Here is the REAL People’s Manifesto

History: the People’s Manifesto was drafted by Comrade Andile Mngxitama and adopted by the September National Imbizo (SNI) in 2011. It was also adopted by the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) in 2013 as part of the deal with the SNI to work together, but the EFF abandoned it soon after the 2014 general elections and removed it from its founding Manifesto. Then the Peoples Manifesto was adopted with minor changes by Black First Land First (BLF) in 2016. The People’s Manifesto goes hand in hand with the Sankara Oath.

The People’s Manifesto

We promise the politicians nothing! We demand that they deliver everything! All the political parties have now published their manifestoes; the empty ritual they buy our votes with. We say 17 years of elections without change are enough. Now we make our own manifesto:

We, the people of South Africa, hereby legislate a new law, titled “POLITICIANS AND PUBLIC SERVANTS: USE PUBLIC SERVICES”. This law compels all politicians, from the president to the local councilor, and all public servants, from the Director General to the sweeper and their families to use public utilities: Starting with the following:

1. Hospitals.
2. Schools.
3. Transport.
4 Housing! (The same standard house given to citizens must be used by all politicians and public servants)
5. A living wage for all!
6. Land belongs to the people

Our politicians and public servants have neglected public services for far too long because they know they can take their families to the private sector. We say, what’s good for you is good for us. Equality for all, for real!

Our hospitals are falling apart; doctors and nurses are overworked and underpaid. By and large our public hospitals are places of death. Simply put, no one is safe in our public hospitals. Our leaders, politicians, senior public servants and their families use private hospitals and that is why they don’t care about public hospitals which are used by the poor.

Our public schools are in bad condition, teachers are underpaid and the government is not investing in their training with the result that after 12 years of schooling most children from public schools can’t read, write or count. This leads to a high unemployment rate amongst the youth who are trapped in hopelessness. Politicians and senior civil servants take their children to private schools. This explains why public schools are not a priority for them.

Our public transport system is appalling. Every morning and night our people are packed into taxis, buses and trains like sardines. The queues are long and the fares are high. Our leaders, the rich and senior civil servants have big subsidies to get private transport. Some of our ministers can buy cars worth millions with tax payers’ money.

The townships are generally badly serviced. The houses are small and millions are forced to live in shacks. The RDP houses built by our black government are worse than the matchbox houses built during apartheid. Our leaders live in mansions, while the people are forced to live in rat-infested townships.

A living wage, the ANC and DA parties have legislated starvation minimum wages for our people. Farm workers earn a shocking R105 a day. Our government kills workers when they demand a living wage as in marikana but cabinet ministers and members of parliament give themselves millions in salaries.

Land For 20 years of the ANC has delivered only 8% of land to black. It would take 100s of years to buy back our land. Why are we buying our land back? We demand that all the land be nationalised without compensation and be equitably redistributed amongst the people.

We hereby commit ourselves to struggle to realize this legislation to hold public representatives and servants accountable to the people!

Together let’s make this law a reality.

This campaign is undertaken in the memory of Andries Tatane who was killed by our government for demanding quality services for all!

Issued by Black First Land First, National Coordinating Committee (BLF NCC)
12 January 2019

Black First Land First Email:[email protected]

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

Historic meeting between BLF and USA-based African People’s Socialist Party

Historic meeting between BLF and USA-based African People’s Socialist Party

In the afternoon of this year’s Good Friday, the USA-based leadership of the African People’s Socialist Party (APSP) met with the leadership of Black First Land First (BLF) in Johannesburg. The delegation of the APSP was led by its leader and globally respected revolutionary, Chairman Omali Yeshitela, while the BLF delegation was led by its president, Andile Mngxitama. The historic meeting was held at the BLF head office in Gandhi Square.

The objective of the meeting was for BLF to formally meet with APSP and discuss the possibility of cooperation between these two pro-black, anti-imperialist, anti-capitalist formations. The meeting kick-started with introductions and then each organization outlined its ideological framework and programmes.

A robust debate followed where points of disagreement were isolated and recognised, while points of agreement were also identified.

The meeting ended on a high note after the debate clarified that the two organisations have more in common than disagreements.

