BLF rejects Tito’s budget in toto

BLF rejects Tito’s budget in toto

Minister of Finance, Tito Mboweni, delivers his budget speech in parliament yesterday. Image: Sunday Times

The budget speech delivered by the Minister of Finance, Tito Mboweni, is nothing short of a direct attack on the poor and a brake on national reconstruction. Mboweni gave nuts and bolts to the pro Stellenbosch State of the Nation Address (SONA). This was therefore a Stellenbosch budget.

To pacify the poor, Mboweni threw some crumbs at them with one hand whilst taking it all back with another hand. What is the use of raising social grants but taking away the food of children by cutting the budget for the school feeding scheme? The burden to feed the child will invariably go to the grandparents and thereby erode even the nominal increases announced.

The fact that the Stellenbosch budget was approved by the top three political parties in parliament, shows that Stellenbosch is indeed in charge.

The Stellenbosch budget attack on social expenditure is evil. Mboweni will take away money from education, healthcare, and the municipalities. This means suffering for the poor.

Mboweni has also unleashed the destruction of the State-Owned Enterprises (SOEs) to accelerate the privatization of these entities. The allocation to Eskom is intended to fund the independent power producers (IPPs) which are empowered to take over from Eskom and sell directly to the public, thereby making electricity unaffordable for the ordinary people. This is treasonous and must not be pardoned, even after this regime has been moved from power. The same goes for the allocation for the South African Airways (SAA) – this is taking money from building hospitals and giving it to the friends of Coleman Andrews who bankrupted the SAA.

The proposals regarding the State Bank and the Sovereign Wealth Fund make no difference in a neoliberal policy environment. The Public Investment Corporation (PIC) is an existing wealth fund but it empowers white capital. It’s shocking to hear that money for the Sovereign Wealth Fund will come from privatisation.

The State Bank annouced by Mboweni is an irrelevant red herring in the environment where existing state banks are being destroyed. The Land Bank is underfunded and has just been thrown to the vulturous rating agencies. The same situation applies to the Postbank, and Ithala Bank – to name a few. Furthermore, government is selling its 50% share equity in the African Bank after a massive bail out on its part. In other words, government already owns 50% of a commercial bank. Black First Land First (BLF) rejects the state bank of Stellenbosch which will not give blacks interest free loans.

The budget speech has inadvertently revealed how the Stellenbosch parliament functions. The Democratic Alliance (DA) sets the policy agenda, the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) provides a left cover for the DA’s right wing policies, and the African National Congress (ANC) implements those policies.

BLF rejects the budget speech in its entirety. We call on the poor and workers to demand a pro people budget.

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

27 February 2020

Contact Details

Black First Land First Mail: [email protected]

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

Where is Adriaan Snyman, Malema’s co- accused?

Where is Adriaan Snyman, Malema’s co- accused?

Adriaan Snyman, the man who handed Malema the gun. Photo credit: News24

Black First Land First (BLF) laid criminal charges against Adriaan Snyman on August 2, 2018 relating to the gross negligent handling of a firearm. BLF also asked that a declaration of unfitness to possess a firearm in terms of the new Firearms Control Act must be made by the Court in relation to Snyman.

The case, which was opened at the Hillbrow Police Station under the reference CAS 60/8/2018, was subsequently transferred to Mdantsane police station where a new reference was allocated, being CAS 28/8/2018.

Snyman‘s conduct amounts to gross negligent handling of a firearm in that he gave the said firearm to Julius Malema to fire shots into the air (unsupervised) during a public event being the fifth birthday celebrations of the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) at the Sisa Dukashe Stadium, in Mdantsane.

BLF believes that the non action of the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) against Snyman shows it is biased and takes instructions from Afriforum. It is not Malema’s firearm. Even if it was a toy gun, as alleged, it was nonetheless handed to Malema by Snyman. To this end Snyman had endangered the lives of people at (and in the vicinity of) the EFF event.

BLF is surprised that no action has been taken against Snyman.

We call on the NPA to immediately take action.

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

24 February 2020

Contact Details

Black First Land First Mail: [email protected]

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

Malema forgets to occupy Eskom

Malema forgets to occupy Eskom

EFF leader Julius Malema. Image credit: IOL

Black First Land First (BLF) notes that Julius Malema, who had promised to occupy Eskom, has characteristically forgotten to do so. Malema made the undertaking, on 16 December 2019 during the elective conference of the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) in Nasrec, to occupy the power utility.

