BLF says voetsek Rupert!

BLF says voetsek Rupert!

Black First Land First (BLF) wants to categorically state that the settler coloniser and land thief, Johan Rupert, who is in possession of the land stolen from the black majority has no grounds to talk about theft.

Johan Rupert is a thief! He remains the neocolonial master who thought he could simplistically replace the then Minister of Finance Des Van Royen with his puppet, Pravin Gordhan, so that he can continue to pull the strings of the South Africa’s economy.

Rupert has been complicit in apartheid era corruption and other economic crimes and to this end has evidently acted with impunity. The post 1994 neo colonial settlement has ensured that Rupert et al – despite credible evidence by reputable State instructed investigations including Ciex, Heath and that of the Public Protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane – escapes prosecution to the full extent of the law for the historical theft of R26 billion from the South African Reserve Bank (SARB). To this end he has thus far also gotten away with his primary role in state capture by white monopoly capital as evidence by the appointment of Pravin Gordhan as Minister of Finance at his instance.

How does the land thief and colonial emperor Johann Rupert, right from the platform of the annual Remgro board meeting of land thieves in Geneva justify accusing Zuma’s Radical Economic Transformation (RET) of being theft, when in actual fact, he himself continues to benefit from theft. It is highly disturbing that a white supremacist gets to arrogantly, and in a condescending manner, denounce something which aims to return the economy to the hands of the black majority that remains economically oppressed because of Rupert and his friends.

Rupert continues to exploit black people! The neocolony is expressed in this moment where a white land thief can shout from across the seas about RET, yet looting the wealth of this country for the benefit of a white minority.

The reality remains that Rupert like Cecil John Rhodes embodies colonialism and Blacks are uniting to take down this oppressor. ‘Rhodes Must Fall’ united Black people under a common understanding that a statue must fall. BLF says we must move from ‘Rhodes Must Fall’ to ‘Rupert Must Fall’.

BLF has declared 2017 to be the year of land return! The Western Cape chapter of BLF has located Rupert’s farms and will take back this land by any means necessary.

As BLF, we have already taken back the land in the AWB stronghold of Ventersdorp. We are now going to take back land from Johan Rupert! The only thief in this country is the colonial settler!

Black people must unite and take back the land! BLF will continue to take back the land until all the stolen land is in black hands. We will shutdown Remgro! We will lay charges of economic sabotage against Rupert!

Land or Death!

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

14 September 2017

Black First Land First Email:[email protected]
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Zanele Lwana
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Lindsay Maasdorp
(National Spokesperson)
Cell: +27 79 915 2957

Brian Tloubatla
(Deputy National Spokesperson)
Cell: +27 82 216 7664

BLF still says, Hands Off Zuma Economic Liberation Now!

BLF still says, Hands Off Zuma Economic Liberation Now!

On September 5, 2016 our movement issued the following statement which we are reissuing below in the light of the parliamentary coup planned for today. We have chosen the path of anti imperialism and we are at war with white monopoly capital. All those who choose to fight white monopoly capital are our comrades at this hour!

“On 04 September the National Coordination Committee (NCC) of Black First Land First (BLF) movement resolved to undertake a national campaign to defend our sovereignty and to advance the struggle for the economic liberation of our people.

BLF recognizes that today there is a new global war for the consolidation of white imperialist power. This war is fought globally as a war of the West against the rest of us. More specifically the West has targeted the BRICS countries (Brazil, Russia, India, China, and South Africa). The BRICS process is posing a serious threat to Western hegemony over the control of the world through evil institutions like the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund (IMF).

The response of imperialism to BRICS has been two pronged via the application of economic terrorism – attacks on the respective currencies instigating inflation on the one hand and on the other hand, sponsored political instability. The weapon of choice for economic terrorism is the so-called rating agencies. They attacked the Russian economy but President Vladimir Putin didn’t surrender. He instead drove them out of Russia. Today the Russian economy is on the mend without the sabotage of the rating agencies.

