BLF to support PA in Ward 68 Joburg Municipal By-Elections

BLF to support PA in Ward 68 Joburg Municipal By-Elections

Today Black First Land First (BLF) declares its participation in a three party electoral pact to contest Ward 68 in the City of Johannesburg Municipal By-Elections scheduled for 18 March 2020.

The historic tripartite pact between BLF, Sakhisizwe Convention (SA) and the Patriotic Alliance (PA) shall be launched today at 11am at Riverlea High School. More political parties have indicated willingness to join the coalition.

In terms of the pact the parties will campaign and support the PA candidate Fuad Erentzen. The electoral agreement is based on a clearly spelt out commitment to address the pertinent demands of the people of Ward 68.

The top ten demands to be addressed by the coalition are as follows:

1. Stop evictions Now!
2. Jobs for the unemployed
3. Decent housing
4. Clean running water
5. Free electricity
6. Efficient Pikitup
7. Clinics
8. Schools
9. Stop crime and drugs
10. Peace amongst Africans and Coloureds

BLF shall hold the ward councilor accountable to these commitments as per the elections agreement.

It’s time to unite and serve the people.

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

7 March 2020

Contact Details

Black First Land First Mail: [email protected]

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

 

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.

ISSUED BY THE NATIONAL COORDINATING COMMITTEE OF THE BLACK FIRST LAND FIRST MOVEMENT (BLF NCC)

30 March 2018

Contact Details

Black First Land First Mail: [email protected] gmail.com

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

 

 

BLF held successful meeting with Venezuela embassy

BLF held successful meeting with Venezuela embassy

Today, a delegtion of five Black First Land First (BLF) members led by the President of the movement, Andile Mngxitama, met the Ambassador of Venezuela Mrs Mairini Moreno Merinda and Deputy head of Mission Mr Omar Berrotena in Pretoria.

The meeting was at the request of BLF as part of its anti imperialism activities. During the meeting, BLF was informed about the regimen change campaigns in Venezuela by the opposition parties who are sponsored and directed by imperialism. The regime change efforts in Venezuela by the opposition parties is directed at stopping the Radical Economic Transformation in that society.

BLF also learnt about the unreasonble and false demands of the opposition parties which are all calculated to prolong the economic terrorism driven by the United States of American (USA). The revolution in Venezuela is in danger. The prolonged economic terrorism is wearing the population out. The USA funded demonstrations and protests are getting more and more violent.

BLF on its part has expressed 100% support for the Bolivarian Revolution. We believe that the regime change template being pursued in Venezuela is the same as the one that is pursued by the opposition parties and the pro imperialist faction of the ANC which is led by the corrupt Pravin Gordhan and the murderer of the Marikana workers, Cyril Ramaphosa. Imperialism must be defeated in Venezuela as well as in South Africa (SA).

BLF shall be undertaking further campaigns to popularise the “Hands Off Venezuela” campaign, including engaging in protest action at the USA embassy. Last month BLF sent a letter to President Maduro expressing its support for the withdrawal of Venezuela from the Organisation of American States (OAS). The attack on Venezuela is the same attack that is awaiting South Africans when we take back the land. Furthermore, BLF shall he countering the lies told by the white owned media about what’s going on in Venezuela.

The meeting ended on a high note where both parties agreed on further engagement to defend revolutionary government of Venezuela.

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

1 June 2017

Contact details

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

Zanele Lwana
(National Spokesperson)
Cell: +27 79 986 7225

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

Brian Tloubatla
(Deputy National Spokesperson)
Cell: +27 82 216 7664

White Monopoly Capital responsible for death of Zama Zamas in Eland Shaft Mine

White Monopoly Capital responsible for death of Zama Zamas in Eland Shaft Mine

Black First Land First (BLF) is saddened by the death of the more than 29 Zama Zama miners killed in an underground explosion in the Eland Shaft Mine last week. We offer our sincerest condolences to the families and friends of the departed.

We note how the white media has reported the deaths as those of illegal miners coming mainly from Mozambique and Zimbabwe. Here we see the anti blackness of white supremacy in its dismissal of those who cannot vote in parliamentary elections to maintain the racist capitalist status quo.

The death toll of Zama Zamas is tragic and unacceptable. A reflection indicates that in June 2009, 91 Zama Zamas died when a fire broke out underground in the same Eland Shaft Mine . Moreover, from 2012 to 2015, approximately 312 miners were killed while conducting their work. This includes 86 miners who died in the Harmony Gold mine in 2012, 29 miners who were killed in various mine shafts in early September 2015, and five more miners who were found dead outside the Grootvlei mine in Gauteng. The deaths last week of over 29 Zama Zamas in Eland Shaft mine in Welkom, adds to the already huge death toll. The white monopoly capitalist mining houses, such as Harmony Gold, who have been hellbent on eliminating the Zama Zamas instead of recognizing them, are in fact responsible for all these deaths. It must be stated that the Eland Shaft mine was previously owned by the Harmony Gold company.

Mining which is generally unsafe for miners – due to methods characterized by racialised and colonized mining, as well as the fact that gold mines in this country are the deepest and the most dangerous internationally – is compounded for the Zama Zamas who are forced to use explosives to blast rocks in order to extract the gold, without any safety, health and communications measures in place.

Furthermore many Zama Zamas have died as a result of police and private security brutality as well as other forms of dehumanization (unleashed by the white mining houses) such as landlessness, inadequate housing and lack of sanitation.

BLF condemns the criminalization by white monopoly capital of mining conducted by the Zama Zamas. We reiterate that the Zama Zamas are the only politically legitimate miners in South Africa (SA). We call for an end to the over 150 years of racialised and colonized mining that serves to perpetuate slavery. This situation will continue unless the root cause of the problem, being white monopoly capital which in turn is the practical operation of white supremacy, is destroyed.

A BLF delegation has been deployed to the Welkom area today to, amongst other things, render assistance to the families of the deceased in particular and to the Zama Zama community in general. BLF stands in solidarity with the cause of the Zama Zamas.

BLF calls for the following:

– reparations to the families of the Zama Zamas killed in the Eland Shaft Mine

– Zama Zamas to get legal standing and recognition;

– Zama Zamas to be regularized

– Zama Zamas to get the necessary subsidization, and;

– Zama Zamas to get the necessary health, safety, communications and security protection.

ISSUED BY THE NATIONAL COORDINATING COMMITTEE OF THE BLACK FIRST LAND FIRST MOVEMENT (BLF NCC)

20 May 2017

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

Zanele Lwana
(National Spokesperson)
Cell: +27799867225

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

Brian Tloubatla
(Deputy National Spokesperson)
Cell: +27 82 216 7664