BLF calls for justice for George Floyd!

BLF calls for justice for George Floyd!

Black First Land First (BLF) condemns the racist murder of an unarmed black man, George Floyd, by the Minneapolis Police Department.

We salute the righteous indignation and resistance of the thousands of Minneapolis people who are demanding justice for George Floyd in the face of violent state repression through paramilitary police brutality.

The state-sanctioned killing of George Floyd follows numerous other police murders of blacks that have occurred since the outbreak of COVID-19 in the United States (US). We note how the cop Darren Wilson got away with executing Mike Brown; and the police officer Daniel Pantaleo got away with killing Eric Garner in a chokehold. To this end the US allows and even rewards the genocide of blacks. It is further instructive that in the midst of the Covid-19 crisis and while lockdown measures are in place in the rest of the US, the lynching of Black people has in fact intensified in the black communities.

Our condolences to the family and community of George Floyd.

We join the voices of the Minneapolis community and all other progressive forces in calling for:

1. the immediate arrest, charging and prosecution of Derek Chauvin and the three other police officers.
2. the ending of the repression of the Minneapolis protesters demanding justice for George Floyd
3. accountability for the killings of blacks during the Covid-19 crisis.

Justice for George Floyd and all victims of state repression now!

Issued by Black First Land First, National Coordinating Committee of (BLF NCC)
30 May 2020

Contact Details

Black First Land First Mail: [email protected]
Zanele Lwana
(BLF Deputy President)
Cell: +27 79 986 7225

BLF calls on parents and teachers to defy murderous decision to reopen schools

BLF calls on parents and teachers to defy murderous decision to reopen schools

Black First Land First (BLF) joins the voices that have called on government to reverse its irrational and murderous decision to reopen schools on 1 June 2020 when the country shifts into level three of a 5-level lockdown system. We believe that the government’s decision is part of the herd immunity policy which it is not revealing is going to lead to mass infections and potential death.

The herd immunity strategy is a policy of death and by following it government is allowing its citizens to get infected by the virus in a controlled manner. At level 3 of the lockdown children are being unleashed into the open to become transmitters of the virus to their households.

The pressure to return to normal is part of the plan of white monopoly capital (WMC) which in turn has made its money through the stimulus packages, the destruction of the labour market and the consequent massive loss of jobs, and the obliteration of small businesses. Now WMC wants everything to go back to normal. This shutdown was never about health.

We call on all parents, and teachers to oppose the irrational decision of the government to reopen schools from 1 June 2020 and defy the murderous call to send their children back to school.

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

26 May 2020

Contact Details

Black First Land First Mail: [email protected]

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

R350 SRD Grant: BLF calls on Minister Zulu to take the poor seriously

R350 SRD Grant: BLF calls on Minister Zulu to take the poor seriously

Minister of Social Development Ms Lindiwe Zulu

Black First Land First (BLF) is shocked that almost 60 days into the Covid-19 national lockdown, the poor remain excluded from state help. The reports in the media that to date only 10 people have started receiving the Special COVID-19 Social Relief of Distress (SRD) Grant of R350 (which is expected to be paid per month for six months), is an insult and must not be tolerated.

The government didn’t waste time in making R540 billion available to the white owned banks. Big business continues to be given millions of rands whilst the poor are starved.

BLF has written to the Minister of Social Development, Lindiwe Zulu, and suggested the most effective way to distribute the relief to the poor. We told her that:

“Voting stations are institutions of the state and are located throughout the country within close proximity to the people. Call for volunteers to assist officials and also use the South African National Defence Force (SANDF) to set up a basic administrative process at these voting stations. Give the poor their money in voucher type bills. All you should ask from each person is to produce her/his identity document which in turn should be stamped against receipt of the voucher. Requiring the poor to produce proof of residence and bank account statements and using WhatsApp is not necessary. Neighbours can vouch for each other if you are really hellbent on receiving proof of address.”

It now looks like there is no seriousness to help the poor.

BLF rejects the R350 SRD Grant because we know that a mere 10% of the Covid-19 stimulus package of R500 billion would put R1700 a month in the hands of the poor. The insult of R350 per month for six months constitute a mere 2% of the R500 billion. Now it’s clear that even the meager R350 SRD Grant is being delayed. BLF calls on the Minister of Social Development and the South African Social Security Agency (SASSA) to take the poor seriously.

We note the silence of the parliamentary parties. The poor are being starved for the last 60 days. This is intolerable and must be addressed pronto.

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

22 May 2020

Contact Details

Black First Land First Mail: [email protected]

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

Covid-19: BLF calls on government to give the unemployed R50 000 each!

Covid-19: BLF calls on government to give the unemployed R50 000 each!

President Cyril Ramaphosa

The government with the support of political parties in Parliament is giving the poor R350 each over six months. This comes to two thousand and one hundred (R2 100) in total. It’s an insult. The government has decided to shamelessly give 2.1% of the R500 billion Covid-19 support package to the unemployed.

Black First Land First (BLF) demands that the poor be given a minimum of 20% up to a maximum of 50% of the relief fund. There is no clarity on what basis the government decided to give the unemployed just R350 per month for six months. It makes no sense.

BLF believes that a minimum of 5 million of the 10 million unemployed people in South Africa (SA) would qualify for the Special COVID-19 Social Relief of Distress (SRD) Grant of R350. This means that when 20% of R500 billion is divided amongst 5 million unemployed people each person will get a total of twenty thousand rand (R20 000)
for 6 months. This amounts to 5 million unemployed people each getting R3 300 (three thousands and three hundred rand) per month for six months.

Moreover should 50% of R500 billion be divided amongst 5 million unemployed people, each person will get a total of fifty thousand rand (R50 000) for 6 months. This translates to 5 million unemployed people each getting R 8 300 (eight thousand three hundred rand) per month for six months.

There is accordingly no reason whatsoever why government is not giving the poor real relief. The money is there. Members of Parliament earn R1,137,933 a year. That’s over one million per annum! They however choose to give the poor a total of R2100 for a period of six months. They don’t respect their voters.

BLF asks President Ramaphosa to urgently allocate 20 to 50 percent of the R500 billion for the relief of the poor. It can be done. We ask the President and Mr Julius Malema if they can live on R350 a month?

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

14 May 2020

Contact Details

Black First Land First Mail: [email protected]

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