BLF welcomes protest against SA companies in Nigeria

BLF welcomes protest against SA companies in Nigeria

Our message to our Nigerian brothers and sisters is this:

We are all suffering!

To those who sell drugs we say, stop it.

To the rest we say:

Now is the time to make a revolution so as to ensure that all Nigerians benefit from the oil that God gave you. Nigeria is amongst the top ten oil producers in the world, yet it is poor because you have allowed politicians to loot your oil with impunity.

We also support your struggle to end South Africa’s business domination of Nigeria. Those businesses don’t belong to us. We have no businesses. It is the businesses of the people who are impoverishing both South Africa (SA) and Nigeria.

Reject your reactionary poltical leaders. They are talking rubbish about sanctions whilst looting your oil.

Take over the oil fields. Build a new Nigeria. DescriptionBuild a new country that puts the people first. Muammar Gaddafi did it. The United Arab Emirates (UAE) is doing it. You can do it!
Description is doing it! Die fighting for the liberation of Nigeria.

We in SA must ensure that the President of London and Stellenbosch is removed so that we may have a government that would give us Radical Economic Transformation. We want land expropriation without compensation now! We want to share in the mineral wealth of SA.

Lets fix our countries. Lets make a revolution! Revolution is the hope of the hopeless!

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

4 September 2019

Contact Details

Black First Land First Mail: [email protected]

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

BLF position on Afrophobia (xenophobia)

BLF position on Afrophobia (xenophobia)

The following is is an extract from the ‘BLF Elections Battle Plan’ – under the subheading ‘End Afrophobia (xenophobia): Avoiding populist rhetoric, finding African solutions’ – which was previously published on the BLF website:

The ongoing Afrophobic violence, incorrectly called xenophobia, is a direct consequence of colonialism and apartheid. The white colonialists created the African borders and the poverty we experience. Furthermore, triggers of the violence are directly linked to the anti-black economic system which starves the poor for profits.

Crime in South Africa has been a great challenge in our society for decades. Increasingly, it looks like the authorities and the communities most affected have been fighting a losing battle against it. The ANC government as well as the DA have seen it fit to lay all the blame for their failures in arresting the growing issue on undocumented, and mostly indigent black foreign nationals from across the African continent. The notion that crime in South Africa is the result of African foreign nationals is not only false but is part of the anti-black agenda that seeks to maintain division and distrust among Africans so as to ensure its continued colonization and plunder. BLF does not dispute that there are some criminal elements that exist amongst our neighbors from the continent who have settled here, but we refute, without reservation, the claims that the presence of black foreign nationals is the sole, or even main, cause of South Africa’s crime woes. The continued colonization of South Africa, it’s plundering by WMC, the internment of blacks in townships, informal settlements and prisons via the dispossession of blacks, capitalism and the ineffective criminal justice system are the main causes of our current Black condition, not the approximately 1.5 million African immigrants (about 3%) living in SA.

The revamped Nationalist Party, aka the DA, has, in true Nationalist Party style, called for the closure of South Africa’s borders, mostly to our brothers and sisters from the rest of the African continent, as a “solution” to addressing the issue. The DA goes even further and demands the martial execution of African foreign nationals attempting to cross into South Africa without documentation by demanding a greater SANDF presence at border sites. BLF rejects without reservation this proposal to close borders along with the increasing of the number of soldiers stationed at borders; a call that is tantamount to inciting a genocide against black people. Instead, we demand the South African government keeps borders open but tightens their regulation as a short-term solution to the crisis of undocumented immigrants and potential criminal threats. We propose that the South African government documents all who enter South Africa for free, with less restrictions as there currently are to minimize the necessity to try and slip under the radar for those seeking refuge from political and economic unrest in their own home countries but do not possess some or all of the requirements precisely because of the conditions they are fleeing. To curtail the access of criminal elements, South Africa must strengthen its relations with criminal justice agencies in other countries, as far as possible, as well as with Interpol. Additionally, the current backlog in Home Affairs must be cleared and necessary measures must be taken to prevent it ever occurring again. The DHA must keep an up-to-date record of all people in the country as this would enable the government to better monitor threats/potential threats as well as allocate resources sufficiently. A better enforcement of existing punitive measures for those who remain undocumented is a necessary and justifiable response to those who still prefer to slip under the radar, however, it is important to put in place a mechanism to assess each case individually on its own merits to make a determination.

Proposals:

i. Document all people entering the country for free without insisting on immigration status.
ii. Minimum wage for all employed people irrespective of immigration status.
iii. No employer can employ more than 30% non-South Africans.

In the long term, we need economic stability through economic integration. South Africa must show in figures what contribution we are making to the front-line states.

We must immediately advance conditional financial support to Zimbabwe!
Proposals:

i. Transitional Government of National Unity
ii. Amnesty to all and let the exiles return.
iii. Release all political prisoners

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

29 August 2019

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

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

BLF supports defence of township businesses

BLF supports defence of township businesses

Black First Land First (BLF) supports the call for township businesses to be owned by township people themselves. Its totally unacceptable that blacks in the townships do not own even a spaza shop anymore.

BLF calls on the North Region Business Association not to target and attack African “foreigners” being those Afrikans who come from outside South Africa (SA). The focus must go to the malls in the townships. White monopoly capital (WMC) has destroyed township economies for its own selfish motives.

BLF is seeking meetings with foreign business associations and cooperatives to find a mutually beneficial solutions.

We are also preparing to launch the “Our Townships – Our Economies” campaign together with a charter so as to protect township economies while harnessing business relations to combat afrophobia.

