Workers' party to be launched

2013-03-11 19:16

Johannesburg - A new political party, the Workers' and Socialist Party (WASP), will be launched later this month.

"We [are] trying to build it as a party that can provide a political platform to unite the struggles of the working class people, not just in the mines but all industries," spokesperson Mametlwe Sebei said on Monday.

Sebei said the party intended contesting the 2014 elections.

The party would register with the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) this week and would be formally launched on 21 March in Pretoria.

Sebei said mineworkers, who were part of the national strike committee during last year's mining industry unrest, were backing the WASP.

Mineworkers in the Northern Cape, North West, Limpopo and Gauteng, gave their unanimous backing to the WASP at a meeting in Rustenburg on Sunday, he said.

"This is of huge significance. The launch of the WASP was initiated by a number of different shaft-based strike committees, but this weekend, the rank-and-file leaders of the mineworkers nationwide have come out in support of the WASP," Sebei said.

"Behind these delegates are hundreds of thousands of mineworkers and millions if you include their families and communities."

However, it was not clear who would lead the WASP.

Sebei said the party would hold a meeting after its launch where it would elect its leaders.

He said the WASP wanted to stop the job losses and help create more jobs.

It would also call for nationalisation of the mines under a democratically controlled economy.

According to the WASP's website, it was founded by workers' strike committees from KDC West, Anglo Gold Ashanti, Bokoni Platinum, Harmony Gold, out of work miners at Royal Bafokeng Platinum Rasimone and Murray and Roberts Kroondal, and the Democratic Socialist Movement.

Elias Juba, chairperson of the mineworkers' national strike committee, said the lack of political representation of the working class and poor needed to be tackled.

"Marikana showed that we, the working class, have been abandoned by the ANC," he said.

"The ANC is more interested in protecting the profits of the mine bosses at the expense of the living standards of the mineworkers, their families and communities."

Juba said the launch of a political party was the obvious next step.

  • ansie.fourie.940 - 2013-03-11 19:31

    Eina = ANC

      John Loveland - 2013-03-11 21:25

      You go bous, I'm right behind you, although I'd never vote for you!! I'll leave that for the ANC voters who want to make a statement..

  • Sean Rethum - 2013-03-11 19:32

    Mmmmm, Socialism does not work. Eeish, when will these fools learn.

      gray.braatvedt - 2013-03-11 20:07

      Work and Socialism ... A contradiction in terms

      ClassWarTrotsky - 2013-03-11 20:48

      My attention has been caught, we need an alternative to the ANC/SACP/COSATU hegemony over the claim to represent the proletariat.

      Godfrey Welman - 2013-03-11 21:17

      @Leonard..I share your view, every vote against CancER is priceless.

      AsGodIsMyWitness - 2013-03-11 21:35

      Sure it does. Most of Europe is socialist, as is the UK.

  • Hudayfah Newman - 2013-03-11 19:34

    Try opening an 'unemployed party', you might stand a better chance.

  • Mbuso Siera - 2013-03-11 19:35

    Everyone is starting a political party platform ....the youth must start its own political party platform also so as to address the issues of youth unenmployment...starting political party platforms looks likes the latest trend in this country....

      DuToitCoetzee - 2013-03-11 20:25

      ...and you and me must also try. That is where the money is it seems.;)

      DuToitCoetzee - 2013-03-11 20:29

      Together. Then we call it Sico. South Afican Independant Con Organization. Our 1st two letters of our names. Soounds nice. lol.

  • lacrimosewolf - 2013-03-11 19:40

    Funded by?

  • melt.olckers - 2013-03-11 19:42

    Stupidity is trying the same thing over and over again and expecting a different result.

      lacrimosewolf - 2013-03-11 20:29

      Actually that's the definition of insanity. But point taken :)

  • mantsho.tlali - 2013-03-11 19:43

    What is happening now? Too much confusion.

  • Aliva P Aliva - 2013-03-11 20:00

    Ja ne

  • iNJBL - 2013-03-11 20:03

    I'm also starting my own party get a percentage of vote then I become an MP earn 60000plus a month for the next few years and finally start my own business.

