Drop all charges and release all political prisoners now!

Drop all charges and release all political prisoners now!

Black First Land First Student Movement (BLF-SM) condemns the apartheid tactics employed by white monopoly capital and its agents in government to disrupt the struggle for Free Decolonised Education and against real corruption.

We call for all the charges against the Fees Must Fall and other political activists – including Mcebo Dlamini, Bonginkosi Khanyile, and Masixole Mlandu from WITS, DUT and UCT who fought for free decolonized education – to be dropped now. Moreover, we have the situation of comrades like Amla Monageng who are under house arrest and others who are serving an eight years term of imprisonment that needs urgent attention.

We also have 26 BLF leaders (BLF26) who have since 18 July 2016 been facing charges on false allegations of public violence, trespassing, kidnapping and intimidation. To this end the BLF26 had engaged in protest action at the Office of the former Public Protector, Advocate Thuli Madonsela, which resulted in the said members being arrested. The protest was against the white monopoly capital (WMC) apartheid era corruption of ABSA and others who stole R26 billion from the South African Reserve Bank (SARB). BLF had vowed that it shall not stop until the entire stolen R26 billion is recovered and utilized towards the Fees Must Fall campaign and the empowerment of the black unemployed youth. While the BLF26 have appeared in court on countless occasions, their trial has not yet commenced.

The APLA soldiers languishing in jail, for fighting against the corruption of land thieves, must also be released. It is unacceptable that 24 years into democracy our gallant APLA soldiers remain behind bars while the apartheid mass murderers like F.W de Klerk and Adrian Vlok freely walk the streets of this country.

All these political leaders who fought against WMC corruption and for free decolonized education are nor criminals. They should not be subjected to the anti black justice system that renders them guilty before being proven innocent. We call on President Ramaphosa to grant these comrades a general amnesty.

BLF-SM calls on everyone to rally behind our call regarding the FMF leaders, APLA liberation fighters and BLF26 It is a dire time for black people – unity is of outmost importance.

We say to President Ramaphosa, unless our call to drop all charges and the granting of general amnesty is heeded BLF-SM shall bring this country to a total shutdown!


Issued by Black First Land First, National Secretariat for Student Affairs

11 March 2018

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Lindsay Maasdorp
(National Secretary for Student Affairs)
Cell: +27 79 915 2957
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