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From The Socialist newspaper, 12 February 2014
WASP: South African elections announced
South African president and ANC leader Jacob Zuma has announced the country's 2014 general elections will take place on 7 May.
The Workers and Socialist Party (WASP) has been campaigning in Tshwane (which includes capital city Pretoria) to get students, workers, street traders, youth and other community members to register to vote in the elections.
WASP campaigners have also been building community support for the student strike against financial exclusions, which is currently in motion at the Tshwane University of Technology among other campuses across the country, as well as for the mineworkers' strike for a living wage of R12,500.
A petition has been circulated calling for the resignation of President Zuma following the police massacre at Marikana, further police killings in Mothutlung, Roodeport, and now Relela village in Limpopo, as well as his government's failure to fulfil any of its promises to the poor and to workers.
WASP, which was born out of the South African mineworkers' struggles, is appealing for international financial support from trade union branches, campaigning groups and individuals for its election campaign.
Please make cheques payable to "South African Miners Fund" and post to South African Miners' Solidarity, PO Box 66682, London E11 9ER
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In The Socialist 12 February 2014:
Socialist Party news and analysis
Floods misery: Government cuts to blame
What future for Labour and the unions?
Fast food workers want decent pay and conditions
NHS: Kick out big Pharma
Them & Us
Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition
Sheffield kicks off election year with 7.6% vote
Standing up against cuts in Reading
Waltham Forest: Rally for rent control
Lewisham Labour no use in the Lions' Den
London Underground dispute
Tube strike first round: Trade Unions 1 - Johnson 0
London tube stoppages show workers can win
Effective action builds
State attacks trade union action
Socialist Party workplace news
Teachers call national strike
Posties vote yes - where now for postal workers?
Higher Education: Striking for an improved pay offer
Workplace news in brief
Reviews and readers' comments
The Square: bravery and disappointment in Egypt
Housing crisis hell: a worker's view
Don't trust Labour with our NHS
2004 Morecambe Bay tragedy: Has anything changed?
Tebay disaster: Workers' grievances can't be sidelined
Socialist Party reports and campaigns
Councils continue making Con-Dem cuts
Brighton solidarity with LGBTQ+ Russians
Leicester Socialist Student arrested in peaceful protest
WASP: South African elections announced
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