Extracts from BLF political education induction documents – reading lists

Extracts from BLF political education induction documents – reading lists

Let’s study to fight

In the current national black waves recruitment program – towards the National Land Imbizo that will be held on 27 May 2017 in Mofolo Park, Soweto – two main areas of politics is generating a lot of interest, namely: the political orientation of the movement; and the question of who is black. The following are extracts from political education induction documents of BLF that speak to the areas of interest.

The Philosophical and Ideological perspective of BLF

The BLF is a black consciousness movement, inspired by Robert Sobukwe, Steve Biko and Thomas Sankara. We seek a synthesis of the revolutionary ideas of Sobukwe (his radical Pan Africanism), Biko (his black consciousness) and Sankara as a practical elaboration of people’s power. These three revolutionaries cement the overall ideological orientation of our movement.

Reading list:

Sobukwe’s speeches
Biko’s 1972 interview
Biko’s “White Skin, Black Souls”
Thomas Sankara the upright man (Film)
Chinweizu “Black Colonialists: the root of the trouble with Africa”

Who is black?

The key question that defines our movement is: WHO IS BLACK? In this regard the BLF accepts the definition provided by Steve Biko. Every member is required to read the documents listed below.The relationship between our position being black and the fact of racism and white supremacy is a fundamental question for our movement. Studying these documents should give a member an understanding of the following:

Black as a political identity
Why black solidarity is important
Identifying who is black
The characteristics of a non white
What is racism?

Reading list:

Steve Biko’s “definition of black consciousness”
Steve Biko’s “Quest for True Humanity”
SASO Policy Manifesto
Andile Mngxitama’s “Black Can’t be Racist!”
BLFs statement, “peace amongst blacks, war to the enemy”

20 May 2017

Issued By Black First Land First (BLF)
National Secretariat for Political Education

Contact details

Black First Land First Email:blackfirstlandfirst@gmail.com
Facebook: Black First Land First | Twitter: @black1stland1st
Website: www.blf.org.za
National Secretary for Political Education: Neo Mokatsanyane
Cell number: 0814167288
Email: neomokatsanyane@gmail.com

Zama Zamas win appeal in High Court against evictions in Kimberley

On Friday 12 May 2017 the Northern Cape High Court delivered judgement in an appeal brought before it on behalf of some 842 artisanal miners against an eviction order previously obtained by the South African Sweden Housing Company. The appeal was upheld and the eviction order set aside on the basis of no clear right to the property being established by the said South African Sweden Housing Company. While the eviction order related to the evacuation of 842 Zama Zamas, the number of artisanal miners actually affected is about 8000.

This is a huge victory for the miners who have constituted themselves as the Kimberley Artisanal Mine Workers (Zama Zamas) and have been engaged in a struggle against racialized and colonised mining as well as for land and housing.

As a precursor to the Northern Cape High Court case, the Zama Zamas marched to the HAWKS on Wednesday and instituted criminal proceedings against the relevant mining houses. To this end a case was opened against Ekapa Minerals (Pty) Ltd, Crown Resources (Pty) Ltd, Kimberley Ekapa Mining Joint Venture, and Super Stone Mining (Pty) Ltd for illegally mining without the relevant mining permits in certain areas in Kimberley including Kenilworth, Samaria, Greenpoint, and Greenside They also demanded that the same parties be brought to book on charges of theft of the mining equipment belonging to the Chaiperson of the Kimberley Artisanal Mine Workers, Lucky Seekoei, and 5 others. The Zama Zamas were joined in solidarity action by the BLF, unemployed people, the Mining Affected Communities United in Action (MACUA) and civil society organisations.

Proceeding from the HAWKS they marched to the Department of Mineral Resources (DMR) and Economic Affairs where they handed over a memorandum of demands which included an end to all evictions, interdicts on mining, police and private security violence, as well as to be regularized; to get the necessary subsidization; and to be given legal recognition for operations over the floors.

BLF applauds the resilience of the Zama Zamas in their just struggle, including to work and trade and for land, against the white monopolistic mining houses. Irrespective of any court or other action to remove them, the guide to action for the artisanal miners is that all the land in South Africa, including the minerals beneath and on it, belongs to black people and not to the white criminal mining houses.

The Zama Zamas are not going anywhere else – their right to work and trade and to the land is supreme!

Issued by the National Coordinating Committee of Black First Land First (BLF NCC)

14 May 2017

Contact details

Black First Land First Email: blackfirstlandfirst@gmail.com
Facebook: Black First Land First
Twitter: @black1stland1st
Website: www.blf.org.za

Zanele Lwana
(National Spokesperson)
Cell: +27799867225

Lindsay Maasdorp
(National Spokesperson)
Cell: +27 79 915 2957

Brian Tloubatla
(Deputy National Spokesperson)
Cell: +27 82 216 7664

On maintaining good political health of the movement

On maintaining good political health of the movement

On maintaining good political health of the movement

Message from the National Secretary for Political Education

We are currently experiencing the intensification of the global war for the consolidation of white imperialist power. In this context imperialism is sharpening its efforts to effect regime change in the country by removing the pro BRICS agenda President Zuma and replacing him with a puppet of imperialism, Cyril Ramaphosa. In this regard we have witnessed how opposition parties and civil society entities, in collaboration with imperialism, have tried to create a constitutional crisis in the country to lead it into paralysis. To this end Black First Land First (BLF) has counseled that the best form of defence is attack – hence its two pronged response to destroy the enemy via the campaigns #HandsOffZumaEconomicLiberationNow and #FightImperialismTakeBackTheLand. Continue reading “On maintaining good political health of the movement”

Notes on the ANN 7 interview of National Convener, Andile Mngxitama on 4 March 2017

Notes on the ANN 7 interview of National Convener, Andile Mngxitama on 4 March 2017

On President Zuma and Land expropriation

President Zuma has made the most important, the most significant pronouncement since 1994 – expropriation of land without compensation. If we get the  land question right, we can become a people again.

Julius Malema says “let’s unite, here’s our 6%, let’s expropriated land without compensation”. There was a chance. It doesn’t matter what his motives are.

We know that EFF knew what the intention of Mthembu and Hannekom  was. They colluded with them to play political games and sabotage the President.  Continue reading “Notes on the ANN 7 interview of National Convener, Andile Mngxitama on 4 March 2017”