Constitution Of The Black First Land First Movement

“For a colonized people the most essential value, because the most concrete, is first and foremost the land: the land which will bring them bread and, above all, dignity.”

Frantz Fanon, The Wretched of the Earth

 

CONTENTS

 

Preamble

 

Section 1: Name, Logo and Colours

Section 1.1: Name

Section 1.2: Logo and Colours

Section 2 Aims, Objectives, Philosophy and Leadership Ethos

Section 2.1 Aims and Objectives

Section 2.2 Philosophy Of Liberation

Section 2.3 Leadership Ethos

Section 3 General Principles

Section 4 Membership

Section 5 Rights of members

Section 6 Duties of members

Section 7 Organisational Structure

Section 8 National Headquarters

Section 9 Provinces

Section 10 National Congress

Section 11 Duties and Powers of the National Congress

Section 12 National Coordinating Committee

Section 13 Central Committee

Section 14 Electoral Commission

Section 15 National Financial Committee

Section 16 Duties and Functions of Officials

Section 17 Provincial Congress

Section 18 Provincial General Council

Section 19 The Provincial Coordinating Committee

Section 20 Provincial Working Committee

Section 21 Regional Congress

Section 22 Regional Working Committee

Section 23 Branches

Section 24 Zonal Structures and Sub Regions

Section 25 Black First Land First Student Movement

Section 26 Rules and Regulations

Section 27 General

Section 28 Amendments

Section 29 Special Congress

Section 30 Contractual Liability

Section 31 Borrowing Powers

Section 32: Finance

Section 33: Administration Of Revolutionary Justice

Section 34: Dissolution

 

First Schedule

 

Appendix 1: Logo and Colours

 

Appendix 2: The Thomas Sankara Oath

 

Appendix 3: Criteria For The Election Or Appointment Of Members To Leadership Positions At National, Provincial, Regional and Branch Level.

 

Appendix 4: Freedom To Criticize And Unity Of Action

 

Appendix 5: Code of Conduct during Meetings of Black First Land First

 

Appendix 6: Duties And Functions Of Secretary for Political Education, Policy and Research, Secretary for Communications and Media, Secretary for Gender and Sexuality, Secretary for International Relations and Solidarity, Secretary for Economic Planning and Development, Secretary for Land and Agrarian Revolution, and Secretary for the protection of Disabled Persons

 

Appendix 7: Administration Of Revolutionary Justice

 

Appendix 8: Red Star Award Of The Black First Land First Movement

 

Preamble

 

Land and racism are the building blocks of colonialism, neo-colonialism and its attendant forms of oppression, such as patriarchy, tribalism, self-hate and Afrophobia, amongst the people

 

Landlessness amongst blacks is the corner stone of white supremacy.

 

Recognizing that the trouble black people are in in South Africa/Occupied Azania was started in 1652 with the arrival of white settlers.

 

Noting that racism is a global phenomenon against black people the world over and the direct outcomes of the enslavement of blacks by white people.

 

Acknowledging that no black person can be truly free until all black people are free.

 

Realizing that in the past 21 years of African National Congress (ANC) rule the land reclamation program has been pursued so as to serve the interests of settler colonialism.

 

Taking note that the ANC insists that blacks must buy back their land. This policy of ANC is there to make sure that it would take more than 100 years to buy back just 30% of the land.

 

Noting further that forced removals and evictions have been intensified under ANC rule. More than a million farm workers have been forcibly removed by white land owners thus far under ANC rule.

 

Recognizing that 21 years since “democracy” our people have gained greater radicalized consciousness and desire. Blacks want land and freedom!

 

Observing  that there is currently no national movement that is committed to the return of the land to the people in total. There are many localised and uncoordinated efforts including opportunistic abuses of landlessness for other ends by forces of reaction and reformism, but not land reclamation and re-conquest efforts by our people. Landlessness is being used for political expediency.

 

Noting with deep concern that 21 years after democracy: black people remain oppressed, excluded and denigrated; South Africa remains an anti-black country, and; racism is normalized where we live and resides in the body politics (which includes the law, the economy, what we eat, what education one gets, healthcare, salaries, wages and social existence). In short, blacks remain last and at the bottom.

 

We therefore commit to struggle for real liberation conditional on two main pillars:

 

  1. Black First!
  2. Land First!

 

Hence the establishment of the Black First Land First Movement based on these two main considerations: Black First! Land First!

 

Section 1: Name, Logo and Colours

 

Section 1.1: Name

 

The name of the organisation is the Black First Land First Movement hereinafter referred to as the BLF.

 

Section 1.2: Logo and Colours

 

The logo and colours of the organization and the description thereof are contained in Appendix 1 to this Constitution.

 

Section 2: Aims, Objectives, Philosophy and Leadership Ethos

 

Section 2.1:  Aims and Objectives

 

  1. To struggle by any means necessary to realize the liberation of black people from white supremacy, racism, patriarchy and capitalism.

 

  1. To establish a fully responsive decolonized, black first, socialist society that builds and maintains a revolutionary culture with an internationalist outlook, whilst centering black experiences and desires.

 

  1. To engage in massive organized national land revolutionary campaigns towards the “repossession of the land without compensation” in the interests of the whole people in general and that of the black majority in particular.

 

  1. To promote and ultimately realize the resolution of the land question as the basis for the resolution of all other questions (including the question of the state) relating to the black condition.

 

  1. To create conditions for total freedom of the black majority and by extension an anti-capitalist, anti-racist, anti-sexist, anti the oppression of the LGBTQI peoples and anti-imperialist society.

 

  1. To attain and defend principled National Unity of the oppressed black majority of South Africa through the organizing and mobilizing ideas of “Black First, Land First!”

 

  1. To attain and defend principled African Unity of the oppressed black majority of Africa through the organizing and mobilizing ideas of “Black First, Land First!”.

 

  1. To lead, participate in, support and promote all struggles for the achievement of the total sovereignty and “unity of action” of the African states and by extension, the African continent as an indivisible single force.

 

  1. To participate in the international struggle for the complete overthrow of imperialism, colonialism, racism and all other forms of oppression and discrimination so as to establish fully responsive black first socialist governments throughout the world.

 

  1. To promote the fight against tribalism, regionalism, religious and cultural intolerance, oppression of women and oppression of all other gendered persons, towards the total eradication of these forms of oppression and tendencies and through the realization of Black Consciousness and radical Pan Africanism.

 

Section 2.2: Philosophy Of Liberation

 

  1. Our philosophy of liberation is Black Consciousness and Pan-Africanism.

 

  1. Our guiding philosophical outlook is both the black consciousness as principally developed by Steve Bantu Biko and the Pan-Africanism as principally developed by Robert Mangaliso Sobukwe. These black forms of radical philosophies together constitute the only viable single philosophy of black liberation.

 

  1. The above philosophy encompasses “Sankofa” the African wisdom as expressed by the symbolism of the Sankofa bird. To this end the Sankofa bird indicates our commitment to learn from the past so as to create the present and a new future. We must be committed to learn from all our past – from antiquity to yesterday – so that we may create a better and improved today and tomorrow.

 

Section 2.3: Leadership Ethos

 

  1. We pledge to build a revolutionary movement that is Sankarist in belief and practice – following and honouring the revolutionary legacy of Thomas Sankara.

 

  1. We believe that for the movement to succeed it needs a servant leadership – an accountable, democratic, responsive leadership that puts black people first.

 

Section 3: General Principles

 

  1. BLF is a revolutionary movement aimed at overthrowing the anti-black system of power, social organization, political arrangement and economic slavery.

 

  1. BLF shall pursue all tactics and strategies that maximizes the fight to liberate black people.

 

  1. The policies of BLF are determined by membership and leadership is accountable to the membership of BLF as stipulated in the procedures contained in this Constitution.

 

  1. BLF opposes tribalism, regionalism, religious and cultural intolerance, the oppression of women and the oppression of all other gendered persons. Furthermore BLF opposes patriarchy, sexism, and homophobia and any cultural or religious practices that promotes the oppression of anyone, including women as well as the LGBTQI community

 

  1. BLF is a vanguard organization leading the revolutionary masses in the fight to destroy white supremacy.

 

  1. BLF is a revolutionary, anti racist, anti capitalist, anti colonial, anti imperialist, anti sexist, pro LGBTQI, internationalist, People’s Movement which brings together the revolutionary masses of the black majority for the purpose of reclaiming and repossessing their birth-right to land.

 

  1. BLF strives for the solidarity and unity of action of the black people towards the establishment of a socialist Azania.

 

  1. BLF is driven by people centered values in terms of which leadership is accountable to the membership which elected it, hence the holding of District Conferences, the Annual People’s Conference and the National People’s Congress.

 

  1. The basic program of BLF is the destruction of white supremacy and it’s guardians (black colonialism) via the “repossession of land without compensation” and the installation of a socialist system that responds to the total needs of blacks. To this end BLF links all other people’s struggles to the land struggle.

 

  1. BLF is committed to building a platform for cohesive left forces sufficient to constitute a formidable opposition to the anti black politics and agenda of the ANC.

 

  1. The BLF stands for the total transformation of our society by any means necessary!

 

  1. BLF desires to build a happy secured society, where all have access to equality not just as a right in the constitution but experienced by the people in real life. Building a happy secured society means simply that democracy works for the people not just for the leaders and public servants.

 

  1. The core organizational principle BLF is democratic centralism in terms of which the whole organization shall observe unified discipline. To this end the guiding principle is that at all times the individual is subordinate to the organization, the minority is subordinate to the majority, the lower level is subordinate to the higher level and the entire BLF is subordinate to the NCC.

 

Section 4: MEMBERSHIP

 

Membership

 

  1. Any black person who has reached the age of eighteen; accepts the politics, ideological perspective and Constitution of the BLF; joins a branch of the organization and is prepared to work actively in it as part of the branch collective; is committed to honoring the organization’s resolutions and decisions; accepts the organization’s policy perspectives; commits herself/himself to being a disciplined member, and; is willing to pay the necessary membership fees may become a member of BLF.

 

  1. Blacks are those people who are by law and tradition politically, economically and socially discriminated against as a group and who see themselves as a unit in the struggle for liberation from white supremacy. In terms of this definition, the black people in South Africa are (as indicated by Steve Biko) those that come from the African communities, the so-called Coloured communities and so-called Indian communities.

 

  1. Each applicant for BLF membership must complete and sign an application form. Applications for membership shall be considered by the Branch Coordinating Committee where there is a Branch, and by the Regional Coordinating Committee, where there is no Branch. The Branch Coordinating Committee, the Regional Coordinating Committee, or such transitional structures as the Provincial Coordinating Committee or the NCC may periodically create so as decide on matters relating to membership applications, may grant or decline any application for membership provided such a decision is subject to review by the next higher organ of BLF.

 

  1. On acceptance, a member shall pay the joining fee and thereafter the monthly subscription fee in an amount(s) determined by the NCC for all members.

 

  1. Every BLF member taking Public Office as an elected Public Representative shall abide by the spirit and purport of “The Thomas Sankara Oath”. To this end the member shall take and sign “The Thomas Sankara Oath” before the NCC upon being nominated to stand for such office. Any BLF member who has been elected into office as a public representative and who is subsequently found to have been conducting herself/himself contrary to what is required of her/him in terms of “The Thomas Sankara Oath” shall be recalled from such office. The Thomas Sankara Oath is appended as Appendix 2 to this constitution.

 

  1. Membership cards shall be issued to registered members of the BLF.

 

  1. Any BLF member may object to any persons application for membership. To this end objections shall be lodged with the Branch, Regional or Provincial Secretary within three months of knowledge of such application for membership.

 

  1. At any time before anyone is accepted as a full BLF member, or under special circumstances even after the member has been accepted, the Secretary General may order that the application for membership or the membership (whichever is applicable) be rejected in the event that it was made or obtained invalidly.

 

  1. The reasons for declining an application for membership by the Secretary General or the objection to the membership application shall be transmitted to the applicant for membership in writing.

