Defend Malusi Gigaba!

Defend Malusi Gigaba!

 

Press Statement post BLF  NCC

02 April 2017

 

The National Coordination Committee  (NCC) of Black First Land First  (BLF) met yesterday to assess the state of our organization and also the state of the nation.  Continue reading “Defend Malusi Gigaba!”

Notes on the ANN 7 interview of National Convener, Andile Mngxitama on 4 March 2017

Notes on the ANN 7 interview of National Convener, Andile Mngxitama on 4 March 2017

On President Zuma and Land expropriation

President Zuma has made the most important, the most significant pronouncement since 1994 – expropriation of land without compensation. If we get the  land question right, we can become a people again.

Julius Malema says “let’s unite, here’s our 6%, let’s expropriated land without compensation”. There was a chance. It doesn’t matter what his motives are.

We know that EFF knew what the intention of Mthembu and Hannekom  was. They colluded with them to play political games and sabotage the President.  Continue reading “Notes on the ANN 7 interview of National Convener, Andile Mngxitama on 4 March 2017”

Open letter to Julius Malema: Do not go into coalition with the racist DA

Open letter to Julius Malema: Do not go into coalition with the racist DA

The 2016 Local Government Elections (LGE) have put the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) in a vantage position to set a national agenda in South Africa. This position is unique and rare. The EFF can choose to use it to advance the revolution or to strengthen the hand of white supremacy.

Black First Land First (BLF) calls on the EFF to break ranks with the imperialist agenda and choose the path of revolutionary progress by abandoning any talk of a coalition with the racist party of white monopoly capital, the Democratic Alliance (DA) of Helen Zille. A coalition with the DA shall only benefit the same people who have benefited from stealing our land.

There is no denying that the ruling party, the African National Congress (ANC), has failed to use its power to advance black liberation. In this window of opportunity given by history to advance the course of black liberation, through the strategic use of the ballot, we need visionary leadership which is able to tower above our immediate feelings, differences and concerns. Mr Malema, you are being called upon to step forward and change the course of history. You can choose to be consumed by petty hatred of Jacob Zuma or you can choose to be inspired by a revolutionary vision and turn the current impasse into a breakthrough for our long suffering people.

At this hour the ANC needs what the EFF can give and in turn the ANC has what can be used by the EFF to end the suffering of our people. The percentage of the vote the EFF has can save the major metropolitan cities from falling into the hands of the racist anti-black DA. The ANC needs nothing more than that possibility. Only EFF can save us from the white rule of DA in these metros. The ANC knows this, as all of us do.

On the other hand the ANC, because it is the ruling party which has the legislative majority, has what the EFF can use to advance the revolution. Only the ANC has the power to change national policy to end white racism and to return our land. The ANC needs the votes you have and the revolution needs the authority the ANC has but has been too timid to use. Now history has provided the condition to force the hand of the ANC to do the right thing. Lenin, the great Russian revolutionary of the last century, teaches us that at times history needs a little push. It can be done, for our people and our progeny.

The ANC is on the ropes. No its not Mohammed Ali’s “rope-a-dope”, its their back against the wall. There is no need for a sadistic rubbing it on their faces. Let’s humiliate the history of humiliation that has put our people in perpetual misery. Mr Malema we call on you to make an offer the ANC cannot refuse. Tell them they can keep the metros on the following conditions:

1. Land expropriation without compensation
2. Nationalisation of mines and banks
3. Free education for all
4. Living wages and a basic income grant
5. Reparations for Marikana.

Tell them that the first condition is non negotiable. You may add an implementation plan which may include strategic placement of your trusted people in key positions. Also present the ANC with a time table of implementation with clear objectives. This is how the country can be rescued from the blubbering incompetence and cowardice of the ANC on the one hand and on the other hand the arrogance of white supremacy of the DA.

EFF stands to lose nothing for making these demands. If the ANC rejects this revolutionary offer to rescue our people then it’s the biggest loser and your party can only grow in stature in the eyes of our people. Now is the time to focus on what is fundamental. To abandon any commitment with imperialism and choose the path of revolutionary leadership.

History has thrown us a rope. Lets grab it with both hands and end the long nightmare of 350 years of bondage by a foreign occupying force. The choice here is between maintaining the racist status quo by going with the DA into a coalition of the bitter or to force the hand of the ANC and return our land and dignity. These choices are clear. We wait for you to make the correct turn and end the ongoing humiliation of the black majority. We implore you to sit down with the gang from Luthuli House. You have nothing to lose but to gain a whole new world for all of us.

You can choose this path or you can choose the path of joining hands with our enemies and continue our oppression.

Yours sincerely

Andile Mngxitama
National Convenor
Black First Land First (BLF)

Notes on the Power FM interview with Andile Mngxitama and Dr Sithole

Notes on the Power FM interview with Andile Mngxitama and Dr Sithole

Yesterday between 22:30 and 24:00 we listened to BLF National Convener, Andile Mngxitama and Dr Sithole the Director of Public Service and Land Research, speak land on Power FM.

The interview started against the backdrop of Tracy Chapman’s “(t)alking ’bout a revolution” and the line that lingered into the interview from its lyrics was “finally the tables are beginning to turn”. This was the starting thrust of Victor Africa the interviewer which prefixed the contrary adage that 22 years into democracy and land in SA is not yet returned. He asked if the new Expropriation Bill passed by the National Assembly allows for proper redress of land since it says that if land is for public use it may be expropriated. It’s thus far clear, he intimated, that while everyone is equal before the law, the question of land remains elusive.

