The Black First Land First Student Movement (BLF-SM) recognises that the year 2016 has seen the victimisation of students and workers across South Africa for their participation in protest action during #FeesMustFall and #EndOutsourcing late last year and this year.
BLF-SM maintains that 2016 is the year of the student. The struggle for a free socialist black centered education has been adopted by all black student movements across South Africa and it has especially manifested itself in #FeesMustFall and #RhodesMustFall. The position of the students has always been that they are black before they are students, in this way, students are saying that their struggle is intertwined with the black struggle.
This call for principled unity has seen a student and worker solidarity movement, #EndOutsourcing, which calls for the insourcing of workers across South Africa. The struggle for insourcing continues to be about the restoration of the dignity of outsourced workers that face indignities every day in white supremaist capitalist and patriarchal institutions.
BLF calls for all students across the country to unite and stand in solidarity with students who have been expelled, suspended and remain financially excluded. The only sin of individual victimised students are that they are black and have showed courage and bravery in challenging white supremacy.
BLF salutes the black students of Azania for their bravery. Furthermore, BLF salutes the students for using Black Consciousness as a guiding philosophy for decolonisation.
BLF condemns the draconian measures of universities and the state to criminalize and demonize students protesting for access to education. The court system and police are being mobilised to repress the black student voices calling for free education. BLF condemns police brutality and call for all universities to demilitarise campuses. Universities must distance themselves from criminal security companies such as G4S that are complicit in human rights abuses across the world. BLF condemns the police and security companies unleashing violence onto students, especially black women.
BLF calls on students from across the country to:
1) Shutdown campuses until interdicts and suspensions are withdrawn unconditionally
2) Occupy anti-black institutions such as Parliament of South Africa till the demand for insourcing and a Free Socialist Black Centred Education is heeded.
BLF implores all black people to remember that the call for the dignity of Black workers and a Free Socialist Black Centred Education is a call for Land.
ISSUED BY THE NATIONAL COORDINATING COMMITTEE OF THE BLACK FIRST LAND FIRST MOVEMENT
2 June 2016
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