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Democratic Left Front


Democratic Left Front

The Democratic Left Front was formed as a non-sectarian and non-authoritarian anti-capitalist front in South Africa.[1][2][3] It was formed at the Conference for a Democratic Left held in Johannesburg in January 2011.[4][5] It has played a notable role in solidarity campaigns, most recently around the Marikana massacre.


The Zabalaza Anarchist Communist Front has expressed reservations about the almost entirely middle class nature of the leadership of the DLF[6] and issues around internal processes.[7] However the South African Unemployed Peoples' Movement has welcomed the DLF as an "historic opportunity".[8]


The DLF has expressed strong support for the rights of LGTBI people.[9]

The DLF was actively involved in the Occupy Johannesburg movement in coordination with Taking Back South Africa! on 15 October 2011 as part of the global Occupy movement.[10]

The DLF supported the Marikana miners' strike in 2012[11] and was centrally involved in the Marikana Support Committee.[12]

Further reading

  • Is the SACP Still Relevant?, Mazibuko K. Jara, The Times, July 2011
  • Reclaiming the South African dream, Vishwas Satgar, Red Pepper, December 2011
  • Comments on the Democratic Left Front, Mail & Guardian, February 2012
  • Mazibuko Jara: Advocate of the New Left, Reconciliation Barometer, February 2013
  • Left wing dips into ocean of irrelevance, Imraan Buccus, Mail & Guardian, may 2014

See also

External links

  • Official website

Notes and references

  1. ^ Call to the 1st National Conference of the Democratic Left
  2. ^ It’s time for new left politics, Mazibuko K. Jara, Mail & Guardian, 2009
  3. ^ New Left would expand political debate in SA, Imraan Buccus, 2010
  4. ^ Declaration of the Democratic Left Front
  5. ^ Emergence of the new struggle, KWANELE SOSIBO, The Mail & Guardian, Jan 28 2011
  6. ^ The “Democratic Left”: A Small Step Towards United Working Class Struggle, Anarkismo
  7. ^ Towards a Truly Democratic Left, Jonathan Payn, December 2011
  8. ^ The Rebellion of the Poor Comes to Grahamstown, Unemployed People's Movement, February 2011
  9. ^ Democratic Left: Call for Suppot of 18 July 2012 Picket Against Homophobic Violence & Killings
  10. ^
  11. ^ Marikana a spark for a new South Africa - DLF, by Trevor Ngwane, Politicsweb, 10 November 2012
  12. ^ Interview: South Africa after Marikana, Peter Alexander, International Socialism, 8 January 2013
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