BLF sends condolences to the Sobukwe family

BLF sends condolences to the Sobukwe family
Black First Land First (BLF) is saddened to hear about the passing of the mother of Azania, comrade Zondeni Veronica Sobukwe.

Contrary to popular belief, Mama Veronica was an anti-apartheid revolutionary long before she met Mangaliso Sobukwe. Establishing her commitment to the liberation of her people, Mama led from the front in various protests, including labour disputes and pass laws, standing valiantly in the face of white supremacy.

Society tends to erase the unrelenting leadership of Black women, casting them aside as the wives and girlfriends of struggle icons, spectators of the fight and that is the disgusting nature of white supremacy and patriarchy that BLF rejects. Mama Veronica joins a long list of women that fought unrelentlessly for the people of the country, as commanders and uncompromised leaders.

BLF extends it’s deepest condolences to Mama Veronica Sobukwe’s family. May her spirit continue to lead us in the struggle to reclaim occupied Azania from colonial settlers.

Lala ngoxolo Mama.

Issued by the National Coordinating Committee of Black First Land First (BLF NCC)
15 August 2018

Contact Details

Black First Land First Email: [email protected]
Facebook: Black First Land First
Twitter: @black1stland1st
Website: www.blf.org.za
Zanele Lwana
BLF Deputy President
Cell: +27799867225

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

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

BLF to support Hlaudi Motsoeneng at CCMA tomorrow

BLF to support Hlaudi Motsoeneng at CCMA tomorrow

Black First Land First (BLF) reaffirms its unwavering support for Comrade Hlaudi Motsoeneng – a proponent of radical transformation and the only pro-black activist who managed the South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC).

We will be supporting Cde Hlaudi through his case with the Commission for Conciliation, Mediation and Arbitration (CCMA). To this end we will be standing with him, in solidarity, when the CCMA hears closing arguments from both parties (Hlaudi and SABC) tomorrow.

Further details of the matter before the CCMA are as follows:

Time: starts 8h00
Date: 16 August 2018 (Thursday)
Venue: CCMA, 28 Harrison Street, Mashaltown, Johannesburg

It is alarming that the SABC is employing external legal services to represent it in the CCMA proceedings against Hlaudi while it has a legal department with the necessary expertise to do the job. How can the SABC complain about being broke yet it engages in wasteful and criminal expenditure to the tune of millions of rands to hire a service that it is already capacitated with? This is serious abuse of state resources to the benefit of pro white monopoly capital (WMC) law firms. BLF calls on the state broadcaster to publicly disclose how much it has spent on proceedings from the time it had unlawfully dismissed Hlaudi until now.

When Hlaudi took over the state broadcaster it was in shambles. It was unable to settle its loan of R1.4 billion with Nedbank but through Hlaudi’s intervention the debt was liquidated. It must also be stated that during Hlaudi’s tenure the SABC board did not seek any bailout from the government. Moreover, through Hlaudi’s leadership a plan was devised for the SABC to meaningfully serve black business and generate more income for the state broadcaster.

It is clear that Hlaudi is being persecuted for trying to implement changes that will benefit the masses. In this regard the broadcasting of 90% local content and other policies that would have minimized the influence of WMC in the SABC are very significant articulations of Comrade Hlaudi

BLF further calls on all progressive organisations and individuals to support and defend Comrade Hlaudi from the enemies of progress.

#LandOrDeath
#HandsOffHlaudi

Issued by the National Coordinating Committee of Black First Land First (BLF NCC)
15 August 2018

Contact Details

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

Zanele Lwana
BLF Deputy President
Cell: +27799867225

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

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

BLF to support Mme Makete in court

BLF to support Mme Makete in court

Black First Land First (BLF) continues to stand with Mme Olivia Makete, our comrade, our leader and a dedicated activist of radical transfromation.

Mme Olivia Makete was violently attacked by Cyril Ramaphosa’s ANC supporters outside Luthuli House on the 5th of February, 2018. Following the violent ordeal, BLF was digusted by Ramaphosa’s silence and his utter indifference to violence against a black woman and elderly citizen.

