I wanted to come back to you on this. I was not sure it was the same fella when reading earlier reports about the dispute but now it has been mentioned on the CWI site. Do you realise that the DSM (CWI in South Africa) is playing a central role in this dispute? Miners’ struggle spreads and intensifies 14/09/2012 Press reports on impact of Democratic Socialist Movement (CWI) http://www.socialistworld.net/doc/5944 The organisation and strategy of the strikers has also seen big steps forward in the recent past. Members of Democratic Socialist Movement (CWI in South Africa), have been central to the initiatives taken to unite democratic representatives of the striking miners in co-ordinating committees, to discuss the further spreading of the struggle and the next steps for its escalation. As we speak, preparations for a general strike of the mining areas, one of the necessary steps emphasised by DSM, are being made. Yesterday alone, even the capitalist press in South Africa and internationally saw fit to comment on the role of DSM in the struggle, most notably that of Mametlwe Sebei, a trade union leader and leading member of DSM. Organs such as the French Le Monde, British BBC, and US Wall Street Journal all making explicit references to the DSM. As an example, the South African Times paper reported: "In North West, mineworkers rejecting the formal unions have formed a Rustenburg Workers and Communities Forum under the leadership of the Democratic Socialist Movement, affiliate of the Committee for Workers’ International" It may come as a shock to naysayers about "trots" - but first Kazachstan now this - folk have to recognise that some so-called "trots" are far from student stereotypes and are playing a serious role in serious struggles. Like it or not. The slightly pathetic insinuations about an organisation's long past failed individual ex-members are misplaced. What matters are those folk who remain - serious worker militants who are now playing an important role in developing a general strike situation. Like any organisation - particularly with the collapse of stalinism and then apartheid - some individuals became disorientated - the role of the collective group was to try and steer a way through that avoided the traps such individuals fell into. DSM has successfully achieved that despite the difficulties encountered and the present role we are playing speaks for itself. We have nothing to be ashamed of in that respect - just sadness for the loss of some past militants along the way. Some might not like it but our ideas have some weight yet.