BLF seeks urgent meeting with the Speaker of Parliament

It has come to Black First Land First’s (BLF) attention that parliament is systematically mismanaging the land expropriation without compensation process. In February, parliament agreed to undertake “public hearings” to hear the views of the people on whether land should be expropriated without compensation following an agreement between the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) and the African National Congress (ANC). The agreed deadline for the report on the hearings was August 2018, six months later.

BLF has continuously warned that both the ANC and EFF are not serious about amending the constitution to ensure land is given back to black people. We denounced the public hearings as nothing but a delay tactic. The hearings were not necessary because they were merely a process outside the official law making process. There is already national consensus on land expropriation without compensation and together the EFF and ANC have the required two thirds majority to amend the constitution. The two parties are refusing to use their collective majority to end black suffering.

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BLF condemns the DA for aiding US-led imperialist attack on Venezuela

Black First Land First (BLF) condemns Mmusi Maimane for teaming up with Miguel Pizarro and Jose Manuel Olivares, who are right-wing pro-imperialist agents from Venezuela, to oppose land expropriation without compensation. The two are conspirators in the plot to remove President Nicolas Maduro by any means necessary.

Manuel is known to have both funded, and given drugs to fuel the violent counterrevolutionary protests against Maduro. These rightwingers simply don’t want to accept that in May 2018, more than 6 million Venezuelans, which counted for nearly 70% of the voters, chose Hugo Chavez’ dream.

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BLF supports the mining community of Paballong, Matjhabeng municipality, Free State

BLF supports the mining community of Paballong, Matjhabeng municipality, Free State

Black First Land First (BLF) supports the mining community of Paballong, in Free State, which is resisting eviction by a greedy mining company, Harmony Gold. In Lejweleputswa, Welkom, a community of around 3500 live near a Harmony Gold mine. Both the mine and the Matjhabeng municipality refuse to come to an agreement of who should rehabilitate the land and cater to the needs of the people. The mine has now issued an eviction notice, instructing the community to vacate the land on Sunday, 14 October 2018.

On Saturday, 13 October and Sunday, 14 October, BLF Free State provincial leadership met and addressed a committee representing the community. They tried to reach the mine but all calls were placed on hold and never returned.

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BLF calls for immediate withdrawal of all KPMG reports as basis for legal action

Black First Land First (BLF) reiterates the call for all KPMG reports to be set aside and thus for all legal action based on KPMG reports to be suspended. This call comes in light of more damning findings made in the South African Reserve Bank’s report into VBS Mutual Bank, in which it found that Sipho Malaba, a partner at KPMG, was aware of nearly R1 billion cash shortage at VBS Mutual Bank, yet he cleared its financials.

BLF notes that this is the same KPMG that had its “Rogue Unit” report withdrawn, and yet it’s the same KPMG, which continues to see its report use as the basis of the witch-hunt against President of the people, Jacob Zuma.

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