When the old Marxist theorists came up with the concept of the “aristocracy of labour”, it was not in anticipation of conditions in SA almost 200 years later.

The theoretical foundations are not necessarily applicable either — what they had in mind was the different treatment of workers across borders undermining prospects of global solidarity — though the term itself might be a useful description of what is happening in SA at the moment...

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