Covid-19 Baragwanath Hospital: BLF calls on President Ramaphosa to solve the crisis in maternity wards NOW

Covid-19 Baragwanath Hospital: BLF calls on President Ramaphosa to solve the crisis in maternity wards NOW

President Cyril Ramaphosa

Last night Black First Land First (BLF) received a complaint from its Treasurer General, Comrade Thandiswa Yaphi, who in the maternity ward of Baragwanath Hospital awaiting, with several other expectant mothers, about the unfortunate conditions that they are currently faced with. Many of patients in the maternity ward are awaiting to be allocated a bed (since Friday on her part) so that the process of child birth can be induced. She reached full-term pregnancy of 40 weeks over a week ago.

We are further informed that the pregnant patients at the the hospital have been placed in quarantine for being exposed to the Covid-19 virus after a woman had tested positive for the infection. This is understandable to lessen the risk of spreading the virus.

The problem is that there’s no plans in place generally to secure the needed beds, staff and supplies more so in public healthcare facilities to address the challenges in the maternity wards. And
evidently this is precisely the case with the maternity ward in Baragwanath Hospital.

The hospital lacks the necessary facilities to accommodate the pregnant women and new born babies. Women in the maternity ward have been sleeping on benches for 2 consecutive nights, with 4 stretchers being provided on the third night. To compound matters, frontline workers who have been exposed to the virus at the maternity ward have gone on strike for fear of spreading it. The patients are consequently left to fend for themselves.

There is generally a huge lack of adequate personal protective equipment (PPE) for frontline workers (like nurses) who consequently together with the patients are nakedly exposed to the risk of contracting the virus.

Moreover public healthcare facilitates like the Baragwanath Hospital are understaffed (including the maternity wards) to respond appropriately to the challenges during the coronavirus crisis. There is further a lack of counseling support for both frontline workers and patients regarding maternity matters.

President Ramaphosa, in his COVID-19 R500 billion stimulus package announcement, gave nothing towards effectively increasing the capacity in healthcare facilities so as to deal with maternity issues during the period of the Covid-19 pandemic. Furthermore, frontline workers (especially nurses) who are required to see to patients without the necessary protection and relief are laying down their tools. All this is to the immediate detriment of the patients including newborns in maternity wards who are thrust into a state of despair and vulnerability.

BLF has been trying in vain to get the intervention of the Gauteng MEC for Health via the numbers +27 74 054 3826 and 011 933 9837 since last night – to secure the protection for the women and newborn babies.

We now call on President Ramaphosa to immediately address crisis in the maternity wards, especially in Baragwanath Hospital. We demand that:

1. All pregnant women be given beds.
2. Additional staff be deployed to attend to patients in the maternity wards.
3. Testing for the Covid-19 virus be conducted without delay on all those exposed to the virus.
4. Frontline workers be given adequate PPE.
5. Government acts ethically to save lives.

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

18 May 2020
Contact Details

Black First Land First Mail: [email protected]

Zanele Lwana
(BLF Deputy President)
Cell: +27 79 986 7225

4th Birthday Quiz on Black First Land First

4th Birthday Quiz on Black First Land First

Black First Land First (BLF) turns 4 today. Here’s some general knowledge questions and answers about the organization:


1. What is BLF’s Philosophy of Liberation?

2. What is BLF’s vision?

3. What is BLF’s minimum program?

4. What is BLF’s desired end goal?

5. What is the objective of BLF?

6. Who is the enemy of Black people?

7. What about gender relations?

8. Why does BLF want to go to parliament? Is parliament not a bourgeois institution?

9. Once in parliament, will BLF not be fat cats?

10. What will BLF do for Black unity?


1. BLF’s philosophy of liberation is Black Consciousness as principally developed by Steve Bantu Biko, Pan-Africanism as principally developed by Robert Mangaliso Sobukwe and the leadership ethos as elaborated by Thomas Sankara.

2. Black people must come first in all areas of life. White people, if at all, will benefit as a byproduct of blacks being served first.

