BLF victory against racist Solidarity

BLF victory against racist Solidarity

Today the South Gauteng High Court was a place of drama. Judge Mokgoatlheng who was scheduled to hand down judgement in the hate speech case brought before the Court by Solidarity and Bereaved Families against Black First Land First (BLF), Lindsay Maasdorp and Zwelakhe Dubasi.

Instead of handing down judgement the Judge asked the applicants and the respondents to address him on the judgement of the Supreme Court of Appeal (SCA). Solidarity reasoned that the judge must disregard that judgement because it does not apply retrospectively. BLF, represented by its President, Andile Mngxitama, argued that the court was compelled by the decision of the SCA and therefore couldn’t rely on section 10 of the Equality Act.

The Judge during the period of hearing arguments from the parties displayed open hostility towards BLF and did everything to try and help the applicants. At this point the BLF President forcibly asked the court to stop protecting land thieves.

The Court subsequently adjourned for almost two hours and upon resumption, declared: “this judgement is a nullity in view of the SCA judgement in the John Qwelane case…”. The Judge inscribed these words on the face of the judgement and handed it to both parties.

In terms of the judgement (which is now a nullity and therefore a victory for BLF) a harsh order was made against particularly Maasdorp and Dubasi. They were ordered to apologize to the four Driehoek families; pay each of the four families R50 000; and pay the costs. High Court costs incurred in other matters by BLF, have on average amounted to around R300 000.

BLF claims victory against its opponents today. However, this doesn’t mean that our movement has regained any confidence in the judiciary. Judge Mokgoatlheng had to grudgingly declare his punitive judgement a nullity because BLF insisted that he be impartial.

After the judgement was handed down, Advocate Groenewald representing Solidarity was heard saying to Cde Mngxitama, “your bullying tactics worked”. Cde Mngxitama responded by saying “ons kom vir die grond!”

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

3 December 2019

Contact Details

Black First Land First Mail: [email protected]

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

Judgment in Solidarity vs BLF case postponed to Tuesday!

Judgment in Solidarity vs BLF case postponed to Tuesday!

The judgment in the Equality Court case of Solidarity & Bereaved Families versus BLF & 2 others which was scheduled to be delivered at 12noon today was telephonically postponed to 3 December 2019. The matter relates to allegations of hate speech concerning the response of Black First Land First (BLF) to the Driehoek Primary School tragedy.

Virtually two hours before judgment was due to be handed down, the President of BLF, Andile Mngxitama, got a call from the South Gauteng High Court (where the Equality Court sits in this case) informing him that the matter was postponed to next Tuesday, December 3rd. He was called in his capacity as the representative of the respondents

This seems abnormal. It must be unprecedented that a judge has decided two hours before delivering his judgment that the matter must instead be postponed, and that the respondents must be called in this regard.

The judiciary practically kept BLF busy a day before our Special Policy Conference and then said, “no judgement today“. This morning President Zuma’s application for stay of prosecution was denied. The judiciary didn’t want to make it too obvious that it is dealing with BLF and Zuma in the same day. We also hope there were no calls from Stellenbosch. We really hope so.

We know that BLF is being persecuted by Stellenbosch. And stuff like this makes us wonder. Not that we expected a judgement in our favor. Never!

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

29 November 2019

Contact Details

Black First Land First Mail: [email protected]

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

Judgment Day for both Zuma and BLF

Judgment Day for both Zuma and BLF

Today the High Court in Pietermaritzburg will deliver its judgment in the application brought by President Zuma for a permanent stay of prosecution. They will deny him the relief he seeks. In other words, he will lose.

Also, judgment will be delivered today in the Johannesburg High Court on the complaint lodged by the rightwing Solidarity against Black First Land First (BLF). Just like in the Zuma case, we too are going lose.

We are under judicial attack to protect the Stellenbosch mafia and its ThumaMina brigade.

Aluta!!!

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

29 November 2019

Contact Details

Black First Land First Mail: [email protected]

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