BLF to write to Land Reform department to intervene in Mme Mphuthi’s dairy farm case

Mme Rosa Mphuthi is a seasoned dairy farmer who has been battling to grow her dairy farm business. She started as a subsistence farmer to an emerging farmer, and now has fading hopes of realizing her dream of being a commercial farmer, which she has been struggling to make into reality for over 10 years.

Mme Mphuthi’s problems started in 2000 when a white farmer, Stefanus Cloete, was placed in the main house of her farm, which is the face of the business. The farm was allocated to 17 beneficiaries of a government farming program. The white farmer sabotaged some of the farmers until they decided to go back to township life and abandon the farm. Three black farmers remained and they were like slaves of the white farmer and surrendered their land to the white settler for his cattle to graze.

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BLF to support Mme Olivia Makete in court tomorrow

Black First Land First (BLF) continues to stand with Mme Olivia Makete, our comrade, our leader and a dedicated activist of radical transfromation.

Mme Olivia Makete was violently attacked by Cyril Ramaphosa’s ANC supporters outside Luthuli House on the 5th of February 2018. Following the violent ordeal, BLF was disgusted by Ramaphosa’s silence and his utter indifference to violence against a black woman and elderly citizen.

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BLF welcomes VhaVenda king’s decision to pay back the money

BLF welcomes VhaVenda king’s decision to pay back the money

Black First Land First (BLF) welcomes the news that King Toni Mphephu Ramabulana of the VhaVenda people has decided to pay back the R17 million that he was found by the forensic investigation on the VBS Mutual Bank (VBS) to have received. This is good exemplary leadership from the King. BLF calls on all those who are implicated in the VBS heist to follow the example of the king and pay back the money. Surely if the king can pay the money back, so must everyone else who has benefitted from the looting of VBS.

BLF particularly calls on the Deputy President of the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF), Mr Floyd Shivambu, to assist in ensuring that the money taken by his younger brother Brian Shivambu on his behalf from VBS is returned. BLF will be laying criminal charges – including that of fraud, corruption, theft and money laundering – against those like Floyd Shivambu who are not taking responsibility.

Its time to pay back the money. The people have suffered enough!

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

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

Deputy President: Zanele Lwana
Cell: +27799867225

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

Head of Media & Communications: Brian Tloubatla
Cell: +27 82 216 7664

BLF follows in Sankara’s footsteps

BLF follows in Sankara’s footsteps

Black First Land First (BLF) calls on everyone, especially those engaging in revolutionary struggle and aspiring for political office to follow the example of the great Burkina Faso leader, Thomas Sankara.

In 1983 through a revolutionary coup and various campaigns like ‘Homeland or Death’ and changing the country’s name that advocated self reliance, return of the land and economy, as well as anti corruption, Thomas Sankara rose to power in what was then known at the Upper Volta. Upon becoming President, Sankara rechristened the country ‘Burkina Faso’ which means ‘Land of Honest People’ which in turn captures what being a Burkinabé is – proud, free, honest, and hard-working. Also renaming the country fostered national unity by combining ‘Burkina’ which is the Mooré word for ‘honest’, with ‘Faso’ being the Jula word for ‘homeland’.

In a space of four years Sankara made profound changes including facilitating women’s liberation via land return, ending polygamy, and banning forced marriages and other harmful practices against women; making the cheapest car at that time, the Renault 5, the official vehicle for ministers; reducing his salary as well as that of all government officials; ending the use of chauffeurs and first class airline seats; achieving food security; and democratising power to facilitate more participatory governance. His visionary project was brought to an abrupt end by a pro-imperialist assassination led by Blaise Compaoré who replaced him in office and reversed all the revolutionary gains under him.

Thirty one years after his death there’s one movement that has become restive and revitalized Sankara’s spirit − BLF. When BLF says “Land or Death” we mean as Sankara did “Homeland or Death, We will Overcome”. BLF has boldly incorporated the Sankarist leadership ethos. To this end we say in our constitution that ‘[a]ny BLF member who has been elected into office as a public representative and who is subsequently found to have been conducting herself/himself contrary to what is required of her/him in terms of “The Thomas Sankara Oath” shall be recalled from such office.’

True to our Sankara pledge, BLF intends to live up to the greatest revolutionary standards of incorruptibility. We reinforce this commitment in the face of politicians currently using the state apparatus to enrich themselves.  As Sankarist practitioners, BLF has undertaken to end the practice of using state power and access for personal gain. Also like Sankara we are in internationalist solidarity with the oppressed people and nations of the world as we seek to end centuries of colonial, apartheid and neo-colonial rule.

In this context, BLF’s ‘Thomas Sankara Oath’ outlines the cultural dictates and political commitments binding politicians and public servants. In accordance with this BLF members taking Public Office commit themselves to serving the public through providing high quality services and developing an efficient public service system that guarantees the dignity and equality of all. The Sankara Oath ends with this profound battlecry:

“I THEREFORE declare that it is a criminal offence to use private services for myself, my family and my dependents, including but not limited to: education, healthcare, housing and transport. I’m committed to public service therefore; I use the services I provide.”

Thus following Thomas Sankara’s footsteps, BLF shall facilitate the restoration of our people’s dignity.

#PoliticiansMustUsePublicServices
#BeLikeSankara

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

Contact details

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

Deputy President: Zanele Lwana
Cell: +27799867225

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

Head of Media & Communications: Brian Tloubatla
Cell: +27 82 216 7664