The second strategy of sponsored political instability is driven by local political parties and Western funded civil society organizations. This strategy succeeded in Brazil to remove the democratically elected President Dilma Rousseff. The modus is to use the pretext of fighting corruption to mobilize society (via lies including exaggerated media reports) and create an atmosphere of hostility against the seating president. Like in Brazil, we see in South Africa corrupt and compromised agents of regime change leading the so-called struggle against corruption.

BLF is an anti-imperialist movement which understands that once imperialism is allowed to take away the semblance of independence we have, we shall be plunged into naked oppression, exploitation and violence for profits. It is the duty of anti-imperialists to defend national sovereignty through demanding radical change. That is why BLF says, no to regime change, yes to economic liberation now!

The economic terrorist attack in South Africa has been engineered around the isolation of the Gupta family as the most corrupt institution and to paint it as responsible for state capture. The media owned by white capital has been at the forefront of this campaign. Opposition parties, like the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF), have openly teamed up with white monopoly capital in targeting the Gupta businesses. We have seen how Julius Malema had asked Johann Rupert to fund the “Guptas must go” campaign. The truth is that white capital wants the Gupta family out of the mining sector so that white hegemony over the sector is protected.

The hypocrisy of the attack on the Gupta businesses is apparent when one looks at the fact that those saying that the “Guptas must go” are silent on the plunder and corruption of white capital. Threats of occupying ABSA Bank are now a year old but not even an ABSA ATM has been occupied. Honest people would also ask why is there no “Lonmin must go” campaign? Lonmin was even allowed to address the commemoration of the Marikana massacre this year. The workers of Marikana were murdered to defend the profits of the London based Lonmin. We must ask again where is the “Lonmin must go” campaign?

BLF has undertaken numerous campaigns to highlight the hypocrisy and double standards when dealing with white capital including showing how white capital is allowed to loot with no consequences. Johann Rupert and others stole R26 billion from the South African Reserve Bank (SARB). BLF has been putting pressure on the Public Protector to act on the complaint of the stolen R26 billion. Furthermore, BLF has opened a case with the police of ‘state capture by white capitalists’ which is being investigated by the HAWKS.

Those whites who stole R26 billion from SARB are the same whites who have bullied the ANC to appoint Pravin Gordhan as Minister of Finance – SARB falls under the same ministry. White monopoly capital wanted a Minister of Finance who will defend its interests and make sure that the looting of treasury by white capital continues. It has now surfaced that not only have those white capitalists captured treasury but Gordhan himself is a shareholder in many of the companies which forced the ANC to appoint him. The Minister of Finance is conflicted and compromised by his business links with white monopoly capital which has forced his appointment under threat of economic terrorism.

It is not surprising that Gordhan has now emerged as the public face of the “Zuma must go” campaign (a campaign to ensure that the interests of white capital are safeguarded) and to advance it to destabilise the BRICS process. Zuma is seen as being too close to BRICS and his so-called relationship with the Gupta family is regarded as a threat to the interests of white capital in South Africa. So the global anti-BRICS process finds synergy with the anti-Gupta local white capital interests to form a single campaign to get rid of Zuma in a process similar to the Brazilian coup.

Having failed to get the “Zuma must go” campaign off the ground via opposition parties and racist civil society organisations like Solidarity amongst others, the campaign has now been driven by imperialist interests inside the ANC as seen by the marches to occupy the Head Quarters of the ruling party calling for the president to step down.

BLF believes that the focus on Zuma is a misdiagnosis of the problem and a strategy to keep us busy with peripheral battles to protect white capital and the colonial structure of society and the economy. The same delaying and deflection strategy was undertaken when Thabo Mbeki was removed as president. The same forces which removed Mbeki are now mobilizing society to remove Zuma before his term ends. This is playing politics with the lives of our people by presenting false solutions.

BLF rejects the call for a coup. This regime change process deflects attention away from meaningful system change and therefore enacts a pseudo solution which at its heart preserves white capital’s hold on society and the economy. The problem is not who is the president of the ANC. The problem is how the ANC has failed to serve black people. Now we must resist the repeat of meaningless battles about who must be president. We must mobilise against imperialism by demanding radical change. The ANC has nominal political power. Let us force it to use it in the interests of the black majority.