      DuToitCoetzee - 2013-03-11 20:30

      Ok, you can join Mbuso Siera and me. Good salary and perks :)

      iNJBL - 2013-03-11 22:15

      I think ill call it "Progressive Union of News24 Commenters for Change" or PUNCC

      DuToitCoetzee - 2013-03-11 22:39

      Even better :)

  • blessing.khumalo.90 - 2013-03-11 20:13

    In fact this is nonsense man,in fact why the political parties are being funded by the state man.Nx!!

  • Altus Kirsten - 2013-03-11 20:21

    ANC your days a numbered. WASP, Agang, Cope and DA will strike at the heart of your voters. Happy days for SA politics. 2014 elections will be political storm for the ANC.

      ClassWarTrotsky - 2013-03-11 21:02

      WASP and DA will eat at the ANC's core vote block, Agang is a personality driven ego project that will crash and burn like UDM and COPE did.

  • Ushir Sahdao - 2013-03-11 20:23

    Here's a part of their manifesto from their website.... ''kick out the fat-cats. Nationalize the mines, the farms, the banks and big business.'' ...Sounds like juju is trying to re launch his political career under the guise of socialism.

      MJ - 2013-03-11 21:26

      Sounds a lot like Floyd Shivambu drivel to me. Will be interesting to see if his 'good buddy' Juju is also involved in this ploy to further milk the poor, and make promises they can't keep Funny though, just last week those same miners said Juju failed them, and used their 'hardship' for his own purposes. Wouldn't be surprised if they are also alined with the 'militant' AMCU, and aim to use their 'members' like the ANC use COSATU for votes.

  • Altus Kirsten - 2013-03-11 20:23

    Vavi for WASP president.

      womba.wonder - 2013-03-12 02:15

      Vavi earns over half a million bucks a year. He's not a "worker".

  • Uzziphathele KaSkhokho Tshabalala - 2013-03-11 20:29

    I need a party that is going to work for the people of SA,I'm waiting and checking,competition becomes higher and higher,if people want it so nothing wrong,wait and see,'2014 elections......'

      lacrimosewolf - 2013-03-11 20:55

      We'd just like a system where we can fire the useless, inept ones. Instead totally rotten, corrupt, inept Mayors are left in place for 8 years to do untold damage. Then, when the screaming gets loud enough, the ANC takes that position away from him - and sends him to Parliament. I usually mock ZJ on this but really it cannot be that we have no say or control over who represents us and are just forced to put up with whatever drek the ANC decides is good enough.

  • Quintin Rowan - 2013-03-11 20:46

    What happened to.. rule untill jesus comes... Hier kom ñ ding, n lelike ding

  • Clement Mokone - 2013-03-11 21:13

    I don't know if Pule Mabe read what I said to him concerning his 'rule till Jesus comes'. Historically and poli- scientifically what he said lacks depth as far as international political dynamics is concerned. What an irresponsible statement! There is time for every, Jesus said. I am dead sure Jacob Zuma has destroyed the ANC beyond repair. What's happening is a serious assault to it. But I am also glad that what our true leaders of Anc have fought we will always safeguard and pass on to our generations. Viva Madiba, Viva Mamphela!

  • gavin.taylor.79 - 2013-03-11 21:18

    While any opposition party to the ANC is welcomed, I have two concerns ..... 1. Socialism does not work and in the long term, everybody suffers. 2. How long before they start battering one another over the heads with chairs at their meetings ?

  • Clement Mokone - 2013-03-11 21:20

    You cannot fool people forever. Its true. The state president is searching for wisdom now, but I wonder if he will get it.

  • kwazi.khumalo.75 - 2013-03-11 21:28

    Time is up for ANC they must relinquish power as NP did,

  • march54 - 2013-03-11 22:07

    Do they know the acronym WASP means White Anglo-Saxon Protestant?

      womba.wonder - 2013-03-12 02:16


  • herbert.smith.9655 - 2013-03-12 06:15

    This WASP has a sting that is going to hurt the ruling party!! But then half of the ruling party are already either Communist or Socialist. WASP is just and active extension of the ANC towards Socialism, Nationalisation etc. Even Malema is smiling. He will be high-up in this WASP,

  • Brutus Brave - 2013-03-12 08:07

    And the DA becomes even more insignificant.

  • Mpho Kgabo - 2013-03-12 12:48

    Almost evry cityzen seeking an alternative to cease the despotic rulership of cancer

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