2017 a year of taking back the land!: Statement from the BLF National Strategic Planning meeting

2017 a year of taking back the land!: Statement from the BLF National Strategic Planning meeting

12 – 16 December 2016
Durban

The first National Strategic Planning (NSP) meeting of the Black First Land First (BLF) movement closed on a high note at the Blue Lagoon beach in Durban on 16 December. The NSP was held over a five day period from 12 – 16 December 2016.

The NSP discussed and adopted the Black Vision 2020 (BV 2020) which is an implementation strategy to realize the Black Agenda. BV 2020 provides an overall guide to action for the next 3 years for BLF. A midterm review of the BV 2020 shall be held in May/June 2017 alongside a National Policy Conference.
Amongst the key elements of the Black Vision 2020 are the following strategic targets:

1. 2017 is declared the year of taking back the land!

The NSP collectively decided to make 2017 the year of taking back the land. This means each province must identify land and occupy it for various uses. The NSP rejected the notion of occupying “unused” land. The NSP emphasized that all land in South Africa in white hands is stolen land. The criteria for identifying land to be occupied is the following:

i. white owned land
ii. land in use
iii. productive land

2. A million signatures for land

As part of supporting the land occupation process the NSP resolved to undertake a petition on land. The petition is to secure a million responses to the question “must we buy back our stolen land?” The nation shall be asked to respond with a no or a yes. Once a million responses are secured a national mass protest shall be taken to parliament to act on land return.

3. An anti-imperialism conference

The NSP resolved to host a conference on anti-imperialism early in 2017 in Johannesburg. The conference shall be cognizant of the fact that 2017 is the centenary of the great 1917 Russian revolution led by Vladimir Lenin. BLF shall invite Professor Jonathan Moyo, the minister of higher education in Zimbabwe and one of the anti-imperialist leaders of Zanu-PF, to give the key note address.

The NSP also endorsed the “Hands Off Zuma – Economic Liberation Now!” campaign. The meeting noted how the agents of imperialism, half-baked black consciousness organizations and individuals have failed to understand the revolutionary black logic behind the campaign. The demand-driven campaign is to be intensified in 2017. The NSP noted the positive response the campaign has received from the masses of our people.

4. On fees must fall

The NSP noted that the student’s struggle for free education is being compromised for reactionary agendas of regime change. The Fees Must Fall (FMF) movement is currently being courted by Cyril Ramaphosa’s agents. BLF sends a revolutionary warning to the students to remain vigilant and reject the schemes of imperialism and white monopoly capital which seek to neutralize FMF and turn it into an instrument of white power and regime change.

The Black First Land First Student Movement (BLF-SM) shall issue a clear statement on the fees question and the action to be undertaken in support of free decolonised education.

5. End white corruption

The NSP resolved that BLF must continue to expose white corruption and educate the nation about it. BLF shall in the next 3 years ensure that the R26 billion stolen from the South African Reserve Bank (SARB) by, amongst others, Johann Rupert and ABSA bank, is returned to the people. The criminal cases opened against white monopoly capital shall also be followed up – these include the criminal case on “state capture”, the criminal case to reclaim the R26 billion, the civil case lodged with the high court to declare Minister Pravin Gordhan “compromised, conflicted and captured”. The NSP noted that the lawyers of Gordhan have, for the second time, asked for more time to respond to the BLF court papers.

The NSP has emphasized the call for the President to institute a commission of inquiry into the banks.

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6. A million members for BLF!

The NSP resolved that BLF must be built into a mass movement to drive the Black Agenda. To this effect a target of 1 million members to be recruited in the next 12 months was agreed to.

A BLF policy conference in May/June 2017 shall be a yard stick to measure how the movement is doing towards realizing the target set by the NSP.

7. Bapo Ba Mogale Struggle for justice

The NSP received report on how the former public protector Advocate Thuli Madonsela failed the community of Bapo Ba Mogale in North West. The overwhelming feeling is that Adv Madonsela protected key ANC figures such as Cyril Ramaphosa, Popo Molefe amongst others, who have been looting the assets of the community. BLF has vowed to provide all assistance necessary to get the community justice.

The NSP resolved that BLF shall engage the community of Bapo Ba Mogale and find solutions to the challenge it faces to protect the wealth of the community.

