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The Socialist 19 March 2014

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South Africa: WASP registers for the 2014 elections

Workers And Socialist Party

The Workers And Socialist Party (WASP) in South Africa has registered for this year's elections to the national assembly and for the provincial legislatures of North West, Limpopo and Gauteng.

The presidential candidate and number one on WASP's national list is Moses Mayekiso. Moses was a leading trade union activist in the 1970s and 1980s for the Metal and Allied Workers Union (Mawu) of which he became general secretary.

Mawu, along with other unions, founded Cosatu (the largest trade union federation in South Africa) in 1985 and was a key founding union of the National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (Numsa).

Moses became the first general secretary of Numsa, elected from jail for his labour movement activism and anti-apartheid activities.

He was the hero of an international campaign demanding his release and demonstrations to "free Comrade Moss" were held in cities around the world.

Moses was general secretary of Numsa when the union in 1993 adopted a resolution calling for the formation of a workers' party.

In joining WASP and taking his place in the leadership, Moses is retying the knot of history.

Please donate towards the WASP election appeal by writing cheques to "South African Miners Fund" and post to South African Miners' Solidarity, PO Box 66682, London E11 9ER

In this issue

Socialist Party news and analysis

Smash the pay freeze

Tony Benn: steadfast in speaking out for socialism

After Bob Crow and Tony Benn: We fight on!

No to bosses' EU - For a socialist Europe

Unite to end racism and cuts

Osborne's more cuts budget

Oxfam report: A tale of capitalist inequality

Them & Us

International socialist news and analysis

Crimea referendum will not deliver peace and stability

South Africa: WASP registers for the 2014 elections

Activists in the US demand $15 Now!

Socialist Party workplace news

Defend education: Solidarity with teachers' strike

Doncaster care workers determined to win

Ealing hospital workers fight miserly Medirest

Workplace news in brief

Socialist Party reports and campaigns

Fight for real jobs for young people

Election Appeal: Put your money where the struggle is!

Get your May Day Greetings in

Pensioner jailed for non-payment

TUSC campaigning in Derby

Obituary: Stan Pearce, a Militant miner

Readers' comments and reviews

Review: Call the Midwife

Genetic Modification: A contribution to the debate


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