One of Mme Makete’s vile perpetrators was identified as branch secretary of the African National Congress (ANC), Thabang Setona, who she will face tomorrow in court.

The details of the court appearance are as follows:

Time: 9am
Date: 15 August 2018
Venue: Johannesburg Magistrate Court 1

BLF urges the public to come and support Mme Makete and send a strong message to Cyril’s uncultured, violent ANC. BLF unequivocally shuns those who violate black women and we will stand with Mme Makete until she gets justice in this case including compensation for her physical and emotional trauma.

Issued by the National Coordinating Committee of Black First Land First (BLF NCC)
14 August 2018

Contact Details
Black First Land First Mail: [email protected]

Zanele Lwana
BLF Deputy President
Cell: +27799867225

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

Brian Tloubatla
(Deputy National Spokesperson)
Cell: +27 82 216 7664
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In solidarity with Lula – BLF letter to Brazil’s Workers’ Party (PT)

In solidarity with Lula – BLF letter to Brazil’s Workers’ Party (PT)
To: Mônica Valente
International Relations Secretary
Workers’ Party (PT)
Email: [email protected]

And to: Romênio Pereira
National Secretáry General
Email: [email protected]
13 August 2018

Comrades

BLF STANDS IN SOLIDARITY WITH LULA AND THE BRAZILIAN PEOPLE

Black First Land First (BLF) is a revolutionary movement in South Africa (SA) which is also registered with the Independent Electoral Commission of SA as a political party.

We welcome the decision of the Workers’ Party (PT) to declare as your presidential candidate for the upcoming presidential elections, the former President of Brazil, Luis Inacio “Lula” da Silva (Lula).

It is also clear that the people of Brazil want Lula to be President because he has lifted them out of abject poverty and famine during his two previous terms as President.

BLF condemns the defamation campaign against Lula that has been escalating since the imperialist sponsored removal of the democratically elected President Dilma Rousseff in 2016 and her replacement by Michel Temer. The same forces that removed Rousseff from office – by a mere 62 senators overturning the votes of 54 million people – are trying their damnedest to prevent Lula from contesting the 2018 presidential elections.

We denounce the unjust conviction and imprisonment of Lula, in January this year, on bogus charges which lacked material evidence. We join the other progressive forces of the world in expressing our solidarity with Lula by demanding his immediate release from prison and his right to be a candidate.

We note that on 8 July 2018 Judge Rogerio Favreto of Brazil’s 4th Regional Federal Court ordered the immediate release of Lula from prison and the US puppet, Judge Sergio Moro, instantly ordered the police not to execute the release warrant. BLF was not surprised by this as it was a further expression of the judiciary’s capture by imperialism in cohorts with the conservative right wing forces in Brazil.

It must also be stated that Lula’s right to a fair trail was denied in that, for instance, Judge Sergio Moro (who was not impartial) had actually admitted to contravening the law by ‘wiretapping’ Lula’s defence lawyers illegally, but was nonetheless allowed to continue to preside ‘over his own investigation’.

We also note that while all of the other candidates are openly making false accusations against Lula, he has not been afforded the right of reply to defend himself because of his imprisonment. This is a clear violation of his political right to campaign.

The defamation campaign against Lula is tactically conducted in this year of elections when Comrade Lula is clearly the undisputed lead-runner for the presidency notwithstanding his incarceration in solitary confinement for over 100 days and him being banned from giving interviews during this period.

BLF condemns with contempt all reactionary efforts and campaigns against Lula. We stand with Lula and the millions of Brazilians struggling for real democracy and radical change in the country.

#FreeLula
#BLFInSolidarityWithLula

Sincerely

BLF International Relations Secretary: Shantha Balakrishna

Contact Details:
Black First Land First Email: [email protected]
Facebook: Black First Land First
Twitter: @black1stland1st
Website: www.blf.org.za
Shantha Balakrishna
Cell number: +27 72 114 3670

Secretary General
Siphesihle Ayanda Jele
Cell number: 0728417579