The shutting down of Afroworldview is a political attack on views considered not in alignment with white monopoly capital. The fact that Multichoice can determine what views are acceptable is a clear indication of fascism in South Africa. The predecessor of Afroworldview, ANN7, had brought an unapologetic pro-black perspective into the media space and thereby provided a much needed balancing act. It’s no secret that eNCA promotes pro-white perspectives and the SABC is generally still making up its mind.
The Thuma Mina government has declared war against black students who continue to struggle for better and conducive conditions to further their academic careers. This is seen by the vicious prosecution of key activists (or symbolic figures) of the #FeesMustFall movement, including the devastating conviction of Bonginkosi Khanyile and Khanya Cekeshe, along with various other student activists who have been in and out of court for the past two years. The Black First Land First Student Movement (BLF-SM) regards this as a deliberate attack and an attempt to silence the student voice which refuses to be subjected to dehumanizing conditions in these institutions of higher learning.
Black First Land First (BLF) was at the Johannesburg Magistrates Court this morning to support Mme Olivia Makete after she was violently attacked by Thabang Setona outside Luthuli House earlier this year. Setona publicly kicked, dragged and beat up Mme Makete during a BLF march to Luthuli House earlier this year.
Upon arrival at the court this morning, BLF was victimized and treated with disdain by people who are members of the court, who effectively created an evironment of hostility and intimidation. This gave BLF a clear indication that the court had taken a decision to derail the case and criminalize BLF because we are the only organisation that has been agitating for court justice to be served.
Contrary to popular belief, Mama Veronica was an anti-apartheid revolutionary long before she met Mangaliso Sobukwe. Establishing her commitment to the liberation of her people, Mama led from the front in various protests, including labour disputes and pass laws, standing valiantly in the face of white supremacy.
Society tends to erase the unrelenting leadership of Black women, casting them aside as the wives and girlfriends of struggle icons, spectators of the fight and that is the disgusting nature of white supremacy and patriarchy that BLF rejects. Mama Veronica joins a long list of women that fought unrelentlessly for the people of the country, as commanders and uncompromised leaders.
BLF extends it’s deepest condolences to Mama Veronica Sobukwe’s family. May her spirit continue to lead us in the struggle to reclaim occupied Azania from colonial settlers.
Lala ngoxolo Mama.
Issued by the National Coordinating Committee of Black First Land First (BLF NCC)
15 August 2018
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