Actions undertaken by Black First Land First towards the recovery of the R26 billion stolen by white capital from SARB

Actions undertaken by Black First Land First towards the recovery of the R26 billion stolen by white capital from SARB

Introduction

In September 2015 BLF compiled it’s “preliminary report on apartheid era corruption and other economic crimes” which examines the extent of apartheid era corruption and white capital’s role in it. It further suggests who stole the money, where the money is and indicates a course of action going forward. In terms of the above BLF report a total of R563 billion was stolen by white capital of which R26 billion was recoverable immediately.

To this end, BLF has conducted the following direct actions and other interventions against white corruption towards the recovery of, amongst others, the R26 billion that was stolen from the South African Reserve Bank (SARB) by various white capitalist business persons and other entities, including ABSA:

29 September 2015: BLF called on the President to officially release the Ciex report

In 1997 CIEX Limited (CIEX), a UK based investigations company, was commissioned by the South African government to investigate apartheid era crime and corruption. Ciex subsequently produced a report which suggested that billions were stolen by white capital of which R26 billion is recoverable immediately. This report has not been released by the government.

Thabo Mbeki was Deputy President of SA from 1994 to 1999, and; President from 1999 to 2008. He did nothing during his respective tenures to prosecute the wrongdoers and facilitate the recovery of the monies stolen after the CIEX findings were reported to him (while he was Deputy President) and certain cabinet ministers (including the then Finance Minister Trevor Manuel and former Labour Minister Tito Mboweni) on 29 November 1997 and on 8 January 1998.

30 September 2015: Protest at Office of Public Protector on the delay of finalizing her report on R26 billion stolen from SARB

BLF engaged in a sit in at the Office of the Public Protector (PP) demanding that she finalizes her report regarding the stolen R26 billion by white capital from the SARB. The PP had in August 2011 indicated that she would conduct investigations into and report on some of CIEX’s claims including the said R26 billion stolen by white capital.

1 October 2015: Protest at keynote address of the Public Protector on the delay of finalizing her report on R26 billion stolen from SARB

BLF engaged in protest action on 1 October 2015 in terms of which it intervened in the keynote address of the PP, Thuli Madonsela, at the Desmond Tutu lecture at the University of Western Cape (UWC) and demanded that she finalize her report regarding the stolen R26 billion.

30 March 2016: Complaints lodged with the Public Protector on the delay of finalizing her reports on R26 billion stolen from SARB and state capture

BLF lodged a complaint with the former Public Protector (PP), Thuli Madonsela, regarding R26 billion stolen by apartheid era white capitalists as indicated in the Ciex report. To this end the R26 billion is constituted as follow: R3.2bn from Absa; R3bn to R6bn from Sanlam and Rembrandt, R5.5bn from Aerospatiale/Daimler-Chrysler; and R14.4 billion from ARMSCOR.

18 July 2016: Protest at Office of Public Protector on the delay of finalizing her reports on R26 billion stolen from SARB and state capture

BLF engaged in protest action on 18 July 2016 at the former PP’s office that resulted in 26 BLF members being arrested and subsequently imprisoned for 8 days on trumped up charges of public violence, trespassing, kidnapping and intimidation. These bogus criminal charges against the #BLF26 – which is evidently linked to the agenda of the regime change plotters (which was hatched in London by the likes of Lord Robin Renwick and led in SA by Johann Rupert) to remove President Zuma who is pushing the anti-imperialist pro-BRICS agenda and replace him with a puppet of their choice being Cyril Ramaphosa who is linked to the pro-London agenda – had been intensifying to a vicious level of desperation. When in April 2016, BLF exposed the regime change agenda as aforesaid which involves the support of pro-London compradoreal elements leading South African opposition parties and a pro-London faction within the ANC, and when in September 2015 BLF exposed those white capitalists benefiting from apartheid era corruption and other crimes it, in the same breath, called on the Public Protector to do the following:

1. investigate and report on the claim of R26billion stolen by white capitalists which has been on her desk for the past five years. It was pointed out to her that the amount of R26billion is recoverable immediately and constitutes a small portion of the stolen R563billion as indicated in the CIEX report.

