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Global Left Midweek - May 22, 2019

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Remembering a South African Freedom Fighter Called ‘Yahabibi’

Jeff Klein Mondoweiss
During the the famous series of battles around Cuito Canavale in Southern Angola in 1987-8, Wiseman, with his ability to monitor the South African communications, worked as a radio operator with the Cuban and Angolan forces defending the city.

Securing Ramaphosa’s Presidency – At What Cost?

Raymond Suttner Polity (South Africa)
People cherished many expectations for Cyril Ramaphosa's presidency. Many of these were not necessarily realistic and may have derived from a sense of relief in the departure of Jacob Zuma, rather than what may have been possible for Ramaphosa to do.

On Whom Do We Rely For Our Democratic Future? (South Africa)

Raymond Suttner Polity and Daily Maverick (South Africa)
The ANC is in crisis as the “new dawn” stalls. But are other parties ready to drive the democratic project? The DA has lapsed into continued internal conflict. The EFF is not interested in debate. That, too, is unconducive to democratic life.

South Africa: Undeclared Crisis of the “New Dawn”

Raymond Suttner Polity (South Africa)
There are a range of developments happening simultaneously now that throw a disquieting light on any democratic and potentially broader emancipatory project in South Africa. These do not receive much attention in media coverage or political discourse

The New Is Not Yet Born - Remembering Nelson Mandela

Nomboniso Gasa News 24 City Press (South Africa)
It is time for Ramaphosa to take decisive steps. He does not have sufficient time left. The early months in office set the tone. He has taken important decisions. But this administration needs to develop a strong vision and communicate it.

Remembering Chief Albert Luthuli on the 50th Anniversary of his Death

Raymond Suttner Polity (South Africa)
One of the reasons why we need to recall Luthuli's life in this time of shameful and shameless greed is that he consciously emphasised what he called the "gospel of service". Even if the ANC chooses to neglect the memory and legacies of Luthuli we, the citizens of South Africa need to draw on these. Luthuli was the first non-racial leader in South Africa, the first African to have a following amongst whites.

South African Communist Party 14th Congress Discusses Future Role in National Politics

Abayomi Azikiwe News Ghana
Although advances for the South African people have been made under ANC leadership, continuing poverty and unemployment made worse by the recession and decline in the value of the Rand. The solution to our frustrations with the ANC will not be solved if the reasons that have led to the failure to assert working class hegemony within the tripartite alliance of ANC, COSATU and SACP is not accurately diagnosed. This was the question before the SACP Convention.
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