BLF calls for resisting the anti-BRICS regime change against Zuma through demanding economic liberation now! We must avoid the trap of playing politics and of being deflected from focusing on the fundamental issues facing our people. That is why BLF says “Hands Off Zuma”. Let him ensure economic liberation. These same demands must be pressed irrespective of who is the president. It’s important to underscore the fact that BLF is anti-imperialist. Its message to this end is clear – the coup by the anti-BRICS forces that happened in Brazil must be resisted in South Africa.

BLF has asked for society to support its call that says “no to regime change and yes to economic liberation”.

Today we ask what do blacks own after 22 years of democracy?
. Who owns the mines in South Africa?
. Who owns ABSA, FNB, Nedbank and Standard Bank?
. Who owns the land?
. Who owns Pick ‘n Pay, Shoprite Checkers, Pep Stores, Edgars, Markhams and all the stores that we buy from every day?
. Who owns the media?
. Who owns the furniture shops, the car dealers, the cement factories and the brick making companies?
. Who owns Chicken Licken, Nando’s and KFC?
. Who owns the shopping malls?

Did you know that every part of the South African economy is owned by whites? Blacks own nothing! That is why we are unemployed and poor. We must ask, why are we poor when our country is so rich?

We say no to regime change because it won’t serve black people. We say, Jacob Zuma we want economic liberation NOW! It’s time to serve black people. No more white agendas. Economic liberation now!

We demand the following:

1. Land now!
2. Breaking up of all business monopolies.
3. Nationalization of banks and mines.
4. Free quality education.
5. Reparations for Marikana from Lonmin.
6. Action against white corruption.
7. Minimum wage and basic income.

Black First Land First (BLF) wants real economic liberation for black people now. Join us in action. Say “NO to regime change”. Say “YES to economic liberation now”.”

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

8 August 2017

Black First Land First Email: [email protected]
Facebook: Black First Land First
Twitter: @black1stland1st
Website: www.blf.org.za

Zanele Lwana
(National Spokesperson)
Cell: +27799867225

Lindsay Maasdorp
(National Spokesperson)
Cell: +27 79 915 2957

Brian Tloubatla
(Deputy National Spokesperson)
Cell: +27 82 216 7664

BLF welcomes ANC resolution for Judicial Commission of Inquiry on state capture

BLF welcomes  ANC resolution for Judicial Commission of Inquiry on state capture

Black First Land First (BLF) supports the ANC resolution for a Judicial Commission of Inquiry on state capture beyond the allegations of state capture by the Guptas. In other words, the liberating factor here is that the terms of reference would include state capture by both the Guptas and white monopoly capital.

BLF applauds the ANC for taking this bold decision. This suggests a commitment to ending all corruption and is in line with its undertaking on realizing Radical Economic Transformation (RET).

It must be stated that on 10 December 2016 BLF had already called for the scope of the Judicial Commission of Inquiry (JCOI) on state capture to be extended. To this end BLF requested that the scope of the JCOI – already requested on 31 March 2016 for state capture by white capital involving Johann Rupert and 8 others – to be extended to allow for all complaints on state capture including on the Guptas.

We say, if the Guptas are corrupt let them be investigated. We do note that to date no charges have been preferred against them. The Oakbay bank accounts were closed by the banks on mere allegations of fraud, -nothing proven – yet numerous white companies with serious criminal cases (including offences relating to financial outflows) pending against them, still have operational bank accounts.

BLF says to President Zuma that the JCOI must take into account the following foundational facts: the root of all corruption in South Africa is land theft by whites from blacks since 1652; this country is accordingly founded on corruption since that date; and It is therefore historically incorrect that President Zuma, and the Guptas are the most corrupt people in the country.

