A conversation with Mazibuko Jara
Editor, Amandla! South Africa's New Progressive Magazine Standing for Social Justice
Tuesday September 11, 2012
The Center for Place, Culture and Politics
Ruthie Gilmore, Associate Director, The Center for Place, Culture and Politics
Harmony Goldberg, Doctoral Student, CUNY Graduate Center
Mazibuko Jara will discuss the current political situation in South Africa in the aftermath of the Lonmin-Marikana mineworker massacre and its broader context, including the internal ANC battles in the lead up to its conference in December, and what this means for working class struggles and efforts to build the left.
Mazibuko Jara is editor of Amandla (amandlapublishers.co.za) and one of the leaders of the Democratic Left Front in South Africa. The DLF was formed in January 2011, bringing together 40 South African social movements into a broad political front of anti-capitalist solidarity and united action. It mobilises for an eco-socialist programme from below. He has an engineering degree from University of KwaZulu-Natal and a masters degree from University of the Western Cape. He has a long history of grassroots activist work with the HIV/AIDS movement, the cooperative movement and community-based development organisations. He was formerly media officer of the South African Communist Party but has fallen out of favour with the SACP leadership. He has extensive global experience working with alliances and coalitions that are critical of corporate-led finance-dominated modes of globalisation and which articulate alternatives that are consistent with the principles of social justice and ecological sustainability.