Yesterday, at least three members of Black First Land First (BLF) were injured by hired thugs of the ANC ward councillor in ward 15 of Mamelodi in Tshwane. One of the BLF members was shot and is in hospital.
The attacks on BLF members follow the demolition of eight shacks by the ANC councillor, Mr Juwel Masilela. When BLF members went to Mr Masilela’s house to seek an understanding as to why he is destroying the homes of the residents, his thugs attacked and shot at our members.
BLF is going to instituted criminal charges against the councillor ranging from attempted murder to malicious destruction of property. Furthermore, BLF shall write a letter to the National and Tshwane Regional leadership of the ANC demanding both an apology and intervention.
BLF believes and upholds the principle of “peace amongst blacks”. We call on all councillors and government leaders not to incite violence. No one must have their homes destroyed or water shut down. BLF will help the community to rebuild the destroyed shacks. We shall also continue to defend the community.
Issued by Black First Land First, National Coordinating Committee (BLF NCC)
15 February 2017
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