As we observe Africa Month, it is important that we find creative solutions to our challenges. Radical Economic Transformation (RET) starts where you are.
Issued by Black First Land First, National Coordinating Committee of (BLF NCC)

17 May 2018

Black First Land First Email:[email protected]
Facebook: Black First Land First
Twitter: @black1stland1st
Website: www.blf.org.za

Zanele Lwana
(Deputy President)
Cell: +27799867225

Lindsay Maasdorp
(National Spokesperson)
Cell: +27 79 915 2957

Brian Tloubatla
(Head of Media & Communications)
Cell: +27 82 216 7664

 

SEPTEMBER NATIONAL IMBIZO RESPONDS TO THE REPORT OF THE PRESIDENTIAL COMMISSION OF INQUIRY REGARDING THE MARIKANA MASSACRE

SEPTEMBER NATIONAL IMBIZO RESPONDS TO THE REPORT OF THE PRESIDENTIAL COMMISSION OF INQUIRY REGARDING THE MARIKANA MASSACRE

MARIKANA 5“as we correctly call Zuma to account (he is the president), and we correctly recall that it was the deputy president of the country and anc who called for action against the striking mine workers. we must remember the face of the whiteman who wrote a 600 pages thick document to try hide a massacre and shield white capital and its agents like Ramaphosa. I ask you to remember the role played by Judge Farlam in this second 600 pages massacre, killing the murdered again. I ask you to imagine Farlam and his assistants with large brushes working the Marikana Koppie whitewashing the blood of our brothers who were murdered for demanding a living wage. we must condemn not just the politicians but also those who labour to make a lie look like the truth. in my view judge Farlam is as violent as the police who took orders to shoot. he is as guilty as Cyril and co if not more.” Andile Mngxitama Face-Book update, 26 June 2015.

It must be stated that the September National Imbizo (SNI) has right from the beginning rejected both the Presidential Commission of Inquiry and the civil society call for its own Commission of Inquiry. As a sharp retort to the BLOODY report of the Presidential Commission of Inquiry SNI maintains its position and to this end re-issues its statement dated 24 August 2012:

“MARIKANA MASSACRE: SNI Rejects Both The Presidential Commission Of Inquiry And The Civil Society Call For Its Own Commission Of Inquiry And Declares September 2012 The Month Of A Living Wage!

We all saw it with our naked eyes. The police opened fire on black people who have been demanding what is fair, just and reasonable: a living wage. Their’s is a legitimate protest against the shocking injustices they have suffered under Lonmin. Two days before the Marikana Massacre the media reported that a pattern of non violence had developed. Workers would emerge in the morning to occupy the mountain and wait for management to come speak to them as promised, and every evening they descended the mountain to travel back home.

We saw it with our eyes. The police opened fired and killed over 30 workers! We have heard how the miners were ambushed; how they were crushed by inyalas; how they had water bombs thrown at them from police helicopters and how the disorientated miners were rounded up and arrested. What more does government and civil society want?

What does Jacob Zuma not know already?

If the ANC, which sent the police to kill blacks does not know what happened, we will tell them. If civil society is also not sure, we will explain to them. If anyone is still lost as to what happened in Marikana, we shall assist with an explanation. What happened is simply this:

MARIKANA 4Workers who have been treated like slaves, who risked their lives every day to enrich Lonmin and ANC leaders, had had enough. They wanted justice and the dignity that comes with a living wage. They made their demands known to all. No one can say they didn’t know the workers’ demands. Lonmin decided to hide behind government, instead of heeding the reasonable demands of the people. Lonmin hid behind labour laws that are approved by Cosatu and NUM, the very labour laws that legalise wage slavery.

According to SA’s labour law it is acceptable to pay a mine worker a monthly salary of R4000! It is acceptable to pay a farm worker R1500 per month! It’s acceptable to exploit and oppress black workers. These laws are made by the ANC alliance which includes the South African Communist Party and Cosatu! They all support wage slavery and then turn around and pretend to fight against it. If the ANC wants to end black suffering, why do they not use their political power to do so?

We also saw that Lonmin management used NUM to divide workers. We saw government come and side with NUM and management against workers. We saw that instead of engaging workers, government brought in a well armed police force and army. They surrounded the workers, shot them from all sides and water bombed them from above with a toxic substance that immobilized them! After the shooting 34 workers were killed by the police under the control of the ANC and instructed by Lonmin.

The September National Imbizo asks, what exactly is it that needs to be probed? What is it that the ANC does not know?

The SNI rejects both the presidential commission of inquiry and the civil society call for its own commission. We recall that after each massacre the apartheid regime instituted a Commission of Inquiry , the function of which was to hide the truth, to police the righteous anger of the people and to break the momentum of revolutionary demands of the people. We say government must pay reparations to the families for their pain, suffering and loss of income. This must be done immediately!

Also the mines must be nationalised and placed under worker control and the dependents of the murdered should get shares in those mines as a priority. Lonmin belongs to the murdered workers! Furthermore, the SNI says: Let all workers, in every sector, get a minimum wage of R12 500. It’s a reasonable demand!

IMG-20150626-WA0032To mourn the murdered workers with dignity and respect, let the workers in all mines embark upon mass strikes for the next month to demand their fair share! It’s a living wage the workers of Marikana were prepared to die for.

It is only a living wage which can bring justice; not commissions of inquiry. We all know what happened. Let’s not pretend otherwise. Out of respect for the memory of the Marikana warriors, let there be justice for workers. Cosatu is part of the problem, so is NUM and the ANC which killed black people to defend white capital.

Let our mourning include building resistance. Let us make September the month of action for a living wage. Let all the mines go on strike. They need us more than we need them!

Viva R12 500!

Issued By September National Imbizo

24 August 2012″

We Are The One’s We Have Been Waiting For

SNI

26 June 2015