When the Minister of Education announced last week that Grades 7 to 12 learners would be returning to school from 1 June, Bishop Lavis Action Committee sounded the alarm that schools were not ready and called for a boycott.
Thembinkosi Qondela, a longstanding socialist activist, died this week due to COVID-19 related complications. He was a lifelong activist for social justice who worked on the mines for a year in the early 1990s and thereafter moved to Cape Town and worked at various NGOs and socialist organisations.
The leader of the Unemployed People’s Movement is in hiding after being warned about a plan to assassinate him. It is no idle threat in a province where political murders are rife. ANNA MAJAVU | NEW FRAME
Just 488 artists seeking relief from the Department of Sports, Arts and Culture have been paid out, eight weeks after Covid-19 relief funding for artists and athletes was announced. STEVE KRETZMANN | GROUNDUP
Johannesburg Expanded Public Works Programme workers want to be made permanent.. They were contracted by the Department in 2014 for jobs such as cleaning schools and security services, and given three-month contracts that were repeatedly renewed. ELNA SCHüLTZ | GROUNDUP
GLC interviewed Steven Leeu, a waste reclaimer and organiser for the African Reclaimers’ Organisation about how Covid-19 has disrupted their work and organising, what demands they are making during the crises, and what is happening to their pre-Covid campaigns. GLOBAL LABOUR COLUMN
Many of Mfolozi Community Environmental Justice Organisaiton’s members are subsistence farmers. They complain that coal dust from the Somkele mine pollutes their crops, turns their white chickens grey and the intestines of their goats black. FRED KOCKOTT AND MATTHEW HATTINGH | GROUNDUP
The South African History Archives Trust has scored a major victory in its six-year legal battle with the South African Reserve Bank over access to records that may shed light into foreign exchange fraud, Eskom bonds and gold smuggling during apartheid years. IOL
America’s persistent political dysfunction and racial inequality were laid bare this week, as the coronavirus death toll hit a tragic new milestone and as the country was served yet another reminder of how black people are killed by law enforcement in disproportionately high numbers. WASHINGTON POST
Police violence and the murder of black people in the United States have provoked outrage and protest around the world, including on the continent. But, why is there so little outrage over police violence in African countries? WILLIAM SHOKI | AFRICA IS A COUNTRY
There is a connection between the seeds that you sow of violence externally and internally. Same is true in terms of the seed of hatred, of white supremacy, hating Black people: anti-Blackness hatred having its own dynamic within the context of a predatory capitalist civilization. DEMOCRACY NOW
These are the consequences of the failures of this government and the political establishment, the economic establishment of this country to resolve those crises, and so they build and accumulate over time. And we are watching the boiling over of that. DEMOCRACY NOW
The Black masses in Minnesota have taken to the streets to not only call for justice for Floyd and his family but also to stand up to centuries of state sanctioned white supremacist violence. If George Floyd teaches us anything, it is that COVID-19 is not the only contagion in the U.S. that needs to be eradicated. DANNY HAIPHONG | AH TRIBUNE
With the unconscionable murder of George Floyd by police officers in Minneapolis this past week, we’re reminded of the importance that the fight against racism plays in our struggle. We’ve seen admirable solidarity in those who have taken to the streets to protest police brutality against African Americans in this country. GENERAL STRIKE 2020
A U.S. government program that has provided emergency loans to millions of businesses hit by the coronavirus has been pouring money into corporations, not the small businesses it’s meant to save. REUTERS
A few days after Minneapolis, on Saturday morning, in Jerusalem’s Old City, Eyad Hallaq, a 32-year-old autistic man, was on his way to the Elwyn Center for disabled people. When Border Police called out for him to stop, he started running. The penalty was death. The Border Police fired some 10 bullets into Hallaq as he fled. GIDEON LEVY | HAARETZ
Why is the coupling of religion and nationality so important for Zionist Jews? Is Judaism a religion, or a race, or a people? Either way, once the state is by definition Jewish, any criticism of the Jewish state is viewed as criticism of Jews for being Jewish, and such critics are immediately called antisemitic. SIVAN TAL | MONDOWEISS
Most people are unaware of how black elites in the colonial era were formed and are also not aware that many liberation heroes actually came from this then very privileged group of people. SIYABONGA HADEBE | IOL
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