Democratic Left Front
The Democratic Left Front was formed as a non-sectarian and non-authoritarian anti-capitalist front in South Africa. It was formed from the Conference for a Democratic Left launched in 2008, at an event held in Johannesburg in January 2011. It played a notable role in solidarity campaigns, most notably concerning the Marikana massacre. With the rise of the United Front, and following divisions within the DLF, the formation has become less active.
The Zabalaza Anarchist Communist Front expressed reservations about the almost entirely middle class nature of the leadership of the DLF and matters of internal processes. However the South African Unemployed Peoples' Movement welcomed the DLF as an "historic opportunity".
The DLF expressed strong support for the rights of LGTBI people.
- 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
Notes and references
- Call to the 1st National Conference of the Democratic Left
- It’s time for new left politics, Mazibuko K. Jara, Mail & Guardian, 2009
- New Left would expand political debate in SA, Imraan Buccus, 2010
- Declaration of the Democratic Left Front
- Emergence of the new struggle, KWANELE SOSIBO, The Mail & Guardian, Jan 28 2011
- The “Democratic Left”: A Small Step Towards United Working Class Struggle, Anarkismo
- Towards a Truly Democratic Left, Jonathan Payn, December 2011
- The Rebellion of the Poor Comes to Grahamstown, Unemployed People's Movement, February 2011
- Democratic Left: Call for Support of 18 July 2012 Picket Against Homophobic Violence & Killings
- Marikana a spark for a new South Africa - DLF, by Trevor Ngwane, Politicsweb, 10 November 2012
- Interview: South Africa after Marikana, Peter Alexander, International Socialism, 8 January 2013