We note that every time white corruption is mentioned the white owned media highlights the so called corruption of the Gupta family or that of President Zuma. Former Minister of Finance, Pravin Gordhan, has consistently intimated that the state and some people are captured by the Guptas whenever he has been accused of being conflicted, compromised and corrupt and to this end beholden to white monopoly capital. This situation cannot be allowed to continue. A JCOI with comprehensive terms of reference should serve to put the RET in a trajectory towards the institutional destruction of white monopoly capital.

White corruption has historically been ignored by the white owned media, opposition political parties, and NGO funded civil society groups and other entities.

Today we see at every turn.how the most corrupt are leading the fight against corruption. They even call others corrupt so as to institute regime change by removing a democratically elected President and replacing him with a puppet of Western imperialism.

We have already seen this happen in Brazil where the most corrupt have teamed up with imperialism and reactionary opposition parties – using the same strategy of “fighting corruption” – to conduct a coup against a democratically elected president.

We must deal with corruption directly or else we run the risk of counter revolutionary forces being bought by white monopoly capital to entrench white corruption under the guise of fighting corruption. We must defend our national sovereignty by dealing courageously with all corruption and acting decisively against the root of all corruption – white monopoly capital.

The 1994 moment didn’t end this foundational corruption of historical land theft. Hence white settler monopoly capital continues undeterred in its path of looting and plundering with impunity. Also white corruption is hidden from view and normalised by the white owned media.

We seek to make visible the invisible hand of white monopoly capital. To this end the following instances of corruption are instructive in so far as the JCOI probe relates to corruption by white monopoly capital:

The R50 billion stolen by the construction cartel during the 2010 FIFA world cup and exposed by the Competition Commission; the R26 billion stolen from the South African Reserve Bank by, amongst others, Johann Rupert and ABSA Bank; the looting of South African Airways (SAA) by the likes of Coleman Andrews and his consulting firm Bain & Company; the Oppenheimer family operating a private airport inside a national key point and demanding that it be given rights to upgrade into an international private airport; and the billions of rands that leave the shores of SA illegally as “illicit financial outflows” daily.

President Zuma, we call upon you to do the right thing. Step forward and lead! Use your constitutional powers to put an end to corruption. Set up the much needed JCOI on state capture with comprehensive terms of reference to deal with all corruption!

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

31 May 2017

Black First Land First Email:[email protected]
Facebook: Black First Land First

Twitter: @black1stland1st
Website: www.blf.org.za

Zanele Lwana
(National Spokesperson)
Cell: +27799867225

Lindsay Maasdorp
(National Spokesperson)
Cell: +27 79 915 2957

Brian Tloubatla
(Deputy National Spokesperson)
Cell: +27 82 216 7664

BLF supports the appointment of Professor Malikane

BLF supports the appointment of Professor Malikane

Black First Land First Statement

Black First Land First (BLF) commends Minister Gigaba in his appointment of Professor Chris Malikane from Wits university as his advisor. Prof Malikane has an impeccable track record as an intellectual and academic working to answer the problems of oppression and exploitation of the black majority. Prof Malikane is a principled scholar and respected economist. His analysis is pro black and pro poor. His consistency since his student days as a warrior for black liberation marks him out as the kind of advisory to help the Minister move Treasury from the clutches of white monopoly capital.

BLF notes the hostile media reports from the Johann Rupert funded Sunday Times. The white owned media has started a demonisation campaign against Prof Malikane instead of engaging his radical ideas with depth and seriousness. BLF considers the proposal penned by Prof Malikane a sound road map to towards the much needed Radical Economic Transformation.

We call upon all honest intellectual and the uncaptured academics to engage with the proposal of Professor Malikane. On our part as a movement BLF shall be hosting a public debate in the “Malikane proposals”

BLF calls upon minister Gigaba to resist the noise of white monopoly capital and give an attentive ear to his able advisor. We call upon all progressive intellectuals and academics; organizations of the poor and excluded to support Professor Malikane in his delicate responsibility to help the Miniser leave the anti black; anti poor and corrupt legacy of Pravin Gordhan behind and put people before profits.