 

  1. All BLF members shall pay an annual subscription fee as determined by the National Coordinating Committee.

 

  1. Unemployed members, students, or those earning very low incomes shall pay such fees as may be considered by the NCC

 

  1. On being accepted as a member of BLF, such member shall make the following undertaking to the body or person designated to administer such an undertaking:

 

“I undertake to abide by the aims and objectives of the Black First Land First Movement as set out in all its duly adopted founding documents and policy positions. I agree to honor the spirit and purport of the Constitution. I am joining the movement voluntarily and with no ulterior motive relating to serving my own interests or to personally gain materially.  I dedicate my life to the revolutionary struggle for total freedom of the black majority, and to this end, I will strive to be fearless in my efforts. I pledge my loyalty to the movement with the full understanding that this movement, BLF, will be used  to realize total freedom and the return of the land to the black majority without compensation! Black First Land First”

 

Section 5: RIGHTS OF MEMBERS

 

5.1 Every member of BLF shall have the right:

 

  1. To vote at any BLF elections in accordance with such rules and regulations.

 

  1. To vote in any elections held by BLF in accordance with its rules and regulations.

 

  1. To be elected to any office in BLF.

 

  1. To participate in meetings and other activities organized by BLF.

 

  1. To actively participate in the consideration, discussion, formulation and implementation of the BLF policies.

 

  1. To make and forward proposals, statements and or recommendations to the Branch, Province, Region or NCC. Such proposals, statements and or recommendations shall in turn be transmitted by the receiver to the appropriate structure(s) or official(s).

 

  1. To obtain and disseminate any information regarding any aspect of BLF policy and activities.

 

  1. To freely criticize any member, entity, policy program/perspective and or activity of BLF within its structures without compromising the unity of action of BFLF. To this end each member shall take instructive note of the relationship between the freedom to criticize and the BLF’s unity of action as indicated in Apendix 4 to this Constitution.

 

Section  6: DUTIES OF MEMBERS

 

6.1 Every member of the BLF shall have the duty:

 

  1. To be loyal to the BLF.

 

  1. To observe and resort to the Policies, Resolutions, Decisions of the NCC and the Rules and Regulations and the provisions of the founding documents of BLF.

 

  1. To constantly and continuously strive to raise the level of her/his own political consciousness and understanding of BLF Policies, Resolutions, Rules and Regulations.

 

  1. To strengthen, promote and defend the BLF and to popularize its politics, policies and programs.

 

  1. To conduct herself / himself honestly and honourably in dealing with the BLF and the broader public and not to bring the movement into disrepute.

 

  1. To belong to and actively participate in the life of her/his Branch.

 

  1. To do all that is necessary to implement and defend the aims, objectives, policies, campaigns and programmes of BLF.

 

  1. To inform and educate the people about the aims, objectives, policies, campaigns and programmes of BLF.

 

  1. To constantly update and deepen her/his understanding of the national, continental and international political situations and to this end what needs to be done to address these problems.

 

  1. To combat liberalism and all other tendencies in the movement that are detrimental to the interests of BLF.

 

  1. To fight against tribalism, regionalism, religious and cultural intolerance, the oppression of women and the oppression of all other gendered persons.

 

  1. To be a disciplined member of BLF.

 

  1. To observe the required code of conduct, as reflected in Appendix 5 to this Constitution, when attending meetings of BLF.

 

  1. To promptly register as a voter in the constituency in which s/he resides.

 

Section  7: ORGANISATIONAL STRUCTURE

 

7.1 The BLF shall consist of the following organs:

 

  1. The National Imbizo which elects the National Coordinating Committee.
  2. The Provincial Imbizo which elects the Provincial Coordinating Committee.
  3. The Regional Imbizo which elects the Regional Coordinating Committee.
  4. The Branch Biennial General Imbizo which elects the Branch Coordinating

Committee.

 

7.2  Branches may be grouped together into zones  and may be subdivided (for coordination purposes) into smaller units such as voting district and street committees. Zones may be grouped into sub-regions. A sub-branch established in this way shall have the same voting powers as a full branch.

 

Section 8: NATIONAL HEADQUARTERS

 

8.1 The site of the National Headquarters of the BLF shall be determined by the NCC.

 

Section 9: PROVINCES

 

9.1 For purposes of BLF structures, the country will be divided into the following provinces, which will be demarcated to correspond strictly to the provincial boundaries established in the South African Constitution:

 

  1. Eastern Cape;
  2. Free State;
  3. Gauteng;
  4. KwaZulu/Natal;
  5. Limpopo;
  6. Mpumalanga;
  7. North West;
  8. Northern Cape; and
  9. Western Cape.

 

9.2 The provincial headquarters shall be determined by the Provincial Congress.

 

Section 10: NATIONAL IMBIZO

 

10.1 The National Imbizo is the supreme ruling and controlling body of BLF. It shall be constituted as follows:

 

  1. Voting delegates:

 

  1. A minimum of 90% (ninety per cent) of the delegates at Imbizo shall be from branches who were elected at properly constituted branch general meetings. The number of delegates per branch shall be in line with and in proportion to their fully paid up membership. To this end each branch in good standing is entitled to at least 1 (one) delegate;

 

  1. The number of delegates to be allowed from each province to attend the National Imbizo shall be fixed by the NCC in proportion to the paid up membership of each Province;

 

iii. All the members of the National Coordinating Committee shall attend the Imbizo as ex-officio members and as full participants and delegates therein, and;

 

  1. The remainder of the voting delegates at the Imbizo shall be allocated by the NCC from among members of the Provincial Coordinating Committees.

 

  1. Non-Voting Delegates:

 

  1. The NCC may invite individuals, who have made a special contribution to the liberation struggle or who have special or rare skills or experience, to attend the Imbizo.

 

10.2 The NCC shall appoint a Imbizo Preparatory Committee which shall circulate all the relevant Imbizo information in advance of the Imbizo, determine the appropriate procedure for the selection of delegates to Imbizo and indicate how the membership can subsequently ensure that the agenda reflects their concerns.

 

10.3 The Imbizo  shall determine its own procedures in accordance with participatory democratic principles.

 

10.4 Voting on key issues, and as determined by Imbizo, shall be by means of secret ballot on condition that at least one third of the delegates at National Imbizo so demands it.

 

10.5 The National Imbizo shall be called and convened at least once every five years.

 

National General Council

 

10.6 A National General Council may be held by the NCC from time to time. To this end the NCC shall convene such a National General Council not later than 30 (thirty) months after the National Imbizo.

 

10.7 The NCC shall, after due consultation with the Provinces, determine the actual composition of the National General Council.

 

10.8 The National General Council shall:

 

  1. Determine and review the policies and programmes of BLF.

 

  1. Receive, peruse and discuss reports of the NCC.

 

  1. Endorse, vary or set aside any decision taken by any of the constituent structures, units or officials of BLF excluding any decision taken by the National Imbizo which in turn includes any decision or finding relating the assessment of the performance of NCC members.

 

  1. Discuss any issue it deems necessary sees fit having regard to the policies and directives of the National Imbizo.

 

10.9 The NGC may, if it deems necessary, fill vacancies that have occurred in the NCC provided that such vacancies shall not exceed 50% (fifty per cent) of the total membership of the NCC.

 

Section 11: DUTIES AND POWERS OF THE NATIONAL IMBIZO

 

11.1 The National Imbizo shall:

 

  1. Determine the policy, political program, Founding Manifesto, Constitution and other founding documents of BLF;

 

  1. Receive, peruse, consider and discuss all the reports of the NCC including the President’s Address, the Secretary General’s Report and the Treasurer General’s Report;

 

  1. Review, endorse, vary or set aside any decision of any of the constituent structures, committees or officials of BLF;

 

  1. Elect the President, two Deputy Presidents, National Chairperson, the Secretary General, Deputy Secretary General, the Treasurer General and the remaining 80 (eighty) additional members of the NCC; and

 

  1. Elect/appoint any commission or committee and assign specific terms of reference for commission or committee.

 

Section 12:  NATIONAL COORDINATING COMMITTEE

 

Powers of the National Coordinating Committee

 

12.1 The National Coordinating Committee (NCC) is the highest decision making organ of the BLF between National Imbizos and has the authority to lead the movement, subject to the provisions of this Constitution.

 

12.2 The NCC shall:

 

  1. Carry out the decisions and instructions of the National Imbizo and the National

General Council;

 

  1. Direct and instruct the Provinces and receive Provincial reports.

 

  1. Supervise and direct the work of BLF and all its organs, including national, provincial and local government caucuses;

 

  1. Ensure that all the structures (Provincial, Regional and Branch) of the Movement function properly. (The NCC may suspend or dissolve a PCC where necessary. The suspension of a PCC shall not be for more than 3 (three) months. Where a PCC has been dissolved, elections for that PCC shall be called within 9 (nine months) from such dissolution. During the period of suspension / dissolution of the PCC, the NCC may appoint an interim structure to perform the tasks of the PCC);

 

  1. Establish the necessary departments, desks and committees;

 

  1. Receive, peruse and consider reports, oversee and manage the work of, and delegate such functions to the CC, as it may from time to time necessary;

 

  1. Manage, administer and control all the property and assets of the BLF;

 

  1. Issue policy directives, guidelines and other documents when it deems necessary;

 

  1. Confer such necessary awards, honors and medals as it may deem necessary and appropriate;

 

  1. Institute disciplinary proceedings against any member of BLF and temporarily suspend any member from the movement;

 

  1. When necessary institute and defend legal proceedings on behalf of the Movement;

 

  1. Develop and adopt Rules and Regulations as well as Standing Operating Procedures for the proper functioning of the Movement.

 

  1. Have the power to delegate any of its powers to the CC, Officials or the Secretary General;

 

  1. Take all that is necessary to fulfill the aims and objectives and perform the duties of BLF; and

 

  1. The NCC may:

 

  1. Whenever it sees fit call and convene a Policy Conference so as to seek recommendations on any policy matter. In addition, the NCC shall convene a National Policy Conference at least 4 (four) months prior to the National Imbizo so as to review BLF policies and to recommend any new or to vary any existing policy for the ultimate consideration by the National Imbizo; and

 

  1. Conclude the necessary deployment contracts with public representatives and also recall any public representative it deems appropriate.

 

  1. Periodically report to BLF membership in periods between the National Imbizos.

 

  1. Set up a number of necessary bodies and standing sub-committees on the various levels in order to guide the overall work of the BLF.

 

Elections and composition of the NCC

 

12.3 The entire NCC shall constitute at least 50% (fifty per cent) of women. The NCC, except where the context otherwise indicates, shall be elected by secret ballot by the National Imbizo and to this end shall hold office for 5 (five) years. It shall be constituted as follows:

 

National Coordinating Committee (NCC)

This structure is constituted by:

 

  1. two representatives from each Province (the BLF Provincial Chairperson and Secretary),
  2. the BLF Regional Chairpersons,
  3. the BLF national portfolio holders
  4. the BLF Central Committee
  5. two representatives from each Province (the BLF-SM Provincial Chairperson and Secretary)
  6. President, Deputy President, Secretary General, Deputy Secretary General and Treasurer General of BLF-SM, NCC.

 

This is the highest decision making body in-between the National Imbizos. Accordingly, the NCC shall be constituted as follows:

 

The President

Deputy President

Deputy President;

National Chairperson;

Secretary General;

Deputy Secretary General;

Treasurer General.

Secretary for Political Education, Policy and Research

Secretary for Communications and Media

Secretary for Gender and Sexuality

Secretary for International Relations and Solidarity

Secretary for Economic Planning and Development

Secretary for Land Revolution

Secretary for the protection of Disabled Persons

3 x technical advisers

All BLF Provincial Chairpersons and Secretaries

All BLF Regional Conveners

ALL Black First Land First Student Movement (BLF-SM) Provincial Chairpersons and Secretaries

Top Five of BLF-SM, NCC being  President, Deputy President, Secretary General, Deputy Secretary General and Treasurer General

 

  1. 80 (eighty) additional members of the NCC;

 

  1. The Chairperson and the Secretary of each elected BLF Provincial Coordinating Committee who in turn shall be ex-officio members of the NCC;

 

  1. A maximum of 5 (five) additional members that the NCC may recruit at any time during its term of office so as to facilitate the smooth and proper running of the NCC.