Andile Mngxitama started by responding to people’s resistance via fire relating to land, remembering specifically what happened in Nelspruit about five years ago and in Hamanskraal about 2 weeks ago. He invoked the wisdom of John the Baptist in Mathew 3:11, “I  baptize you with water for repentance, but after me will come One more powerful than I, whose sandals I am not worthy to carry. He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and with fire”

A Fanonian moment filled the airwaves and one can’t help but go the Mathew 3:11. It’s clear from the following extract how Mathew 3:10 and 3:12 provides the fuel and the resultant ash for 3:11 respectively:

“The Mission of John the Baptist
…10 The ax lies ready at the root of the trees, and every tree that does not produce good fruit will be cut down and thrown into the fire. 11 I baptize you with water for repentance, but afterme will come One more powerful than I, whosesandals I am not worthy to carry. He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and with fire.12 His winnowing fork is in His hand to clear His threshing floor and to gather His wheat into the barn; but He will burn up the chaff with unquenchable fire”

This was a fitting preamble to BLF’s National Convener urging a focus on the original colonial crime of 1652 where whites arrived here, stole the land and reduced blacks to slaves. He pointed out that there were two responses to this, those who accepted western modernity and hence the conditions of oppression (the Amagqobhoka) and those who resisted it (the Amaqaba). The ANC accepted the terms of western modernity which culminated in initially the adoption of the Freedom Charter and ultimately in the post 1994 neo colonial, neo liberal settlement that saw the abandonment of the land question. Robert Sobukwe left the ANC to form the PAC on the basis that blacks can’t give colonialists any rights to land before the land is returned. There’s clearly a contradiction between the provisions of the Freedom Charter and expropriation of all land without compensation. The Freedom Charter has locked blacks out of any possibility of land return. 22 years into  democracy and only 8% of the land has been returned at the cost R50Bn of people’s money.  We must start from the premise that all land in SA is stolen property and that the land belongs to blacks, all of it!

Mngxitama clarified that the Expropriation Bill does nothing new. It says what the law already holds being that the state can expropriate for public use without consent. It furthermore leaves the issue of “just and equitable compensation”  in the hands of the courts. In this regard our courts have already decided on the the issue of “just and equitable compensation” and to this end concluded that the market value of the land must be used in arriving at compensation for the expropriated. This brings us back to the point that there is currently no policy by government for land return.

The only solution, the BLF leader urged, is for our people to organise and take back the land. There’s currently a strong desire in the psyche of blacks to take back the land. The current political arrangement doesn’t make land distribution possible so we have no alternative but to take it back by any means necessary. We see some people and organizations talking only about occupying municipal land. Take the EFF, it says whatever depending on who it’s audience is. When in front of blacks it says we must take back the land without compensation. When it’s in front of whites, it allays their fears and says we will only expropriate land that you don’t want to use. We must reject this. It plays into the deliberate strategy of not confronting the white land thieves and the dispossession of blacks as a people.

We have the ANC filling up the FNB stadium with a 80000 strong crowd. We have the EFF filling the Orlando stadium with 40000 people. We have only 35000 whites owning 80% of the land yet with these numbers, which are far in excess of this white minority, these organizations have not moved with the necessary political will on taking back the land. We must not believe any political party or politician who says “vote for us now, we will return the land later”. They will not deliver. The message of BLF is take the land now! The Freedom Charter and the Expropriation Bill are contradictory to land expropriation. The Freedom Charter and the Expropriation Bill secure white interests – having been written by whites in the first place.  Also their content is evidence of this. The message put by Mngxitama is clear –  “(l)et us go directly to the whites and take back what is ours”.

Dr Sithole called inter alia for serious intellectual work, promulgation of  responsible law and clear articulation of land so as to direct a way forward before we can even think about taking back the land. To this end she intimated that we draw lessons from the Zimbabwean experience of land return that attracted economic sanctions which in turn plunged the country into a crisis. She hinted further about how the downgrading of the country’s economic status by rating agencies like Standard & Poor (in the event of blacks taking back the land) would destroy the country’s economy.

Mngxitama was quick to locate the thinking of Dr Sithole in the category of the Amagqobhoka who accept western modernity and refuse to correct the colonial theft of land in a fundamental way. He pointed out Sithole’s omission to acknowledge who caused the crisis in Zimbabwe and to this end imperialism’s strategy of economic terrorism in a bid to bully Zimbabwe into submission. He praised Zimbabwe for standing firm and proud and defeating the forces of imperialism so that today people have their land back. Moreover, Dr Sithole’s inability, or is it reluctance, to see the role of the rating agencies as part of the machinery of imperialism to secure and perpetuate it’s own agenda is disappointing.

There was general consensus by all participating in the show including the callers and social media participants that all land in SA is stolen land. Most participants also agreed that we must take back the stolen land with other voices calling for restraint in the line suggested by Dr Sithole.

In closing the gospel of John the Baptist, Mathew 3:11 lingered.

ISSUED BY THE NATIONAL COORDINATING COMMITTEE OF THE BLACK FIRST LAND FIRST MOVEMENT

8 June  2016

Contact Details

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Lindsay Maasdorp
(National Spokesperson)
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