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Our goal is...

The liberation of the human mind from the dominion of religion; the liberation of the human body from the dominion of property; liberation from the shackles and restraint of government. Anarchism stands for a social order based on the free grouping of individuals for the purpose of producing real social wealth; an order that will guarantee to every human being free access to the Earth and full enjoyment of the necessities of life, according to their individual desires, tastes and inclinations.

Emma Goldman

A bit of History...

 South Africa's pioneer anarchist was Henry Glasse, an English immigrant anarchist who had translated several of Kropotkin's works into English.  But it was in the 1910s that Anarcho-Syndicalism came to be a force worth reckoning with.  A group emerged around the weekly, the Voice of Labour, South Africa's first socialist newspaper, which went on to found the Industrial Workers of the World in Johannesburg in 1910.  A second IWW-linked group, the Socialist Labour Party, aligned with the "political" IWW in the United States, was also formed at this time.  Later IWW-aligned organisations such as the International Socialist League, founded in Johannesburg in 1915, and the Industrial Socialist League, founded in Cape Town in 1918, played a pioneering role in early black trade unionism.

  Repression, the formation of the Communist Party of South Africa in 1921, and purges in the Party in the late 1920s ended the early anarchist movement in South Africa.  It is only within the last few years that revolutionary class struggle Anarchism and Anarcho-Syndicalism have re-emerged in Africa. Anarchist groups have been formed in South Africa, Sierra Leone, Nigeria, Zambia, and elsewhere, to propagate the ideas and practice of free organisation.

   Unfortunately, because of the repression of anarchism, none of these pamphlets are written in the indigenous languages of Africa and, as yet, none have been translated.  Any volunteers please e-mail us (See the "Contact Details" page).

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