BLF to open case of corruption against the Oppenheimers

BLF to open case of corruption against the Oppenheimers

This weekend’s reports that the Oppenheimer family may have financially induced the African National Congress (ANC) to grant it a permit to host its own private international airport, are a cause for concern. Black First Land First (BLF) takes seriously the allegation that there may have been an unlawful engagement between the Oppenheimers and the ANC so as to unduly influence the process to grant the said Oppenheimers the right to operate their own international airport inside the O.R Tambo International Airport.

BLF considers the fact that the Oppenheimers went to the ANC instead of just following the normal process of application, as irrefutable evidence of state capture. We have warned repeatatly about surrendering the aviation space to wealthy families. The revelations, that the ANC’s head office had been in corrupt schemes with the Oppenheimers, further justify the extension of the terms of reference of the Judicial Commission of Inquiry (JCOI) on State Capture.

BLF asks, why is the JCOI on State Capture being delayed? Any delays create fertile grounds for white monopoly capital (WMC) to continue looting the state.

BLF is preparing a statement of evidence to be submitted to the police. A case of corruption will be opened against the Oppenheimers this week. We call on the ANC to cooperate with the police. The ANC must voluntarily submit to the police the relevant evidence of corruption relating to bribery by the Oppenheimers that seems to have resulted in the Fireblade Aviation application being illegally expedited.

Corruption is corruption! It must be fought everywhere, irrespective of who the perpetrator is. BLF will leave no stone unturned in fighting the corruption of the Oppenheimers. Enough is enough!
ISSUED BY THE NATIONAL COORDINATING COMMITTEE OF THE BLACK FIRST LAND FIRST MOVEMENT (BLF NCC)

1 April 2018

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

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

 

Memorandum of Orange Farm community to area police station, Minister of Police & IPID

Memorandum of Orange Farm community to area police station, Minister of Police & IPID

Yesterday 26 March, the community of Orange Farm led by Black First Land First (BLF) undertook a march to the local police station where they handed over a memorandum. Amongst their main demands is for the Station Commander, Brigadier General Ndaba, to be removed from office within the next 7 days due to the fact that she is not a fit and proper person to hold such a post. An end to police brutality, forced removals, corruption and the targeting of BLF leaders are the other core demands. Here below is the full memorandum which has also been transmitted to the Minister of Police Mr Bheki Cele and the Head of the Independent Police Investigative Directorate (IPID) Mr Robert McBride:

Memorandum of the Orange Farm Extension 10 Community to the Station Commander of the Orange Farm Police Station to stop police brutality, facilitating illegal evictions, targeting Cde Zuma and corruption

We note that Cde Sibonelo Zuma, who is executing the revolutionary mandate of leading our people out of landlessness and homelessness into participating in the creation and development of their own dignified community in Orange Farm, is now facing trumped-up criminal charges. We are not surprised. These charges are instigated by the police who want to remove our people from the Orange Farm informal settlement in extension 10. It is also supported by certain opposition forces who want to benefit from the community via corruption.

We know also that our leader Cde Zuma is not guilty. We have no trust in the South African justice system as it is founded on laws which are basically anti-black. We also acknowledge that even in their own racist courts, the false charges against our leader shall not hold. The charges serve to hide the white crimes against our people. As the Orange Farm community we are addressing the historical crime of land theft that has left our people landless. We are also addressing the police brutality that our people are subjected to via removals that are implemented by the police together with private security serves.

The Orange Farm Community notes that the police are deliberately corrupt in service of WMC so as to escalate crime and violence in black communities. WMC has succeeded in bribing key personnel in police stations to not service black communities and to systematically criminalize influential pro RET community leaders.

The Station Commander of the Orange Farm Police Station, Brigadier General Ndaba, and her Second in Charge (2iC), Col Ndwandwe, are conducting themselves like apartheid era commanders of the Police Services who worked hand in glove with the military, politicians, economists, government officials and intelligence operatives so as to maintain and perpetuate anti black state rule. These apartheid era interests continue to consolidate white supremacy which in the economic sphere finds practical expression as white monopoly capital (WMC). Their plan is to regain the political power they lost to blacks in 1994. The removal of the pro Radical Economic Transformation (RET) former President Jacob Zuma and his replacement by the puppet of WMC, Cyril Ramaphosa, is in furtherance of that plan. More specifically the plan to reclaim political power by WMC interests includes the following:

a) Identification of political leaders, who are pro RET so as to isolate and eliminate them if they can’t be contaminated and manipulated; and
b) destabilization of the country via the escalation of crime which in turn involves the police neglecting complaints of real crime.