3. Radical Economic Transformation (RET), which puts land first and has the best possibility to unite all black people irrespective of party political affiliation.

4. To usher in a Black socialist society where exploitation and oppression cease to exist. The wealth of the nation shall be equitably shared.

5. BLF is a Black Consciousness organization. It’s objective is accordingly to struggle for the emancipation of black people.

6. White Monopoly Capital (WMC) which is a system of power which benefits all white people and disadvantages all Blacks.

7. South Africa is a racist, capitalist and patriarchal society shaped by white supremacy. The question of women’s liberation is central to the emancipatory process, but there can be no ending patriarchy outside of ending white supremacy itself.

8. Yes, parliament is a bourgeois institution, but it can be used to assist the revolutionary process in two main respects:

i) To provide a platform to agitate for radical proposals and educating the masses.

ii) To provide much needed resources to fund the revolutionary movement outside parliament. In approach, BLF holds that we must be “anti-politics politically engaged”, meaning we must use politics to end politics.

9. BLF Members of Parliament (MPs) will not be paid a salary which is much higher than the Marikana workers minimum wage of R12 500. BLF will use the rest of the salaries to build the movement outside parliament.

10. BLF will work to unite all black political parties on the basis of Radical Economic Transformation (RET). We shall strive to set up a non-partisan parliamentary caucus for all pro-RET MPs.

Know your BLF.

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

14 May 2020

Contact Details

Black First Land First Mail: [email protected]

Stop the Global Solidarity Trial: BLF warns of dangerous drugs as treatment options

Stop the Global Solidarity Trial: BLF warns of dangerous drugs as treatment options

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration warned against using chloroquine and hydroxychloroquine to treat COVID-19 patients.| Photo: AFP

News reports indicating that South Africa (SA) will start participating within the next week in the Public Health Emergency Solidarity Trial (Global Solidarity Trial) that is a project of the World Health Organisation (WHO) to find an effective COVID-19 treatment, gives us great concern. WHO is funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation (Gates Foundation) which in turn is involved in a massive depopulation project in the global South, via their monster vaccines.

On 9 April Black First Land First (BLF) wrote to President Ramaphosa and urged him to stop SA’s participation in the Global Solidarity Trial. Besides acknowledging receipt of our letter nothing further has been done by the president towards ending the use of our people as lab rats in the COVID-19 treatment trials

BLF reiterates its condemnation of SA’s participation in the Global Solidarity Trial which is intended to ultimately justify the Gates sponsored vaccination of the population in the interests of profit.

It’s a matter of public knowledge that the treatment options suggested for the process are, Remdesivir, lopinavir/ritonavir, lopinavir/ritonavir with interferon beta-1a, and chloroquine or hydroxychloroquine.

It’s instructive that on Friday the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) warned against the use of the anti malaria drug chloroquine and hydroxychloroquine for COVID-19 patients on the basis that their increased use could cause abnormal heart rhythms and rapid heart rate. The FDA further cautioned that these side effects could increase when chloroquine and hydroxychloroquine are mixed with other drugs, such as azithromycin (antibiotic); and when administered to patients with pre-existing kidney and heart disease.
It is clear that chloroquine and hydroxychloroquine, which the FDA has found to have dangerous side effects, are constituent parts of the treatment options scheduled for use in the Global Solidarity Trial. In fact all the treatment options for use via the Global Solidarity Trial are promoted by the Gates Foundation, which in turn funds WHO, and hence suspicious.

BLF calls for an end to the testing of Gates Foundation vaccines and treatment options for COVID-19 on South Africans.

In view of the FDA’s finding that chloroquine and hydroxychloroquine have dangerous side effects our call is even more urgent.

BLF demands that the Ramaphosa government immediately stops SA’s participation in the Global Solidarity Trial failing which we will have no option but to mobilse society for direct action to end the evil the process.

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

26 April 2020

Contact Details

Black First Land First Mail: [email protected]

Zanele Lwana
(BLF Deputy President)
Cell: +27 79 986 7225