Quick Q&A on Black First Land First (BLF)

1. What is BLF’s vision?

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.

2. What is BLF’s minimum program?

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

3. What is BLF’s desired end goal?

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

4. Who can join BLF?

Black First Land First (BLF) is a Blacks only organization. We use the Black Consciousness definition of “Black” which includes Africans, coloreds and Indians.

4.1 Does this mean there are no differences between these groups?

Historically there are differences among these groups and that’s why BLF wants an African-Indian Accord to deal with the bad relations between Africans and Indians, whilst recognizing that such differences are not antagonistic like the relationship between Blacks and whites.

5. Who is the enemy of Black people?

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

6. What about gender relations?

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.

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

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.

7.1 Once in parliament, will BLF not be fat cats?

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.

8. What will BLF do for Black unity?

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 Members of Parliament (MPs).