Media silence on ABSA stolen billions

Media silence on ABSA stolen billions

Black First Land First (BLF) is not suprised by the media silence on the leaked report of the Public Protector which says that ABSA must pay back the money stolen from the South African Reserve Bank (SARB). BLF has been calling for the speeding up of the investigation into apartheid looting, but the previous public protector, Thuli Madonsela, was only a protector of white capital and ignored the calls.

Since last Friday, when the story broke out, the usual loud noisemakers on corruption have completely avoided the story. All the Sunday newspapers also literally had a ban on the story. This silence shows that the big and persistent noise made on the Nkandla saga was not in the interest of fighting corruption but rather about regime change and entrenchment of white monopoly capital.

President Jacob Zuma was tormented with never ending calls for him to pay back the money, but now we see complete silence by the media, the opposition parties, trade unionists like Zwelinzima Vavi, backward formations like Save South Africa and many other so called ‘civil society’ organisations.

The Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF), which in October 2015 said it would occupy ABSA, has itself gone underground and elected to pose for pictures with the representatives of white monopoly capital at the Johannesburg Stock Exchange (JSE).

The Sunday Times tried a diversionary tactic by putting on its front page a story about Hlaudi Motsoeneng. The story has little to do with Motsoeneng but more to do with white corruption, but the Sunday Times underplayed the fact that white owned Corrobrick admitted wrong doing and promises to pay the money back. The front page headline should have read, “Corrobrick confesses its own corruption”.

Monday daily newspapers have also continued the pattern of silence. The Oppenheimer funded and loud mouth publication on black corruption, Daily maverick, also gave the story a miss. It is is clear that the white owned media is involved in a conspiracy of silence. It looks like the bosses have given clear instructions to kill the story.

BLF wishes to thank Black Twitter for making use of the #BLFvictory and #ABSAmustPay hastags which trended in three consecutive days. We call on all real anti-corruption people to ensure the story doesn’t die. BLF shall wait until 28 February to see if ABSA pays back the money. If they still play delay tactics then BLF shall call for direct action on ABSA.

BLF calls on Barclays to force ABSA to pay back the money forthwith.

BLF wishes to warn SA that white media is going to invent corruption stories about black people to try divert attention from the ABSA billions. Furthermore, BLF wishes to remind the public that the money ABSA must pay is a portion of the R26 billion stolen by, amongst others Sanlam, Johann Rupert and Daimler Chrysler. All of them are going to pay back the money.

We also warn the public that the white owned media is going to start campaigns against the new public protector Advocate Busisiwe Mkhwebane. The nation must resist these evil plans by white capital.

We say, Zuma paid back the money, now ABSA must do the same. No stories, no delays!

As for the white owned media, we say your agenda is exposed and you are not objective. You are the bulldogs of white monopoly capital. Your silence on ABSA has proven beyond doubt that you manufacture fake news.

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

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16 January 2016

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BLF remembers Thomas Sankara

BLF remembers Thomas Sankara

On  October 15, 1987 the black world lost one of its best sons. On this date, the white world used the hand of one of us to assassinate Thomas Sankara. Blaise Campaore allowed himself to be a traitor of black liberation by giving effect to a white conspiracy to murder Sankara. But as the people’s leader said one week before he was killed, “[w]hile revolutionaries as individuals can be murdered, you cannot kill ideas”.

Black First Land First(BLF) believes in and is inspired by a Sankarist leadership practice. Sankara taught us that it is possible to resist the temptation of using political office to serve oneself before serving the people. Sankara went into the highest office in Burkina Faso when he became President, but he didn’t use it to enrich himself. 

We learn from Thomas Sankara that the leaders of the people must not live lifestyles which are parasitic on the people. A leader of the poor shouldn’t live luxuriously while the people suffer. The love for bling and brands by leaders is counter the spirit of Sankara. Let the people be served first!

In the few years that Sankara was in power, he turned his country into a model society of self reliance. He stopped privileges for leaders and made women liberation a reality. He was anti imperialist and called on Africa to free itself from the yoke of Western imperialism. His message and example inspired the youth all over the world. Imperialism panicked and conspired with Campaore to murder Sankara. They were too late because Sankara lives on via his revolutionary legacy. 

BLF declares this month “Sankara Month” and calls upon the youth of our country to take time to honour and educate itself about who Thomas Sankara was. The most basic lesson that Sankara teaches us is that “a solider without political education is a potential criminal”. BLF shall be hosting public screenings of the documentary, “Thomas Sankara: the Upright Man” followed by discussions as well as public education on Thomas Sankara, The Sankara Oath and the People’s Manifesto.

Thomas Sankara lives!

Issued by the National Coordinating Committee of Black First Land First

15 October 2016

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Zanele Lwana
(National Spokesperson)
Cell: +27 79 486 9087
Mail: [email protected]

Lindsay Maasdorp
(National Spokesperson)
Cell: +27 79 915 2957
Mail: [email protected]

THE BLACK FIRST LAND FIRST MOVEMENT ACKNOWLEDGES THE GREAT WORK DONE IN FORMING THE BLF STUDENT MOVEMENT AT UNIVEN

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The BLF SM has been working hard over the latter part of 2015, including the December period and this contribution toward black liberation has culminated in the launching of the BLF Student Movement at University of Venda (UNIVEN).

While we do not praise fish for swimming, and in the same way we cannot applaud revolutionaries for dedication to revolution; we do recognise that at this time when the distraction of youth seeks to subvert us from black liberation, these cadres have shown commitment to revolutionary duty.

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BLF SUPPORTS STUDENTS CONTINUING WITH PROTESTS AND REJECTS BOTH THE SRC MEETING WITH BLADE NZIMANDE AND THE COMMISSION OF INQUIRY INTO HIGHER EDUCATION FUNDING

 

IMG-20160112-WA0008On Thursday 14 January 2016, Minister Blade Nzimande met with the Student Representative Council’s (SRC’s) from across academic institutions nationally in Kempton Park, Johannesburg. This came after President Jacob Zuma almost robotically announced a Commission of Inquiry into Higher Education Funding. Continue reading “BLF SUPPORTS STUDENTS CONTINUING WITH PROTESTS AND REJECTS BOTH THE SRC MEETING WITH BLADE NZIMANDE AND THE COMMISSION OF INQUIRY INTO HIGHER EDUCATION FUNDING”