2. investigate and report on the capture of the South African State by white capital.

After the arrest of the #BLF26 and their detention in prison the former Public Protector claimed that she could not investigate any apartheid era or any other pre-1994 crime as that is beyond her official jurisdiction. The Public Protector was obviously lying and to this end fabricated evidence to protect white interests. She is already on record for providing updates of the said investigation to Adv Hoffman. She has also committed herself in October 2016 to finalize her report by the end of 2016.

The reasons given previously by the former Public Protector for not proceeding with the investigations were successfully rebutted by BLF as follows:

1. The PP announced on twitter that her investigation was “derailed” yet she had not mentioned who exactly had “derailed” the investigation and in this regard what consequences did those committing the crime of derailment face.

2. The PP indicated that her office was experiencing resource constraints that prevented her from finalizing her investigation. The PP was reminded in this respect that when the complaint first came to her office she had indicated her decision not to take on the matter due to resource requirements she thought may be of necessity. However, she subsequently decided that the issue of financial constraints would not be an hindrance to her conducting her investigations and finalizing her report. She arrived at this decision after considering the available evidence and the necessity of the investigation.

3. The PP cited challenges her office has experienced but in this regard she had not since first getting the matter, over 5 years ago, indicated what these challenges were. Moreover the PP has arrogantly insisted that the complainant is Advocate Hoffman who she has been informing of developments. BLF pointed out that it has a clear and direct interest in the return of the stolen R26billion as it acts in the interests of the unemployed and poor black youth. This is evidently not Hoffman’s interest

4. The PP had furthermore indicated that the investigation is complicated. We indicated that this claim does not hold as, at that point, two state commissioned credible investigations (Heath and CIEX) which has already done the work for her, have preceded the claim landing on her desk. Most of the perpetrators of white apartheid era corruption and other crimes in this respect are still alive and can still be brought to book for their wrongdoings.

The lies aggressively sold by the former Public Protector, Advocate Thuli Madonsela, were exposed by BLF! She was urged by BLF to stop with her lies and unprofessional conduct against the movement. Furthermore she was asked to simply do her work and serve the interests of the PUBLIC and not that of white capitalists. Advocate Madonsela eventually vacated the Office of the Public Protector in October 2016 without meaningfully finalizing the report regarding the stolen R26 billion.

The BLF26 are currently out on bail and will appear in court again on 7 August 2017.

6 October 2016: March to Office of the Public Protector on the delay of finalizing her reports on R26 billion stolen from SARB and state capture

BLF led a march to the former PP’s office on 6 October 2016 comprising of over 400 protesters. On this occasion the PP refused to meet BLF outside her office to receive a memorandum relating to her delaying in finalizing the above reports.

6 to 7 October 2016: Overnight 24 hour picket at Office of the Public Protector on the delay of finalizing her reports on R26 billion stolen from SARB and state capture

BLF engaged in a overnight picket (from 6 to 7 October 2016) at the former PP’s office relating to her delaying in finalizing the above reports.

10 to 14 October 2016: Overnight 24 hour picket at Office of Office of the Public Protector on the delay in finalizing her reports on the R26 billion stolen from SARB and state capture

BLF engaged in continuous 24 hour pickets at the former PP’s office over the period 10 to 14 October 2016 regarding the sub headnote above.

14 October 2016: March to Office of Public Protector on the delay in finalizing her reports on R26 billion stolen from SARB and state capture

BLF led a march to the former PP’s office on 14 October 2016 again comprising of over 400 protesters. On this occasion the PP refused to meet BLF outside her office to receive its memorandum relating to her dereliction of duties concerning the above reports in that she continued to delay in finalizing the said reports.

16 November 2016: BLF opened case against Johann Rupert &.18 others

On 16 November 2016 BLF opened a case with the South African Police Services (SAPS) against ABSA, Johann Rupert and 15 others who were involved in the theft of R26 billion from SARB as suggested in CIEX and or the Heath investigation. BLF has also requested that the case be looked into by the HAWKS. To this end BLF has instituted the following proceedings against the perpetrators:

– Criminal charges including that of fraud, embezzlement, corruption, offences relating to insider trading and breaching the Company’s Act;
– Criminal or Civil Court order for a declaration of unfitness regarding some of the perpetrators to serve as Director or Manager of any banking or financial institution
– Recovery of money to the extent that the perpetrators had benefited from the illegal lifeboat subventions; and
– Reparations arising from the commission of criminal anti people offences by the perpetrators (that of fraud, embezzlement, corruption, breach of the Company’s Act and offences relating to insider trading).