The APSP has committed itself to inviting BLF to its important meetings in the USA and BLF in turn expressed its wish to invite Chairman Yeshitela back to the country. An exciting area of possible cooperation and learning is community economic development. BLF is keen to learn from the APSP.

In the context of Azania/South Africa, the cooperation is likely to find expression in the BLF land occupation programme. The two organisations put an emphasis on cooperation to defeat the sytem of white supremacy which is inherently capitalist and evil.

BLF is looking forward to strengthening its commitment to revolutionary internationalism. The meeting today is historic for us and we are excited about working together with the APSP.


30 March 2018

Contact Details

Black First Land First Mail: [email protected]

Zanele Lwana
BLF Deputy President
Cell: +27799867225

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

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



The Big Debate bans Andile Mngxitama

The Big Debate bans Andile Mngxitama

Black First Land First (BLF) is appalled by the censorship placed on the President of our movement by the program of the South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) – The Big Debate. The producers of The Big Debate have point blankly refused to allow Mngxitama to participate as a panelist in the program to be broadcast tonight. The program is about Radical Economic Transformation (RET).

The Big Debate had initially invited the Deputy President of BLF, Comrade Zanele Lwana, to participate in the show. However, Comrade Lwana was not available and asked that she be replaced by Comrade Mngxitama. First, the producer of the show said he was going to check with the SABC if Mngxitama is acceptable to the broadcaster. Days passed and no response came. When BLF checked yesterday we were told that there is no space on the panel for Comrade Mngxitama. This censorship on Mngxitama is totally unjustified and the fact that the SABC may be implicated in banning Mngxitama is even more worrying.

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Biko lecture in KZN was a resounding success

Biko lecture in KZN was a resounding success

Black First Land First in KwaZulu-Natal (BLF (KZN)) acknowledges the great support of the communities of Mayville and the surrounding areas towards making the #BikoLecture such a great success in the Wiggins Community Hall on Saturday, 23 September 2017.

The main lesson of the #BikoLecture, which was delivered by our National President Andile Mngxitama, is that facilitating this revolution via the medium of black consciousness (BC) is indispensable. To this end the teachings of our revolutionary father of Black Consciousness, Steve Bantu Biko, is very crucial. BLF (KZN) has accordingly committed itself to continue with the struggle, guided by BC, for the total liberation of our people through land expropriation without compensation!

BC reminds us, as indicated in the #BikoLecture, of the following:

1. Slavery, colonialism and apartheid have never ended in this country. It just disguised itself through the various institutions including the media and the economy – which are all controlled by the very same perpetrators who have inflicted oppression on black people since their arrival here on ships! Hence the people must not be mislead by the propaganda of the white owned media. The state was captured in 1652 by land thieves who have used the wealth that was meant for black people to operate as white monopoly capital!

2. President Jacob Zuma and the Guptas did not steal R26 billion from the South African Reserve Bank! They do not own over 80% of the land and 97% of the economy as indicated in the Johannesburg Stock Exchange (JSE). They do not exploit the mineral resources of this country and use black people as cheap labour – white people do! We must continue to support President Zuma who has made the most significant call, that no other sitting President of this country has made since 1994 – expropriation of land without compensation! The President has decided to fight imperialism by taking back the land – we must fight with him!

3. Any solution to black people’s problems – such as poverty – that does not begin with addressing the land question, is a false solution.

We are grateful to the hundreds of people who attended the #BikoLecture by our President who was warmly received with cheers, honor and ululation. It is evident that the people believe in BLF as the vanguard of the black liberation struggle guided by BC.

BLF (KZN) acknowledges the SABC who provided media coverage at the lecture, local BLF members, the student movement and volunteers. We are furthermore grateful to the entire national structure of the movement who attended and participated with the spirit of Biko!

Free the mind, take the land!


25 September 2017

Contact Details

Thobani Zikalala
(Provincial Spokesperson)
Cell: +27 74 246 7848

Lwazi Ntombela
(Provincial Chairperson)
Cell: +27 82 588 0835

Tiki Shabane
(Provincial Secretary )
Cell: 0736370053