Peace amongst blacks – The Bonginkosi Khanyile case

Peace amongst blacks – The Bonginkosi Khanyile case

“In the face of white aggression, we suspend all our difference as black people” ~ Andile Mngxitama

The Black First Land First – Student Movement (BLF-SM) at the University of KwaZulu-Natal (UKZN) Howard College have promised to adhere to the revolutionary principle of “peace amongst blacks, war to the enemy” – the enemy being white settler colonialism which finds expression through white people.

We note that this is a difficult principle to maintain and practise but we are of the view that it is the only way the oppressed camp (black people) can unite and get rid of slavery and oppression.

The prison system is a creation of white supremacy and it’s used to punish those who speak against it and its aggression, whether radical or reactionary. As Biko would say, we will use one another as rugs to reach white values, he further argues that the white system is creating wars amongst us.

Bonginkosi Khanyile is one of many students who were arrested for demanding free education, but he is the only one still languishing in jail. To this end, BLF-SM will be in the city of Pietermaritzburg to support Khanyile as he appears in court tomorrow.

We note that the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) have been quiet about the victimization of this black body. We also note how the EFF has the audacity to point out SASCO and the ANC as the enemies of students, but represented Mcebo Dlamini, who is a member and leader of these formations, at the drop of a hat. Nevertheless, we say to the student population we must know our enemies and our friends. We cannot say the ANC is a friend, rather we argue that they are our lost family as in the saga of the prodigal son in the bible. The ANC remains an Uncle Tom movement which adopted the Freedom Charter. The EFF followed suit. However, as Sankara teaches, we must never get tired of explaining as revolutionaries, we hope to do as he stipulated to all our lost family members, which are classified as non-whites in the BC philosophy. We say peace amongst blacks and war to our enemy, those who keep us in bondage and subjugation.

The Black First Land First – Student Movement is the answer, it is not playing populist and anti-black politics of self-hatred.

The court case is due to take place on the 20th of December (tomorrow) at the Pietermaritzburg High Court at 08:00am.

For more information contact:

Lindsay Maasdorp
(National Secretary for Student Affairs)
Cell: +27 79 915 2957
Mail: [email protected]­om

Mandla Mbuyisa
(BLF-SM UKZN Howard College)
Cell: +27 61 938 2137
Mail: [email protected]

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