BLF to take FW de Klerk to ICC for crimes against humanity

BLF to take FW de Klerk to ICC for crimes against humanity

Former president FW de Klerk. Image credit: thesouthafrican.com

Black First Land First (BLF) shall be taking several concrete steps to bring FW de Klerk to justice. Amongst measures to be taken is to ask the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) to indicate if it is not going to prosecute de Klerk for the 22 charges, including murder for the various massacres he committed, that BLF pressed against him in 2017. In the event of the NPA not prosecuting de Klerk, BLF will institute a private prosecution process against him.

Furthermore, BLF has instructed its lawyers to lodge a complaint against de Klerk at the International Criminal Court (based in the Hague in Netherlands), of war crimes and crimes against humanity. BLF doesn’t want empty talk and posturing. We want de Klerk to be held accountable.

BLF is appalled by organizations and individuals such as the Desmond Tutu Foundation, the South African Council of Churches, and former President Thabo Mbeki who continue to give de Klerk the benefit of the doubt and try to coerce him into superficially apologizing so that no action is taken against him. BLF believes that only those black entities with a sick mind and suffering from acute mental slavery would ask a former apartheid president to acknowledge the humanity of black people. Apartheid, like colonialism, is essentially about denying the humanity of black people.

BLF wants individual apartheid leaders prosecuted and institutional reparations for victims, which is essentially land return to black people. Only these measures will bring a semblance of justice.

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

17 February 2020

Contact Details

Black First Land First Mail: [email protected]

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

BLF had a successful meeting with Amnesty International

BLF had a successful meeting with Amnesty International

Yesterday, a delegation of Black First Land First (BLF) national leaders led by our President Andile Mngxitama, held a succeful meeting with the Executive Director of Amnesty International for Southern Africa, Shenilla Mohamed, in Johannesburg.

The two organizations met on the request of BLF. The main concern of BLF was the use of the image of the architect of apartheid, Hendrick Verwoerd, to promote the #SignTheSmileOff Verwoerd’s face campaign in furtherance of addressing the deplorable educational system.

We are pleased to report that after a robust and frank engagement, Amnesty International has agreed that the image of Verwoerd would be removed within a week and the second phase of the campaign will unfold without the Verwoerd image. This is an important development.

BLF has expressed its endorsement of the objectives of the campaign of Amnesty International which serve to deal with the appalling crisis of apartheid education.

BLF calls on all leaders of society, irrespective of party political affiliation, to take action and address the ongoing crisis in our education. The black learner is facing an educational genocide.

BLF will be writing to the Speaker of Parliament to get parliament to address this situation. Moreover BLF shall write to the South African Democratic Teachers Union (SADTU), as the main trade union in the education sector, to lead the battle in addressing the crisis in our schooling system.

We share the concerns of Amnesty International that 25 years after the formal end of apartheid, the state of education for the black child remains appalling. Now is the time for action, not long speeches!

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

15 August 2019

Contact Details

Black First Land First Mail: [email protected]

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