Southern Africa

Book bares Israeli nuclear arms deals with apartheid regime

By Bill Van Auken, 25 May 2010

Israel agreed to sell nuclear arms to South Africa’s apartheid regime in the 1970s, according to a book published today. The revelation has surfaced at an inconvenient time for the US as it campaigns for increased sanctions against Iran.

South African transport workers strike hits rail, ports

By our reporter, 14 May 2010

Workers at state-owned Transnet, the logistics company that runs the rail network and ports facilities in South Africa, are on strike.

Murder of white supremacist leader Eugene Terreblanche destabilises South Africa

By Brian Smith, 12 April 2010

Eugene Terreblanche, a white supremacist leader in South Africa, was murdered in his sleep on his farm outside Ventersdorp, 100 miles west of Johannesburg, following a dispute over wages with a young man and a youth in his employ.

Fifty years since the Sharpeville Massacre: The nature of post-Apartheid South Africa

By Brian Smith, 29 March 2010

This month marks the 50th anniversary of the Sharpeville Massacre, in which 69 people were gunned down by the police during a peaceful protest in South Africa.

South Africa 20 years after Mandela’s release

By Ann Talbot, 15 February 2010

On February 2, 1990, Nelson Mandela walked free from Victor Verster prison, heralding the end of the apartheid system. Two decades later, however, South Africa still ranks among the most unequal societies in the world.

Sri Lanka: Jaffna University students speak to WSWS

By Subash Somachandran, 11 August 2009

Jaffna University students and staff recently spoke with WSWS correspondents over the run-down state of the campus, its desperate lack of basic facilities and the ongoing military repression.

South Africa: Zuma appoints cabinet to please investors

By Chris Talbot, 16 May 2009

New South African President Jacob Zuma has appointed a business-friendly cabinet.

South Africa: Zuma’s victory expresses deepening class tensions

By Chris Talbot, 30 April 2009

The election victory of the African National Congress and its leader, Jacob Zuma, is a distorted expression of powerful social tensions within South Africa.

South Africa: Charges dropped against Zuma in run-up to election

By Chris Talbot, 20 April 2009

In the latest development in the longstanding legal conflict within South Africa’s ruling elite, corruption charges have been dropped against African National Congress President Jacob Zuma.

IMF and World Bank reports predict bleak future for Africa

By Trevor Johnson, 2 April 2009

The IMF predicts the global economic crisis will have a huge and disproportionate impact on sub-Saharan Africa.

Populist businessman takes power in Madagascar

By Barry Mason, 28 March 2009

Opposition leader Andry Rajoelina has been sworn in president of the Indian Ocean Island of Madagascar.

Zimbabwe: MDC proceeds with power-sharing fiasco

By Chris Talbot and Barry Mason, 21 February 2009

Morgan Tsvangirai of the Movement for Democratic Change has been sworn in as prime minister in a power-sharing government in Zimbabwe.

A reply to correspondence on the Rwandan genocide

By Chris Talbot, 13 February 2009

The World Socialist Web Site has received two letters strenuously objecting to our line on the genocide that took place in Rwanda in 1994, when hundreds of thousands of Rwandans identified as Tutsis were killed by Hutu militias.

Letters on Rwanda

13 February 2009

A selection of recent letters sent to the World Socialist Web Site on Rwanda.

South Africa: Zuma faces corruption charges after court reverses previous judgment

By Patrick O'Keefe, 2 February 2009

The Supreme Court of Appeals has effectively reinstated criminal charges against African National Congress (ANC) President Jacob Zuma.

South Africa: Behind the ANC breakaway

By Chris Talbot, 19 November 2008

The decision of a number of former leaders to break away from the African National Congress and to set up a new party is the latest manifestation of the bitter conflict and infighting that has developed in South Africa’s ruling party.

Workers Struggles: Europe & Africa

7 November 2008

The World Socialist Web Site invites workers and other readers to contribute to this regular feature.