 

12.4 In the event of any vacancy occurring in the NCC, the NCC shall appoint a replacement.

 

12.5 The quorum for meetings of the NCC shall be at least 50% (fifty per cent) plus 1(one) of all its members.

 

12.6 Nominations for the NCC members shall be by the following procedure:

 

  1. Nominations for the posts of:

 

The President;

Deputy President;

Deputy President

National Chairperson;

Secretary General;

Deputy Secretary General, and;

Treasurer General,

shall be made by any Province and placed before the National Imbizo.

 

  1. Any voting delegate to the Imbizo shall, however, have the right to nominate any BLF member whose name has not been proposed as indicated above. At such an instance the presiding electoral officer shall call for the necessary seconders for the nomination. If the relevant nomination is seconded by at least 25% (twenty-five per cent) of the delegates at Imbizo then such nomination shall be deemed to be duly seconded. To this end the name of the nominee, in each case, shall be put on the ballot paper. Should the nomination fail to obtain the support of at least 25% (twenty five per cent) of Imbizo delegates, such nomination shall not be upheld.

 

  1. Nominations of candidates for election to the NCC, other than for the above positions, shall include:

 

Secretary for Political Education, Policy and Research;

Secretary for Communications and Media;

Secretary for Gender and Sexuality;

Secretary for International Relations and Solidarity;

Secretary for Economic Planning and Development;

Secretary for Land Revolution, and;

Secretary for the protection of Disabled Persons,

and shall be executed in the following manner:

 

  1. Only the names of those candidates who have been proposed by a Province shall be reflected on the National Imbizo ballot paper.

 

  1. A delegate to the Imbizo shall, however, have the right to nominate any member whose name has not been proposed as indicated above. At such an instance the presiding electoral officer shall call for the necessary seconders for the nomination. If the relevant nomination is seconded by at least 25% (twenty-five per cent) of the delegates at Imbizo then such nomination shall be deemed to be duly seconded. To this end the name of the nominee, in each case, shall be put on the ballot paper. Should the nomination fail to obtain the support of at least 25% (twenty five per cent) of conference delegates, such nomination shall not be upheld.

 

iii. A maximum of 2 (two) members per province is permitted for nominations in this respect.

 

12.7 Voting shall be conducted by way of secret ballot and to this end each voting delegate shall vote only once in each ballot.

 

12.8 At least 50% (fifty per cent) of the directly elected and members of the NCC shall be women.

 

12.9 Subject to the provisions of this Constitution, the Secretary General, the Deputy Secretary General and the Treasurer General shall be full-time functionaries of BLF.

 

12.10 The NCC shall meet quarterly and in this regards shall provide general political, ideological and organisational perspectives to the CC.

 

12.11 The NCC may invite any good standing BLF member to attend and participate at  NCC meetings.  The invitee shall not vote at such meetings.

 

12.12 Any member who is elected to the NCC shall be obliged to resign from any lower structure in BLF.

 

Section 13: CENTRAL COMMITTEE (CC)

 

13.1 As soon as possible after the conclusion of the National Imbizo, the NCC shall convene and elect a CC. This structure is led by the President plus 8 other members as indicated below.  In addition, the NCC shall co-opt three technical advisors to the CC who are ex officio members.

 

13.2 Accordingly, the CC shall be constituted as follows:

 

The President

Deputy President

Deputy President;

National Chairperson;

Secretary General;

Deputy Secretary General;

Treasurer General.

Secretary for International Relations and Solidarity

Secretary for Political Education, Policy and Research

3 x technical advisers

 

13.3 The NCC shall, from among the directly elected members of the NCC, elect additional members to the CC which in turn shall not exceed 25% (twenty five percent) of the total composition of the directly elected members. This structure functions as the working committee that shall look after the everyday needs of the movement and must meet on a weekly basis.

 

13.4 The members of the CC may not necessarily be full-time functionaries of BLF. The NCC shall however determine whether the elected members will be full-time functionaries who may be tasked with specific responsibilities.

 

13.5 At least 50% (fifty per cent) of the members of the CC shall be women.

 

13.6 The CC may invite any BLF member in good standing to attend and participate in its meetings. An invitee may, if the CC deems fit, be given a specific assignment by the CC but to this end cannot speak on behalf of the CC. An invitee shall not vote at any meetings invited to by the CC.

 

Section 14: ELECTORAL COMMISSION

 

14.1 The NCC shall appoint an Electoral Commission of at least 3 (three) members and instruct it to execute the following tasks :

 

  1. Prepare the ballot papers;
  2. Provide for ballot boxes or for other measures of secret voting;
  3. Create the necessary mechanisms for the counting of ballot papers and for the effective oversight of the counting of votes;
  4. Announce the results of the ballots and the number of votes received by each successful candidate; and
  5. Establish procedures for voting and to this end decide any dispute raised in the context of elections and election procedures, and also decide on how any tied vote should be resolved.

 

14.2 The suggested names to the electoral commission shall be submitted to the National Imbizo for ratification and they will then be complemented by a representative from each province. The work of the electoral commission shall commence before the Imbizo opens.

 

Section 15: NATIONAL FINANCIAL COMMITTEE

 

15.1 The National Finance Committee shall be appointed by the NCC.

 

15.2 The composition and powers of the National Finance Committee shall determined by the NCC .

 

15.3 The National Finance Committee shall report at least twice per year to the NCC on the financial affairs of BLF.

 

Section 16: DUTIES AND FUNCTIONS OF OFFICIALS

 

The powers and duties of the individual office bearers appear hereunder:

 

16.1 The President

 

The President is the political head and chief directing officer of BLF and also the leader of the house at National Imbizo or National General Council meetings. S/he shall:

 

  1. Make pronouncements for and on behalf of the NCC outlining and explaining the policy or attitude of BLF on any question;

 

  1. Present to the National Imbizo and National General Council a comprehensive political analysis of the state of the nation and the state of the world; and

 

  1. Under the oversight, counsel and guidance of the NCC, politically orient and direct the activities of BLF.

 

16.2 Deputy Presidents

 

The two Deputy Presidents shall each assist the President, deputize for her or him when necessary and carry out whatever functions that are entrusted to her/him by the National Imbizo, the Special National Imbizo, the President or the NCC.

 

16.3 In the event of death or permanent incapacity of the President and the two Deputy Presidents, the NCC shall as soon as is reasonably possible appoint an Acting President until such time as the National Imbizo meets. Until such appointment is made, the Secretary General shall assume the functions of the President.

 

16.4 The National Chairperson

 

The National Chairperson shall:

 

  1. Be the custodian of all the policies and decisions adopted by the National Imbizo and National General Council and shall ensure that all the organs of BLF implement the decisions taken by the National Imbizo, National General Council, NCC and CC and that they operate within the parameters of policy as set out by National Imbizo, NGC and the NCC;

 

  1. Preside over meetings of the National Imbizo, the National General Council, the NCC and the CC;

 

  1. Carry out such additional tasks or functions, as are entrusted to her/him, by the

National Imbizo, National General Council, NCC or CC.

 

16.5 In the absence or incapacity of the National Chairperson, the President will assume her/his functions.

 

16.6 The Secretary General

 

The Secretary General is the chief administrative officer of BLF and s/he shall:

 

  1. Communicate, on behalf of the NCC, all the decisions of all the national structures of BLF.

 

  1. Keep the minutes of the National Imbizo,the National General Council, the NCC, the CC, as well as other records of BLF.

 

  1. Conduct the correspondence of the NCC and the CC and send out notices of all congresses, conferences and meetings at the national level.

 

  1. Convey the decisions and instructions of the National Imbizo, the National General Council, the NCC and the CC to the provincial coordinating committees and see to it that all structures of BLF perform their duties efficiently.

 

  1. Prepare annual reports on the work of the NCC and the CC and such other documents which may, periodically, be required by the NCC and the CC.

 

  1. Present to the National Imbizo and National General Council a comprehensive analysis of the state of the movement including its administrative situation;.

 

16.7 In the absence of the President and the two Deputy Presidents, the Secretary General shall assume the functions of the President.

 

16.8 All BLF structures shall report on their activities and are accountable to the Secretary General.

 

16.9 Deputy Secretary General

 

The Deputy Secretary General shall assist the Secretary General, deputise for her/him whenever it is necessary, and execute the tasks and functions entrusted to the Secretary General by the National Imbizo, the National Council, the NCC, or CC and s/he shall be a member of the CC ex-officio.

 

16.10 Treasurer General

 

The Treasurer General is the chief custodian of all the funds, property and other assets of BLF. S/he shall:

 

  1. Accept and bank all monies on behalf of the NCC and together with any 2 (two) other members of the NCC, s/he shall open and operate a banking account.

 

  1. Hold such books of account as may be necessary to indicate precisely the financial affairs of BLF.

 

  1. Submit a report to the National Imbizo reflecting the Income and Expenditure Account and Balance Sheet of BLF for the period since the previous National Imbizo, and submit reports to the NCC and the CC periodically.

 

  1. Together with the National Finance Committee be responsible for devising and executing comprehensive fundraising plans.

 

  1. Present a comprehensive report of the financial state of BLF to the National Imbizo and National General Council.

 

6.11 The duties and functions of the following seven officials are contained in Appendix 6 to this Constitution:

 

  1. Secretary for Political Education, Policy and Research

 

  1. Secretary for Communications and Media

 

  1. Secretary for Gender and Sexuality

 

  1. Secretary for International Relations and Solidarity

 

  1. Secretary for Economic Planning and Development

 

  1. Secretary for Land and Agrarian Revolution

 

  1. Secretary for the protection of Disabled Persons

 

Section 17 PROVINCIAL IMBIZO

 

17.1 Subject to the decisions of the National Imbizo and the National General Council, and the overall guidance of the NCC, the Provincial Imbizo is the highest organ of BLF in each Province.

 

17.2 The Provincial Imbizo shall be:

 

  1. Convened at least once every 4 (four) years and more often if it is so requested by a minimum of one third of all branches in the Province.

 

  1. Composed of:

Voting delegates as follows:

 

  1. At least 90% (ninety per cent) of all the Imbizo delegates shall be from branches and duly elected at properly constituted branch general meetings. The number of delegates per branch shall be calculated in proportion to their fully paid up membership. To this end each branch (in good standing) is entitled to at least 1 (one) delegate.

 

  1. All members of the Provincial Coordinating Committee shall attend ex-officio as full participants in and delegates to the Provincial Imbizo.

 

iii. The remainder of the voting delegates at Provincial Imbizo shall be from members of the RCCs as determined and allocated by the PCC.

 

Non voting delegates

 

  1. The PCC may as it deems necessary invite individuals who it considers to have made a special contribution to the liberation struggle or who have special or rare skills or experience, to attend the Provincial Imbizo. Furthermore where a structure does not have the minimum requirement to form a branch the PCC shall allow for representation as non-voting delegates of such a structure.

 

17.3 The Provincial Imbizo shall:

 

  1. Determine its own procedures in line with the principles and practices of democratic centralism and participatory democracy.

 

  1. Determine by secret ballot any key questions if a minimum of one third of the delegates at the Provincial Imbizo demand so.

 

  1. Conduct elections by secret ballot for the election of the PCC . To this end each voting delegate shall vote only once in each ballot.

 

  1. Receive reports on the implementation of the decisions and policies of the National Imbizo, the National General Council, the NCC and the CC and to give further action thereon.

 

  1. Receive and consider reports by the Provincial Coordinating Committee, which shall include the Chairperson’s address, the Secretary’s report and the Treasurer’s report.

 

  1. Elect the Provincial Chairperson, Deputy Chairperson, Secretary, Deputy Secretary, Treasurer and the additional 30 (thirty) members of the Provincial Coordinating Committee, who will hold office for four (4) years. The Provincial Secretary shall be a full-time functionary of the movement.

 

  1. Receive and consider the proposed policies and programmes of BLF in the Province.

 

  1. Review, endorse, confirm, vary or set aside any decision taken by any of the constituent structures or officials of BLF in the Province.

 

  1. Elect/appoint any commission, committee or task force and assign to it specific terms of reference.

 

17.4 Any member elected to the PCC shall resign from any position held by her/him in any lower structure in BLF.

 

Section 18: THE PROVINCIAL GENERAL COUNCIL

 

18.1 A Provincial General Council (PGC) shall be convened between Provincial Imbizos.

 

Composition

 

18.2 The PGC shall consist of all the PCC members and delegates representing branches in direct proportion to their paid up membership. To this end a minimum of 1 (one) delegate will be allocated per branch. The RCCs will be represented as appropriately determined by the PCC.

