Blonde warrior is a people’s hero – but the ANC thinks she is a Third Force.
She’s been accused by ANC Secretary General Gwede Mantashe of causing “anarchy” in the platinum mines and even of fuelling the Marikana crisis. When President Jacob Zuma blamed “shadowy international elements” stoking opposition to Cosatu and the National Union of Mineworkers (Num) it was she he was having a dig at. Home Affairs has threatened to deport her. National Intelligence has reportedly been examining her immigration status and security agencies have probed her role in the country’s “destabilisation”. The SABC dropped her from the current affairs programme Interface, three hours before she was due to take part in a discussion on workers’ rights.
But none of this has stopped 32-year-old Swedish-born activist Liv Shange from standing up for workers in South Africa, or distracted her from her determination to help set up a worker-oriented political party.