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(en) Southern africa, Anarchist Zabalaza #9 BA SEBETSI BA AFRIKA INDUSTRIAL WORKERS OF AFRICA;

Date Thu, 04 Sep 2008 12:49:52 +0300



BA SEBETSI BA AFRIKA INDUSTRIAL WORKERS OF AFRICA, JOHANNESBURG, 1917 MANIFESTO
OF THE INDUSTRIAL WORKERS OF AFRICA, ISSUED IN JOHANNESBURG, SEPTEMBER
1917, IN SESOTHO AND ISIZULU LISTEN, WORKERS, LISTEN!
Workers of the Bantu Race:
Why do you live in slavery? Why are you not free as other men are
free? Why are you kicked and spat upon by your masters? Why must
you carry a pass before you can move anywhere? And if you are found
without one, why are you thrown into prison? Why do you toil hard for
little money? And again thrown into prison if you refuse to work? Why
do they herd you like cattle into compounds?
WHY? Because you are the toilers of the earth. Because the masters
want you to labour for their profit. Because they pay the Government
and Police to keep you as slaves to toil for them. If it were not for the
money they make from your labour, you would not be oppressed.
But mark: you are the mainstay of the country. You do all the work,
you are the means of their living. That is why you are robbed of the fruits
of your labour and robbed of your liberty as well.
There is only one way of deliverance for you Bantu workers. Unite as
workers. Unite: forget the things which divide you. Let there be no
longer any talk of Basuto, Zulu, or Shangaan. You are all labourers; let
Labour be your common bond.
Wake up! And open your ears. The sun has arisen, the day is break-
ing, for a long time you were asleep while the mill of the rich man was
grinding and breaking the sweat of your work for nothing. You are
strongly requested to come to the meeting of the workers to fight for your
rights.
Come and listen, to the sweet news, and deliver yourself from the
bonds and chains of the capitalist. Unity is strength. The fight is great
against the many passes that persecute you and against the low wages
and misery of you existence.
Workers of all lands unite! You have nothing to lose but your chains.
You have a world to win.
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