NPA must send the human trafficker back to jail

NPA must send the human trafficker back to jail

Black First Land First (BLF) is appalled by the sentence given to the Cape Town white woman of a 10-year suspended sentence for human trafficking, amongst other serious crimes.

Camilla de Waal Rossouw who is 32 years old, was sentenced last Friday by the High Court in Cape Town. The court has shown that if you are white you can commit heinous crimes and you will be let off the hook.

Human trafficking is serious in South Africa. Children and women are the most affected. This sentence encourages whites to carry out these sorts of crimes. If the perpetrator were black, the court would have correctly sentenced them to life but because it’s a white woman the court is prepared to look the other way.

This woman is dangerous; she pleaded guilty to over 11 charges which included kidnapping a child, human trafficking, trafficking for sexual slavery, assault, keeping of a brothel, living on the proceeds of prostitution and extortion involving more than R3 million.

This woman belongs in jail. BLF shall immediately write to the NPA to appeal the sentence. Next month South Africa observes the month of no abuse against women and children. Howevesentences like this makes a mockery of efforts to end gender based violence.

Issued by Black First Land First, National Coordinating Committee of (BLF NCC)
09 November 2020

Contact Details

Black First Land First Mail: [email protected]
Zanele Lwana
(BLF Deputy President)
Cell: +27 79 986 7225

Update on R350 grant complaint to Public Protector

Update on R350 grant complaint to Public Protector

Black First Land First (BLF) had in June 2020 lodged a complaint with the Public Protector Advocate Mkhwebane on behalf of three thousand, two hundred complainants. These three thousand people represent millions of poor and deserving people who have been denied their rightful share of the R500 billion that was allocated for Covid-19 relief. The bulk of the money went to white monopoly capital (WMC) and some to corrupt goverment officials.

The poor who applied for the R350 grant have in the main been denied even this small relief. The reasons for declining to help these poor millions do not make sense – they are unfair to the poor. That’s why BLF lodged the complaint with the Public Protector.

We are please to report that the Office of the Public Protector has been working on the complaint of BLF and we have been kept updated with developments.

The latest update indicated that 1263 of the 3204 applications queried by BLF had been subsequently approved and 1941 were declined by SASSA. To this end a spreadsheet by SASSA indicating the reasons for declining and/or querying the SRD applications was provided to us by the Public Protector. The spreadsheet also indicated that only 628 applicants (19.6%) were paid; and 14 more applicants who qualified, but didn’t have bank accounts, were not paid.

We note the progress with the 1263 applications from the over 3000 complaints which have been approved after BLF‘s complaint. However, it is worrying that only 19.6% of these have actually been paid.

BLF has written back to the Public Protector with suggested recommendations to deal with these complaints speedily and in the favour of the poor. The bureaucratic process is unfair to the poor and is informed by an unreasonable distrust of the poor. The whole world is moving towards a universal income grant. South Africa should be leading in this process.

Whilst the complaint lodged by BLF with the Public Protector accounts for just over 3000 complainants, in reality it’s a sample representation of millions of the poor.

BLF shall continue to engage the Office of Public Protector to ensure that the poor get what they deserve.

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

8 November 2020

Contact Details

Black First Land First Mail: [email protected]

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

BLF thanks all black lawyers who have represented us

BLF thanks all black lawyers who have represented us

Black lawyers have often represented our movement without asking for fees. The late Advocate Valentine Simelane represented the BLF 26 for over two years without any fees. He was there at every hearing and made sure that the matter was withdrawn. Many other black lawyers have represented us for free. Black First Land First (BLF) is grateful for all the sacrifices black lawyers have made in defending our rights in the court system.

We reject with contempt the notion that black lawyers are incompetent. We believe such notions reflect an anti black attitude.

BLF has since its inception taken the position that it shall not use white lawyers. We have stuck by that position and where black lawyers weren’t available, our movement represented itself.

BLF hereby once more expresses its vote of confidence in black lawyers and black professionals in general.

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

31 October 2020

Contact Details

Black First Land First Mail: [email protected]

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

BLF supports END SARS struggle in Nigeria

BLF supports END SARS struggle in Nigeria

The Nigerian youth stood up and said enough is enough against the Nigerian police’s Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS). Their actions bore immediate results when the Nigerian neocolonial violent government acceded to the demands of the protestors to disband SARS.

Black First Land First (BLF) agrees with the Nigerian revolutionary youth who said that the disbandment of the SARS is not enough. The protest must reclaim the great nation of Nigeria from the corrupt politicians who sold the national wealth to imperialism. The question must be asked, if Nigeria is so wealthy why are its people so poor? Who eats the oil money?

The police are brutal because they are the militias of the looters of Nigeria. We say to the brave young people of Nigeria, “you are on a momentum towards changing the bitter history of Nigeria. Go all the way. Make a revolution. Give your nation a new day.“

BLF supports and salutes the End SARS movement. Your courage gives us hope in South Africa.

Amandla!

Issued by Black First Land First, National Coordinating Committee of (BLF NCC)
18 October 2020

Contact Details

Black First Land First Mail: [email protected]

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