It is in this this context that pro RET political leaders, mainly Black First Land First leaders such as Cde Zuma, have become the target of the Ramaphosa regime’s police who are evidently in dereliction of their duties and manifestly corrupt. Furthermore we note that the political agenda of the Ramaphosa regime and that of the Democratic Alliance (DA) are the same – they are both pro WMC and based on the “New Deal”. In this context we know that all the illegal evictions in Orange Farm are planned by the Mayor of Johannesburg, DA’s Herman Mashaba. Our community protests in this regard has been met with brute force with the approval of Mashaba. The Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) is complicit in the anti black crimes of the DA since it gave political power to the DA. We call on the EFF to withdraw its support of the DA until all evictions are stopped.

BLF leadership experienced the unprofessional conduct of the police first hand on 10 March this year when they visited the Orange Farm Police Station. Having denied police bail to Cde Zuma due to the trumped-up charges he was facing, various attempts to get him released via the next level of authority, being the Prosecutor on call, were in vain.

The investigating officer (IO) who was dealing with charges against Cde Zuma was not contactable. Various pleas by BLF President, Andile Mngxitama, to Col Ndwandwe to deploy a police officer to go to the IO’s residence and establish contact, were also in vain. The police, including Col Ndwandwe, were uncooperative in that they did not try everything to get hold of the IO and Brig Gen Ndaba.

Furthermore Col Ndwandwe as the Acting Station Commander made little effort to assist BLF when we asked him to contact the Prosecutor on call and his superior Brigadier General Ndaba (who was not at the police station) so as to secure the release of Cde Zuma on bail. Comrade Zuma’s docket was evidently not in the station, it was said to be with the Brig Gen. When the BLF President subsequently tried on several occasions to contact the Brigadier General telephonically so as to facilitate Cde Zuma’s release from police custody she did not answer her phone. We are not surprised that the Brigadier General had kept Cde Zuma’s docket in her personal possession and she was not contactable to obtain the said docket for the purpose securing bail. The Brigadier General has been very hostile to the Orange Farm community leaders in the past when they tried to seek her assistance regarding the refusal of the police to charge any person committing crimes in the Orange Farm area.

It must also be stated that during the same occasion we witnessed one of the police officers refusing to open a case when a woman came in to report that her shack in Orange Farm was dismantled and stolen. This refusal by the police was despite the fact the complainant brought the perpetrator, who admitted having committed the said theft, with her to the police station. When the matter was brought to the attention of the Acting Station Commander he ostensibly instructed a police officer to open the case. The docket in relation to this case has reportedly since gone missing.

This is extremely concerning and further supports the claim that the police are corrupt at the Orange Farm Police Station. The names of the complainant and the perpetrator will not be published on this statement but will be given to the Station Commander upon delivery of this memorandum for further action.

We are indeed appalled by the Orange Farm SAPS’s manipulation of the current legislation (Section 48 of the Criminal Procedure Act and Section 35(1)(d) of the Bill of Rights). The said legislation provides for an arrested person to be brought before a court of law within 48 hours of being arrested and that such period of time is applicable only to ordinary court days and hours which in turn does not include weekends and public holidays in its calculation. To this end Cde Zuma is frequently arrested, as was the case on the last occasion, late on a Thursday afternoon so that it allows the SAPS to hold him in custody until the following Monday – when the 48 hour period expires – before bringing him to court. This amounts to an abuse of their (SAPS) power and violates the fundamental rights of Cde Zuma to liberty.

Usually while Cde Zuma is in police custody (as was the case during his last detention) the police come to Orange Farm and cowardly unleash their brutality and terror on the innocent residents in an attempt to evict them from land that we are legitimately residing on.

Cde Zuma has been representing our interests on various levels including on the level of the Municipality whenever it was necessary to do so. We will continue to engage the Municipality with our demands so as to formalize the informal settlement and to ensure the provision of service delivery relating to land ownership, decent housing, electricity, clean water etc. We shall not stop until all our legitimate demands are met and Orange Farm is upgraded to a formal decent area of living. In this context the anti black interventions of the police via its brutality on the community through forced removals and its targeting of the community leader, Cde Zuma, is unlawful and against the interests of the smooth administration of justice.

As the concerned residents we acknowledge that the racist conditions we live under manifest as crimes such as assault, theft, murder, drug trafficking etc. We intend to address the root causes of these crimes so as to create conditions that are conducive for human habitation. To this end we acknowledge that this can only be done with the assistance and understanding of the SAPS.

We believe that the Orange Farm Police Station needs a change of leadership – the current Station Commander is not a fit a proper person to occupy that post. We are indeed saddened by the state of affairs and the lack of leadership at the said Police Station. Brigadier General Ndaba has allowed the Police Station, through her dereliction of duties, to cause the escalation of crime rather than addressing and lessening it. We therefore call for her removal from the Orange Farm Police Station within the next 7 days and for her ultimate expulsion from the SAPS.

We ask that the Orange Farm Police Station pledges its loyalty and service directly to the people of the Orange Farm Informal Settlement and to create the necessary conditions that will allow for our development as a community so that we can begin to live under crime free conditions.

We say that mutual respect between the SAPS and the people is key to realizing peace and stability in our community. We therefore require your commitment to engage with us to determine our policing needs so as to ensure that the policing services which are provided to us, responds to our real needs.