The following is a list of the perpetrators implicated in the theft of the R26 billion from SARB:

1. ARMSCOR
2. SANLAM AND REMBRANDT
3. Aero-spatiale/Daimler-Chrysler
4. ABSA.
5. Minister of Finance, Barend Du Plessis, (who was in office as Minister of Finance from 1984–1992).
6. Attie Du Plessis.
7. Christian Lodewyk Stals (SARB Governor from 8 August 1989 to 7 August 1999)
8. Marinus Daling (Deputy Chair of Sanlam Limited from 1993 and later from 1997 Chair of Sanlam Limited).
9. Danie Cronje (Deputy Chief Executive and Group Chief Executive of ABSA from 1987 to 1997).
10. Anton Rupert (founder and owner of Rembrandt).Anton Rupert passed away on 18 January 2006. Legal recourse must be sought against his estate, alternatively the beneficiaries of his estate.
11. Johan Rupert (Vice Chair of Rembrandt Group from 1989 to 2000.
12. James Havelock Cross (Deputy Governor of SARB from 1997 to 1999 and Senior Deputy Governor since 1999).
13. Thabo Mbeki (Deputy President of RSA from 1994 to 1999, and; President from1999 to 2008).
14. Dullah Omar (Minister of Justice from 10 May 1994 to 14 June 1999. Died on 13 March 2004)
15. Trevor Manuel (Minister of Finance from 4 April 1996 to 10 May 2009)
16. Alexander Erwin (Minister of Trade and Industry from 1996 to 2004)
17. Tito Mboweni (Minister of Labour from 1994 to 1998)

28 January 2017: Picket at over 50 ABSA outlets

BLF successfully conducted a series of picket actions at various ABSA outlets nationally in furtherance of its campaign that #ABSAmustpay. This followed the PP’s preliminary finding that ABSA must pay back the money it had stolen from SARB. The following is a list of ABSA outlets that were picketed:

NORTH WEST

Absa Main Street – Absa market street, Vryburg
Absa Mafikeng – 12 Main Street, Mafikeng

EASTERN CAPE

Umtata –National Road, Norwood, Umtata
East London –shop 57 Vincent Park Centre, East London
Queenstown –Saint George Street, the Hexagon , Queenstown
Nelson Mandela Bay – shop 46 Kenako Mall, Kleinskool, PE

KWAZULU NATAL

Pine Town – Crompton Street, Mannors, Pinetown
Kwamashu – Nzimande Road, Bridge City
Durban CBD – 291 Anton Lembede Street, Durban
Bluff – Shop 55, Bluff Towers, Durban
Gleenwood – 76 Brand Road, Glenwood

LIMPOPO

1. Waterberg Region, Mogalakwena Sub Region, ABSA Mokopane,Thabo Mbeki Drive.
2. Peter Mokaba Region, Polokwane Sub Region,
2.1 ABSA Landros Mare Street (main branch)
2.2 ABSA Paledi Mall (Turfloop branch)
2.3 ABSA Corner Devenish and Market Streets (Limpopo Mall branch)
3. Peter Mokaba Region, Lepelle Nkumpi Sub Region; ABSA Lebowakgomo Mall Zone F.

