It is with great sadness that the Black First Land First – Western Cape (BLF-WC) has learned of the death of comrade Mthunzi Diamond Zuma who was murdered for engaging in the struggle for land. BLF-WC has been honored to struggle side by side with Comrade Mthunzi for sometime now, and even as recent as the land occupation in Khayelitsha. BLF-WC says farewell to a committed and inspirational force who consistently put the struggle of the black majority first.
The senseless killing of our comrade is not something that happened unintentionally. It follows an instance of intimidation by the South African Police Services (SAPS) last week when they threatened him at his home. To this end he was told that should he continue to engage in the people’s struggle for land, he will be killed. The racist white Democratic Alliance (DA), governs the Western Cape (WC) with the intention of maintaining the white supremacist status quo via the employment of police and private security brutality. It is accordingly complicit in and responsible for the death of Comrade Mthunzi and all other black people whose lives are stolen from us because they dare to fight for the land that belongs to them. .
We are not surprised about the DA’s unwillingness to assist the Backyarders in Khayelitsha in particular and the rest of the landless in general across the WC.
BLF-WC sends its condolences to the family of comrade Mthunzi Diamond Zuma, the Pan Afrikanist Congress of Azania, the backyard dwellers and all those who have taken up the struggle with our dear Comrade Mthunzi.
Comrade Mthunzi Diamond Zuma just last week acknowledged those who put aside political differences and assisted in the struggle for land by the Khayelitsha community. BLF-WC on its part continues the call for principled black unity and disciplined commitment in the land struggle.
There’s no revolution without a struggle and all struggles compels us to serve, suffer and sacrifice. Comrade Mthunzi has sacrificed his days on earth for the total liberation of the black landless dispossessed people of Azania. He died for land and the only way we can truly honour him is to further the struggle for land return.
BLF-WC salutes this comrade and calls for the intensification of the land struggle that must ensure the return of all land, primarily white owned in use land. We must start with the land in the hands of land thieves like Johan Rupert.
BLF WC will engage with organisations and the community to push for mass land occupations as well as to engage in direct action against the racist murderous DA government.
We further warn all collaborators – including the Khayelitsha Development Forum who have failed the black community by placing the interests of white business above that of the people; and Loyiso Nkohla who works in the DA office of the Mayor, Patricia De Lille – that the lines of demarcation are clear. The white racist DA is the enemy of black liberation! Rupert, Oppenheimer and other white racist land thieves are the enemies of the people! The white racist settler who directly benefits from the oppression of the people through the proposed “development” in Khayelitsha is the enemy of the people! All those who collaborate and who stand with whites against the black majority will experience the indignation of the black majority as the black majority lay their wrath at the feet of the white land thieves. We call on all those collaborators to break with white racist land thieves and to side with the black majority in the fight for land.
BLF WC salutes the soldier who gave his life in the struggle for the return of the stolen land! Full honours to Comrade Mthunzi Diamond Zuma!
Land or death!
Issued by Black First Land First, Western Cape Provincial Coordinating Committee
30 May 2017
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