 

Powers and duties

 

18.3 The PGC may discuss and decide any issue it may deem necessary, including any matter brought before it by the PCC, and may decide on any matter falling within its competence, subject always to the policies and directives of the National Imbizo, National General Council, Provincial Imbizo and the NCC.

 

Filling of vacancies

 

18.4 The PGC may fill any vacancy on the PCC, provided that the filling of vacancies does not exceed 50% (fifty per cent) of the membership of the PCC.

 

Section 19: PROVINCIAL COORDINATING COMMITTEE

 

Authority

 

19.1 The PCC is the highest organ of BLF in a province between Provincial Imbizos and (subject only to the provisions of this Constitution) has the authority to lead the movement in the province,

 

Composition

 

19.2 The PCC shall consist of elected, recruited and ex-officio members.

 

19.3 The elected members shall consist of the Provincial Chairperson, Deputy Chairperson, Secretary, Deputy Secretary, Treasurer and not more than 30 (thirty) other persons elected by the Provincial Congress.

 

19.4 Each Region of the Province shall be represented on an equal basis in the PCC by the Chairperson and/or the Secretary (as the PCC shall determine) with ex-officio status. To this end the number of regional representatives on the PCC shall not exceed the number of elected members of the PCC.

 

19.5 The PCC may recruit not more than 3 (three) persons so as to assist it in the proper and smooth running of the PCC.

 

19.6 Not  less than 50% (fifty per cent) of the directly elected and recruited members of the PCC shall be women.

 

Invited members

 

19.7 The PCC may invite any BLF member in good standing to attend and participate in its meetings. The invitee shall not vote at such meetings.

 

Powers and duties

 

19.8 The PCC shall:

 

  1. Meet as soon as is reasonably possible after its election so as to elect the Provincial Working Committee and it shall thereafter meet at least once a month.

 

  1. Implement the policies and programmes of BLF in the Province and do all that may be necessary to further the interests, aims and objectives of the Movement.

 

  1. Implement the decisions and execute the instructions of the Provincial Imbizo the PGC, the NCC and the CC.

 

  1. Provide broad political and organisational perspectives, in line with that of the NCC, to the Provincial Working Committee. (To this end it shall receive reports, oversee the work of the PWC and delegate such functions to the PWC as it may deem fit).

 

  1. Manage and control, via the oversight of the NCC, the funds and assets of BLF in the Province.

 

  1. Submit reports to the NCC, the Provincial Imbizo and the Provincial General Council as and when required, on the state of the movement, the finances of the Province, and such other specified matters.

 

  1. Issue directives and instructions to the Regions, Branches and other substructures in the Province.

 

  1. Receive reports from the Regions, Branches and other substructures in the Province.

 

  1. Manage and direct the work of BLF and all its organs in the Province;

 

  1. Ensure that the Provincial, Regional, Branch and other structures of BLF in the Province function properly. (In this regard, the PCC shall organise, establish and properly service Branches in the Province; manage and oversee the work of the Regions in the Province; suspend, dissolve and relaunch Branch Coordinating Committees and Regional Coordinating Committees where necessary. This is subject to any directive from the Provincial Imbizo provided that where a BCC or a RCC has been suspended/dissolved there shall be a right of appeal by the affected BCC/RCC to the NCC. The period of suspension in respect of a RCC shall not be in excess of two months. Elections for a RCC, that has been previously dissolved, shall be called within a six months period from the date of such dissolution. The period of suspension of a BCC shall not be in excess of one month. Elections for a BCC, that has been previously dissolved, shall be convened within three months from the date of such dissolution. The Provincial Coordinating Committee may appoint an interim structure during the period of suspension/dissolution of the RCC/BCC to perform the functions and execute the tasks of such RCC/BCC);

 

  1. Establish the necessary desks and committees as well as Provincial departments which are in line with National Departments;

 

  1. Issue policy directives, guidelines and other Provincial documents when it deems necessary;

 

  1. Appoint the required provincial and regional staff, as directed by the office of the Secretary General;

 

  1. Take all steps necessary for the due realization of the aims and objectives of BLF in the Province as well as the due execution of its duties.

 

  1. Establish the necessary desks and committees.

 

  1. Issue policy directives, guidelines and other Provincial documents when it deems necessary;

 

  1. Appoint the required provincial and regional staff, as directed by the office of the Secretary General;

 

  1. Ultimately the main task of the PCC is to coordinate provincial activities, set up regional structures and service branches. The PCC shall also interpret the national Program of Action (POA) and adapt it to the provincial reality.

 

19.9 The quorum for any PCC meeting shall be not less than 50% (fifty per cent) plus 1(one) of the total number of its members.

 

19.10 Provincial officials shall, with due consideration for the differences in the scale and level of work (regarding the system of command and control in the movement) execute the same functions and tasks as that of their national equivalents. To this end, there shall be no equivalent for the position of National Chairperson.

 

Section 20: PROVINCIAL WORKING COMMITTEE

 

Composition

 

20.1 The Provincial Working Committee (PWC) shall consist of the Chairperson, Deputy Chairperson, Secretary, Deputy Secretary and Treasurer of the Province and not less than twenty five percent (25%) of its directly elected members. The PCC shall elect all the additional members of the PWC from amongst the directly elected additional members of the said PCC.

 

20.2 At least 50% (fifty per cent) of the members of the PWC shall be women.

 

Powers and duties

 

20.3 The PWC shall:

 

  1. Implement the decisions, instructions and directives of the Provincial Imbizo, the NCC and the PCC.

 

  1. Perform the necessary work of BLF in the province and do all that is necessary so as to ensure that regions, branches and all other BLF structures carry out the decisions of BLF.

 

20.3.3 Submit a comprehensive report to each PCC meeting.

 

Meetings

 

20.4 The PWC will meet periodically and when necessary, but at least once in two weeks.

 

Invitees

 

20.5 The PWC may invite any good standing BLF member to attend and participate in its meetings. An invitee may be tasked with a specific assignment by the PWC but to this end shall not represent PWC. An invitee shall not vote at any meeting s/he has been invited to by the PWC.

 

Section 21: REGIONAL IMBIZO

 

21.1 Each Region shall once in every 3 (three) years hold a Regional Imbizo .

 

21.2 The Regional Imbizo shall constitute:

 

Voting delegates as follows:

 

  1. At least 90% (ninety per cent) of all the delegates at the Imbizo shall be from the Branches in the Region and duly elected at properly constituted Branch General Meetings. The number of delegates allowed per Branch shall be in proportion to its fully paid up membership. In this regard each Branch in good standing shall be entitled to at least 1 (one) delegate.

 

  1. All the members of the Regional Coordinating Committee shall attend and be entitled to fully participate as delegates to the Imbizo on an ex-officio basis.

 

21.4.3 The remainder of the voting delegates at the Imbizo shall be from among members of the BCCs as allocated by the RCC.

 

Non voting delegates

 

  1. The RCC may invite any person who has made a special contribution to the liberation struggle or who has special/rare skills or experience, to attend the Imbizo. In addition, the RCC shall allow representation status as non-voting delegates to structures which do not comply with the minimum requirement to constitute a Branch.

 

21.3 The Regional Imbizo shall:

 

  1. Implement the decisions, resolution and policies of the PGC, the PCC and the PWC.

 

  1. Receive, peruse and consider all the reports by the Regional Coordinating Committee. This shall include the Chairperson’s address, the Secretary’s report and the Treasurer’s report.

 

  1. Elect the Regional Chairperson, Deputy Chairperson, Secretary, Deputy Secretary, Treasurer and 20 (twenty) additional members who shall hold office for 3 (three) years. The Regional Secretary shall be a full-time functionary of BLF, unless otherwise indicated.

 

21.4 Each Branch in good standing in a Region shall be entitled to send delegates to the Regional Imbizo in proportion to its fully paid up membership.

 

21.5 A member elected to the RCC shall resign forthwith from any position held in a lower structure in BLF.

 

21.6  There shall be at least one Regional Council Meeting annually. To this end each Branch shall be entitled to send at least one delegate to the Regional Council Meeting. More Regional Council meetings may be convened by the Regional Coordinating Committee or the PCC or at the request of at least one third of the delegates.

 

Powers of RCC

 

21.7 The RCC shall, for its functioning, be accountable to the PCC.

 

21.8 The powers of the RCC are delegated to it by the PCC. Furthermore, the RCC may, subject to the directives and instructions of the PCC, exercise the following powers:

 

  1. Meet, as soon as is reasonably possible after its election, to elect the Regional Working Committee. Thereafter, meet when necessary but at least once in a month.

 

  1. Implement the policy and programme of the BLF in the Region and do all that may be necessary to promote the interests, aims and objectives of the movement.

 

  1. Execute the decisions and instructions of the Provincial Imbizo, the Provincial General Council, the PCC, the Regional Imbizo and the Regional Council.

 

  1. Give broad political, ideological and organisational perspectives to the Regional Working Committee. Receive the reports and supervise the work of the RWC. Furthermore, delegate such functions to the RWC, as it deems necessary.

 

  1. Manage and control the finances and assets of the BLF in the Region.

 

  1. Submit reports to the PCC, the Regional Imbizo and the Regional General Council, as often as may be required, on the state of the Movement, the finances of the Region, and such other matters as may be specified.

 

  1. Call for and receive reports from the Branches and other sub-structures in the Region.

 

  1. Supervise and direct the work of BLF and all its structures in the Region, including the BLF local government caucuses.

 

  1. Recommend to the PCC the suspension or dissolution of any BCC, any Zonal Committee or any Sub-Regional Committee.

 

21.9 The RCC may recruit a maximum of 2 (two) persons for the purpose of building its capacity so as to facilitate the smooth and proper running of the RCC.

 

21.10 Not less than 50% (fifty per cent) of the directly elected and recruited members of the RCC shall be women.

 

Invitees

 

21.11 The RCC may invite any BLF member in good standing to attend and participate in its meetings. An invitee may be tasked by the RCC with a specific assignment but s/he may not represent the RCC. An invitee may not vote at any meeting s/he has been invited to by the RCC.

 

Section 22: REGIONAL WORKING COMMITTEE

 

22.1 The Regional Working Committee (RWC) shall consist of the Chairperson, Deputy Chairperson, Secretary, Deputy Secretary and Treasurer of the Region and not less than twenty five percent (25%) of its directly elected members. The RCC shall elect the RWC from among the directly elected additional members of the RCC.

 

22.2 The RWC shall:

 

  1. Execute the decisions and instructions of the NCC, PCC, RCC, the Regional Imbizo and the Regional General Council.

 

  1. Perform the current work of BLF in the Region and ensure that Branches and all other BLF structures implement the decisions of BLF.

 

  1. Submit a report to each RCC meeting.

 

Meetings and representation

 

22.3  The RWC shall convene when necessary but at least once every two weeks.

 

22.4  At least 50% (fifty per cent) of the members of the RWC shall be women.

Invitees

 

22.5  The RWC may invite any BLF member in good standing to attend and participate at its meetings. An invitee may be tasked with a specific assignment by the RWC, but may not represent the RWC. An invitee shall not be allowed to vote at ant of the meetings s/he as been invited to by the RWC.

 

Section 23: BRANCHES

 

23.1 Every member of BLF shall belong to a branch. The branch is the basic structure of the movement.

 

23.2 The branch shall:

 

  1. Be registered with the PCC and have a minimum of 20 (twenty) members, provided that the PCC may confer special recognition, where due to exceptional or extraordinary circumstances, the Branch has fewer than 20 (twenty) members but not less than 15 (fifteen) members.

 

  1. Meet at least once in a month in a general meeting.

 

  1. Be the most basic unit of activity in the movement where members inter alia democratically discuss and formulate policy. Furthermore, it is the fundamental platform for members to engage in ideological struggle so as to conquer backwardness and to win over reactionaries by political persuasion.

 

  1. Elect at a biennial general Imbizo a Branch Coordinating Committee consisting of a Chairperson, Deputy Chairperson, Secretary, Deputy Secretary, Treasurer, and 10 (ten) additional members.

