BLF denounces dismissal of PUTCO workers demanding wage increase

BLF denounces dismissal of PUTCO workers demanding wage increase

Black First Land First (BLF) is appalled by the mass firing of workers intended by PUTCO in response to their righteous demand for a wage increase.

We stand in solidarity with the PUTCO workers, and call on all the progressive sectors of society to support the struggle of these workers.

Instead of engaging with the unions and other stakeholders to address the demands at hand, PUTCO has unleashed the brutality of the police on the workers. We ask the SAPS to not shoot or harm innocent workers striking for a living wage. Workers cannot be held hostage by police brutality.

BLF calls on the government to intervene immediately to avert the dismissal of these workers. PUTCO gets government subsidies but fails to resolve labour disputes and refuses to accede to the legitimate demands of workers. This is intolerable.

BLF says, PUTCO, stop the firing the workers. Let them have their wage increase!

Issued by Black First Land First, National Coordinating Committee (NCC)
07 September 2022

Contact Details
Black First Land First Mail:
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Gandhi Baai
(Secretary General)
Cell: +27 73 565 8420
Mail: [email protected]

For media enquiries contact:
Kabelo Seagiso
(Head of Communications)
Cell: +27 63 548 2425

BLF responds to EFF, says no to collaborating with DA

BLF responds to EFF, says no to collaborating with DA

Dear Comrade Marshall

We thank you for the letter inviting our movement to participate in the multiparty forum that includes civil society organisations which aim to hold the President accountable. Black First Land First (BLF) agrees with the sentiment that President Ramaphosa must be held accountable. We agree with your assertion around the moral decay of our society that runs up to the conduct of the Head of State.

We are a revolutionary movement which believes that the fundamental contradiction in our country is white supremacy which is articulated in the economic sphere as white monopoly capitalism. This central contradiction gives rise to multiple secondary contradictions which include corruption and black on black violence and divisions amongst black people. Guided by Black Consciousness we identify the Democratic Alliance (DA) as the representative of the ruling class which represents the primary contradiction. The DA is a party of land thieves and we labour to take back the land from its constituency. The DA is the representative of our historical enemy and therefore we cannot collaborate with it under any circumstances.

We blacks have to maintain a principled position if we are serious about liberating our people. We cannot practise the politics of collaboration with the enemy. This is a principled position developed over centuries of struggles of blacks and is reflected in the guiding policy of BLF titled “The Black Code on sell-outs”. The code guides us in executing the struggle to be able to maintain a focus on the primary contradiction and never to elevate secondary contradictions to the primary contradiction.

Being guided by the philosophy of Black Consciousness operationalised into “The Black Code on sell-outs” it’s simply not possible for our movement to collaborate with the political representatives of the enemy. We keep a steadfast focus on who the enemy is and the objectives of the struggle. We can’t enter into any tactical alliance with the party of the oppressor class that still has our land and wealth.

We hope in due course our collective efforts can be guided by a clear ideological orientation which shall maximise the principled unity of the oppressed and landless towards attaining our total liberation in the aftermath of the defeat of the enemy.

We thank you for the invitation. However, we aren’t able to participate for the ideological reasons outlined herein.

Issued by Black First Land First, National Coordinating Committee (NCC)
30 August 2022

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

Gandhi Baai
(Secretary General)
Cell: +27 73 565 8420
Mail: [email protected]

For media enquiries contact:
Kabelo Seagiso
(Head of Communications)
Cell: +27 63 548 2425

BLF is saddened by the passing of Cde Khumbu Bavu

BLF is saddened by the passing of Cde Khumbu Bavu

Black First Land First (BLF) received the news of the passing of Comrade Khumbu Bavu with great sadness. Comrade Khumbu had served our movement with diligence and dedication. She was a leader with a clear revolutionary perspective and love for black people. The community of Tshwane and Eastern Cape has lost a true leader.

We shall always remember you Comrade Khumbu. Hamba Kahle qawe!

Issued by Black First Land First, National Coordinating Committee (NCC)
26 August 2022

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

Gandhi Baai
(Secretary General)
Cell: +27 73 565 8420
Mail: [email protected]

For media enquiries contact:
Kabelo Seagiso
(Head of Communications)
Cell: +27 63 548 2425

BLF calls on the government of Zimbabwe to pay medical bills

BLF calls on the government of Zimbabwe to pay medical bills

SA politicians and senior public servants are playing populist games with Zimbabwean patients. No amount of grandstanding and playing to the gallery is going to end the burden on the South African public health system. We need real solutions.

The other unhelpfull route is the populist pseudo Pan Africanism of politicians who rejects the Sankara Oath and therefore don’t have to face the collapsing public healthcare system. The South African public healthcare system is overburdened by Zimbabweans in particular. The government of Zimbabwe must pay the medical bills of its citizens.

The SA government must send the medical bills of the Zimbabwean citizens to the government of Zimbabwe. If the Zimbabwean government fails to pay the bills then the South African government must attach the properties of the Zimbabwean government in South Africa, including switching off the electricity supply to Zimbabwe.

It’s time the Zimbabwean government takes responsibility for its citizens.

Issued by Black First Land First, National Coordinating Committee (NCC)
24 August 2022

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

Gandhi Baai
(Secretary General)
Cell: +27 73 565 8420
Mail: [email protected]

For media enquiries contact:
Kabelo Seagiso
(Head of Communications)
Cell: +27 63 548 2425