WESTERN CAPE

1. St Georges mall – 46 street, Georges mall
2. Absa adelry street

Mpumalanga

Ehlanzeni Region- 13 Nel, Sonheuwel Street, Mbombela
Nelspriut – 20 Paul Kruger, Nelspruit
Kwaggafontein – Kwaga Plaza, Shop 58 Makobola Street
Marble hall-148 Spoorweg Street, Marblehall
Malelane- 19 Malelane, Lorenco Street
Nkomanzi Region – Nkomazi
Bush Buck Ridge Haizy view – Blue Haze Centre, Shop 1
Mkhulu Plaza –R536 Kruger Gate, Mkhulu Bohlabela Region
Kwaggafontein in Thembisile Sub-region (Nkangala region) – Shop 58, Kwaggafontein Plaza, Kwaggafontein, Marble Hall

GAUTENG

Johannesburg

Mooi and Main street – 45 Mooi street, Joburg
Ghandi Square – 120 Fox Street, Joburg
Park Station – Shop M3, M5, M7 and M14, Park Station
South Gate – Rifle Range Road
Maponya Mall –Old Potch Road, Klipspruit
Protea Gardens –Shop 66 Protea Gardens
Absa Midrand – Corner Alexandra and Old Pretoria Road
Absa Jabulani Mall – Shop 75 Soweto

Tshwane

1. Pretoria West Quagga Mall – ABSA Quagga Centre
2. Attlyne Mall –Corner Masolo and Phudufufu Street, Atteridgeville
3. Pretorius and Vandevalt – 230 Van der Walt Street, Tshwane
4. Deneboom Station –Shop b7, Danneboom Centre, Mamelodi
5. Silvereton ABSA – 569 Pretoria Street, Tshwane
6. Centurion Mall -1263 Heuwel Road, Tshwane

Sedibeng

1. Vanderbiljpark Vesco Building – Cnr Sydney and Malan Street, Vanderbiljpark
2. Voortreker Vereenigeng – Absa Building, Voortrekker Street, Vereeniging
3. Evanton Golden Highway- Evaton Plaza, Old Golden Highway

28 January 2017: Blacks in Dialogue held on “why must ABSA pay back the money”.

On the evening of 28 January 2017 BLF held a public dialogue (Blacks in Dialogue (BID)) on “why must ABSA pay back the money”.

28 June 2017: Picket at over 20 ABSA outlets

On 19 June 2017 the Public Protector Advocate, Busisiwe Mkhwabane, in her “Report on an investigation into allegations of maladministration, corruption, misappropriation of public funds and failure by the South African Government to implement the CIEX report and to recover public funds from ABSA Bank”, made inter alia the following findings:

“ 6.2 Whether the South African Government and the South African Reserve Bank improperly failed to recover from Bankorp Limited/ABSA Bank an amount of R3.2 billion, cited in the CIEX report, owed as a result of an illegal gift given to Bankorp Limited/ABSA between 1986 and 1995:

6.2.1 The allegation whether the South African Government and the South African Reserve Bank improperly failed to recover from Bankorp Limited/ABSA Bank an amount of R3.2 billion, cited in the CIEX report, owed as a result of an illegal gift given to Bankorp Limited/ABSA between 1986 and 1995, is substantiated;

6.2.2 The correct amount of the illegal gift granted to Bankorp Limited/ABSA Bank is the amount of R1.125 billion”.

Following the final finding of the PP that #ABSAmustpay R1.125 billion, on 28 June 2017 BLF successfully conducted a series of picket actions at various ABSA outlets in Gauteng to get ABSA to pay back the money. To this end ABSA was warned to pay back the money within 5 days, failing which BLF will organise society towards shutting down ABSA nationally. The following is a list of ABSA outlets that were picketed:

Johannnesburg

Park Station
Ghandi Square – 120 Fox Street, Joburg
Rosebank ABSA, 27 Tyrwhitt Avenue, Rosebank
Maponya Mall –Old Potch Road, Klipspruit
Eastgate Shopping Centre, Shop L34A Ground floor, Bradford Road, Bedfordview
Sandton City, 5th floor Banking Hall, Sandton
Absa Midrand – Corner Alexandra and Old Pretoria Road
Mooi and Main street – 45 Mooi street, Joburg

West Rand

Randfontein, Village Square Centre, Shop 45
Tambotie Mall, Randfontein
Westonaria Mall, 3 Pakeman Street, Westonoria
Key West Shopping Centre, Shop 80, Krugersdorp

Sedibeng

Midvaal Absa
Absa Building, Voortrekker Street, Vereeniging

Tshwane

Silvereton ABSA – 569 Pretoria Street, Tshwane
Pretorius and Van der Walt – 230 Van der Walt Street, Tshwane

This timeline of actions by BLF to recover the R26 billion stolen from SARB by white capital shall consistently be updated until the entire amount has been recovered.

