Southern African Anarchist & Syndicalist History Archive

The SAASHA site is focused primarily on collecting primary documents, source materials and publications related to the anarchist and syndicalist movement in Southern Africa.

This movement emerged from the 1880s in the Cape Colony, and grew rapidly from the early twentieth century. Its key impact was in South Africa, but it had some influence in Mozambique, Namibia, Zambia and Zimbabwe. Decline from the mid-1920s was marked, although not total.

The 1990s, as elsewhere, saw an important revival in South Africa, with subsequent connections in Swaziland, Zambia and Zimbabwe. We reserve the right to select which materials and comments appear on this site.

Articles référencés

1993 : “The Fire Next Time : Lessons of the Los Angeles (LA) (...)

This was an introduction written by Anarchist Revolutionary Movement (ARM) at the University of the Witwatersrand (Wits), Johannesburg (...)

New Nation (1990) : “South African Working Class Organisation and (...)

New Nation, 1990, “South African working class organisation and the downfall of the Smuts government,” 10-16 August, Matric History (...)

ZACF (2005) : Anarchist arrested by Swazi regime

… Several weeks ago “MK”, a member of the Soutern African Zabalaza Anarchist Communist Federation’s underground structures in Swaziland was (...)

VIDEO : Motsoaledi Concerned Residents (MCR) protest, Soweto, (...)

This is a news report from a protest by the Motsoaledi Concerned Residents (MCR) in Soweto, April 2009. Motsoaledi was a squatter camp (...)

Biography : Lucien van der Walt, 2011, “Thibedi, Thibedi William (...)

Lucien van der Walt, 2011, “Thibedi, Thibedi William (1888–1960), South African revolutionary syndicalist and Communist,” in Emmanuel K. (...)

Biography : Noor Nieftagodien, 2011, “Clements Kadalie,” in (...)

Noor Nieftagodien, 2011, “Clements Kadalie,” in Emmanuel K. Akyeampong and Henry Louis Gates, Jr (eds.), Oxford Dictionary of African (...)

[Archived webpage] : The Workers’ Library and Museum (Johannesburg)

Previous posts have looked at the Workers’ Library and Museum (WLM) in Newtown, Johannesburg, and mentioned the role of anarchists (...)

VIDEO : The Newtown power complex before the Workers Library and (...)

There is an interesting video, captured from a VHS, from a report on the TV station M-Net, on the Newtown power complex in what looks (...)

Repost : “Notes and posters from the Workers’ Library & Museum (...)

Several posts on the history of the Workers Library and Museum (WLM) and the role of anarchists in this body in the late 1990s and (...)

ca. 2003 : “Whose Town is Newtown ?”

As noted elsewhere, anarchists from Bikisha Media Collective (BMC) played a key role in the Workers Library and Museum (WLM), a (...)