The shutting down of Afroworldview is a political attack on views considered not in alignment with white monopoly capital. The fact that Multichoice can determine what views are acceptable is a clear indication of fascism in South Africa. The predecessor of Afroworldview, ANN7, had brought an unapologetic pro-black perspective into the media space and thereby provided a much needed balancing act. It’s no secret that eNCA promotes pro-white perspectives and the SABC is generally still making up its mind.
The Thuma Mina government has declared war against black students who continue to struggle for better and conducive conditions to further their academic careers. This is seen by the vicious prosecution of key activists (or symbolic figures) of the #FeesMustFall movement, including the devastating conviction of Bonginkosi Khanyile and Khanya Cekeshe, along with various other student activists who have been in and out of court for the past two years. The Black First Land First Student Movement (BLF-SM) regards this as a deliberate attack and an attempt to silence the student voice which refuses to be subjected to dehumanizing conditions in these institutions of higher learning.
Black First Land First (BLF) was at the Johannesburg Magistrates Court this morning to support Mme Olivia Makete after she was violently attacked by Thabang Setona outside Luthuli House earlier this year. Setona publicly kicked, dragged and beat up Mme Makete during a BLF march to Luthuli House earlier this year.
Upon arrival at the court this morning, BLF was victimized and treated with disdain by people who are members of the court, who effectively created an evironment of hostility and intimidation. This gave BLF a clear indication that the court had taken a decision to derail the case and criminalize BLF because we are the only organisation that has been agitating for court justice to be served.
Black First Land First (BLF) will be commemorating the fighting spirit of black women in the struggle, historically and presently, throughout the country by holding assemblies for the duration of the month of August.
The Deputy President of the revolution, comrade Zanele Lwana, will tour four provinces, delivering a keynote address.
The details of the events are below:
11 August 2018 – Vaal University of Technology
2. Free State:
18 August 2018 – Central University of Technology, Block O
3. Western Cape:
25 August 2018 – Khanyi’s Butchery, Delft
31 August 2018 – Howard College Theatre
Join the assemblies at a venue near you and let the struggle continue.
ISSUED BY THE NATIONAL COORDINATING COMMITTEE OF THE BLACK FIRST LAND FIRST MOVEMENT (BLF NCC)
09 August 2018
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