Historic criminal case against evictions opened against Mzwandile Masina

Historic criminal case against evictions opened against Mzwandile Masina

Today after a lost docket and refusal to register an unlawful evictions case, the police finally opened the case. Black First Land First (BLF) has been assisting the victim of unlawful evictions by Ekurhuleni Mayor Mzwandile Masina in the Duduza settlement in Thembisa. Masina has no court order and is in contravention of the Covid-19 lockdown regulations with regards to the evictions.

The police tried to protect Masina by disappearing the docket of the first case opened on 29 August 2020. Then on 2nd September 2020 the same case was opened but the police refused yet again to register the case. Today the President of BLF accompanied the victims of the unlawful actions and insisted that BLF would not leave until a case number is given. Eventually the police did find the second docket, which they also had said was missing, and then registered the case.

This is a historic development because unlawful evictions have not been prosecuted despite the PIE Act explicitly making them criminal offences. BLF shall monitor the progress in the case. In the event that the NPA refuses to prosecute Masina, then the route of private prosecution shall be followed. This shall send a clear message against municipalities that brutalize the poor.

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

14 September 2020

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Zanele Lwana
(BLF Deputy President)
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Mzwandile Masina, stop the corruption of illegal evictions

Mzwandile Masina, stop the corruption of illegal evictions

Black First Land First (BLF) has been informed that right now in the Duduza settlement in Thembisa the Ekurhuleni Metropolitan Police Department (EMPD) is planning to execute another eviction of shack-dwellers. The EMPD has arrived and is preparing to demolish and burn the shacks of the people. It’s a cold day and people are going to be without a place to stay.

We call on everyone to ask the Ekurhuleni Mayor, Mzwandile Masina, to stop this illegal eviction in the name of Radical Economic Transformation (RET).

BLF shall today, in the event of this unlawful act occurring, open a criminal case against Masina as per ‘The Prevention of Illegal Eviction from and Unlawful Occupation of Land Act 19 of 1998’ (‘PIE’) and Covid-19 regulations.

Masina must stop the brutalization of the landless. He must stop acting like the Democratic Alliance (DA) in Cape town. The courts have ruled against illegal evictions.

29 August 2020

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Black First Land First Mail: [email protected]

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

 

Ekurhuleni metro’s decision to expropriate land doesn’t solve landlessness

Ekurhuleni metro’s decision to expropriate land doesn’t solve landlessness

Black First Land First Gauteng (BLF-GP) notes the announcement by the Mayor of Ekurhuleni, Mzwandile Masina, of the City’s decision to expropriate at least four properties without compensation. The point, as Masina suggests, is to test Section 25 of the constitution for its capacity to address the housing problem by expropriating land without compensation and creating townships thereon.

Masina’s project amounts to a short term solution providing temporary relief from the historical injustice of land dispossession and by extension the housing problem and the harsh realities of life in informal settlements. BLF GP firmly believes that the relief suggested by Masina will serve ultimately to further entrench apartheid spatial design of keeping black people in townships outside of the means of production.

Black people have come to understand the importance of land and our deep connection to it by birthright. Guided by this realization and a program inspired by black consciousness BLF revolutionary forces in Ekurhuleni took the battle to the streets to fight for what belongs to them. They waged a long and difficult battle which entailed them going against a municipality run by fellow politically misguided blacks who feared the authority of whites.

Section 25 of the constitution, that Masina places so much faith in, is unworkable.
BLF believes that the whole of the said Section 25 should be scrapped and replaced with the following:

a) All the land held by whites in South Africa is stolen property.
b) All black people have a right to land in South Africa without any payment.
c) The eviction of farm workers and poor people from land is illegal (we are saying the constitution must make it illegal for whites to evict us).

The City must actually declare a moratorium on all evictions. It must focus on formally expropriating and servicing the land that the people have taken. To this end land occupation by the landless blacks must be made lawful.

BLF-GP acknowledges the fighting spirit of the community of Zonkizizwe in their quest to occupy a section of Embileni where the Ekurhuleni metro police has unleashed its brutality on them. The community of Esselen Park have also been brutally attacked by the same metro police that Masina presides over.

We will be getting in touch with the Mayor’s office to get further clarity on the expropriation process with a view to furthering the cause of our people in their just struggles against landlessness, homelessness and business economic empowerment.

If the City of Ekurhuleni under Masina is serious about land expropriation without compensation it will not deploy the police and courts to criminalize land occupations in Ekurhuleni. Moreover it will put an end to the victimization and persecution of the people of Zonkizizwe and Esselen Park, and of any black person of any other region for that matter, engaged in legitimate struggle.

BLF-GP will monitor the situation to see what implications the Mayor’s plan has for the resolution of the land question in the context of the current land expropriation debate in the country. Will the Mayor act in the interests of the people in the long term or is this just a move to garner votes for the 2019 elections? We won’t be fooled by politicians again. Enough is enough!

Issued by the Gauteng Provincial Coordinating Committee of Black First Land First (BLF GP)

28 September 2018

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