 

Furthermore:

 

23.3 Branches covering an extensive geographical area of responsibility, or those branches in respect of which some extraordinary or special circumstance prevails, may be subdivided into smaller units. Each smaller unit shall constitute as a branch with a minimum of 20 (twenty) members. In this regard where there are not enough members (due to special or extraordinary  circumstance) then and in that event, such smaller unit may be constituted by not less than 15 (fifteen) members. Such units shall only be used for administrative purposes and shall by extension not be vested with any decision-making powers. Moreover, all such units  shall operate on the basis of revolutionary democratic principles and practices.

 

23.4 At least half of the directly elected and recruited Branch Coordinating Committee (BCC) members shall be women.

 

23.5 The Branch shall convene at least once every month in a general meeting.

 

23.4 Each branch shall be structured by the respective Branch Co-ordinating Committee into a number of study circles dispersed throughout the whole branch. Each study circle shall consist of at least 4 members.

 

23.6 The BCC shall:

 

  1. Meet as soon as is reasonably possible after its election. To this end the BCC shall issue tasks and functions to each member and pronounce on the responsibilities of each of its member so as to enable s/he to do the routine as well as the prioritized activities of the Branch.

 

  1. Undertake all work and popularize the political program of the movement in its area of responsibility. To this end the political line, policies, programmes, campaigns, resolutions and decisions of BLF is instructive.

 

  1. Meet at least once every two weeks as the BCC.

 

  1. Submit the relevant reports on its work performance to the Branch meeting and at least monthly to the RCC.

 

  1. Recruit a maximum of 3 (three) BLF members if necessary so as to build its capacity to improve its service delivery outcomes.

 

23.7 The quorum to convene a BCC meeting shall be at least 50% (fifty percent) plus 1 (one) of the total BCC membership.

 

23.8 The quorum for each Branch meeting, including  the Annual Branch Imbizo (where the Branch nominates candidates for elections within BLF or it makes decisions concerning matters of policy) shall be 50% (fifty per cent) plus 1 (one) of the total fully paid-up membership of the Branch.

 

 

Section 24: ZONAL STRUCTURES AND SUB-REGIONS

 

24.1 The PCC, under the direction and guidance of the NCC shall set up Sub-Regions within a Region. Sub-Regions shall be demarcated so as to correspond to metro sub-council municipal boundaries, depending in each case on their actual location. Similar rules, instructions, arrangements and powers relating to the PCC as well as the spacial specification requirements shall be applicable to Zones.

 

24.2 Three (3) or more Branches within a Region, for the purpose of promoting better organizational efficiency, shall be formed as a Zone at the instance of the Regional Coordinating Committee following consultations with relevant Branches, alternatively, and on application to the PCC, by at least 2 (two) Branches within the relevant area of a proposed Zone.

 

24.3 Whenever a Sub-Region or Zone has been formed, the BCC of constituent Branches, (within the relevant sub-region or zone) shall elect a Sub-Regional or Zonal Committee, as the situation may require, at a properly convened meeting consisting of a Chairperson, Deputy Chairperson, Secretary, Deputy Secretary, Treasurer and five (5) more members elected from their respective constituent Branches. The said meeting shall be convened every two (2) years for that purpose.

 

24.4 At least 50% (fifty per cent) of the members of the Sub- Regional Committee and the members of the Zonal committee shall be women.

 

24.5 The tasks of the Sub-Regional or Zonal Committee shall inter alia be as follows:

 

  1. To meet, at the very least, once monthly;
  2. To co-ordinate and supervise the work of the constituent Branches and to this end transmit the necessary reports to the RCC;
  3. To facilitate and ensure the implementation of the instructions of the NCC, the PCC, the PWC or the RCC in the Sub-Region or Zone;
  4. To actively participate in the work of the Regional Council; and
  5. To ensure, maintain and facilitate effective relations and links with all the Branches in the Sub-Region or Zone.

 

 

Rule 25: BLACK FIRST LAND FIRST STUDENT MOVEMENT

 

The Student Movement shall be established as a structure existing in all tertiary and other institutions of higher education and training. It shall subscribe to the political line, ideological perspectives and leadership ethos of the BLF.

 

 

Section 26: RULES AND REGULATIONS

 

26.1 The NCC may adopt Rules and Regulations to further develop organizational efficiency and for better performance of organizational activities of BLF.

 

26.2 The PCCs may adopt Rules and Regulations to improve the functioning of BLF in their respective Provinces.

 

26.3 All such rules and regulations shall be in line with the spirit and purport of the BLF constitution. The rules and regulations devised by the PCC shall only come into effect once it had been approved by the NCC.

 

26.4 The NCC may devise and develop a code of conduct to be made applicable to all BLF structures, officials, public representatives, office bearers and members.

 

Section 27: GENERAL

 

BLF shall have the power, quite separately from its individual members, to acquire, keep and/or alienate relevant property, conclude agreements and to do all things that are politically necessary to realize its aims and objects and to defend its members, its property, its integrity and its good image.

 

Section 28: AMENDMENTS

 

Any amendments to this Constitution shall be by a two-thirds majority of delegates present and voting at the National Imbizo or Special Imbizo. Notice of intention for the proposal of any amendment to the Constitution shall be transmitted to the Secretary General at least three months before the National or Special Imbizo. The NCC shall thereafter give at least one month’s notice for any such Constitutional amendment.

 

Section 29: SPECIAL IMBIZO

 

29.1 A Special Imbizo of BLF may be convened by the NCC at any time or at the special request of the majority of the Provinces but only for the stated purpose(s).

 

29.2 Not less than one calendar month’s notice of such a Special Imbizo shall be given.

 

29.3 Participation at the Special Imbizo shall be determined by the NCC with the provision that branches are represented at such a Special Imbizo in proportion to their fully paid-up membership.

 

Section 30: CONTRACTUAL LIABILITY

 

Only the National Coordinating Committee shall have the authority to legally bind BLF or for that matter to create any legal relationship between BLF and any other person or entity. Any other person or entity purporting to legally bind BLF shall produce an authorization in writing from one of the NCC Officials, which shall in turn reflect the extent of that person’s authority to so act.

 

Section 31:  AUTHORITY TO BORROW MONEY

 

The NCC may from time to time, and as may be necessary, borrow any amount of money that may be required in furtherance of the aims and objectives of BLF, on such terms and conditions as the NCC considers to be in the best interests of BLF and to this end shall have the power to amend the terms of any such borrowing, and to secure such borrowing or any other obligations of BLF by the mortgage or pledge (either generally or specifically) of the assets of BLF.

 

Section 32: FINANCES

 

General

 

The funds of the BLF are made up of all monies received by means of membership subscription fees, levies, donations and by any other means within the framework of this Constitution.

 

The funds of BLF shall be employed solely in pursuance of the organization’s aims and objectives

Funds allocated for a specific purpose must be employed for that purpose only unless otherwise decided by the NCC.

No profits or gains may accrue to or be distributed or allocated to any person.

 

Banking accounts

 

The General Secretary shall deposit funds received into the organization’s bank account within 3 days of receipt thereof.

 

No person may open a banking account in the name of “Black First Land First” or “BLF”  or any other similar name without: the written authority of a resolution of the NCC on an official BLF letterhead signed by at least 3 National Office Bearers, and; subsequent verbal confirmation to the bank or the financial institution concerned by either the National Treasurer or General Secretary.

 

Signatories

 

The NCC must appoint the President, Secretary General  and Treasurer General as signatories to the National Banking Account. Three signatories shall authorize any cheque.

 

Section 33: ADMINISTRATION OF REVOLUTIONARY JUSTICE

 

Revolutionary justice and the processes involved in attaining it shall in each particular case be administered as indicated in Appendix 7 to this Constitution.

 

 

Section 34: DISSOLUTION OF BLF

 

The National Imbizo or any Special Imbizo may dissolve the BLF and transfer its assets and liabilities in the manner as determined and instructed by the Imbizo, by means of a resolution adopted by a seventy-five percent (75%) majority of duly accredited delegates in good standing present and voting, with the provision that the NCC shall in the first place have received notice of such resolution from a structure of BLF at least 12 months before it was voted on by such a Imbizo.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

First Schedule

 

APPENDIX 1

 

 

The Colours and Logo of the Black First Land First Movement

 

  1. The Logo of Black First Land First (BLF) movement is the Sankofa Bird as a symbolism for understanding a people engaged in the struggle for freedom through the power of revolutionary historical lessons. In this regard we see how the Sankofa bird, while looking backwards, flies forward with an egg in its mouth.

 

  1. At the centre of the Sankofa’s wing is the five pointed red star. The five-pointed red star symbolizes socialism and the blood of blacks whose lives were lost through the anti blackness of white supremacy. Moreover the five points of the star represents the five continents and hence an internationalist outlook in pursuit of the total freedom of all the oppressed peoples of the world.

 

  1. The circle is colored in green to signify the Land and all the minerals beneath it that must be returned to the people.The circle itself, with it’s red outer and black inner boundary lines serves to protect the people engaged in revolution.

 

  1. The formation of the Sankofa bird into a black clenched fist signifies Black Power! This presupposes the solidarity of the black people.

 

  1. The formation of the bird’s feet into a fountain pen signifies the importance of revolutionary theory as a guide to action in revolutionary struggle.

 

APPENDIX 2

 

The Thomas Sankara Oath

 

For

 

Politicians and Public Servants

 

I the undersigned,  hereby voluntarily, without any personal or business interest, have chosen out of my free will and without prejudice  to serve the public as an elected representative of the people /  an employee in the public sector.

 

I understand that the most important principle and  my duty  is to  serve the public through providing  high quality services to all persons alike and that this necessarily entails performing the duties of my office conscientiously and to the best of my ability!

 

This OATH is undertaken in the spirit of Thomas Sankara who set a shining example of how the public service must serve the people and not politicians or public servants.

 

I also understand that mutual respect between the State and its citizens is key to realizing true equality  and I therefore, as a politician/public servant, do hereby commit myself to engage in prior consultation with the public  to determine their needs so as to ensure that public services which are provided respond to the real needs of the people.

At no point shall I involve the police or any repressive arm of the state in dealing with matters related to the provision of public services to the people. It is not a crime for people to demand that the State provide public services to all its citizens in equal measure.The people are not criminals!

 

I commit myself  to help  build and promote an efficient public service system that ensures the real and legal dignity and equality of all. As a practical  indication of my acknowledgement  that the only way to ensure that the services that I provide are of an acceptable standard, I hereby undertake to use the services that the public sector provides to the people.  What is good for me is good for the people!

 

I THEREFORE declare that it is a criminal offence to use private services for myself, my family and my dependents, including but not limited to: education, healthcare, housing and transport. I’m committed to public service therefore; I use the services I provide.

 

DATED THIS   DAY OF

 

 

 

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DEPONENT

 

 

APPENDIX  3

 

Criteria For The Election Or Appointment Of Members To Leadership Positions At National, Provincial, Regional and Branch Level of Black First Land First Movement (BLF)

 

A member must be regarded as a fit and proper person by the Evaluation Committee, set up the the outgoing leadership structure before s/he can be appointed / elected as a member of the incoming leadership structure.

 

To comply with the requirement of a ” fit and proper person” BLF deems it necessary to enquire into the GENERAL ASSESSMENT AREAS of, knowledge of the political line of BLF; quality of  political work; team work; leadership; management of resources; acceptance of responsibility; initiative and discipline.

 

  1. KNOWLEDGE OF THE POLITICAL LINE OF THE BLF

 

The member must; demonstrate a clear understanding of and the ability to interpret the Political line of BLF, all National Imbizo resolutions and decisions; show that s/he has a firm grasp of the core principles of the movement, that is, in relation to imperialism, white supremacy, patriarchy, homophobia, sexism, tribalism, liberalism, unity, race theory etc; indicate that s/he understands the importance of BLF and the need for revolution; indicate a clear understanding and the ability to conceptualise the campaigns of the BLF; demonstrate a thorough grasp of the need to meld theory with practice; and show that s/he constantly updates her/himself with regard to the national and world political situations.

 

  1. QUALITY OF POLITICAL WORK

 

S/he must; be an active member of an established branch of BLF; be a fully paid up member in good standing; provide evidence that s/he has accomplished most of the key tasks set by her/his branch most of the time in a competent and acceptable manner.

