Parliament must not lie about submissions on land expropriation

Parliament must not lie about submissions on land expropriation

Our movement, Black First Land First (BLF), is concerned that parliament is making a mockery of the process regarding public submissions on the review of section 25 of the constitution relating to land expropriation without compensation (LEWC). The report that parliament has received 700 000 submissions is simply not true. Parliament seems to be giving legitimacy to the gerrymandering program of the historical land thieves represented by the racist AfriForum.

It’s a known fact that AfriForum has been employing an online petition to send what is essentially one message, thousands of times to the Constitutional Review Committee (CRC). This is a thinly veiled attempt at skewing the submission process in favour of land thieves. The submission process is not a referendum but a deliberative process to deal with substantive arguments. Accepting AfriForum’s so called submissions amounts to turning a public engagement process into a referendum through the back door.

We also note the referendum style online petition by “Dear South Africa” that seeks to establish whether the people “object or support amendments to the constitution” and to ascertain their reasons for their responses. The mandate of the National Assembly and the National Council of Provinces to the CRC clearly suggests parliament’s resolution to effect LEWC and accordingly the only thing left to establish and elaborate, is how this should be done. The Dear South Africa petition too is maliciously intended to flood the submission process so as to influence public opinion in favour of land thieves.

BLF has made substantial submissions to the CRC which is tasked with receiving and processing submissions. Our movement already has massive misgivings about the processing of the motion on LEWC. The BLF submissions outline these misgivings. The whole process was designed to delay any land redistribution and use the land question as a political footbal for the 2019 elections.

BLF calls on parliament to immediately give a commitment that it will deal with all of AfriForum’s multiple messages as one. If AfriForum wants a referendum, let it say so. We blacks have waited for more than 350 years for our land. Parliament is cautioned not to lend any more support to land thieves and their agents.

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

17 June 2018

Black First Land First Email: [email protected]
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Website: www.blf.org.za

Zanele Lwana
(Deputy President)
Cell: +27799867225

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

Brian Tloubatla
(Head of Media & Communications)
Cell: +27 82 216 7664

BLF celebrates the Zama Zama victory

Today, the Deputy Minister in the Department of Mineral Resources will hand over mining permits to Zama Zama miners in Kimberley. This is victory for the Kimberley Zama Zamas who have been involved in a long and difficult struggle for the right to mine legally. Black First Land First (BLF) congratulates the Zama Zamas in this historic victory.

BLF notes that the process was given a blessing by former Minister of Mineral Resources, Mosebenzi Zwane. Zwane mandated senior managers in the department to ensure the regularisation of the Zama Zama miners and BLF was involved with the engagements in support of them.

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Children’s Pledge

I pledge my loyalty to my People.

I will develop myself to the greatest extent possible.

I will attend school, complete matric and strive to educate myself further.

I will learn the history of my People to understand how our land was stolen.

I will learn all that is necessary to serve my People in our struggle for justice, dignity and freedom.

I will keep myself physically and mentally fit by building a healthy body and mind.

I will not take drugs or alcohol which will weaken me and prevent me from protecting myself, my sisters, my brothers and friends.

I will selflessly share my knowledge in order to hasten the process of change.

I will use all my energies in a positive way instead of wasting them in activities such as drug addiction, drug dealing, and gangsterism.

I will never hurt my people for I recognize that we need every child, woman and man to be physically and mentally strong.

I will never allow others to harm the body or mind of any child of my community by any form of abuse whatsoever.

These principles I pledge to practice daily and teach to others in order to unite and develop my People.

Amandla!

Issued by the National Coordinating Committee of the September National Imbizo (SNI NCC) in April, 2014

Reissued on 30 May 2018 by Black First Land First, National Coordinating Committee (BLF NCC)

BLF congratulates the Guptas for their stunning court victory

BLF congratulates the Guptas for their stunning court victory

Yet another court victory for the much maligned Gupta family. The Guptas have not lost any one of the multiple cases maliciously brought against them in the most brazen and barbaric manner through the abuse of state institutions. The National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) has been reduced to a weapon of Johann Rupert to harass his business competitors.

The white media, which is pro Johann Rupert, has played a big role in demonizing the Gupta family. The people of South Africa (SA) are victims of an anti Gupta propaganda campaign pushed by the white media and opposition parties in particular, Julius Malema’s Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF). The so called Gupta leaks, upon which the white media has based its campaign of slander and hatred, cannot stand the slightest scrutiny as it is based on unfounded fabricated evidence.

Evidently, the only “crime” committed by the Guptas was their challenge of the monopoly of whites in the economy. The demonisation of the Guptas as being the most corrupt people was based on nothing but an elaborate lie. The campaign against the Guptas was intended to hide, as it did, the real massive corruption of white monopoly capital (WMC) such as the Steinhoff scandal and the R26 billion stolen from the South African Reserve Bank (SARB) by the likes of ABSA.

WMC shut down the bank accounts of the Guptas so as to stop them from trading in SA. At the same time, rogue companies like Lonmin have been allowed to operate bank accounts despite murdering scores of workers in Marikana.

BLF has been clear that the one-sided prosecution of the Guptas is nothing but racist persecution. The raft of so called preservation orders and hasty criminal charges are calculated to subvert the judicial commission of inquiry (JCOI) into state capture. It is all about creating a poisoned environment that lends itself to criminalization of the Guptas without due process. This is barbarism, not the rule of law.

The NPA has to immediately stop fighting the political and business battles of Johann Rupert. It is a known fact that Rupert is still very angry at the Gupta family for poaching his public relations (PR) firm Bell Pottinger. The prosecution of the Gupta linked people amounts to nothing but settling scores and killing competition. In SA the real corrupt section of capital is WMC. This criminal gang has now captured the NPA and is abusing it at will.

The NPA must back-off. Also, those who have real evidence against the Guptas must provide such to the JCOI into state capture led by the Deputy Chief Justice Raymond Zondo.

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

28 May 2018

Black First Land First Email:[email protected]
Facebook: Black First Land First
Twitter: @black1stland1st
Website: www.blf.org.za

Zanele Lwana
(Deputy President)
Cell: +27799867225

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

Brian Tloubatla
(Head of Media & Communications)
Cell: +27 82 216 7664