Biography: Lucien van der Walt, 2011, “Thibedi, Thibedi William (1888–1960), South African revolutionary syndicalist and Communist,” in DAB

Lucien van der Walt, 2011, “Thibedi, Thibedi William (1888–1960), South African revolutionary syndicalist and Communist,” in Emmanuel K. Akyeampong and Henry Louis Gates, Jr (eds.), Oxford Dictionary of African Biography, Oxford University Press. Get the PDF here. Continue reading Biography: Lucien van der Walt, 2011, “Thibedi, Thibedi William (1888–1960), South African revolutionary syndicalist and Communist,” in DAB

Biography: Noor Nieftagodien, 2011, “Clements Kadalie,” in DAB

Noor Nieftagodien, 2011, “Clements Kadalie,” in Emmanuel K. Akyeampong and Henry Louis Gates, Jr (eds.), Oxford Dictionary of African Biography, Oxford University Press. Get the PDF here. Continue reading Biography: Noor Nieftagodien, 2011, “Clements Kadalie,” in DAB

Material on L.A. Motler (from Macnab, Gulston’s 1948 “South African Poetry: A New Anthology”

This is material dealing with the anarchist Leonard Augustine Motler, a British immigrant to South Africa, who was also linked to the local Communist Party. More on Motler here and here. This material is from a 1948 poetry anthology. Get the PDF here. (Ironically, the anthology had a foreword by then-famed South African poet Roy Campbell. Campbell, a conservative, authoritarian and anti-modernist English-speaking white South … Continue reading Material on L.A. Motler (from Macnab, Gulston’s 1948 “South African Poetry: A New Anthology”

Motler, Leonard Augustine, 1888-1967 (Nick Heath)

Motler, Leonard Augustine, 1888-1967 By Nick Heath, 2011, from Libcom, here. A short text by Motler, produced before he came to South Africa, can be found here. A short biography of Leonard Motler, English anarchist, deaf-mute and activist against the First World War. “I went round to help Freedom at its Ossulston Street offices… Working there were two deaf-mutes, L.A.Motler and G. Scates, who were … Continue reading Motler, Leonard Augustine, 1888-1967 (Nick Heath)

L.A. Motler, 1919, “Anarchist Communism in Plain English”

L.A. Motler, a British anarchist, was active in South Africa from the 1920s, and at some point joined or associated with the local Communist Party. More on his life here. This is the text of a short pamphlet he produced in 1919, sourced from here. Anarchist Communism in Plain English L.A. Motler This is to explain exactly what Anarchist-Communists want, in as few words as … Continue reading L.A. Motler, 1919, “Anarchist Communism in Plain English”

Interview: Alan Lipman, 2008, “Xenophobia, Nationalism and Greedy Bosses: An Interview with Alan Lipman”

Alan Lipman, 2008, “Xenophobia, Nationalism and Greedy Bosses: An Interview with Alan Lipman,” Zabalaza: A Journal of Southern African Revolutionary  Anarchism, #9, pp. 12-13. For more on Alan Lipman, see here and here. Get the PDF here. Introduction: Alan Lipman served as an early member of the underground SACP, which had been re-established in 1953 after its predecessor, the CPSA, was outlawed in 1950. He … Continue reading Interview: Alan Lipman, 2008, “Xenophobia, Nationalism and Greedy Bosses: An Interview with Alan Lipman”

Alan Robert Lipman, South Africa (1925-2013) (by Lucien van der Walt)

Alan Robert Lipman, South Africa (1925-2013) By Lucien van der Walt, 2017, for Southern African Anarchist & Syndicalist History Alan Robert Lipman, born 6 June 1925 to a Jewish South African family, and raised in Johannesburg and Vrede, passed away on the 27 January 2013.[1] He trained as an architect at the University of the Witwatersrand following a stint in the South African military in … Continue reading Alan Robert Lipman, South Africa (1925-2013) (by Lucien van der Walt)

Talk: Alan Lipman, 2006, “The Anti-Liberation Movements”

Introduction: This is an edited version of a talk given by veteran communist Alan Lipman who participated in drawing up the Freedom Charter in 1955, about why he left the South African Communist Party (SACP) and the African National Congress (ANC), subsequently becoming an anarchist. He was addressing a two-day workshop held by the Zabalaza Anarchist Communist Front (ZACF) at the invitation of the now … Continue reading Talk: Alan Lipman, 2006, “The Anti-Liberation Movements”