 

  1. TEAM WORK

 

The member must be capable of getting along with other comrades as a collective. S/he must be able to influence and communicate well as part of a collective and in furtherance of ultimately achieving the BLF’s  strategic objective. Instances of successes in this regard must be highlighted by the member.

 

  1. LEADERSHIP

 

The member must; demonstrate leadership qualities through motivation of comrades;  show her/his ability to, for example, inflate the morale of other comrades or other members of the public that she/he provides leadership to; list all gains made by the BLF as a result of her/his leadership qualities.

 

  1. MANAGEMENT OF RESOURCES

 

The member must show acceptable organising ability with little guidance being necessary.

 

  1. ACCEPTANCE OF RESPONSIBILITY

 

The member must show her/his willingness to accept responsibility in required areas of political work. Moreover that s/he can also be relied upon to accept responsibility and do the work of other comrades in circumstances that require her/him to do so.

 

  1. INITIATIVE

 

The member must indicate instances when her/his own initiative was used to develop programs and approaches guided by BLF’s interests to resolve any conflict or overcome any problem and consequently perform competently to expectations.

 

  1. DISCIPLINE

 

The member must; indicate that s/he has not conducted her/himself in a way that has brought the image of the BLF into disrepute and has no intention to do so; abides by the provisions of the Revolutionary Discipline Code and as a member strives to always conduct her/himself in the best interests of BLF. The member must also indicate how s/he has dealt with and intends dealing with reactionary tendencies or political backwardness within the BLF and how s/he will deal with a disagreement s/he may have with any leader or rank and file member of BLF.

 

APPENDIX 4

 

FREEDOM TO CRITICIZE AND UNITY OF ACTION

 

  1. This serves to give clarity on the relationship between the freedom to criticise and the BLF’s unity of action.

 

  1. The principle of participatory democracy within the whole organizational structure of the BLF implies universal and full freedom to criticise, so long as this does not disturb the unity of a definite action. This principle rules out all criticism which disrupts or makes difficult the unity of an action decided on by the BLF.

 

  1. Criticism within the limits of the principles of organization’s political line and program must be quite free not only at BLF meetings, but also at public meetings. Such criticism cannot be prohibited.

 

  1. The organization’s political action however must be united. “Calls” that violate the unity of definite decided actions shall not be tolerated either at public meetings, at BLF meetings, in the BLF press or through any other medium.

 

  1. Once BLF has decided on a definite action that it would embark on, no member of BLF anywhere has any right whatsoever during the period of the actual action to call upon any other member(s), the public in general or any other entity to abstain from or go against such action.

 

  1. Also “criticism” of any BLF decision to embark upon any action shall not be tolerated as this would jeopardize success of such an action. However, before the action is actually embarked upon (even though the decision has already been taken) BLF members everywhere have a right to criticize the said decision.

 

  1. Even though the practical application of this principle may sometimes result in disagreements and uncertainties, it is nonetheless only on the basis of this principle that all such disagreements and uncertainties can really be settled in a disciplined way.

 

 

APPENDIX 5:

 

Code Of Conduct During Meetings Of The Black First Land First Movement (BLF)

 

  1. All meeting attendees shall be treated with dignity. Abusive actions, defamatory conduct, derogatory remarks, personal insults, hostility, threats or any form of intimidation, violence or discrimination are behaviors that are unacceptable.

 

  1. Attendees shall address or communicate with each other in a transparent, honest and respectful manner.

 

  1. Attendees shall give due respect to the views of others and accordingly allow others the opportunity to speak without being interrupted.

 

  1. Meeting attendees shall conduct themselves in a constructive manner and to this end represent the best interests of the organization rather than individual interests.

 

  1. Communication in meetings shall be clear, brief, concise, to the point and avoid abusive language and/or reference that amount to personal attacks.

 

  1. Attendees shall engage in communications in an orderly fashion and in this respect multiple conversations at the same time are absolutely prohibited.

 

  1. Individual attendees shall be precluded from dominating proceedings.

 

  1. Respect and honor shall at all times be given to the authority of the chairperson and on all points of meeting procedure raised, her/his ruling shall be final.

 

  1. Attendees shall refrain from any kind of disruptive behavior during meetings, including but not limited to interrupting the current speaker, engaging in side remarks or conversations, making distracting noises, shouting, booing or engaging in any other activity in a manner that disturbs the orderly conduct of the meeting.

 

  1. The chairperson shall do all that is necessary to preserve order and to ensure that members obtain a fair hearing.

 

  1. In the event of any attendee undermining the authority of the chairperson and or engaging in other conduct in violation of this code, a motion may be moved and seconded to suspend such member for the remainder of the meeting. Such a motion will be put to the meeting without discussion and if supported by a majority of members present ( with voting rights), such a motion will be declared carried. Absolutely no further action shall be taken until the offending member has been removed from the meeting and order has been restored.

 

  1. Only duly registered participants / delegates shall be allowed at National Imbizos.

 

APPENDIX 6

 

Duties And Functions Of:

Secretary for Political Education, Policy and Research

Secretary for Communications and Media

Secretary for Gender and Sexuality

Secretary for International Relations and Solidarity

Secretary for Economic Planning and Development

Secretary for Land and Agrarian Revolution

Secretary for the protection of Disabled Persons

  1. Secretary for Political Education, Policy and Research

 

  1. The Secretary for Political Education, Policy and Research shall devise and recommend all major policy decisions, which shall then be transmitted to the NCC for approval and for subsequent onwards submission by the NCC to the National Congress for adoption.

.

ii.The immediate overall task of the Secretary for Political Education, Policy and Research is to support the revolution based on the principles as contained in BLF resolutions, decisions, policies and to this end:

 

* Recommend to the NCC a political program and plan of action on ‘what is to be done’ based on all key questions.

 

* Organize and oversee the Political Education Discipline of membership and of all those related to her/his area of responsibility.

 

* Develop policy on strategic fields as per the ideology and principles of the BLF.

 

Sub-committee for Political Education, Policy and Research

 

The Secretary for Political Education, Policy and Research shall set up and preside over a subcommittee, of at least eight (8) but not more than ten (10) members, that shall as far as is reasonably possible be organized on the basis of provincial representation. The membership of the subcommittee is subject to the approval of the NCC. The sub-committee shall have jurisdiction over issues relating to the subject matter of the scope, mandate, and area of responsibility  of the Secretary for Political Education, Policy and Research.

 

  1. Secretary for Communications and Media who shall:

 

  1. Be the national spokesperson of BLF; and,

 

  1. Oversee and implement the media and communications strategy of BLF.

 

* The Secretary for Сommunications and Media is responsible for the following tasks:

 

  1. To use all forms of media and communication to build, maintain and manage the reputation of BLF.

 

  1. To build and expand a media contact database for dissemination of press releases and other media advisory notes.

 

iii. To communicate key messages in line with BLF’s ideological world outlook and political program of action in order to establish and maintain goodwill and understanding between the organisation and the public.

 

iv.To plan, develop and implement media and communication strategies.

 

  1. To liaise with the other NCC members and key spokespeople;

 

  1. To liaise with and respond to enquiries from media, individuals and other organisations;

 

vii. To research,  write and distribute press releases to targeted media;

 

viii. To collate and analyze media coverage;

 

  1. To facilitate the writing and editing of in-house magazines, situation analysis, speeches, articles and reports;

 

  1. To prepare and coordinate the production of publicity brochures, pamphlets, promotional videos, photographs, films and multimedia programs;

 

  1. To devise and coordinate photo opportunities;

 

xii. To organize press conferences;

 

xiii. To manage the updating of information on the BLF website;

 

xiv. To source and manage media coverage opportunities;

 

  1. To manage the public relations aspect of a potential crisis situation, and;

 

xvi. To perform other tasks given by the NCC.

 

* The Secretary for Сommunications and Media is further responsible for drafting and recommending policy in the following fields:

 

  1. Information technology (including the use of information technology for creating public informationresources and ensuring access to them);

 

  1. Telecommunications including the use and conversion of the radio frequency spectrum and postal services,

 

iii.  Mass communications and mass media, including electronic media (development of the Internet, television and radio broadcasting and new technologies in these fields);

 

  1. The print media;

 

  1. The provision of public services in the field of information technology, including the use of information technology for creating public information resources and ensuring public access to them.

 

Sub-committee for Communications and Media

 

The Secretary for Communications and Media shall set up and preside over a subcommittee, of at least eight (8) but not more than ten (10) members, that shall as far as is reasonably possible be organized on the basis of provincial representation. The membership of the subcommittee is subject to the approval of the NCC. The sub-committee shall have jurisdiction over issues relating to the subject matter of the scope, mandate, and area of responsibility  of the Secretary for Communications and Media.

 

 

  1. Secretary for Gender and Sexuality

 

Drawing from the BLF’s ideological perspective and tools of analysis the Secretary responsible for Gender and Sexuality is tasked to execute the following tasks:

 

  1. Inspire a deepening of the analysis of the problem of patriarchy and sexism in all its manifestations.

 

  1. Devise and recommend policy that will serve to organize and mobilize members and the broader public into taking an uncompromising stance against the oppression of women and other gendered persons. This policy must also extend to sexual orientation freedoms.

 

iii.  Devise and recommend ideological guidelines for the establishment, implementation and management of all organs of society to ensure that gender equality and sexual orientation freedoms are promoted, safeguarded and guaranteed.

 

  1. To devise ideological guidelines for the establishment, implementation and management of monitoring and safeguarding mechanisms in the area of addressing the offensive conduct of any individual and or entity.

 

  1. Draft and recommend legislation / policy that would effectively serve to destroy the root cause of patriarchy, sexism and sexual orientation oppressions, being white supremacy.

 

  1. Educate and inform membership as well as the broader public on the BLF position on the subject matter, that is: “BLF is against oppression of women and other gendered persons. We are against patriarchy, sexism, and homophobia. We are also against tribalism, religious and cultural intolerance. We oppose any cultural or religious practices that promote the oppression of anyone and black women in particular.” Clarity must be given as to what this commitment means.

 

vii. Articulate a clear path of development and a program of action for the institutional destruction of white supremacy being the root cause of patriarchy and sexism in all its manifestations.

 

viii. Clarify the following key areas / questions through inspiring and engaging in scientific research,investigations, concrete analysis and discussions:

 

*  Understand the history of women oppression. It is crucial here to elaborate on the difference between biological and social constructionist explanations.

 

*  Understand why women liberation is integral and central to black liberation.

 

* What is Black Feminism and its relationship to black liberation?

 

* What is Liberal Feminism and its relationship to white supremacy?

 

* What is patriarchy, sexism and homophobia?

 

Sub-committee for Gender and Sexuality

 

The Secretary for Gender and Sexuality shall set up and preside over a subcommittee, of at least eight (8) but not more than ten (10) members, that shall as far as is reasonably possible be organized on the basis of provincial representation. The membership of the subcommittee is subject to the approval of the NCC. The sub-committee shall have jurisdiction over issues relating to the subject matter of the scope, mandate, and area of responsibility  of the Secretary for Gender and Sexuality.

 

 

  1. Secretary for International Relations and Solidarity

 

  1. The Secretary for International Relations and Solidarity is tasked to formulate and promote a foreign policy towards a liberated Socialist Republic of Azania.

 

  1. The Secretary for International Relations and Solidarity shall assume overall responsibility for all aspects of international relations in consultation with the Leader.

 

iii. The Secretary for International Relations and Solidarity  shall carry out her/his mandate by aligning, coordinating, and managing African Regional relations and related activities towards the construction of an African Power based on principled unity so as to influence, create and shape a New International Economic System (NIES) and to this end to:

 

* Align, coordinate and manage international relations and related activities;

 

* Monitor developments in the international environment;

 

* Establish and manage structures and mechanisms for achieving foreign policy objectives;

 

* Establish and manage structures and mechanisms towards the correction of the neo colonial situation on the African Regional level;

 

* Steadfastly pursue a socialist foreign policy;

 

* Adhere to proletarian internationalism;

 

* Enhance our friendship with the people of other countries by supporting and assisting:

 

~ the oppressed nations in their cause for liberation;

 

~ independent countries in their national construction, and;

 

~ the people of various countries in their just struggles;

 

  1. Oppose imperialism, colonialism, hegomonism, white supremacy and sexism in defence of world peace, and;

 

  1. Perform other tasks given by the NCC.

 

Sub-committee for International Relations and Solidarity

 

The Secretary for International Relations and Solidarity shall set up and preside over a subcommittee, of at least eight (8) but not more than ten (10) members, that shall as far as is reasonably possible be organized on the basis of provincial representation. The membership of the subcommittee is subject to the approval of the NCC. The sub-committee shall have jurisdiction over issues relating to the subject matter of the scope, mandate, and area of responsibility  of the Secretary for International Relations and Solidarity.

