AMCU is right – Malema & Ramaphosa must stop using Marikana

AMCU is right – Malema & Ramaphosa must stop using Marikana

Black First Land First (BLF) agrees with the President of the Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (AMCU), Comrade Union president Joseph Mathunjwa, that both Cyril Ramaphosa and Julius Malema must stop abusing the Marikana massacre for their narrow interests. It is clear that the two old friends are now using the massacre, engineered by Cyril Ramaphosa, to rekindle their political romance.

There is a drive to whitewash the Marikana massacre and to unjustifiably absolve Cyril Ramaphosa of guilt. This means that there will be no real justice. He will get away without fully accounting for the mass killings of workers for profits and escaping the appropriate penalty for his sins, including the payment of reparations. We have seen how Malema has changed his tune on Ramaphosa. He has moved from calling him the ‘murderer of Marikana’ to declaring him as the ‘president who must be respected’.

Mathunjwa is correct when he says:

“The EFF and the ANC have no organisational rights in that mine, therefore, it is very wrong to suggest that the EFF is the gatekeeper for the State President to meet the widows. Those widows are organised, and they are under the banner of AMCU. We are the only trade union there”.

BLF is encouraged by the principled stance of AMCU. We have to always remember that Ramaphosa called for the “concomitant action” against the workers in service of the interests of Lonmin, which is a London based mining house. We must also not forget that Julius Malema has powerful handlers in London – Lord Robin Renwick, amongst others. So the bromance between Mokone and Matamela is a London project signed on the blood of the Marikana workers.

BLF calls for full disclosure of the truth from Ramaphosa on how Lonmin has used him against black workers. Furthermore, we encourage Ramaphosa to approach the legitimate organizations representing the workers and their families to ask for forgiveness as well as pay reparations for the brutal murder of their loved ones for profit.

Issued by Black First Land First, National Coordinating Committee (BLF NCC)
19 April 2018

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

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

Ramaphosa, stop hating President Zuma

Ramaphosa, stop hating President Zuma

Black First Land First (BLF) is outraged by the vindictive and hateful behaviour of Cyril Ramaphosa towards the People’s President, Comrade Zuma. Ramaphosa has withdrawn the appeal, previously instituted by the Presidency under Zuma, to overturn the decision of the High Court including the equally vindictive and hateful R10 million cost order imposed on Zuma in his personal capacity.

The said High Court cost order was part of the finding in the application where the Presidency took the state capture report of the former Public Protector, Thuli Madonsela, on review and asked that it be set aside. The cost order was made a personal responsibility of Cde Zuma to comply with, despite the fact that he instituted the application in the interests of the state and accordingly in his capacity as the State President. Furthermore, there were no compelling reasons for such a punitive order of cots to imposed on him. The judiciary has allowed itself to be used for political reasons. We saw the same shockingly harsh cost order being imposed against the Public Protector, Advocate Busisiwe Mhkwebane, after she ruled that ABSA must pay back the money that it stole from the South African Reserve Bank (SARB).

The timing of the withdrawal of the appeal by Ramaphosa is also instructive. The “New Dawn” pro white monopoly capital (WMC) hateful forces of Ramaphosa waited until the court day to unleash their hatred towards Zuma.

WMC hates Zuma because he is the father of radical economic transformation (RET). But the masses of our people love President Zuma. BLF calls on Ramaphosa to stop his hateful project against Zuma and to reinstate the appeal to overturn the absurd ruling.

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

15 April 2018

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

Zanele Lwana
(Deputy President)
Cell: +27799867225

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

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

BLF condemns apartheid tactics of DA, Langeberg Municipality & others to enable land theft

Black First Land First (BLF) condems the conduct of the Democratic Alliance (DA), the Langeberg Municipality as well as the racist white neighbours who use apartheid tactics to ensure that the “Klipberg 136, Robertson Farm” owner, Gary Coetzee, is unable to build and create opportunites on his farm.

