Open main menu

Socialist Revolutionary Workers Party (South Africa)

The Socialist Revolutionary Workers Party (SRWP) is a communist and Marxist-Leninist party in South Africa.[1] The party was founded in March 2019 after a pre-launch convention at the end of 2018.[2]

Socialist Revolutionary Workers Party
National ConvenerIrvin Jim
FoundedMarch 2019
Split fromSouth African Communist Party
Ideology Communism
Political positionFar-left



The roots of the SRWP lie in the split between the NUMSA union and the COSATU federation in 2013.[3] The split was mainly caused by the growing discontention of the NUMSA leadership with the ANC, which is supported by the COSATU through the Tripartite Alliance, together with the South African Communist Party. After the split NUMSA general-secretary Irvin Jim announced the formation of a "a new united front".[4] Together with the new SAFTU, the SRWP would be part of this new united front.

The launch in December 2018 was attended by 1,100 delegates from all provinces of South Africa in Boksburg, with delegations from residence associations and members of SAFTU unions in attendance.[5] The party contested in the 2019 South African general election and the provincial elections in all nine provinces, failing to win any seats.[6]

Election resultsEdit

National electionsEdit

Election Total votes Share of vote Seats +/– Government
2019 24,439 0.14%
0 / 400

Provincial electionsEdit

Election[7] Eastern Cape Free State Gauteng Kwazulu-Natal Limpopo Mpumalanga North-West Northern Cape Western Cape
% Seats % Seats % Seats % Seats % Seats % Seats % Seats % Seats % Seats
2019 0.24% 0/63 0.18% 0/30 0.13% 0/73 0.12% 0/80 0.10% 0/49 0.15% 0/30 0.20% 0/33 0.14% 0/30 0.15% 0/42


  1. ^ "Socialist Revolutionary Workers Party". Retrieved 2019-03-30.
  2. ^ "Socialist Revolutionary Workers Party launch imminent – Irvin Jim - NEWS & ANALYSIS | Politicsweb". Retrieved 2019-03-30.
  3. ^ SABC Digital News (2018-12-15), All systems go for Numsa's new political party, SRWP, retrieved 2019-03-30
  4. ^ "Numsa wants Cosatu to split from ANC | IOL News". Retrieved 2019-03-30.
  5. ^ eNCA (2018-12-14), NUMSA has launched the Socialist Revolutionary Workers' Party, retrieved 2019-03-30
  6. ^ "48 parties to contest upcoming general election - SABC News". Retrieved 2019-03-30.
  7. ^ "Results Dashboard". Retrieved 2019-05-11.

External linksEdit