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!


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

21 April 2019

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BLF calls on Mondli Gungubele to resign as Deputy Finance Minister

BLF calls on Mondli Gungubele to resign as Deputy Finance Minister

Deputy Minister of Finance Mondli Gungubele is implicated in serious criminal activities involving corruption at the Public Investment Corporation (PIC). Black First Land First (BLF) says it is not enough to resign from the board of the PIC. He must also resign as Deputy Finance Minister. BLF calls on Gungubele to resign immediately.

Furthermore, BLF demands that Cyril Ramaphosa accepts the resignation of the PIC board. Should Gungubele not also resign as Deputy Finance Minister, then Ramaphosa must fire him.

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BLF to take action against corrupt EFF

Black First Land First (BLF) will undertake numerous actions against the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF), in particular Julius Malema and Floyd Shivambu. Having learned of the corrupt actions undertaken by the EFF, BLF has no option but to take action so to ensure justice for the oppressed victims of the VBS bank looters.

It is now clear that properties of the EFF, including a home in Sandown which was used by Malema, are proceeds of looting the black owned bank. VBS represented the black possibility of breaking the white monopolisation of the banking sector, and EFF teamed up with white monopoly capital to destroy the poor black people’s hope of a black bank.

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BLF charges Adriano Mazzotti with serious criminal offences

BLF charges Adriano Mazzotti with serious criminal offences

Black First Land First (BLF) has today charged Adriano Mazzotti with tobacco trafficking, money laundering, fraud, corruption, bribery and tax evasions at the CR Swartz Police Station in Durban. We have asked for key persons to be subpoenaed and questioned in furtherance of bringing Mazzotti to book.

The charges are based mainly on the admission of guilt by Mazzotti in his sworn affidavit to the South African Revenue Service (SARS) on 6 May 2014, which he submitted in furtherance of settling the outstanding taxes of Carnilinx which amounted to R600 million.

In his affidavit Mazzotti admits to fraud, money laundering, tobacco smuggling, tax evasion, and bribery and indicates the following:

a. Carnilinx, in which he is a director, illegally acquired two tons of tobacco weekly spanning 40 weeks or so. To avoid any detection of criminal wrongdoings no records of the manufacturing process were kept by Carnilinx.

b. He and fellow directors, Kyle Phillips and  Mohammadh Sayed, used the proceeds of this crime to pay the people concerned and the balance was retained by the three of them in equal proportion. They used a substantial part of these proceeds as ‘company expenses, engaging in expensive dinners, entertaining business people, politicians and other people.

c. The proceeds of crime were used to entertain Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) President, Julius Malema; pay for the EFF to register for the  2014 elections, and assist to pay Malema’s tax debt.

d. In 2013 Mazzotti and his fellow directors in Carnilinx bribed a SARS official to hand them official documents.

e. In 2013/2014  they (Mazzotti and his fellow directors in Carnilinx) attempted to bribe Ivan Pillay, the then acting SARS commissioner and Johann van Loggerenberg the investigations head, with R800,000.

Although Mazzotti indicates that Carnilinx intends to plead guilty to the offences committed, neither Mazzotti nor any of the other directors of Carnilinx were criminally prosecuted and or made to account for their wrongdoings via the criminal and civil courts respectively. The tax bill of Carnilinx has instead completely disappeared and Mazzotti has confirmed that Carnilinx is tax compliant.

While the charges are preferred against Mazzotti, this case has revealed the following evidence on the issue of Malema and the EFF:

1. Mazzotti paid for EFF’s registration in the amount R200,000 to contest the 2014 elections.

2. Mazzotti’s partner and his co-director in Carnilinx, Kyle Phillips, gave Malema a loan of R1 million to assist with paying his tax debt.  Malema has not disputed this and in fact admitted this fact to SARS (South African Revenue Service). Both Mazzotti or Phillips are ‘partners-in-crime in Carnilinx’.

3. In accepting a loan of R1 million from Phillips, Malema accepted the proceeds of crime.

4. Similarly, in accepting the R200,000 for the EFF to contest the 2014 elections, Malema accepted the proceeds of crime.

5. Malema’s conduct amounts to corruption.

6. Malema knows that Mazzotti and the other directors of Carnilinx would bribe top SARS officials with no hesitation.

Furthermore,evidence suggests that in 2017, ‘Mazzotti became a founder member and director of Dithabeng Mining, an opencast mine in Mphahlele.‘ When the miners protested and obtained an interdict against Dithabeng Mining, they were told by the EFF to resume duties because ‘Malema won’t tolerate production delays’. The bond between Mazzotti and Malema indeed runs deep. 

Malema must answer these questions:

a.  Why have you not asked SARS, Hawks and the NPA to fully investigate the relevant crimes and prosecute the perpetrators?

b. Did you know that Craig Williamson, the apartheid spy and assassin, was one of Mazzotti’s  business partners?

c. Why are you ‘mingling’ with the likes of criminals like Mazzotti and gangster killers like Mikey Schultz?

Mazzotti, the Italian crime syndicate leader, has clearly funded political parties like the EFF to protect himself. He has captured parliament and the state  via  money gained from criminal activities.

It is shocking that both the SARS and the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) have done nothing to prosecute Mazzotti for his crimes. He is obviously protected.

BLF will be pursuing the charges against Mazzotti to its finality. Whoever else is found to be implicated with Mazzotti will be charged in due course accordingly. We shall not rest until true justice is obtained against the white monopoly capital criminal. 

Delivered by the President of Black First Land First, Andile Mngxitama

Read the affidavit of the BLF President in support of the charges against Adriano Mazzotti here.

28 July 2018
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