8. Building BLF-Student Movement (BLF-SM)

The NSP noted that BLF-SM at the University of KwaZulu-Natal’s Howard College won a seat in the Student Representative Council (SRC). Furthermore, it was resolved that BLF-SM would be established in most institutions of higher learning. In 2017 BLF-SM should contest more SRC elections. It was also resolved that BLF-SM should work tirelessly to inculcate an anti-imperialist ethos in student activism to avoid the students struggle being captured by agents of imperialism and regime change.

9. BLF supports Hlaudi

The NSP noted how Hlaudi Motsoeneng was under attack by agents of white supremacy. The meeting noted that Hlaudi was not under attack because of corruption or media freedom issues. If that was true then journalists working for white owned media would be out protesting every day. It’s a known fact that censorship is rife in newsrooms across South Africa. BLF believes that Hlaudi is under attack because he is a transformation activist and a pro-black manager.

The NSP noted that the claims of corruption are made by journalists who have lost their jobs, some had their dismissals confirmed by courts. We ask, why didn’t they raise the issues of corruption at the time they alleged them to have happened? Why wait until they lost their jobs to cry “corruption”? This is an opportunistic use of claims of fighting corruption and censorship to drive an anti-transformation agenda.
Hlaudi is under attack because of his attempt to decolonize the SABC. He is hated because of the 90% local content rules. Hlaudi is hated because he has interfered with the white monopoly over production and content at the SABC. Hlaudi is hated because he wants radical transformation.

10. Black Managers under attack!

The NSP noted that all progressive black managers are currently under attack. These include Brian Molefe (Eskom), Tom Moyane (SARS), and Dudu Myeni (SAA). The agenda of white capital with the assistance of the Minister of Finance Pravin Gordhan is to capture strategic state institutions and surrender them to white capital and the opposition parties, specifically the Democratic Alliance (DA) . The NSP also noted that the next target is the Acting Police Commissioner Kgomotso Phahlane. The DA has identified Robert McBride as an acceptable replacement of former Police Commissioner Riah Phiyega. This racist party believes under McBride its agenda of prosecuting blacks to protect white supremacy would be better pursued.

11. Alternative Anti-Racism Bill

The NSP noted that the South African government has published a bill to ostensibly criminalize racism. The bill is open for comment until the end of January 2017. BLF wishes to warn black people that the bill in its current form and with its main assumptions will only serve to criminalize black people’s legitimate acts against racism. The bill doesn’t make a distinction between the beneficiaries of racism (whites) and its victims (Blacks). The unintended consequence of the bill will be to perpetrate white racism and to silence black people.

The NSP noted that BLF has already worked on a draft Alternative Anti-Racism Bill. The BLF Anti-Racism Bill is informed by the principle that “Blacks Cant Be Racist” and centres slavery, colonialism, apartheid as foundational to racism. A round table to publish the BLF bill shall be held in mid January 2017.

12. Education Crisis, Bring in the Zimbabweans!

BLF is again appalled by the failure of the ANC government to provide quality education for blacks in SA. The announcement by the Department of Education that it has yet again lowered the mathematics pass rate to 20% is a recipe for disaster. It’s the surest way to keep the two tier racist system of education where blacks are trained to be servants and whites as our masters.
This situation is at crisis point and needs decisive leadership. BLF has, in the Black Agenda, already proposed a short term solution with the best possible long term results. We say let Zimbabweans with O and A levels be hired in our schools to teach English and Mathematics alongside our teachers. No one loses any jobs and our black children would benefit. Empty pride won’t help us. The Zimbabweans are already here and better equipped in these subjects. Let’s be true pan-Africanists, lets integrate and benefit both our people here and in Zimbabwe.
The NSP called for the establishment of a Black Educators Forum (BEF) to work on improving the situation of our education, by working with university students and Zimbabweans to help improve the quality of education of our people. It can be done and must be done. SADTU shall be engaged to possibly provide support for the programme.

13. Self-Reliance is key to liberation

The NSP resolved that BLF should support various business initiatives by people at community level. A meeting to brainstorm these ideas has been scheduled for mid-February 2017. The NSP took note of Thomas Sankara’s warning that, “He who feeds you, controls you”.
Issued by Black First Land First, National Coordinating Committee (BLF NCC)

Contact details

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Thandiswa Yaphi
(Deputy National Coordinator)
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Mail: thandiyaphi@gmail.com

Zanele Lwana
(National Spokesperson)
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Mail: zanelelwana@gmail.com

Lindsay Maasdorp
(National Spokesperson)
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Mail: lgmaasdorp@hotmail.c­om

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