ICASA, Hands Off Radio Zibonele

ICASA, Hands Off Radio Zibonele

Black First Land First has come to the understanding that ICASA a body that is suppose to take care of the broadcasting agency and given a task to regulate and issue out licences has made a drastic move and decideded to pull the plug on Radio Zibonele Fm a burgeoning community radio station in Khayelitsha in iLitha Park. The Radio is known to have a large and faithful following with a staff of 64 people who are employed at the station and other programs the station offers to young unemployed people.

Since 2018 it seems the Radio station has operated under a cloud of anxiety and dread owing to the licence not being issued. Even though that drawback persisted the staff to continue to work tirelessly in that exasperating condition uncertainty.

It has come to our attention that iCASA has given Radio Zibonele 7 days to close down the station. We are of the view that this evil and draconian measure is unnecessary and mindless in a country that is faced with unemployed, poverty and recession. Khayelitsha is one of the crime ridden areas in the country and stations like Radio Zibonele must aide in the changing of minds of our masses and show a different path to the youth.

It’s closure will be an addition to the social neglect and pressure the listeners already experience. ICASA has to be sound and rational when it makes decisions on licencing as the withholding of licencing has negative effects on communities wherein these small and community radio station are located in.

We hope that the licensing challenge has not been exacerbated by the recent Rev Baleni sage shaniangans. Our view is that the workers of Radio Zibonele ought to not to be punished by the authorities for factional battles and power wrestling at the expense of the workers who are just feeding their families. We implore ICASA to do right by Radio Zibonele and its faithful listeners and workers who form part of the community by reversing the unjust decision to close down a growing and interesting radio station on the calibre of Zibonele.

If we are going to save media from corporate capture and misinformation we must start by saving community radio station that are on the ground shielding our people from ignorance. Therefore as BLF we call for the licence to be given by ICASA and the jobs to be spared. Also it is our considered view as BLF that community radio station of the kind like Zibonele ought to have a board and leadership that is not easily swayed by the ruling party and its unending factional battles and the workers must always protest their jobs by not entertain any squabbles.

Issued by Black First Land First, National Coordinating Committee (NCC)
15 July 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 condemns the tavern terror attacks

BLF condemns the tavern terror attacks

Police Minister Bheki Cele addressing media near the scene where 15 people were killed at a tavern in Soweto, on 11 July 2022. Image: Nigel Sibanda

Black First Land First (BLF) believes the spate of tavern attacks in recent days to be a well coordinated urban terrorism. The terrorists have possible multiple motives including the take over of the tavern business in cahoots with white monopoly capital. The other possible motive could be a false flag strategy to take the focus of the nation from the Phala-Phala farm scandal.

The attacks are too coordinated to be random acts of crime. There is a clear purpose. It would not surprise us if the remnants of the apartheid murderous secret service are involved. In recent times these elements have teamed up with Islamist terrorists busy in Mozambique. A few years ago there was a similar shooting at the popular eatery in Melville at Poppy’s. The culprits have not been brought to book.

The state can’t claim ignorance. We have seen the state under Ramaphosa engage in coordinated unlawfull activities such as the cover-up of possible money laundering, kidnaping, and human trafficking. The state under Ramaphosa has become a criminal entity in service of the interests of the President. We do well to remember it was Ramaphosa who instigated the mass shooting of workers in Marikana.

Issued by Black First Land First, National Coordinating Committee (NCC)
11 July 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 rejects the R350 grant reapplication process

BLF rejects the R350 grant reapplication  process

The ANC government is abusing the poor through unending red tape. The requirement that the already known poor reapply to get the covid-19 R350 Social Relief of Distress Grant is harassment by the state. To add salt to injury the poor who have complied with the horrible bureaucratic requirements are being rejected for no good reason. It seems as if the reapplication process is a mechanism to cull the poor from benefiting.

The corrupt government of Cyril Ramaphosa must with immediate effect give the poor the much needed relief. The poor do not have millions of USA dollars under their mattresses.

Black First Land First (BLF) shall lay a complaint of administrative prejudice against the poor with the Public Protector’s office and the South African Human Rights Commission.

We say, give the poor their relief now!

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

Hands Off the Public Protector

Hands Off the Public Protector

Image: allAfrica.com, Adv Busisiwe Mkhwebane

Black First Land First ( BLF) is not surprised by the unethical mafia like behaviour of Cyril Ramaphosa. The timing of his suspension of the Public Protector shows that he doesn’t respect the rule of law.

The criminal conduct of the President is now blatant. Ramaphosa is trying to get a pliant Public Protector to help him cover up his crimes. Advocate Busisiwe Mkhwebane is being removed from office to stop her investigations of serious criminal conduct of Ramaphosa. It’s time for Ramaphosa to step down.

Ramaphosa has proven beyond reasonable doubt that he is not fit to govern. The country is in the hands of a criminal President who uses the state to protect himself against the law. Ramaphosa is a virtual criminal beholden to white capital.

We call on Ramaphosa to stop the witch-hunt against Advocate Mkhwebane. We say Hands Off the Public Protector!

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