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(en) Southern Africa: Zabalaza Anarchist Communist Federation Congress 2004 (it)

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Date Tue, 13 Apr 2004 12:03:38 +0200 (CEST)

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Revolutionary anarchist greetings from southern Africa! The Zabalaza*
Anarchist Communist Federation (ZACF) of southern Africa is pleased to
announce that over the past weekend, April 10 & 11, 2004, it held its
successful first full Congress. Congress took place a few days before
the South African capitalist class holds its third bourgeois elections
this Wednesday. The first day of Congress was held at the Workers'
Library & Museum in downtown Johannesburg, an independent facility
saved from decay by anarchist militants in 1999 which is today a vital
facility used by the new social movements, while the second day of
Congress was held at the Phambili Motsoaledi Community Project in
Motsoaledi, Soweto, a food garden and book-and-tool lending library
established by anarchists in 2002.

Congress is the policy-making body of the Federation and consists of
all available members. It was attended by ZACF delegates from Durban,
Umlazi, Johannesburg and Soweto, plus observers from Soweto. Present
were members of all six collectives that make up the ZACF:
the Zabalaza Action Group (Durban & Umlazi);
the Black Action Group (Motsoaledi, Soweto);
the Shesha Action Group (Dlamini, Soweto);
Bikisha Media Collective (Johannesburg);
Zabalaza Books (Durban & Johannesburg);
and the Anarchist Black Cross (Johannesburg).

Messages of support were sent from observers in Cape Town.

The ZACF was launched on May Day 2003, following more than a decade of
anarchist activity in South Africa, but has so far operated under an
interim skeleton constitution, which is currently on our website.

On the first day of Congress, the members voted to accept a new full
constitution which will be put up on our website to replace the interim
skeleton constitution. The new full constitution affirmed our adherence
to the principles of revolutionary anarchism, taking our inspiration
from the "platformist" tradition of Europe and North America, the
"especifist" tradition of Latin America, the historical anarchist
movement in southern Africa, and the current anti-capitalist movement
in our region. Congress endorsed the ZACF's membership of International
Libertarian Solidarity (ILS) and encouraged greater co-operation, both
with the ILS and with other organisations that had asked for closer
ties with the ZACF: the Insurrectional Anarchist Federation (FAI) of
Brazil, and Autonomous Action (AD) of Russia, Belarus, Kazakhstan,
Ukraine and Armenia.

red & black regards - Michael Schmidt (ZACF International Secretary)


* Note on terms:
"Zabalaza" = struggle
"Phambili" = forward
"Shesha" = to move swiftly
"Bikisha" = (labour) strike

ZACF: For an Internationalist Social Revolution by a Front of Oppressed

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