Angela Davis Statement In Solidarity With NUMSA Mphumzi Maqungo On May Day 2014 At ILWU Local 10

Angela Davis Statement In Solidarity With NUMSA Mphumzi Maqungo On May Day 2014 At ILWU Local 10

Statement from Angela Davis

I wish I were able to be with you today because I cannot imagine a better way to celebrate May 1st, International Workers’ Day, than to be able to hear NUMSA union official Mphumzi Maqungo address a gathering convened by ILWU Local 10. When Jack Heyman invited me to participate, my first reaction was that this encounter between the most radical union in South Africa and the most radical union in the U.S. was one of those historical moments s no serious activist concerned about the future could afford to miss. Unfortunately I am currently teaching at UCLA and am unable to be with you in person. But I do want to express my solidarity with and support for NUMSA as it unwaveringly represents the interests and aspirations of workers, and of all those who continue to struggle for a socialist South Africa.
Like so many others around the world, I was initially incredulous when I learned about the Marikana Massacre. How could the New South Africa so aggressively recapitulate the old era? How could the ANC engage in such murderous repression? But then I thought about Stuart Hall’s admonition that “there are no guarantees” and that, in fact, the struggle continues. The ANC has unfortunately aligned itself with the repressive forces of global capital, while NUMSA represents the possibility of fulfilling the historical promise of the struggles against racism, class exploitation, and gender violence in South Africa – and thus also for the world.
I send greetings and solidarity to all of you who will be participating in the events – at Local 10, UC Berkeley and the Black Repertory Theater. And to Mphumzi Maqungo, we support you and are prepared to continue to aid you in your struggle for a free South Africa!