BLF letter to UN to ignore racist ranting of Afriforum

BLF letter to UN to ignore racist ranting of Afriforum

Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights defenders,
Mr. Michel Forst
c/o Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights – Palais Wilson
United Nations Office at Geneva
CH 1211 Geneva 10
Switzerland
22 January 2020

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Dear Mr Frost

DISREGARD THE RACIST RANTING OF AFRIFORUM

I write as one of the leaders of the organizations representing the survivors of colonialsm and apartheid. It has come to our attention that a racist extremist group that masquerades as a civil rights organization has written to you to intervene in South Africa (SA). This group called Afriforum is nothing but a racist organization that states explicitly in its mission that it promotes the interests of settler colonialists who dispossessed us of our land and even instigated genocides against the indigenous population. We ask you to please not waste your time by entertaining this group’s wild and fabricated claims.

Afriforum denies that apartheid is a crime against humanity despite the UN having declared that indeed apartheid is a crime against humanity. This same group is supporting the whites only racist enclave called Orania which is located in the Northern Cape Province of SA.

Afriforum has been mobilizing funds to protect white farmers who murder innocent black children. Occasionally the racist outfit, in order to cover its racism, gives lip service to assisting black people.

Sir, it’s a blatant lie that white farmers are a target of any orchestrated violence. This is a mirage, given the amount of violence generated by these white farmers against vulnerable black farm workers whom they treat as property. Just to give you a perspective – because of apartheid there is structural violence in the black community which remains excluded from the land, 25 years after democracy. This structural violence leads to 20 000 murders in SA annually. The last financial year statistics suggest that less than 100 of the 20 000 murdered were white farmers.

Afriforum is just a racist bunch of loud racists who believe that the world owes them by virtue of them merely being white. The UN shouldn’t waste its precious time and resources on a demented groupuscule of racists.

Yours sincerely,

Andile Mngxitama
President of Black First Land First (BLF)

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Fight privatization of SAA, defend state assets

Fight privatization of SAA, defend state assets

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Black First Land First (BLF) denounces the sale by the South African Airways (SAA) of the Airbus A340-300s, A340-600s and 15 spare engines. We are not surprised by the sale of the assets of SAA.

When Cyril Ramaphosa placed the SAA under business rescue last month, he did so at the behest of white monopoly capital (WMC) who spent R1 billion to bribe the ANC Nasrec conference so as to secure his position as president of the country. Ramaphosa is the preferred candidate of WMC in cahoots with imperialism. Now he is delivering the country to his sponsors.

BLF reiterates that those who voted for Ramaphosa voted for the dishing out of state assets to WMC and its agents. We maintain that after WMC has finished with the SAA they will seize Eskom.

BLF calls on all the progressive forces to hold an urgent national meeting towards stopping privatization in defence of state assets.

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

16 January 2020

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Black First Land First Mail: [email protected]

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

BLF welcomes resignation of Eskom chair but Pravin is the problem

BLF welcomes resignation of Eskom chair but Pravin is the problem

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Jabu Mabuza and his board didn’t appoint itself. It was the decision of Pravin Gordhan to do so.

There is no shadow of doubt that Gordhan is incompetent to sort out the energy crisis. Furthermore, the fact that he is conflicted means that he has no interest in ending loadsheding. The board and DD Mabuza must not be made the scapegoat to allow Gordhan to continue with his sabotage of national interests.

There is national consensus that Gordhan must go. Cyril Ramaphosa must not be stubborn like the evil Pharaoh. Too many plagues have already afflicted South Africa.

Black First Land First (BLF) calls on Ramaphosa to do the right thing. We say, fire Gordhan now!

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

10 January 2019

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Black First Land First Mail: [email protected]

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

Ramaphosa’s Land Panel is betrayal of landless

Ramaphosa’s Land Panel is betrayal of landless

President Cyril Ramaphosa continues to defy the interests of black people. The so called Presidential Advisory Panel on Land Reform and Agriculture (Advisory Land Panel) has finally issued its report. The panelists were carefully selected amongst a pool of commentators and academics whose opposition to land expropriation without compensation (LEWC) is not a secret. The outcomes of the report were predetermined.

Ramaphosa is doing everything to avoid the expropriation of the land of white farmers. This is not surprising because land thieves are some of the biggest contributors to his campaign which ensured that he could buy the presidency of the country. Tony Leon has revealed that at least one land thief donated R30 million to Ramaphosa’s presidency campaign to stop LEWC.

Ramaphosa raised over R400 million from land thieves which enabled him to buy the ANC Nasrec conference. His presidency was thus secured through a very corrupt process and he’s now working to please his funders.

The Advisory Land Panel report is part of a number of parallel processes, all aimed at confusing the landless. There is the committee set up by the Minister for the Department of Rural Development and Land Reform to persue the LEWC parliamentary process. There is also an expropriation bill which was already secretly announced during the holiday season last December. Then there is this Advisory Land Panel report.

Black First Land First (BLF) rejects the Advisory Land Panel report with the contempt it deserves. The panel recommends expropriation of useless land and empty buildings in the city. This is an insult to black people. As if that is not enough, the panel decides to recommend the expropriation of the Ingonyama Trust. This shows how anti black the panel is.

The land question is a serious matter. Around 35 000 white families own up to 80% of the total land in this country. Blacks remain landless and poverty stricken 25 years after so called democracy. The panel’s recommendations will ensure that no change happens.

BLF further warns the landless that the top three parties in parliament are in the pockets of white monopoly capital (WMC). This means that there shall be no LEWC via the current parliament.

The Advisory Land Panel report is an insult to the memory of Chris Hani, who warned about the CODESA sell out settlement. Here’s Chris Hani speaking Land or death!

“I didn’t go to prison, I wasn’t jumping around on the streets, I was in the forefront of the MK soldiers. I was one of the first to cross the Zambezi River, I saw the blood of our people flowing like a river, my people didn’t die fighting for the freedom of movement but they died fighting for land, so therefore I cannot let their blood go in vain by signing this document. I will not sign this until you return our land!!”.

That’s what he said when he walked out of CODESA while Ramaphosa was happy to sign the document.

BLF will call a Land Imbizo with organizations of the landless to chart a way forward including planning for mass land occupations.

Issued by Black First Land First, National Coordinating Committee of (BLF NCC)
29 July 2019

Contact Details

Black First Land First Mail: [email protected]

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