A number of antics have been employed to make Mr Coetzee despondent and lose the property to land thieves. The most pertinent involves that of the DA’s Department of Water Affairs in Worcestor which refuses to issue a certificate of water rights – making it impossible for Mr Coetzee to apply for the allocated funding from the Department of Agriculture, which would result in economic development and job creation.

Despite being in possession of an official mining permit and complying with the requirements of the National Environmental Management Laws Amendment Act (NEMA), the Langeberg Municipal Tribunal which comprises of 4 racist whites and a black person refuses to make a decision in favour of Mr Coetzee on the Land Use Planning Ordinance (LUPA) application; this despite making a decision that favors a white person who applied after Mr Coetzee. This had rendered mining impossible on the farm.

BLF will write to the Langeberg Municipal Tribunal and demand that the application in terms of LUPA be granted immediately – and to this end that the Department of Water Affairs grants the Certificate of Water Rights without delay. BLF will also lodge official complaints with the South African Human Rights Commission, Equality Court of South Africa and Public Protector. In this regard we shall mobilize mass action to the Langeberg Municipality so as to ensure that development on Mr Coetzee’s farm is actualized.

#TakeBackTheLand #EndRacism
#LandOrDeath

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

13 April 2018

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

Zanele Lwana
(Deputy President)
Cell: +27799867225

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

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

 

 

Malema, hands off Ingonyama Trust!

Malema, hands off Ingonyama Trust!

Black First Land First, KwaZulu-Natal (BLF KZN) supports the brave call by members of the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) in KZN for their president, Julius Malema, to apologize for (and retract) his contemptuous remarks against Zulu King, Goodwill Zwelithini, relating to the said King’s custodianship of land in the Ingonyama Trust.

Malema has publicly and recklessly called for land held by the black Ingonyama Trust to be expropriated. His utterances are a call to war between blacks and amounts to a rejection of correcting the historical colonial theft of black lands by whites. It is unnecessary and hinders black unity towards expropriating the productive 80% of the land currently in white hands.

Julius Malema needs to be taught some finer lessons about the land struggle against colonialism. He must stop using public platforms to talk haphazardly about the land that our people are so inextricably invested in, in their quest to regain their dignity and being. The land struggle in KZN has followed a long, tortuous path. It started long before political party formations and has its origins in the times when Ubukhosi was the sole governance of the people. King Dingaan was the first to take up arms against the settlers in defence of this land and King Cetshwayo defeated the settlers at Isandlwana against colonial land theft.

The Ingonyama Trust is not a colonial land thief. The land that it controls via the King’s custodianship is under the correct collective ownership of the people. It is actually cowardice on the part of Malema to seek to expropriate the little remaining land that is still under black control and to leave the vast majority of our land to remain in white hands.

We note that just like how Cyril Ramaphosa’s African National Congress (ANC) abandoned Radical Economic Transformation (RET) for the racist Democratic Alliance’s ‘New Dawn’ agenda, the EFF led by Julius Malema has abandoned the economic freedom fight that the movement has branded itself on. Evidently the EFF is in cahoots with the ANC and the DA to dispossess the dispossessed by campaigning for the dissolution of the Ingonyama Trust that holds land in black interests. The only authentic representative of RET, we maintain, is the BLF.

We call on Julius Malema to do the right thing – apologize to King Zwelithini!

#HandsOffIngonyamaTrust

Issued by Black First Land First, KwaZulu-Natal Provincial Coordinating Committee (BLF-KZN PCC)

12 April 2018

Black First Land First Email:[email protected]
Facebook: Black First Land First
Twitter: @black1stland1st
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Contact Details :

Thobani Zikalala
(Provincial Spokesperson)
Cell: +27 74 246 7848

Lwazi Ntombela
(Provincial Chairperson)
Cell: +27 82 588 0835

Tiki Shabane
(Provincial Secretary )
Cell: +27736370053