BLACK FIRST LAND FIRST HONORS MARIKANA

BLACK FIRST LAND FIRST HONORS MARIKANA

Four years ago 34 miners were murdered in Marikana by the ANC on the instruction of the white capitalist Lonmin, for simply demanding a living wage.  The ANC government immediately blamed the striking blacks for daring to go against white monopoly capital.  As the bodyguard of white capital the response of the ANC was not surprising. It set up a Commission of Inquiry which has served to hide the truth and to undermine  the justified anger of blacks. It was then 18 years after democracy and the post ’94 neo liberal settlement had delivered nothing meaningful to the black majority – all the ills of white supremacy from landlessness to starvation wages to poverty to a lack of sanitation, decent housing and clean running water etcetera still characterized black life. Against this backdrop the legacy of Bloody Marikana must serve to pave the path towards the institutional destruction of capitalist imperialism represented by the likes of Lonman and Johann Rupert in SA.

Marikana has given us a significant layer of revolutionaries who have cast their eyes firmly on destroying white monopoly capital. We can see how the Marikana legacy, via the message of BLF in its revolutionary call, finds its logical consolidation in the ideas of Biko, Sobukwe and Thomas Sankara. With this legacy guided by the Sankofa approach of learning from the past in order to move forward BLF draws lessons from Marikana to resolve the big questions relating to decolonization being land return, nationalisation of the economy and so on.

Since Marikana, the potential for blacks being ready to embark on a path for the overthrowal of the anti black rule is growing but the absence of a revolutionary movement until the inception of BLF kept this initiative contained within neo-liberalism.

BLF captured the Marikana legacy at the core of its liberation efforts. This is evidenced  inter alia by its identification of the real enemy of black liberation being white monopoly capital; going against apartheid era white capitalists and politicians who looted R26 billion from the South African Reserve Bank (SARB), and proceeding against white capitalists for capture of the SA State.

The Marikana workers were murdered in their just fight for a living wage of R12500 – a fight that is in essence a battle for the return of our land and mineral wealth. Only through land return to blacks for collective ownership without payment to the land thieves and by nationalization of the mines that gives workers ownership, control and management, can the legacy of the Marikana  workers be truly honored.

BLF calls on the ANC government to do the following:

Declare and implement a living wage of R12 500.

Pay reparations to the families of the murdered workers for their pain, suffering and loss of income.

Nationalise the mines and place them under direct worker’s control

Give the dependents of the murdered workers shares in those mines.

ISSUED BY THE NATIONAL COORDINATING COMMITTEE OF THE BLACK FIRST LAND FIRST MOVEMENT

16 August 2016

Contact Details

Black First Land First Mail: blackfirstlandfirst@gmail.com

Zanele Lwana
(National Spokesperson)
Cell: +27 79 486 9087
Mail: zanelelwana@gmail.com

Lindsay Maasdorp
(National Spokesperson)
Cell: +27 79 915 2957
Mail: lgmaasdorp@hotmail.com

Open letter to Julius Malema: Do not go into coalition with the racist DA

Open letter to Julius Malema: Do not go into coalition with the racist DA

The 2016 Local Government Elections (LGE) have put the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) in a vantage position to set a national agenda in South Africa. This position is unique and rare. The EFF can choose to use it to advance the revolution or to strengthen the hand of white supremacy.

Black First Land First (BLF) calls on the EFF to break ranks with the imperialist agenda and choose the path of revolutionary progress by abandoning any talk of a coalition with the racist party of white monopoly capital, the Democratic Alliance (DA) of Helen Zille. A coalition with the DA shall only benefit the same people who have benefited from stealing our land.

There is no denying that the ruling party, the African National Congress (ANC), has failed to use its power to advance black liberation. In this window of opportunity given by history to advance the course of black liberation, through the strategic use of the ballot, we need visionary leadership which is able to tower above our immediate feelings, differences and concerns. Mr Malema, you are being called upon to step forward and change the course of history. You can choose to be consumed by petty hatred of Jacob Zuma or you can choose to be inspired by a revolutionary vision and turn the current impasse into a breakthrough for our long suffering people.

At this hour the ANC needs what the EFF can give and in turn the ANC has what can be used by the EFF to end the suffering of our people. The percentage of the vote the EFF has can save the major metropolitan cities from falling into the hands of the racist anti-black DA. The ANC needs nothing more than that possibility. Only EFF can save us from the white rule of DA in these metros. The ANC knows this, as all of us do.

