and I can understand why; this sounds like a cracking story.
Posts tagged ‘South Africa’
Good article from a socialist publication (Red Flag) that describes in brief the historical context to apartheid, the international solidarity movement, and the critical role played by organised labour and strike action… as well as the eventual selling out of the labour movement by the ANC.
Found this an interesting, critical analysis of last month’s riots in South Africa.
The riots in South Africa are coming pretty close to where some of Vivian’s family live around Durban. The family WhatsApp group was blowing up all night with people sharing info. Really scary stuff. What worries me as well, as an outsider, is the extent to which this deepens the massive social divisions in the country – sectarianism remains a big issue there even decades after the end of apartheid, with the country’s massive wealth still horrifically unevenly distributed. I can understand why rioters would have a lot of pent-up rage about that, but latching on to Jacob Zuma’s self-serving cause doesn’t seem remotely helpful (it’s not like the guy did anything to address inequality while president?), and if my partner’s relatives are correct that rioters are targeting Indians for violent attacks, well, obviously that’s horrific. Just deeply distressing news all around.
In South Africa, as in so many other capitalist countries, the education system is seen as a means of molding children into future workers. But education should be about building democratic citizens, not producing compliant workers for employers.