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

29 June 2017

Black First Land First Email:blackfirstlandfirst@gmail.com
Facebook: Black First Land First

Twitter: @black1stland1st
Website: www.blf.org.za

Zanele Lwana
(National Spokesperson)
Cell: +27799867225

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

Brian Tloubatla
(Deputy National Spokesperson)
Cell: +27 82 216 7664

BLF to picket Peter Bruce for fake news

BLF to picket Peter Bruce for fake news

The white owned media has unleashed a massive campaign against the truth. It hides white corruption and racism of white monopoly capital and attacks whoever is fighting this injustice. Right now people like the journalist, Peter Bruce, are manufacturing fake news against even the Public Protector, Advocate Busisiwe Mkhwebane, because she has ruled that ABSA must pay back the money.

BLF also notes the truthless reports against Mineral Resources Minister, Mosebenzi Zwane. This is because he has announced a Mining Charter which empowers blacks against white monopoly capital.

We ask Peter Bruce, why has he disappeared the big corruption at Treasury of over R4.3 billion? Also, where is the report on the more than R100 million corruption by KPMG at Treasury?

BLF further asks, why has the white media not reported on its front pages about the R100 million corruption admitted by DSTV and in respect of which it was made by the Competition Commission of South Africa to pay a fine. The media is hiding the corruption of people like Johann Rupert, who stole money just like ABSA, from the South African Reserve Bank.

The media will not be allowed to be biased and all journalists who are propagandists for white monopoly capital must be named and shamed. We want the truth!

BLF will be conducting protest action against Peter Bruce and will start today by picketing him under the following details:

Date: 29 June 2017
Address: 46 Galway Road, Parview, Randburg
Time: 12:00

For enquiries please contact BLF Deputy Secretary General, Tshidiso Tsimong whose contact details appear below.

Issued by Black First Land First, National Coordinating Committee (BLF NCC)
29 June 2017

Contact details

Black First Land First Email:blackfirstlandfirst@gmail.com
Facebook: Black First Land First | Twitter: @black1stland1st
Website: www.blf.org.za

Deputy Secretary General
Tshidiso Tsimong
Cell number: 0796680351

ABSA payback the money protest

Black First Land First (BLF) will start the ABSA pay back the money protest action tommorrow, 28 June in Gauteng. Pickets will be held in over 20 ABSA branches in and around the province of Gaugteng.

The peaceful pickets aim to raise awareness about the corruption and arrogance of ABSA bank. The protests follow the findings of the Public Protector who ruled that ABSA must pay back over R1 billion which was stolen from the South African Reserve Bank (SARB).

BLF has written a letter to ABSA demanding that they pay back the money without delay. ABSA has refused to comply with the Public Protector leaving BLF with no option but to start protest action which will escalate into a national shutdown of ABSA branches.

ISSUED BY THE NATIONAL COORDINATING COMMITTEE OF THE BLACK FIRST LAND FIRST MOVEMENT (BLF NCC)

27 June 2017

Black First Land First Email:blackfirstlandfirst@gmail.com
Facebook: Black First Land First
Twitter: @black1stland1st
Website: www.blf.org.za

Zanele Lwana
(National Spokesperson)
Cell: +27799867225

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

Brian Tloubatla
(Deputy National Spokesperson)
Cell: +27 82 216 7664

BLF letter to the Standing Committee on Finance: BLF demands Pravin Gordhan be removed from Committee

Hon. Yunus Carrim
Chairperson, Standing Committee on Finance
Parliament of South Africa
26 June 2017

SAA QUARTERLY REPORT BRIEFING: GORDHAN MUST GO FROM THE STANDING COMMITTEE ON FINANCE

It has come to our attention that tomorrow, 27 June 2017 the Chairperson of the South African Airways (SAA), Dudu Myeni, will appear before the Standing Committee on Finance to brief the Committee on its quarterly report. Former Minister of Finance, Pravin Gordhan is a member of that Committee.

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