Stop prosecution of #FMF activists and police brutality in UKZN Westville Campus

The Thuma Mina government has declared war against black students who continue to struggle for better and conducive conditions to further their academic careers. This is seen by the vicious prosecution of key activists (or symbolic figures) of the #FeesMustFall movement, including the devastating conviction of Bonginkosi Khanyile and Khanya Cekeshe, along with various other student activists who have been in and out of court for the past two years. The Black First Land First Student Movement (BLF-SM) regards this as a deliberate attack and an attempt to silence the student voice which refuses to be subjected to dehumanizing conditions in these institutions of higher learning.

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#JusticeForMmeMakete: Courts collude with ANC perpetrators

#JusticeForMmeMakete: Courts collude with ANC perpetrators

Black First Land First (BLF) was at the Johannesburg Magistrates Court this morning to support Mme Olivia Makete after she was violently attacked by Thabang Setona outside Luthuli House earlier this year. Setona publicly kicked, dragged and beat up Mme Makete during a BLF march to Luthuli House earlier this year.

Upon arrival at the court this morning, BLF was victimized and treated with disdain by people who are members of the court, who effectively created an evironment of hostility and intimidation. This gave BLF a clear indication that the court had taken a decision to derail the case and criminalize BLF because we are the only organisation that has been agitating for court justice to be served.

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BLF sends condolences to the Sobukwe family

BLF sends condolences to the Sobukwe family
Black First Land First (BLF) is saddened to hear about the passing of the mother of Azania, comrade Zondeni Veronica Sobukwe.

Contrary to popular belief, Mama Veronica was an anti-apartheid revolutionary long before she met Mangaliso Sobukwe. Establishing her commitment to the liberation of her people, Mama led from the front in various protests, including labour disputes and pass laws, standing valiantly in the face of white supremacy.

Society tends to erase the unrelenting leadership of Black women, casting them aside as the wives and girlfriends of struggle icons, spectators of the fight and that is the disgusting nature of white supremacy and patriarchy that BLF rejects. Mama Veronica joins a long list of women that fought unrelentlessly for the people of the country, as commanders and uncompromised leaders.

BLF extends it’s deepest condolences to Mama Veronica Sobukwe’s family. May her spirit continue to lead us in the struggle to reclaim occupied Azania from colonial settlers.

Lala ngoxolo Mama.

Issued by the National Coordinating Committee of Black First Land First (BLF NCC)
15 August 2018

Contact Details

Black First Land First Email: [email protected]
Facebook: Black First Land First
Twitter: @black1stland1st
Website: www.blf.org.za
Zanele Lwana
BLF Deputy President
Cell: +27799867225

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

Brian Tloubatla
(Head of Media & Communication)
Cell: +27 82 216 7664

BLF to support Hlaudi Motsoeneng at CCMA tomorrow

BLF to support Hlaudi Motsoeneng at CCMA tomorrow

Black First Land First (BLF) reaffirms its unwavering support for Comrade Hlaudi Motsoeneng – a proponent of radical transformation and the only pro-black activist who managed the South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC).

We will be supporting Cde Hlaudi through his case with the Commission for Conciliation, Mediation and Arbitration (CCMA). To this end we will be standing with him, in solidarity, when the CCMA hears closing arguments from both parties (Hlaudi and SABC) tomorrow.

Further details of the matter before the CCMA are as follows:

Time: starts 8h00
Date: 16 August 2018 (Thursday)
Venue: CCMA, 28 Harrison Street, Mashaltown, Johannesburg

It is alarming that the SABC is employing external legal services to represent it in the CCMA proceedings against Hlaudi while it has a legal department with the necessary expertise to do the job. How can the SABC complain about being broke yet it engages in wasteful and criminal expenditure to the tune of millions of rands to hire a service that it is already capacitated with? This is serious abuse of state resources to the benefit of pro white monopoly capital (WMC) law firms. BLF calls on the state broadcaster to publicly disclose how much it has spent on proceedings from the time it had unlawfully dismissed Hlaudi until now.

When Hlaudi took over the state broadcaster it was in shambles. It was unable to settle its loan of R1.4 billion with Nedbank but through Hlaudi’s intervention the debt was liquidated. It must also be stated that during Hlaudi’s tenure the SABC board did not seek any bailout from the government. Moreover, through Hlaudi’s leadership a plan was devised for the SABC to meaningfully serve black business and generate more income for the state broadcaster.

It is clear that Hlaudi is being persecuted for trying to implement changes that will benefit the masses. In this regard the broadcasting of 90% local content and other policies that would have minimized the influence of WMC in the SABC are very significant articulations of Comrade Hlaudi

BLF further calls on all progressive organisations and individuals to support and defend Comrade Hlaudi from the enemies of progress.

#LandOrDeath
#HandsOffHlaudi

Issued by the National Coordinating Committee of Black First Land First (BLF NCC)
15 August 2018

Contact Details

Black First Land First Mail: [email protected]
Facebook: Black First Land First
Twitter: @black1stland1st
Website: www.blf.org.za

Zanele Lwana
BLF Deputy President
Cell: +27799867225

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

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