Soundz of the South: Why our townships are hell

Why our townships are hell
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Townships came into existence under the apartheid regime, and black people were forced to live in them. Services to the townships were appalling, under apartheid most never even had electricity. Housing and schooling was also deliberately bad. This all formed part of the racist apartheid capitalist system that was built to exploit black people as extremely cheap labour.

Little has changed in the townships since 1994. This is because township residents are still exploited. All that has happened is that a small group of powerful black people, like the Ramaphosa’s, Zuma’s and the Mandela’s, have joined the white capitalists in the ruling class to exploit the majority of people. So everyday the rich and politicians steal from us and take our money by making us work as wage slaves, by keeping us unemployed, by selling us electricity and water, and by turning basic services and houses into products to make money out of us. Continue reading “Soundz of the South: Why our townships are hell”

Soundz of the South: End unemployment; End capitalism and the State

In South Africa, there are millions and millions of people unemployed. In fact, almost 40% people over the age of 18 in South Africa don’t have any form of paid work. Amongst young people between the ages of 18 and 25, unemployment is even worse with almost 70% having no work. Under such conditions, people are forced to live in extreme poverty – because, under capitalism and the state system, if you don’t have money; you can’t get the things you need for a decent life.

The fact that millions of people are unemployed, however, is not an accident. Capitalism and the state system create and entrench inequality and unemployment. Under capitalism and state systems, the rich and politicians have come to own most things, through exploitation and force. The state, through its laws and police, keeps this massively unequal situation in place and protects the interests and property of the rich and politicians. In fact, since 1994, the rich in South Africa – made up of black and white capitalists and politicians – have got richer; while the poor – made up of a majority of blacks but also including whites – have got much poorer. So since 1994 the income of the richest 5% of the population has increased by 37% in real terms; while the income of the poorest half of the population fell by 40%. This means that although workers produce and make everything in society – like buildings, machines and food – the law and private property gives the capitalists and politicians the right to claim most these products for themselves and to exploit workers and the poor. Continue reading “Soundz of the South: End unemployment; End capitalism and the State”

Soundz of the South/ Unemployed People’s Movement, July 2012: Rhini Festival of Reistance, Grahamstown

Rhini Festival of Resistance (Counter “National Arts Festival” @ Grahamstown)

The [annual] National Arts Festival [at Grahamstown, Eastern Cape, South Africa] is an elite festival. Poor people are excluded. Even if art is made about poor people by rich people we can’t afford to come and see it!

Our attempts to engage the current festival management have been fruitless. The hostility to our struggles has been made very clear.

Therefore on 1-7 July the Unemployed Peoples Movement (UPM), Soundz of the South and the UHURU Network [of Zimbabwe – ed.]will host the 1st Rhini Festival of Resistance in Rhini (Grahamstown). We are happy to be able to announce that we will be joined by comrades from our sister organisation Abahlali baseMjondolo.

Our festival of resistance will include poetry, street theatre, a street art and graffiti workshop, music, political discussions, a radical film festival and more. Lesego Rampolokeng will present his poetry and films that will be shown will include Dear Mandela, The Uprising in Hangberg, Che, Injury Time, Hunger and more. Continue reading “Soundz of the South/ Unemployed People’s Movement, July 2012: Rhini Festival of Reistance, Grahamstown”

Soundz of the South, Cape Town

Soundz of the South (SOS) is an anarchist hip-hop collective. It describes itself on Facebook as an anti-capitalist cultural resistance movement working with activists who use hip-hop and poetry to spread revolutionary messages, raise consciousness and critique neo-liberalism.” Its blog states it is “a network of activists who use hip-hop and poetry to spread revolutionary messages, raise consciousness and critique neo-liberalism. The aim of the … Continue reading Soundz of the South, Cape Town