BLF to report R33 billion Mooikloof Mega City to Hawks

BLF to report R33 billion Mooikloof Mega City to Hawks

BLF has opened a criminal case against President Ramaphosa related to the CR17 campaign donations. President Ramaphosa has concealed his donors to ostensibly conceal the ongoing conflict of interests emanating from those who gave him R1 billion to win the ANC presidency.

BLF believes the Mooikloof Mega City main beneficiary, the Balwin Properties, may be the donor Tony Leon has alleged had given President Ramaphosa a R30 million donation towards the CR17 campaign. BLF shall alert the investigating Officer from the Hawks to investigate if indeed Balwin Properties is the R30 million donor to CR17.

BLF also notes that Balwin Properties is not a BBBEE compliant company. Furthermore; it seems that it’s own BBBEE certificate has expired. These issues will be investigated and further appropriate action taken.

What is clear to BLF is that all CR17 donors are allowed to break the law with impunity whilst their identities remain concealed.

Issued by Black First Land First, National Coordinating Committee of (BLF NCC)
5 October 2020

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Black First Land First Mail: [email protected]

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

HAWKS assigns Captain to Ramaphosa CR17 corruption case

HAWKS assigns Captain to Ramaphosa CR17 corruption case

The HAWKS have today informed BLF that the case of corruption opened against President Ramaphosa has been registered and allocated an investigator; furthermore BLF has the name of the Captain assigned to the case. BLF was informed that at this stage of the investigation the case is an inquiry into the allegations which will be investigated and formal charges laid.

BLF has recommended to the police that they provide weekly updates so as to allow BLF to monitor the progress of the investigation. The case opened by BLF against President Ramaphosa is of corruption related to the CR17 donations.

BLF will also forward the investigating Officer further evidence of corruption related to the CR17 donations such as the acquisition of the Phumelela horse racing turf and betting business by the Oppenheimer family which is one of the donors to CR17 campaign.

BLF shall be monitoring this case closely. In the event the NPA doesn’t prosecute President Ramaphosa then BLF will undertake a private prosecution route.

The only way to end corruption is by starting from the top.

Issued by Black First Land First
National Coordinating Committee (BLF NCC)
2 September 2020

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

Stop CR17 donors from exploiting coronavirus for profits

Stop CR17 donors from exploiting coronavirus for profits

Stavros Nicolaou. Image credit: Brand SA

The country is facing a serious health crisis but the donors of the Cr17 campaign sees this as an opportunity to loot.

One of the key donors of the CR17 campaign, one Stavros Nicolaou of Aspen – which donated millions of rand to the CR17 campaign through the Hellenic, Italian and Portuguese Alliance (HIP Alliance) – has made a proposal to loot through the coronavirus pandemic. Furthermore, leaked CR17 campaign records show that Nicolaou mobilized 23 other prominent businessmen to also donate into the CR17 campaign.

Stavros Nicolaou, has now emerged with a shameful proposal to set up a Coronavirus Fund. Aspen the company that he represents is a pharmaceutical conglomerate and Africa’s largest pharmaceutical manufacturer where incidentally the Minister of Public Enterprises Pravin Gordhan has shares. Nicolaou’s indecent proposal presented to the National Economic Development and Labour Council (Nedlac), in the main suggests that money under the Ministry of Public Enterprises earmarked for State Owned Enterprises (SOEs) be diverted to this fund. Basically, Stavros Nicolaou is saying that Pravin Gordhan must set up a slush fund to be looted by Aspen for the mutual benefit of the CR17 campaign donors, including Pravin Gordhan.

Aspen is already a beneficiary of pharmaceutical state tenders worth R2 billion. Stavros Nicolaou knows that under conditions of an epidemic, tender rules are relaxed and Aspen by virtue of its closeness to the President of the country stands to benefit immensely from such a fund.

Black First Land First (BLF) says no to looting through the epidemic of the coronavirus. We call on President Ramaphosa to show character and eject Aspen from any interventions on the coronavirus pandemic. It’s a shameless act on Aspen’s part to use a tragedy for profits. Furthermore, the Stavros Nicolaou indecent proposal is consistent with the plan to destroy the SOEs so as to justify privatization to benefit the CR17 donors.

Whilst a fund to respond to the coronavirus epidemic is important, it cannot be a fund established for the purpose of the friends of the President looting it – nor can such a fund be proposed by the pharmaceutical industry.

President Ramaphosa is too compromised by his donors. It is clear that white monopoly capital (WMC) doesn’t want the coronavirus epidemic contained because it’s a big business opportunity. This may explain the less than decisive measures proposed by President Ramaphosa after consulting with stakeholders. The nation was left waiting for the statement from the President last Sunday. Who was the President consulting? Can he reveal the list of the consulted stakeholders or was he getting instructions from the CR17 donors like Stavros Nicolaou?

BLF calls on Ramaphosa to effect an immediate total shutdown of the country and to engage with Cuba and China – the two countries that know what they are doing in dealing with the coronavirus epidemic.

We further call for serious measures to be put in place to mitigate the economic impact such as:

I. lowering interest rates;
ii. suspension of mortgage bonds and rentals for the duration of the crisis;
iii. granting cash compensation to townships, informal settlements, small towns, rural villages, and small businesses;
iv. preventing companies from profiting from the coronavirus epidemic;
v. decreeing that all medical supplies shall be at cost price; and
vi. declaring a moratorium on retrenchments.

Moreover, BLF calls on Stavros Nicolaou and Aspen to apologize for insulting South Africans with such a thinly veiled plan to profit from our misery and misfortune.

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

17 March 2020

Contact Details

Black First Land First Mail: [email protected]

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

Raid on Sekunjalo Holdings: Why has FSCA not raided offices of Jooste & Steinhoff?

Raid on Sekunjalo Holdings: Why has FSCA not raided offices of Jooste & Steinhoff?

Photo credit: mail & guardian

The raid by the Financial Sector Conduct Authority (FSCA), on the offices of the Sekunjalo Holdings that is chaired by Dr Iqbal Survé, is the most unfortunate development since 1994.

There is little doubt that the apartheid regime like raid was a political attack on the independence of the media. It was moreover an intimidation tactic. It is clear that someone very high up in government doesn’t like the ground breaking investigative journalism that has been produced by Independent Media led by Survé.

The nation knows now that the 2017 ANC elective conference was bought with an amount of R1 billion. The revelations in this regard are thanks to the Independent Media group owned by Senkunjalo Holdings.

Black First Land First (BLF) asks: When is the FSCA raiding the offices of Steinhoff International? Also, why has the FSCA not raided the offices of Markus Jooste, whose proven corruption has caused the Public Investment Corporation (PIC) to lose over R20 billion? Is it because Jooste belongs to the cabal which has been exposed as funders of the CR17 campaign?

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

20 October 2019

Contact Details

Black First Land First Mail: [email protected]

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