The DA and EFF copy the anti-black ANC’s actions in Lenasia

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By Andile Mngxitama

Seven years ago I was called by the community of Lenasia to intervene when their houses where being demolished by the then African National Congress (ANC) ran City of Johannesburg. When we arrived, the TLB tractors were pulling fully built and often really beautiful homes down. We stood with the community with shared tears. We asked, why would a government that claims to care for the people do this?

Little did I know that seven years later, and exactly a day after the new set of Members of Parliament (MPs) were sworn, the now Democratic Alliance (DA) and Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) run City of Johannesburg would repeat the cruelty of the ANC on the people of Lenasia South.

I arrived in Lenasia yesterday late afternoon after a call for help. Yet again we were met with piles of rubble were houses stood that very morning. Over 30 houses down! The TLB arrived with red ants and a sheriff of the court armed with a court order sought by Mayor Herman Mashaba – the trusted man of the EFF. Mashaba, and by extension the EFF which put him in power, waited for the people to vote for them, then they moved on them under the insulting claim that the people built houses on land obtained illegally.

I had an opportunity to address the community and didn’t mince my words. I explained that they didn’t vote for Black First Land First (BLF). They voted for parties which are evicting them and demolishing their homes. I reminded them that in 2012 the ANC, under the councillor Dan Bovu, did exactly what the DA and EFF are doing to them right now. I asked, where are the people who they voted for? We are no longer going to mollycoddle the poor and the oppressed. Let them take responsibility for their political choices.

I explained that BLF will stand with them just like some of us did back in 2012. I saw regret written on their faces. I explained that the only way we can save the rest of the houses is if we mobilise resistance. That’s how we saved some houses in 2012. Mashaba and EFF must be exposed and put under pressure. No more evictions. No more demolitions. The people want houses!

I furthermore explained that I have no more tears to cry. I did that already in 2012. Now we must fight. The community will be in court this morning trying to get an urgent application to stop Mashaba’s demolitions, powered by Juju. My advice is to go straight to Mashaba the demolition man.

Please see below a column I wrote for the Sowetan in 2012.
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YESTERDAY, I was at Lenasia, Gauteng, as part of the September National Imbizo delegation which visited the community whose homes are being demolished.

Sipho Ngobeni, whose house was destroyed, told us: “I used to have a house, now I’m a hobo”.

Last Thursday, he was given five minutes to take everything out of his house by rude and violent government officials accompanied by the police.

The people and residents’ association, who have been talking to government, are bewildered by this irrational violence and arrogance of the democratic government.

They ask the question: why does the government destroy houses of people who have taken so much effort to put a roof over their heads without asking for government support?

Some people sold their cars, others took out loans from banks and others are working double shifts to pay for the houses they have built – which are a thousand times better than what the government gives as RDP houses.

A government that respects the people and is committed to serving citizens would not have reacted with administrative and judicial violence and arrogance.

A government of the people would have appreciated the initiative of citizens and then regulated their efforts and encouraged others to do the same.

Our government hates people’s self-organisation and efforts. It is clear that instead of responding with understanding and empathy, the first thing the ANC does is to flex its power as a state and punish the people.

A government that relates to its citizens with violence is no longer fit to govern.

We are still in the midst of the Marikana massacre and haven’t forgotten the public murder of Andries Tatane. Now we see the ANC demolishing houses instead of building more houses to end homelessness.

It doesn’t look like things are going to get better, instead we must prepare for the reality of things getting worse!

A strange aspect of these irrationalities of power is how the ANC alliance acts as a hegemonic power.

It’s marvellous to watch the now well-synchronised ritual of violence against the people.

The ANC government will attack the people and then the South African National Civics Organisation, Cosatu and the SACP will come to the scene, register shock and declare that they are with the people and are going to take the matter up.

It’s like one hand assaults you and the other offers you comfort. It’s an evil, cynical abuse of power of people’s trust and vulnerability. I can imagine the alliance partners laughing about it at Luthuli House.

The ANC must stop the demolitions forthwith and as a gesture of remorse must publicly apologise to the nation and rebuild the houses they have destroyed and pay for all related losses.

Destitute people who took the initiative and then found that they have been duped by government officials or people who used fraudulent papers that look like official papers do not deserve to be punished. They deserve to be assisted. Can the ANC listen?

Last week I promised readers that I would write this week about Zimbabwe’s amazing indigenisation process. But it will have to be the next column. I apologise.

BLF congratulates the 6th Parliament

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By Andile Mngxitama

The 6th parliament has now been sworn in. Black First Land First (BLF) congratulates the pro-black Members of Parliament. The task facing our people remains the state of unfreedom in democracy.

