Workers Organisation for Socialist Action

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The Workers Organisation for Socialist Action is a Trotskyist political party in South Africa.

Founded in 1990, the group claimed that the African National Congress was raising hopes which were unrealisable under capitalism. Instead, for the South African general election, 1994, it formed the Workers List Party, aiming to build a mass Workers' Party. The group took only 4,169 votes, and the Workers List was soon abandoned.[1]

The organisation, chaired by Neville Alexander, soon formed links with Workers Liberty, but following a disillusionment after the poor election result, its membership declined and it changed direction. In 1997, it hosted a conference with the Italian group Socialismo Rivoluzionario, also attended by Lalit from Mauritius and the International Bolshevik Tendency.[2] It is currently close to the United Secretariat of the Fourth International and publishes Vukani Basebenzi and Workers' Voice.[3]


  1. ^ 10 years after the end of apartheid, Workers Liberty
  2. ^ Report on South Africa, International Bolshevik Tendency
  3. ^ Leftist parties of South Africa