BLF SUPPORTS TUT STUDENTS STRUGGLE

BLF SUPPORTS TUT STUDENTS STRUGGLE

Our movement Black First Land First (BLF) fully supports the students struggle of Tshwane University of Technology (TUT).

The students struggle is just and it’s demands reasonable. For two weeks the students were engaged in peaceful protest for free education and an end to the evil outsourcing process. For two weeks the TUT management responded with repression (bringing armed private security onto campus and suspending student leaders), with divide and rule tactics (getting SASCO to abandon the students and join management just like the homeland leaders under apartheid) and with indifference (non compliance with students demands).

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BLACK FIRST LAND FIRST CALLS ON THE VICE CHANCELLOR PROFESSOR L.R.VAN STRADEN OF TUT SOSHANGUVE TO MEET THE DEMANDS OF THE STUDENTS AND WORKERS WITH IMMEDIATE EFFECT

BLACK FIRST LAND FIRST CALLS ON THE VICE CHANCELLOR PROFESSOR L.R.VAN STRADEN OF TUT SOSHANGUVE TO MEET THE DEMANDS OF THE STUDENTS AND WORKERS WITH IMMEDIATE EFFECT

Prof Lourens R van Straden

Vice Chancellor

Tshwane University of Technology

Tshwane

05/03/2016

Dear Prof van Straden

I write to you mandated by the joint leadership structures of the TUT SRC who are engaged in the struggle for free education and an end to outsourcing in your university. We met last night (Friday, 04 March) up to this morning. We were able to address two mass meetings on Soshanguve campuses of TUT in this period. The leaders of PASMA, SADESMO, EFF and SCO all engaged us with the view of bringing attention to the serious situations students are faced with and the totally unhelpful response from you and the university management. We were shocked to learn that you have suspended the authentic leaders of the students and basically refused to talk to the SRC. We were shocked to learn that you have decided to divide the student leadership by turning SASCO into prefects who represent not the wishes and interests of students, but rather those of management.

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NOTES ON THE RACISM DEBATE “WHERE TO FROM HERE?” BY BLF NATIONAL CONVENER ANDILE MNGXITAMA AT THE TOWNHOUSE HOTEL, CAPE TOWN, 26 FEBRUARY 2016

NOTES ON THE RACISM DEBATE “WHERE TO FROM HERE?” BY BLF NATIONAL CONVENER ANDILE MNGXITAMA AT THE TOWNHOUSE HOTEL, CAPE TOWN, 26 FEBRUARY 2016

“I wish to thank the Southern African Catholic Bishops’ Conference Parliamentary Liaison Office, for the invitation to contribute to this important debate.

When I was here last year in July, sharing a platform with my brother from Namibia, Job Amupanda of the Affirmative Repossession, we discussed the difficult issue of land occupations. I had then for the first time called for the establishment of a Land First movement in SA.
Im happy to report that in August the same year we published a call officially to start our movement, Black First Land First (BLF).

This Talk is Dedicated to the class of 1976!

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BLF CALLS FOR THE UNCONDITIONAL DROPPING OF ALL CHARGES AGAINST STUDENTS!

BLF CALLS FOR THE UNCONDITIONAL DROPPING OF ALL CHARGES AGAINST STUDENTS!

Black First Land First (BLF) calls upon president Zuma and the ANC government to unconditionally drop all charges against students. Scores of students are facing multiple charges for their just struggle for free education and the decolonisation of the university. These students are not criminals but warriors who are carrying out the unfinished business started by black students forty years ago during the Soweto students uprising of June 16, 1976.

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