Unfortunately because of the interests that the 6th parliament represents, the black majority shall remain unfree. It is our duty to raise alarm as early as now, about what is going to unfold:

1. There will be no land expropriation without compensation during the tenure of this parliament.
2. There will be no jobs for the 9 million unemployed black people.
3. ESKOM will be privatised and sold off.
4. Thousands of ESKOM workers will lose their jobs.
5. The cost of living will continue to rise.
6. White corruption and racism will continue to thrive.
7. Parliament will become a theatre of black on black violence.
8. Free education will be further phased out.
9. The Democratic Alliance (DA) will be given more political power.
10. The Public Protector will come under intense political attacks for her non-partisan stance.

BLF shall continue to raise alarm about the betrayal of our people and shall confront white monopoly capital and land thieves head on.

Land or death!

 

Nationalise the mines, start with Lonmin!

Black First Land First (BLF) unequivocally calls for the nationalisation of mines. The African National Congress (ANC) government must start with mines that are firing workers, specifically Lonmin.

Lonmin is a corrupt thieving company born out of colonial conquest which collaborated with the state, particularly Cyril Ramaphosa, to slaughter Marikana mine workers because they wanted to earn a mere R12 500.

Instead of paying the R12 500, Lonmin spits on the graves of slain Marikana workers by declaring that they will end the employment of 12 600 workers. To this end, they are starting with 4 100 workers at 6 of its mines.

BLF rejects the unholy alliance between the mining sector and the ANC government. Ramaphosa has promised to create jobs yet he is presiding over the dismissal of over 100 000 workers from Eskom to Anglo American Platinum, Lonmin and other key sectors.

BLF calls for the nationalisation of the mining sector, beginning with all companies who retrench or dismiss workers and those that refuse to pay the living wage that the Marikana miners were killed for.

#NationaliseLonminNow

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

21 May 2019

Black First Land First Email: [email protected]

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

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

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

BLF says arrest Maria Ramos, don’t appoint her to privatise Eskom!

Black First Land First (BLF) rejects Tito Mboweni’s appointment of Maria Ramos as the head of Eskom’s unbundling.

Ramos is a criminal who should be in jail, instead White Monopoly Capital (WMC) with the aid of Mboweni, have rewarded her with overseeing the privatisation of Eskom.

BLF has laid numerous charges against Ramos, including ABSA’s involvement in R26 billion stolen from the South African Reserve Bank (SARB).

Other charges against Ramos include manipulation of the currency in December 2015 so as to force President Zuma to fire Des Van Rooyen and hire Pravin Gordhan as Minister of Finance as well as collusion, corruption, fraud, money laundering, and theft, in relation to price fixing.

This appointment is to speed up the process of unbundling Eskom. This will ensure massive job losses and entrench private control of South Africa’s energy, ensuring higher costs and the poor will be left in the dark.

BLF policy on energy as well as the Elections Battle Plan outlines key actions that must be undertaken to ensure energy sovereignty:

1. Make it a crime to generate private energy for profit, and thus scrap Independent Power Producers (IPPs). At a cost of R1.4 trillion they are too expensive, they produce a third of the energy on a good day compared to nuclear, and they don’t solve the climate change crisis.

2. Bring back Brian Molefe, Matshela Koko & Dr Ben Ngubane in order to end load shedding.

3. Urgently increase nuclear energy generation, catering for a minimum of 30% of South Africa’s energy needs within 10 years. This will be the cheapest way to ensure energy sovereignty and because it is the cleanest energy source it will be the most meaningful method in fighting climate change.

4. Pursuit of new coal, together with nuclear and gas should ensure 100% of South Africa’s energy needs are met.

5. Redistribution of stolen land in the hands of 35 000 white families to black people, creating at least 1 million new farmers, and this together with implementation of Alternative Renewable Energy Model alone could see a 42% reduction in emissions target met within 5 years.

6. Implement an alternative renewable energy model which directly benefits the poor as well as emerging black businesses. To this end all new homes, black-owned farms and industrial projects should be assisted with renewable energy generation and incentivized where surplus energy is produced compared to home or industrial project usage.

7. Nationalization of the mining sector will offset the cost of nuclear energy generation, as well as balance out the emissions produced through mining and together ensure the possibility of industrialization and thus quality job creation.

BLF will engage in direct action to fight White Monopoly Capital capture of the energy sector.

Finally, BLF calls on the oppressed to fight back by voting BLF, a vote for Ramaphosa will ensure the detrimental privatisation of Eskom!

#ArrestRamos
#VoteBLF

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

21 April 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