Donors of CR17 campaign have history of corruption

Donors of CR17 campaign have history of corruption

Profile of the main donors

Maria Ramos

Ramos evidentially has bought the position Public Investment Corporation board member which was announced by the Minister of Finance, Tito Mboweni last month.

BLF has instituted action in two matters involving the criminal actions of Maria Ramos.

To this end, in March 2016 BLF laid criminal charges, at the Hillbrow Police Station under case number 39/4/2016, as well as lodged a complaint with the Office of the Public Protector (OPP) and requested President Jacob Zuma to institute a Judicial Commission of Inquiry (JCOI) – in respect of corruption (which includes state capture) by various white monopoly capital (WMC) interests. These interests include
Johann Rupert; Maria Ramos; Colin Coleman; Stephen Koseff; Mark Lamberti; Ian Kirk; Bobby Godsel; Johan van Zyl; and Johan Burger.

It is noteworthy that amongst those implicated for state capture are Maria Ramos, Mark Lamberti, Colin Coleman, and Bobby Godsel who also donated to the CR17 campaign. They are thus part of those who bought the President.

Attention was brought to, amongst others, the subversion of the Constitution and the Arms of State; and manipulation of the currency in December 2015 so as to force Zuma to fire Des Van Rooyen and hire Gordhan as Minister of Finance which in turn cost the country R500 billion in two days. Maria Ramos admitted and apologized for ABSA’s role in the manipulation of the currency.

In another matter, on 29 July 2017, BLF laid criminal charges under case number 916/07/2017 against 18 banks including ABSA for collusion, corruption, fraud, money laundering, and theft, in that they had engaged in criminal activities relating to price fixing and market division.

The fact that Maria Ramos has admitted to ABSA’s role in the manipulation of the currency, supports the charges against her and 8 others relating to state capture by WMC, as well as the charges against the 18 banks in respect of their conduct relating to price fixing and market division. This is massive corruption that has been swept under the table by the white owned media.

Seriti Resources

The website of the mining company, Seriti Resources, indicates that it “supplies coal to Eskom’s Lethabo, Tutuka and Kriel power stations”. Collectively they supply about 23% of the country’s electricity needs.

In 2017 Seriti Resources bought Eskom mines from Anglo American. The shareholders of Seriti Resources included Thebe Investments.d

This is evidence that Seriti Resources bought state contracts via their donation to the CR17campaign.

John Anthony Copelyn

The fact that Copelyn, CR17 donor of R2m, owns interests in e-Media Holdings which constitutes e.TV and eNCA, explains why these media outlets were silent on the #RamaphosaLeaks. This suggests that the media and the President is captured by WMC.

Nicky Oppenheimer’s family

The Oppenheimers induced the ANC to influence government’s decision to approve the illegal acquisition of a private international airport inside a National key point.

On 30 October 2018, BLF laid charges at the Cape Town Central SAPS against the Oppenheimers (Nicky and his son Jonathan) of fraud, bribery and corruption. These charges relate to the illegal acquisition by the Oppenheimers of an international private airport (called Fireblade Aviation) inside the OR Tambo International Airport. This illegal acquisition of an airport terminal inside a national key point further amounts to state capture. BLF will be making submissions to the Zondo Commission of Inquiry into State Capture in this regard. BLF has further called on government to shut down Fireblade Aviation.

The Oppenheimers had met with the ANC about the former’s request for approval to establish and operate the said international terminal. This was confirmed by Fireblade Aviation. The then ANC general manager Ignatius Jacobs has confirmed in writing in 2015 that Fireblade Aviation had “met the necessary requirements” and would therefore be granted permission for the terminal’. The deal was approved by the Department of Home Affairs, two months later, as a mere formality. Instead of following the requisite government regulated process, the Oppenheimers approached the ANC to secure a dodgy deal. The ANC was accordingly induced to influence government’s decision on the matter.

It appears that the Oppenheimer’s family donation of R10m is in furtherance of looting the state.

Pembani

In 2015 Phembani, which was established by Phuthuma Nhleko the former chief executive of MTN , merged with Shanduka, Ramaphosa’s empowerment investment group. This was done to ostensibly to resolve the conflict of interest situation Ramapahosa as the then Deputy President was facing. D

It is no coincidence therefore that Umcebo Mining, a subsidiary of Phembani, supplies Eskom with coal via its Colliery in Wonderfontein.

Aspen Pharmacare

Aspen received state contracts worth R2bn in 2015. Aspen has confirmed making the donation of R150000 to the CR17 campaign. This money had evidently influenced government, upon Ramapahosa becoming President, to award Apen the ARV tender It is also noteworthy that Pravin Gordhan, the Public Enterprises Minister and right hand man of the President, has shares in Aspen. Gordhan hasa history of corruption.

Gordhan benefits directly from many of the businesses implicated in the theft of the R26 billion from SARB (which is under the Ministry of Finance). This explains why Gordhan will not and did not investigate companies that he has shares in and is benefitting from.

He has shares in Remgro, which is owned by Johann Rupert who is implicated in state capture in relation to the hiring him as Minister of Finance, as well as for the theft of R26 billion from SARB

Gordhan is a beneficiary of the WMC BHP Billion which has consumed 11% of the national energy. He also has shares in Anglo American. Companies like Anglo American and Remgro do business with SOEs such as Eskom from which Gordhan benefits.

Gordhan has shares in many of the banks that BLF has charged and benefits directly from the proceeds of their criminal activities. Hence SARB under Gordhan did not proceed against these banks by way of criminal prosecutions.

Under Gordhan’s watch, a “Rogue Unit” was set up which engaged in serious violations of people’s rights, especially against pro Radical Economic Transformation (RET) entities in service of WMC.

There is overwhelming evidence suggesting unethical and criminal conduct on the part of Gordhan which, amongst other things, links him to white capitalists who insisted that he be appointed the Minister of Finance.

BLF will shortly be making submissions to the Zondo Commission of Inquiry on state capture on the criminal conduct of Gordhan and Nhlanhla Nene suggested in the leaked Internal Audit Report resulting inter alia in the disappearance of over R4.3 billion which amounts to serving state capture.

Conclusion

The ANC leadership defended Ramaphosa after the leaked campaign emails indicated strong evidence of criminality including corruption and money laundering on his part. The ruling party dismissed the evidence as a plot to distract the country from the task of addressing “socio-economic issues and dealing with the challenges of our economy”.

Late last week Ramaphosa applied to the Gauteng High Court to seal certain bank statements contained in the Bosasa report of the Public Protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane.

It’s appalling that Ramaphosa wants to prevent the courts and the public from looking into his bank accounts through which his presidential campaign funds were manifestly and indeed illegally processed..

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

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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

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