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

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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 establishes a Private Prosecution Unit

BLF establishes a Private Prosecution Unit

Racism has taken a new dynamic. Racists continue to improvise even under a Constitutional dispensation that seeks to safeguard and protect the rights of everyone.  The new dynamic is well encapsulated in the name adopted by one of the NGOs, Freedom Under Law (FUL). Properly construed, this name implies that the Constitution has afforded racists the freedom to continue to oppress and suppress blacks. They do so now under and within the framework of the Constitution, which is the supreme law of the country.

This is beyond the reach of the judiciary, which in a twist of irony, finds itself in the untenable position of perpetrating racism under the guise of the rule of law.  This is so, because the duty of Judges is to resolve disputes brought before them, which are cases over which they preside.  They play no role in the selection of those cases.  Litigants do.

Racist non-governmental organizations (NGOs) do so based on racism, or at least racial bias, and there is nothing the courts can do about that.  One needs to look no further than those that have been taken to court by FUL and AfriForum.  Their targets are all black people or people who are or perceived to be of a certain political affiliation.  Those NGOs will never demand prosecution of General Johan Booysen for the massacre of about 28 people during the reign of terror of the Cato Manor death squad of the South African Police Service (SAPS).  To the contrary they project him as a hero.  And the list is endless.

We were encouraged, at least, by the questions that the Chief Justice posed at the Judicial Service Commission (JSC) to Mr Justice Unterhalter who is both a member of, and was the Counsel representing FUL in most of its litigation before joining the judiciary. The Chief Justice posed a question on the criteria that is generally used by the NGOs for the intake of their cases. Mr Justice Unterhalter’s response was poignant: each NGO decides what its area of focus is. Indeed. There is nothing one can do if the intake of their cases is racially biased. This is “freedom under law”; or isn’t it?

But then we cannot allow racists to wreck havoc in this country. Pro-democracy forces must rise up and fight to create an equal and just society.  Anti-democracy forces cannot be allowed to have free reign to reverse our gains by practicing racism under the guise of the rule of law.

It is for this reason that we have decided to establish a litigation and private prosecution unit. Our main area of focus to start with are the cases that the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) are sitting on that involve serious white-collar corruption.  We will soon be writing both to the Police Commissioner and the National Director of Public Prosecutions (NDPP) and demanding the status of investigations with regard to the cases that we intend to target. This includes those cases that involve senior NPA officials, past and present, who in turn divert the attention away from themselves, and pretend to be holy cows, while working in cohorts with the General Council of the Bar (GCB), FUL and AfriForum for self-servings ends.

That is the reason why they don’t want Advocate (Adv) Jiba and Adv Mrwebi in their midst in the NPA – because of their seniority, experience, firmness and fairness in ensuring justice and equality for all. They are not white psychopaths and take no instruction from the white masters. That is why the only option open for anti-democratic and racist forces is to push for their removal  from the NPA.

The postulations of propagandists through the media, to the contrary, are a diversionary tactic.  We dare not lose people of such high moral and personal integrity from the NPA.  Otherwise, we are in for a decade-long period of oppression and repression of black people by whites through the rule of law, which includes selective racially based litigation and prosecution.

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

10 August 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

Join the PAPPPI protests to reduce fuel prices

Join the PAPPPI protests to reduce fuel prices
The recent fuel price hikes and the many more that are predicted to occur in the months to come serves to promote even further the landlessness, poverty and unemployment of the country’s majority who are already at the bottom of everything in society.
Fuel, which cost an already exorbitant R14.12 per liter when Ramaphosa took office in February this year, now costs in excess of R16 per litre. This means that we now pay R100 more to refuel a  50l fuel tank. This burden of fuel price increases is in turn largely placed on the poor black majority via the linked increase in food prices and rising transport costs. Blacks expend a significantly high proportion of their income on transport and food costs.
Black First Land First (BLF) calls for a significant reduction of fuel prices. This includes the levy on general fuel as well as the Road Accident Fund (RAF) levy which together constitute 33% of the fuel price and account for R5.30 of every litre of petrol. In this regard BLF supports the nationwide protests against fuel hikes led by the People Against Petrol and Paraffin Price Increases (PAPPPI) which are scheduled for Monday,13 August 2018.
We note that the African National Congress (ANC) and opposition political parties have not registered any meaningful outrage at this massive attack on our people via fuel hikes. We are also appalled, but not surprised, by the Ramaphosa government’s reluctance to amicably resolve this problem that has been brought to its attention by PAPPPI.
BLF supports the call by PAPPPI that government must do the following:
1. place an immediate moratorium on fuel hikes
2. nationalize SASOL
3. reduce the price of fuel to R8 per liter
4. taxis and busses must be granted a reduction of fuel to R5 per liter
BLF shall on its part do all that is necessary to facilitate a resolution of the crisis created by the fuel hikes because fuel prices are killing our people!
We call on all, including Individuals; progressive political organizations; religious and traditional bodies; taxi associations; and civil society organizations; to unite against fuel price increases and let your voices be heard.
Join the PAPPPI protests. Its the right thing to do!
Issued by the National Coordinating Committee of Black First Land First (BLF NCC)
12 August 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