 

 

  1. Secretary for Economic Planning and Development

 

RESPONSIBILITIES

 

Guided by BFLF ideological perspective and tools of analysis, the Secretary for Economic Planning and Development is responsible for:

 

  1. monitoring and analyzing the domestic macro-economic situation as well as international economic dynamics;

 

  1. providing macro-economic forecast and early warning;

 

iii. identifying macro-economic regulation objectives and recommendations on the exercise of various economic tools and policies;

 

  1. devising micro-economic regulation policies for audit and evaluation;

 

  1. drafting plans for national economic and social development;

 

  1. putting forward annual aggregate targets and polices to balance the supply and demand of key commodities;

 

vii. putting forward policy recommendations for national strategic material reserves;

 

viii. formulating and recommending a national strategic material reserves plan, and;

 

  1. formulating policy recommendations concerning national economic security and general industry security strategy.

 

The Secretary for Economic Planning and Development is also responsible for:

 

  1. carrying out studies on important issues concerning economic system reform;

 

  1. recommending appropriate economic system reform; drafting comprehensive economic system reform plans;

 

iii. harmonizing recommendations from other Secretariats / departments regarding special economic system reform plans;

 

  1. coordinating to promote specialized economic system reform;

 

  1. recommending pilot projects and demonstrative zones of economic system reform, and;

 

  1. recommending solutions to major problems during the process of economic system change or reform.

 

  1. The Secretary for Economic Planning and Development is further responsible for:

 

  1. recommending strategies in respect of national economic and social development and productivity allocation;

 

  1. devising objectives and policies for medium and long-term national economic and social development, and;

 

iii. proposing development strategies and key policy measures for the resolution of the city  / countryside as well as the mental / manual labor contradictions.

 

BROAD BASED MEANINGFUL ECONOMIC EMPOWERMENT

 

  1. In line with achieving the main goals of the BLF of ensuring the radical transformation of the economy,eradicating poverty, creating jobs and other means of livelihood, maintaining macroeconomic stability and developing, enhancing and sustaining the economy’s capacity to produce goods and services, the Secretary for Economic Development and Planning shall devise and recommend ideological guidelines and policy to inform the achievement of these goals.

 

  1. To this end the Secretary for Economic Planning and Development shall focus on Broad Based Meaningful Economic Empowerment to ensure that the majority of South Africans are integrated, through the State, into the mainstream economy and that the people become drivers and beneficiaries of the economic activities in the country.

 

  1. The Secretary for Economic Planning and Development shall devise ideological guidelines and policy to elaborate on inter alia the following as means to achieve Broad Based Meaningful Economic Empowerment:

 

  1. Community Share Ownership Schemes so as to:

 

  1. counter the patronizing Corporate Social Responsibility concessionary programs of big mining businesses;

 

  1. secure for the community a significant proportion (at least 20%) of the equity in the mining businesses;

 

iii. secure for the community meaningful  proportional representation in the official control and management structure of the scheme;

 

  1. enable communities to benefit from the natural resources of the country, and;

 

  1. reinforce the role of communities in economic development by enabling them to make the right decisions in terms their empowerment priorities.

 

  1. Worker and Management Share Ownership schemes so as to:

 

  1. ensure that workers participate through the medium of having direct equity stake in the companies they are working for;

 

  1. secure for the workers a significant proportion (at least 30%) of the equity in the mining businesses;

 

iii. secure for the workers meaningful proportional representation in the official control and managementstructures of schemes;

 

  1. secure for the workers sufficient all round job satisfaction and stable employment, and;

 

  1. reinforce the role of workers in the development and increase of industrialization for import substitution by enabling them to make the right decisions in terms their empowerment priorities.

 

  1. Direct Equity Participation schemes so as to:

 

  1. ensure majority black shareholding in all strategic businesses;

 

  1. ensure all mergers, re-structurings, unbundling of business, de-mergers, relinquishment of a controllinginterest shall comply with the majority black ownership requirement, and;

 

iii. ensure that any direct equity achieved from c(i) and (ii) as well as from the Employee Share Ownership Schemes and Community Share ownership schemes shall serve the sole purpose of ensuring majority black participation and ownership in the economic activities of the country so as to facilitate the rectification of past injustices including poverty eradication and economic growth.

 

  1. Procurement of Goods so as to:

 

i.facilitate import substitution through supporting the procurement of goods from indigenous South Africans.

 

  1. ensure that at least 50% of the goods procured by all private and public enterprises should be procured from the indigenous population;

 

iii. put legislation in place to ensure that commercial contracts are concluded with indigenous entrepreneurs so as to guarantee the development of indigenous businesses, the enhancement of livelihoods and the ultimate growth of the economy of South Africa.

 

  1. National Sovereign Wealth Development Fund so as to:

 

  1. reduce the wide gap between the rich and the poor and ensure economic growth;

 

  1. filter the income from the nations natural resources towards the rectification of past injustices including poverty eradication and economic growth;

 

iii. address the finite status of mineral resources by developing secondary industries as alternative bases of development after the mineral resources have been depleted, and;

 

  1. finance development programs across the country so as to stimulate the growth of the country’s economy.

 

  1. Strategic Sector Specific Frameworks so as to:

 

  1. ensure that the indigenous black majority participates in the various strategic sectors such as Mining, Education, Agriculture, Manufacturing, Communication, Finance, Tourism etc so as to facilitate the rectification of past injustices including poverty eradication and economic growth.

 

STRATEGIC OBJECTIVE

 

  1. The Secretary for Economic Planning and Development shall devise and recommend ideological guidelines to elaborate on:

 

  1. the mechanisms to be put in place to ensure that the system of state monopoly capitalism that Direct Equity Participation schemes will tend to feed into and perpetuate, is made to transition into serving the interests of the whole people so as to cease to be state capitalism;

 

  1. the need for the reorganization and higher development of industry and to that end its adjustment to the needs of the black majority as a crucial aspect of the realization of economic freedom along socialist lines to replace racial capitalism;

 

iii. the mechanisms to be put in place to ensure that the above Direct Equity Participation schemes does not serve to create and promote ( as a reactionary strategic objective) an indigenous anti black bourgeoisie coexisting with or replacing the current one, and;

 

  1. the mechanisms to be put in place to ensure that the above Direct Equity Participation schemes serve to ultimately destroy the current anti black neo colonial economic order and replace it with one that is responsive to people’s needs.

 

  1. the mechanisms to be put in place to ensure that the above Direct Equity Participation schemes serve to ultimately destroy the current anti black neo colonial economic order and replace it with one that is responsive to people’s needs.

 

Subcommittee for Economic Planning and Development

 

The Secretary for Economic Planning and Development shall set up and preside over a subcommittee, of at least eight (8) but not more than ten  (10) members, that shall as far as is reasonably possible be organized on the basis of provincial representation. The membership of the subcommittee is subject to the approval of the NCC. The sub-committee shall have jurisdiction over issues relating to the subject matter of the scope, mandate, and area of responsibility  of the Commissar for Economic Planning and Development.

 

 

  1. Secretary for Land and Agrarian Revolution:

 

In line with the realization of the BLF foundational position of “expropriation of land without compensation” within the context of the organization’s political and ideological perspectives, the Secretary for Land and Agrarian Revolution is tasked to do the following:

 

  1. Co-ordinate, facilitate and recommend to the NCC an agrarian (land) program that indicates a response to the total needs of the black majority;

 

  1. Propagate for practical measures which can be realized in the interests of the agrarian revolution;

 

  1. Develop plans aimed at inspiring, supporting and guiding mass protest actions for land repossesion and occupations with the aim of elaborating people’s power within the mechanism of the state so as to make it responsive to people’s needs;

 

  1. Develop Indigenization policies regarding the management, protection and rational utilization of land, mineral and marine resources;

 

  1. Formulate along socialist lines the technical criteria and measures for the utilization of land, mineral and marine resources;

 

  1. Develop plans relating to the safeguarding and utilization of mineral and marine resources. These plans must address the reduction and prevention of geological hazards as well as the protection of sites of geological importance;

 

  1. Develop policies that protect and encourage the development of cultivated land ;

 

  1. Indicate mechanisms for control over the different purposes of land used for agriculture;

 

  1. Devise policy and guidelines on the development of unused land, cultivated land and land revitalization so as to increase cultivated land ;

 

  1. Organize, facilitate and conclude land, cadastral and resources surveys;

 

  1. Develop policy on the land grading, land zoning and land tenure system, and ;

 

  1. Perform other tasks given by the NCC.

 

Sub-committee on Land and Agrarian Revolution

 

The Secretary for Land and Agrarian Revolution shall set up and preside over a subcommittee, of at least eight (8) but not more than ten  (10) members, that shall as far as is reasonably possible be organized on the basis of provincial representation. The membership of the subcommittee is subject to the approval of the NCC. The sub-committee shall have jurisdiction over issues relating to the subject matter of the scope, mandate, and area of responsibility  of the Secretary for Land and Agrarian Revolution.

 

  1. Secretary for the protection of Disabled Persons

 

Responsibilities

 

Guided by BLF ideological perspective and tools of analysis, the Secretary

for the protection of disabled persons is tasked to do the following:

 

  1. Devise and recommend a comprehensive program of action that will serve to organize and mobilize members and the broader public into taking an uncompromising stance towards the protection of disabled persons.

 

  1. Devise and recommend ideological guidelines for the establishment, implementation and management of all organs of society to ensure that disabled person’s freedoms are promoted, safeguarded and guaranteed.

 

  1. Devise and recommend legislation that will serve to protect the interests of disabled persons, and to this end make provision for equal and full participation in social life, share of the material and cultural wealth of society, criteria for classification of disabilities, protection of the rights and personal dignity of disabled persons, special assistance, special assurance, responsibilities of government, responsibilities of society, responsibilities of guardians, fosterers, family members, obligations of disabled persons, and, prevention of disabilities, etcetera.

 

  1. Deepen the analysis of the current disability policies, strategy, legislation, judicial / quasi judicial mechanisms of recourse, and international legal provisions and obligations in relation to disability issues, by using a framework of analysis that takes into account historical developments and legacy.

 

  1. Monitor and report on the effectiveness / ineffectiveness of the country’s disability strategy within government as well as in the wider community.

 

  1. Explore mechanisms and methods of ensuring that the disability sector has a radical voice and broad ideological space both within and outside the institutional power structures.

 

  1. Devise and recommend ideological guidelines and plans aimed at developing mass consciousness in terms of understanding disability sector perspectives, issues and concerns including such consciousness around emerging issues.

 

  1. Devise national policy taking into account the following:

 

  1. an all inclusive definition of disability and its implications;

 

  1. the various target groups;

 

  1. socio, economic and political considerations relating to income, employment, vocational skills, education ( primary, secondary, non-formal and higher), housing, use of public services, health and social services

 

  1. social exclusion;

 

  1. barriers to inclusion such as environmental and transportation accessibility barriers, communication barriers, cultural barriers, lack of assistive devices, and societal and family expectations;

 

  1. marginalized groups within the marginalized group such as children who have disability, people who have intellectual disability, people who have psychiatric disability, people who have severe multiple disability;

 

  1. an incorporation of sectoral policies and strategies for inclusion of people with disability in relation to employment, vocational training and skills development, the various levels of education (school, non-formal, higher), health, sports, transport, housing, social security, access to built environment and tourism, assistive devices and information technology, children, youth, elderly persons, persons who have severe disability, persons affected adversely by civil war or revolution and mass media, and;

 

  1. an incorporation of policies and strategies so as to ensure holistic implementation in relation to community based rehabilitation, research, legislation as well as implementation, monitoring and evaluation of policy.

