Judge Zondo must be fair

Judge Zondo must be fair

The much anticipated Judicial Commission of Inquiry (JCOI) into State Capture is showing early signs of bias and inconsistencies. Black First Land First (BLF) asks the Deputy Chief Justice, Raymond Zondo, to be impartial and not play to the political gallery. The decision of the Judge to deny the Guptas the right to cross-examine witnesses via video link is not reaaonble or consistent.

The participation of the Gupta brothers in the JCOI is critical in helping the nation to get a full picture of the allegations. The denial of the brothers of this right has the impact of shielding witnesses who lied before the JCOI.

Judge Zondo has already accepted the argument of Mcebisi Jonas that he didn’t trust the South African law enforcement agencies. The Guptas have only echoed this claim which has been heard and not challenged by the JCOI.  Why is it okay for Jonas to make such a claim but not good enough when the Guptas make a similar claim?

We have seen that the Hawks act as private paratroopers of white monopoly capital. They arrested Duduzane Zuma and shackled him just to go to court to take away his rights to travel. The same Hawks asked for a six months postponement. This shows beyond doubt that they are abusing their powers and therefore the adversaries of white monopoly capital have a legitimate reason to question their integrity.

The second and glaring inconsistency shown by Judge Zondo is his refusal to grant the Guptas permission for cross examination by video link. Judge Zondo has already established a precedent by allowing the so called ‘state capture’ experts to testify via video link. Again the question arises – why the double standards when it is in relation to the Guptas?

BLF calls on Judge Zondo to review his decision so that the Guptas can state their side of the story and the nation can have the opportunity to make up its mind on an informed basis. Zondo is not presiding over a trial. In the event of his recommendations having criminal implications for witnesses then other mechanisms, including the law enforcement agencies and extradition treaties, will come into force. The Judge should not help the Hawks to harrass the Guptas via the back door. Let the truth come out. Let the Guptas testify via video link.

BLF has a big interest in the JCOI into State Capture to which it shall shortly be submitting over twenty matters.

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

13 September 2018

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BLF condemns vandalism of Public Protector’s home by white monopoly capital

BLF condemns vandalism of Public Protector’s home by white monopoly capital

Black First Land First (BLF) is not supprised by the vandalism of the home of the Public Protector, Advocate Busisiwe Mkhwebane. She has been targeted by white monopoly capital ever since she has ruled that ABSA must pay back the money and that the South African Reserve Bank (SARB) must be transformed to serve the interests of the people of the country instead of the interests of white monopoly capital.

The white owned media has been running a campaign to discredit the Public Protector which in turn is intended to weaken her so that she becomes a poddle like the former Public Protector, Thuli Madonsela, who was a servant of Johann Rupert.

We call upon the Minister of Police and all other agencies of the criminal justice system to act swiftly so as to ensure the safety and protection of the Public Protector and that all criminals are brought to book.

BLF reiterates its call to President Zuma to institute a Judicial Commission of Inquiry on corruption, in particular by white monopoly capital. We appeal to the President to now move with speed to institute this Judicial Commission of Inquiry so that the nation can know the depths of corruption by white monopoly capital and its agents.

The vandalization of the house of Advocate Mkhwebane happens at a time when the Hawks have just reinstituted criminal proceedings against the two former Ministers of Finance, Pravin Gordhan and Trevor Manuel, who had used Treasury as a tool to loot in the interests of white monopoly capital. The acts of looting state coffers by Gordhan and Manual as well as the vandalism of the Public Protector’s house must be seen in the context of service to white monopoly capital by its agents.
Issued by the National Coordinating Committee of Black First Land First (BLF NCC)

1 September 2017

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Zanele Lwana
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(National Spokesperson)
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Brian Tloubatla
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BLF welcomes ANC resolution for Judicial Commission of Inquiry on state capture

BLF welcomes  ANC resolution for Judicial Commission of Inquiry on state capture

Black First Land First (BLF) supports the ANC resolution for a Judicial Commission of Inquiry on state capture beyond the allegations of state capture by the Guptas. In other words, the liberating factor here is that the terms of reference would include state capture by both the Guptas and white monopoly capital.

BLF applauds the ANC for taking this bold decision. This suggests a commitment to ending all corruption and is in line with its undertaking on realizing Radical Economic Transformation (RET).

It must be stated that on 10 December 2016 BLF had already called for the scope of the Judicial Commission of Inquiry (JCOI) on state capture to be extended. To this end BLF requested that the scope of the JCOI – already requested on 31 March 2016 for state capture by white capital involving Johann Rupert and 8 others – to be extended to allow for all complaints on state capture including on the Guptas.

We say, if the Guptas are corrupt let them be investigated. We do note that to date no charges have been preferred against them. The Oakbay bank accounts were closed by the banks on mere allegations of fraud, -nothing proven – yet numerous white companies with serious criminal cases (including offences relating to financial outflows) pending against them, still have operational bank accounts.

BLF says to President Zuma that the JCOI must take into account the following foundational facts: the root of all corruption in South Africa is land theft by whites from blacks since 1652; this country is accordingly founded on corruption since that date; and It is therefore historically incorrect that President Zuma, and the Guptas are the most corrupt people in the country.

We note that every time white corruption is mentioned the white owned media highlights the so called corruption of the Gupta family or that of President Zuma. Former Minister of Finance, Pravin Gordhan, has consistently intimated that the state and some people are captured by the Guptas whenever he has been accused of being conflicted, compromised and corrupt and to this end beholden to white monopoly capital. This situation cannot be allowed to continue. A JCOI with comprehensive terms of reference should serve to put the RET in a trajectory towards the institutional destruction of white monopoly capital.

White corruption has historically been ignored by the white owned media, opposition political parties, and NGO funded civil society groups and other entities.

Today we see at every turn.how the most corrupt are leading the fight against corruption. They even call others corrupt so as to institute regime change by removing a democratically elected President and replacing him with a puppet of Western imperialism.

We have already seen this happen in Brazil where the most corrupt have teamed up with imperialism and reactionary opposition parties – using the same strategy of “fighting corruption” – to conduct a coup against a democratically elected president.

We must deal with corruption directly or else we run the risk of counter revolutionary forces being bought by white monopoly capital to entrench white corruption under the guise of fighting corruption. We must defend our national sovereignty by dealing courageously with all corruption and acting decisively against the root of all corruption – white monopoly capital.

The 1994 moment didn’t end this foundational corruption of historical land theft. Hence white settler monopoly capital continues undeterred in its path of looting and plundering with impunity. Also white corruption is hidden from view and normalised by the white owned media.

We seek to make visible the invisible hand of white monopoly capital. To this end the following instances of corruption are instructive in so far as the JCOI probe relates to corruption by white monopoly capital:

The R50 billion stolen by the construction cartel during the 2010 FIFA world cup and exposed by the Competition Commission; the R26 billion stolen from the South African Reserve Bank by, amongst others, Johann Rupert and ABSA Bank; the looting of South African Airways (SAA) by the likes of Coleman Andrews and his consulting firm Bain & Company; the Oppenheimer family operating a private airport inside a national key point and demanding that it be given rights to upgrade into an international private airport; and the billions of rands that leave the shores of SA illegally as “illicit financial outflows” daily.

President Zuma, we call upon you to do the right thing. Step forward and lead! Use your constitutional powers to put an end to corruption. Set up the much needed JCOI on state capture with comprehensive terms of reference to deal with all corruption!

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

31 May 2017

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

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