“Next year before the end of January we shall occupy the premises of Eskom to demand a reliable supply of electricity to our people”, he said.

We ordinarily wouldn’t bother to comment on Mr Malema’s now well known penchant for inconsistency. His political method is now established as consistency in inconsistency.

Malema had promised to occupy Eskom to address loadshedding. A quixotic answer to a problem created deliberately by white monopoly capital (WMC). Occupation of Eskom would precipitate its crisis to justify privatization.

Here we are just reminding everyone that Malema doesn’t mean what he says. This endangers the future. The black youth are under the wrong impression that Malema is interested in revolutionary change. It’s our revolutionary duty to warn and educate the youth about the dangers of flip flopping.

It’s not the first time that Malema had strategically forgotten to fulfill a promise. He totally forgot to occupy ABSA after organising a 50 000 strong march to the Johannesburg Stock Exchange (JSE) in 2015. While addressing the Southern African-German Chamber of Commerce and Industry in Johannesburg in 2015, he announced that EFF would command 3000 people to occupy Absa branches if the bank didn’t indicate how it would fight inequalities in the country; and that a task team has been established to action the bank occupations the next year (2016).

“[We will] occupy Absa, each and every branch of Absa, until we are given a practical programme of action on how the bank is going to intervene to resolve the inequalities in society”, he said

He then jetted off to London and held secret meetings with representatives of British imperialism, like Lord Robin Renwick, and forgot about the ABSA occupation. ABSA was then partly owned by the British banking establishment through Barclays. Instead of occupying ABSA, Malema carried out the instructions he was given by his handlers to hound President Jacob Zuma and the Guptas.

The ABSA amnesia situation was not the only one. In an effort to fundraise, Malema threatened to occupy the illegally obtained International terminal (Fireblade Aviation) which is inside the OR Tambo International Airport and privately owned by the Oppenheimers. Yet again, dolololo occupation of Fireblade.

We remind all that Malema has never ever taken any direct action against WMC. When it’s time to fight WMC, he is hit by amnesia. So we aren’t suprised that he has forgotten yet again. We also remember the Independent Power Producers (IPPs) situation where meetings were held with Patrice Motsepe and Malema’s amnesia was guaranteed. Malema oa lebala.

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

2 February 2020

Contact Details

Black First Land First Mail: [email protected]

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

EFF must tell the whole truth

EFF must tell the whole truth

Black First Land First (BLF) asks the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) to tell the nation the whole truth about its relationship with Ramaphosa. The two women Members of Parliament (MPs), Tebogo Mokwele and Nkagisang Mokgosi, were sacrificed on the alter of hypocrisy and patriachy.

First EFF said that the MP Mokwele has confessed the whole truth after she was exposed by the #RamaphosaLeaks. The figure put out was R40 000. Now on her choreographed resignation letter, it’s said that she received R80 000. How much was it, in fact? Who else did she share the money with?

The EFF must stop playing games. It must tell the nation why it authored the resignation letters on behalf of these MPs. It is a public relations exercise, on the part of the EFF, to deflect attention from the rotten relations they have with Ramaphosa. Who else is bought?

BLF has been saying the top three political parties in parliament are actually one party. The ideology that brings them together is money. These revelations vindicates BLF.

The questions that the EFF must answer include:

i. Who else in its ranks was sponsored by London/Stellenbosch money?
ii. Who paid for their billboards, T-shirts, posters and helicopters during the last elections?
iii. How much did they spend in total in relation to the elections?

The two women MPs were sacrificed to cover up the deep rot going on. Men don’t get punished for corruption. The corruption where the men in the EFF leadership are involved goes unpunished, including VBS; GladAfrika; tea with Johann Rupert; secret deals with Robin Renwick; and houses sponsored by the self declared criminal Adriano Mazzotti. The EFF is practicing patriarchy.

The real tragedy of so much love for money is that there shall be no amendments to the constitution regarding Land Expropriation Without Compensation (LEWC). The EFF and the African National Congress (ANC) are not going to disrupt their sponsors.

When opposition parties take money from the ruling party it means that there is conflict of interests and, worst still, subversion of the will of the people. BLF will write to the speaker of parliament and demand action against both the President and those who were willing to be bought.

Right now, our people have no representation in parliament. Only money is represented by the top three parties.

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

20 August 2019

Contact Details

Black First Land First Mail: [email protected]

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