 

Sub-committee on the protection of disabled persons

 

The Secretary for the protection of disabled persons shall set up and preside over a subcommittee, of at least eight (8) but not more than ten (10) members, that shall as far as is reasonably possible be organized on the basis of provincial representation. The membership of the subcommittee is subject to the approval of the NCC. The sub-committee shall have jurisdiction over issues relating to the subject matter of the scope, mandate, and area of responsibility of the Secretary for the protection of disabled persons

 

 

APPENDIX 7

 

Administration Of Revolutiionary Justice In The Black First Land First Movement (BLF)

 

CONTENTS

 

CHAPTER 1

Revolutionary Discipline Code (Code)

(Sections 1 to 3)

 

CHAPTER 2

Disciplinary Procedure For BLF Members

(Sections 4 to 18)

 

CHAPTER 3

Evaluation Of Evidence By The DC

(Sections 19 to 24)

 

CHAPTER 4

Guidelines On Factors To Be Considered By The Disciplinary Committee (DC) When Imposing An Appropriate Sentence On Any Member Who Has Been Found By The DC To Have Committed An Offence In Terms Section 2 Of The Revolutionary Discipline Code

(Sections 25 to 30)

 

CHAPTER 5

Allegations Must Be Backed Up: Guidelines

(Sections 31 to 44)

 

CHAPTER 1

Revolutionary Discipline Code (Code)

 

  1. This code in Chapter 1 is applicable to and binding on all members of BLF.

 

  1. Any member who-

 

(a) without authority or contrary to the decision of the National Co-ordinating Committee (NCC) discloses the contents of any document as a result of which an unauthorised person becomes aware of the contents of any ducument, to the prejudice of the BLF;

 

(b) absents her/himself from any meeting, gathering, conference, workshop or any other event, being so required to attend by the NCC or any branch or other component structure of the BLF;

 

(c) assaults another member;

 

(d) wilfully defies any NCC and or National Congress Decision and or Resolution;

 

(e) steals any property belonging to BLF ;

 

(f) steals any property belonging to another member;

 

(g) receives any property referred to in paragraph (e) or (f) knowing it to have been stolen;

 

(h) being responsible for stocks and or moneys of BLF, negligently performs her/his tasks so as to cause any deficiency in such stocks and or moneys;

 

(i) makes any false accusation or statement against any other member or against the NCC or BLF;

 

(j) by word(s), act or ommission to act causes actual or potential prejudice to good order and revolutionary discipline in BLF,

 

shall be guilty of an offence and liable on conviction to any sentence as prescribed in section 3 hereunder

 

  1. Whenever a Disciplanry Committee (DC) convicts any member of any one or more of the offences as listed in section 2 above it shall impose upon the convicted member a sentence consisting of one of the following penalities-

 

(a) expulsion from BLF;

(b) suspension from BLF for a specified period;

(c) a fine; or

(d) a reprimand

 

CHAPTER 2

 

Disciplinary Procedure For BLF Members:.

 

  1. All complaints are to be lodged with the NCC within 60 days of the date that the offence was allegedly committed by an BLF member.

 

  1. The complainant must state the concise particulars of the offence allegedly committed by an BLF member, including the date, time and place thereof and must where possible supply the NCC with supporting statements from all witnesses to the offence. The complaint together with the supporting statements must be reduced to writing.

 

  1. Within 10 days of receipt of the said complaint the NCC, being the Convening Authority (CA), shall set up a Disciplinary Committee (DC). The DC shall comprise of three members ie the co-ordinator and 2 assessors who shall in turn be appointed by the NCC

 

  1. The NCC when appointing the members of the DC should ensure that each appointee:

 

(a) Is not related to the accused or the complainant by affinity, marriage or blood in the first or second degree;

 

(b) Has no such knowlege concerning the facts of the matter that her/his decision is likely to be prejudiced thereby;

 

(c) Does not bear the accused such animosity that her/his decision is likely to be affected thereby;

 

(d) Has no personal interest in the proceedings.

 

  1. The co-ordinator of the DC shall within a reasonable time of convening the DC transmit to the member who is alleged by the complainant to have committed the offence a copy of the complaint and all supporting statements and call upon the alleged offender to respond to the complaint in writing within 10 days of receipt thereof. The alleged offender may corroborate her/his evidence by attaching written statements from all witnesses.

 

  1. The DC may in its discretion call for the evidence of further witnesses which it feels may assist it in coming to an appropriate finding in the case. This evidence must be reduced to writing by the witnesses and sent to the DC within 10 days of receipt of such request by the relevant witnesses. The DC shall then send the further evidence to both the complainant and the alleged offender and request that they respond thereto in writing within 5 days of receipt thereof.

 

10, The complainant shall thereafter and within 5 days lodge with the DC her/his reply to the alleged offenders response and the DC shall then serve a copy thereof on the alleged offender.

 

  1. The DC then evaluates the evidence and makes a finding and imposes an appropriate sentence on the offender in the circumstances where s/he was found to have committed the offence(s) as alleged. The decision of the majority of the DC shall be the decision of the DC.

 

  1. Sentences of suspension and expulsion from the BLF shall not be executed until the finding and sentence have been considered and upheld by the NCC as the Appeal Authority. In this case the appeal is automatic.

 

  1. For all other sentences the offender may within 15 days after the finding furnish the NCC with written representations concerning the finding made and or sentence imposed by the DC and such representations shall together with the record of proceedings of the DC be duly considered by the NCC as the Appeal Authority.

 

  1. The decision of the NCC is binding unless overturned or varied by the National Imbizo on further appeal thereto.

 

  1. The entire process can be settled either on papers or orally or both on papers and orally as the relevant authority at each stage may require.

 

  1. The DC may, in circumstances calling for urgent action to be taken and where there are compelling reasons to grant such relief, find against and sentence a member provisionally and call upon her/him to show cause on a return date why the provisional finding and sentence should not be made final. .

 

  1. In the circumstances contemplated in Section 16 herein, the DC shall consist of one member appointed by the NCC.

 

  1. The outcome of the disciplinary hearing will be announced to members only.

 

CHAPTER 3

 

Evaluation Of Evidence By The DC

 

  1. In assessing the evidence before it the DC shall take instructive note of the following:

 

(a) The relevant facts that are not disputed by either the complainant or the alleged offender must be identified and accepted by the DC.

 

(b) All the other relevant evidence before the DC should then be assessed to determine its value to the case. This evidence is not to be evaluated in isolation but in totality, taking into consideration the undisputed facts.

 

(c) Once the evaluation of evidence has been finalised, the DC will then make its finding based on the evaluated evidence.

 

  1. In determining the value of evidence the DC shall inter alia consider the type of evidence, whether the complainant had any witnesses and the credibility and reliability of the witnesses.

 

  1. A distinction must be made between direct and circumstantial evidence. Direct evidence is where the witness makes direct submssions regarding the facts of the case. This type of evidence is regarded as strong evidence and significant value should therefore be attached to it. When assessing circumstantial evidence the DC is required to draw an inference since the witness has made no direct submission regarding the fact in issue. This type of evidence only provides indirect proof of a fact. Direct evident will generallly therefore carry more weight than circumstantial evidence.

 

  1. Although the DC may convict an offender of any offence on the evidence given by a single witness, it should however apply caution when evaluating this evidence as it is only this witness’s version against the version of the alleged offender that is before the DC.

 

  1. The cedibility of a witness can be decisive to the outcome of a case. When assessing evidence the DC must ask how credible or truthful each witness appears to be. To this end the DC must establish:

 

(a) whether the evidence of the witness was supported by the undisputed facts of the case;

 

(b) whether the witness contradicted her/himself and if so the nature of the contradictions must be established;

 

(c) whether there were inconsistencies in the evidence;

 

(d) whether the witness was evasie or candid ;

 

(e) whether the evidence appears to be true in the light of all the circumstances.

 

  1. Where an alleged offender fails or refuses to give evidence, the DC must not base its evaluation of such offender’s credibility on the fact that s/he did not give evidence but must decide whether the evidence of and in support of the complainant is sufficient to prove the guilt of the alleged offender. If such proof exists then failure or refual to give evidence in her/his case may lead the DC to draw a negative inference against the alleged offender.

 

CHAPTER 4

Guidelines On Factors To Be Considered By The Disciplinary Committee (DC) When Imposing An Appropriate Sentence On Any Member Who Has Been Found By The DC To Have Committed An Offence In Terms Section 2 Of The Revolutionary Discipline Code

 

  1. Before the DC imposes a sentence on an offender , it shall ascertain all the facts that may be relevant in arriving at a just sentence. There should be no standard punishment for a certain offence. Revolutionary conditions prescribe individualised punishments. The DC must evaluate all the facts that are aggravating (more severe) and mitigating (justifying) in respect of the sentence.

 

  1. Before elaborating on the factors the DC must consider before sentencing an offending member, it is important that we understand why that member must be punished. Punishment is a sanction that entails the BFLF community’s condemnation and disapproval of the offender and her/his conduct.

 

  1. We must apply retribution and not revenge, in other words the offender must experience harm proportionate to that which has been inflicted by that member. There is a sense of proportionality here, the sense that the punishment should fit the offence and not the offender..

 

  1. The sentence imposed must have the effect of deterring other would be offenders from commiting similar offences.

 

  1. Where there is material evidence that the offender has rehabiltated her/himself since the date of the commission of the offence that s/he is being sentenced for or if there are reasonable prospects that the offender will through the imposition of a certain sentence rehabilitate her/himself into a disciplined member of the BLF, then in this event the punishment must fit the offender rather than letting the punishment fit the crime.

 

  1. Types of Sentences:

 

(a) Expulsion: The expulsion of a member from BLF shall only be considered where the offence that the member was found by the DC to have committed is of a disgraceful and or treasonous nature and the reputation and or the image of the BLF is tainted by her/his actions. Also where there is evidence that the offender is likely to continue commiting similar and or other offences unless restrained then the preventative measure of expulsion of the member from the BLF shall be considered.

 

(b) Suspension: The suspension of a member from BLF shall only be considered where the offence that the member was found by the DC to have committed is of a serious nature and there is clear evidence that the member has rehabilitated her/himself into a disciplined member of BLF or where there are reasonable prospects of rehabilitation on the part of the member.

 

(c) Fine: when deciding on an amount the DC should decide on enough to punish the offender, but this should not serve to limit the member’s prospects of rehabilitation.

 

(d) Reprimand: this sentence is appropriate when the offence commited is not of a serious nature and there is clear evidence that the member has rehabilitated her/himself into a disciplined member of BLF or where there are reasonable prospects of rehabilitation on the part of the member.

 

CHAPTER 5

 

Allegations Must Be Backed Up: Guidelines

 

  1. All members who make allegation(s) that bring or is likely to bring the good name and reputation of the movement or any of it’s members or any organ of the movement into disrepute, are urged to back such allegations up with the relevant solid facts or evidence.

 

  1. Failure to do so will amount to such unfounded allegations being viewed as mere fabrication of evidence so as to construct frivolous and vexatious cases.

 

  1. In this context it serves important to note that a frivolous case means one that is trivial or insignificant. A vexatious case refers to a case that is annoying and groundless.

 

  1. When a member making allegations does not act in good faith and merely wishes to annoy or embarrass another member or any organ of the movement etcetera and when such allegations are not calculated to lead to any practical result, such allegations will reduce the relevant case it serves to being nothing but frivolous and vexatious.

 

  1. The revolutionary principle that needs to be adhered to at all times is that: Allegations Must Be Backed Up Or Simply Not Made!

 

 

APPENDIX 8

 

RED STAR AWARD OF THE BLACK FIRST LAND FIRST MOVEMENT

 

Criteria

 

  1. The Red Star Award is made to a member in recognition of her/his excellent achievement in the Political Education Induction Course and outstanding revolutionary service in the recruitment of members for the the Black First Land First Movement (BLF). To this end The RED STAR is awarded by the National Coordinating Committee (NCC) of the BLF to any member who:

 

  1. Recruits a minimum of 10 new members to BLF.

 

  1. Obtains at least 80% in the “BLF Political Education Induction Course”.

 

Ceremony

 

2.. An award ceremony of the Red Star shall be held at intervals determined by the NCC.

 

 

 

Adopted on 24 October 2015 in Johannesburg

 

 

 

 

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Signature of BLF President: Andile Mngxitama