We ask the SAPS to not at any point shoot at or harm innocent people protesting against the State’s lack of (or poor) delivery of public services.

We demand that you build and promote an efficient police service system that ensures the real and legal dignity and equality of all members of our community! We ask for an approach to policing that would have the desired effect of instilling dignity and pride in our people.

We call for an end to our people being held hostage by police brutality, illegal evictions, targeting of community leaders such as Cde Zuma, and corruption!

Should the issues raised herein not be addressed urgently, we shall escalate our struggle to the next higher level. This memorandum will also be forwarded to the Independent Police Investigative Directorate and the Minister of Police for further action.

Delivered by the Orange Farm, Extension 10 Community on Monday, 26 March 2018

Contact details:

Orange Farm Extension 10 Community
Chairperson: Sibonelo Zomakahle Zuma
Email address: [email protected]
Cell number: 0794794518

Thandiswa Yaphi
Executive member
Email: [email protected]
Cell no: 0631073163

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Steinhoff criminal case referred to Stellenbosch Police Station

Steinhoff criminal case referred to Stellenbosch Police Station

Black First Land First (BLF) has on Tuesday, 12 December 2017, opened a case of corruption, fraud and money laundering against Steinhoff. The case specifically targets the former Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Markus Jooste and the entire Board of Directors of Steinhoff including the six chartered accountants who sit on the same board. The case was opened at the Hilbrow Police Station under the reference “CAS 378/12/2017”. BLF has been advised by the police this morning that the case was subsequently transferred to the Stellenbosch Police Station and registered under the reference “CAS 347/12/2017”

BLF wishes to thank the police for showing this level of efficiency in speedily transferring the case near the headquarters of Steinhoff – which is based in Stellenbosch – where the crimes that has cost the nation over R17 billion were hatched.

BLF will be monitoring the progress of the case to ensure speedy prosecution of the culprits. We reiterate that the biggest corruption in South Africa is committed by white monopoly capital which the white media always covers up.

R17 billion is not small change. Furthermore, those who parceled out public funds to white monopoly capital, such as Pravin Gordhan and Mcebisi Jonas, must account for this grand corruption. BLF believes that evidence will show that Markus Jooste and Steinhoff ran the biggest corruption scheme in 2017. We will leave no stone unturned in the fight to end the corruption of white monopoly capital.

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

14 December 2017

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

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

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

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

BLF to take action against Steinhoff and Markus Jooste

BLF to take action against Steinhoff and Markus Jooste

Black First Land First (BLF) will take multiple actions against the corruption of Markus Jooste, the former Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the discredited Steinhoff International (Steinhoff). BLF will also take action against all those who helped Jooste in his corrupt activities – from his deputy to the entire Board of Directors and to the auditing firm Deloitte that gave Steinhoff a clean audit thus clearing them of the corruption which in turn has cost government over R12 billion. This is the biggest scandal of the year.

BLF has already sent a letter this morning to the Minister of Finance, Malusi Gigaba, to amongst other things:

1. Probe probable contraventions of the provisions of finance regulations by the South African Revenue Services (SARS), PIC, auditors, chartered accountants and directors.

2. Report the auditing firm Deloitte to the Independent Regulatory Board for Auditors (IRBA).

3. Report all the directors of the board to the Institute of Directors (IoD) with a view to having the directors declared unfit to be directors.

4. Make public all the beneficiaries of the PIC money including asset management companies and the extent of the exposure

5. Suspend Steinhoff’s entire Board of Directors, including its newly appointed interim executive chairperson Christo Wiese, and its executive advisor Pieter Erasmus.

6. Report the matter to the Financial Services Board (FSB)

7. Do all that is necessary to bring to book Pravin Gordhan and Mcebisi Jonas for their role in the loss of over R12 billion in pension benefits.

BLF has also written to the Standing Commitee on Finance to convene an urgent hearing on the Steinhoff corruption saga. We are talking over R12 billion here!

BLF will also open a criminal case on Tuesday against the culprits based on a sworn affidavit. Jooste and his accomplices must account. An important thread running through the Steinhoff corruption is the role of former Minister of Finance Pravin Gordhan and his deputy Mcebisi Jonas. BLF is demanding transparency on how the two gave government funds to their friend Jayendra Naidoo. Gordhan and Jonas must be held responsible for the loss of over R12 billion of state funds and must pay part of the money back themselves.

BLF will also report the Steinhoff corruption to the Office of the Public Protector. We note how the white owned media has avoided putting the scandal of the more than R12 billion corruption by white monopoly capital on the front pages. We must take action because organisations like the Organisation Undoing Tax Abuse (OUTA), Save South Africa (Save SA); Corruption Watch and opposition parties in particular the Democratic Alliance (DA) and the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) who are agents of white monopoly are always covering up white corruption.

BLF won’t rest until justice is done!

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

11 December 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