On the other hand the ANC, because it is the ruling party which has the legislative majority, has what the EFF can use to advance the revolution. Only the ANC has the power to change national policy to end white racism and to return our land. The ANC needs the votes you have and the revolution needs the authority the ANC has but has been too timid to use. Now history has provided the condition to force the hand of the ANC to do the right thing. Lenin, the great Russian revolutionary of the last century, teaches us that at times history needs a little push. It can be done, for our people and our progeny.

The ANC is on the ropes. No its not Mohammed Ali’s “rope-a-dope”, its their back against the wall. There is no need for a sadistic rubbing it on their faces. Let’s humiliate the history of humiliation that has put our people in perpetual misery. Mr Malema we call on you to make an offer the ANC cannot refuse. Tell them they can keep the metros on the following conditions:

1. Land expropriation without compensation
2. Nationalisation of mines and banks
3. Free education for all
4. Living wages and a basic income grant
5. Reparations for Marikana.

Tell them that the first condition is non negotiable. You may add an implementation plan which may include strategic placement of your trusted people in key positions. Also present the ANC with a time table of implementation with clear objectives. This is how the country can be rescued from the blubbering incompetence and cowardice of the ANC on the one hand and on the other hand the arrogance of white supremacy of the DA.

EFF stands to lose nothing for making these demands. If the ANC rejects this revolutionary offer to rescue our people then it’s the biggest loser and your party can only grow in stature in the eyes of our people. Now is the time to focus on what is fundamental. To abandon any commitment with imperialism and choose the path of revolutionary leadership.

History has thrown us a rope. Lets grab it with both hands and end the long nightmare of 350 years of bondage by a foreign occupying force. The choice here is between maintaining the racist status quo by going with the DA into a coalition of the bitter or to force the hand of the ANC and return our land and dignity. These choices are clear. We wait for you to make the correct turn and end the ongoing humiliation of the black majority. We implore you to sit down with the gang from Luthuli House. You have nothing to lose but to gain a whole new world for all of us.

You can choose this path or you can choose the path of joining hands with our enemies and continue our oppression.

Yours sincerely

Andile Mngxitama
National Convenor
Black First Land First (BLF)

Stop Imperialism – Take Back The Land!

Stop Imperialism – Take Back The Land!

Stop Imperialism – Take Back The Land! is a call by Black First Land First (BLF). This call is for all progressive people, organisations, civil society groups, churches, families, the revolutionary students, workers, youth, women, men. Its a call to stand up and advance our course of freedom. South Africa is now facing a recolonization under the white power driven by the richest man who got his wealth through the help and violence of the apartheid state – Johann Rupert. Its time we took our country back to ensure black liberation. This call is urgent! All peoples and organisations interested please respond via Black First Land First Mail: blackfirstlandfirst@gmail.com Continue reading “Stop Imperialism – Take Back The Land!”

BLF CONDEMNS THE RELEASE OF CHRIS HANI’S MURDERER JANUSZ WALUS AND CALLS FOR THE IMMEDIATE UNCONDITIONAL RELEASE OF ALL APLA SOLDIERS

BLF CONDEMNS THE RELEASE OF CHRIS HANI’S MURDERER JANUSZ WALUS AND CALLS FOR THE IMMEDIATE UNCONDITIONAL RELEASE OF ALL APLA SOLDIERS

BLF calls on the ANC government to release all Azania Peoples Liberation Army (APLA) soldiers immediately and without terms and conditions. After 21 years of ANC rule we still have the anti black situation where revolutionaries like the APLA soldiers (who have been in jail for assaulting white power) while apartheid criminals like Janusz Walus (who murdered struggle leader, Chris Hani)  gets to be released! Moreover APLA soldiers like Kenny Motsamai are now in jail for 27 years (for serving black revolutionary interests) while Janusz Walus (who has sought to preserve and maintain white power by murdering Chris Hani), is being released and thereby rewarded after a relatively shorter term of 22 years imprisonment.  In this context it is also deeply concerning that apartheid-era criminals, F.W. de Klerk and Adrian Vlok, who were complicit in the crimes resulting in the mass murders of blacks get to walk free. BLF calls for these two criminals to be arrested and made to account for their heinous crimes against blacks in furtherance of white supremacy. Continue reading “BLF CONDEMNS THE RELEASE OF CHRIS HANI’S MURDERER JANUSZ WALUS AND CALLS FOR THE IMMEDIATE UNCONDITIONAL RELEASE OF ALL APLA SOLDIERS”