We warn our people against the tricks of the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) to protect land thieves, like Johann Rupert, by staging fake land occupations. Stellenbosch is an agricultural hub and most of the land there is in the hands of the Stellenbosch Mafia, Johnn Rupert. In 2015 the EFF leadership promised white land owners that they won’t occupy their land hence the targeting of municipal land. EFF leaders said that they will only occupy unused land. This is a sell out position!
BLF challenges the EFF to target the land of Johann Rupert and stop playing silly games with the landless. We have multiple court orders against us including one by Johann Rupert interdicting us from occupying Johann Rupert’s farm. We invite the EFF to join the real struggle and take the land of the Stellenbosch Mafia. We know that they won’t do this because they are in the pocket of Johann Rupert.
The EFF has given the Democratic Alliance (DA) political power in some of the most powerful metros in South Africa (SA). The DA, in turn, is using this political power to evict and even kill our people when they occupy land. Why is the EFF quiet about evictions in Tshwane and in Jo’burg City? Two landless people were murdered by the DA through the police during an eviction incident and the EFF has not withdrawn its support of the DA. The so called land occupations of municipal land is nothing but grandstanding.
BLF supports land expropriation without compensation of land held by white farmers. All that land in white hands is stolen land. To practically realize land expropriation without compensation, BLF shall undertake and support land occupations by our people. Land is too important to be turned into a political football by agents of white monopoly capital.
Issued by the National Coordinating Committee of Black First Land First (BLF NCC)
4 January 2018
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