To end racism 51% of Clicks must be black owned now!

To end racism 51% of Clicks must be black owned now!

Black First Land First (BLF) is aware that Julius Malema is on the verge of pick pocketing Clicks. A meeting like that of the Convention for a Democratic South Africa (CODESA) will be held today with Clicks. This tea and biscuits meeting follows the same pattern of meetings like those held with the Johannesburg Stock Exchange (JSE) executives after the 50,000 people march in October 2015. After the meeting with the JSE, the demands of the march were forgotten. The same happened after Malema’s meeting with Patrice Motsepe who was threatened with exposing his role in the Independent Power Producers (PPIs) situation.

BLF supports all genuine struggles against any acts of racism. However, we are critical of the opportunistic use of struggles against racism for self-aggrandizement by corrupt politicians.

Clicks is bullied into meetings to cut deals but not to end racism. The only way to end the racism of Clicks is to demand 51% black ownership of the business – with workers and the unemployed youth being beneficiaries, not any politician.

BLF therefore calls on Clicks to show authentic remorse by giving real black ownership of 51% to its black workers and the unemployed youth.

Racism will not be brought to an end by platitudes and meetings. No more CODESA-like sellout solutions. Only real black empowerment will end racism.

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

10 September 2020

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Black First Land First Mail: [email protected]

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

Julius Malema gave R6 million to white businesses

Julius Malema gave R6 million to white businesses

Photo credit: iAfrica

Black First Land First (BLF) is yet again forced to comment on the lack of a pro black ideology, black consciousness (BC), by black political parties like the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF). The lack of BC has reduced these parties to being servants of white monopoly capitalists like Johann Rupert. Now the EFF has proudly given R6 million to the Solidarity Fund which is a mechanism that prioritizes white businesses. The R6 million is in fact a gift from Julius Malema to white businesses.

The Black Business Council (BBC) has consistently complained about how the Solidarity Fund has sidelined black businesses. Malema ignored these legitimate cries. To this end he chose to donate the R6 million with no conditions in favor of black businesses to the same Solidarity Fund.

Black businesses, like spaza shops, have been destroyed by the lack of government support during the lockdown. In fact white monopoly capital (WMC) is now taking over the township economy after the destruction of black businesses during the Covid-19 crisis.

As correctly reported, “[t]he list of companies that have been awarded multibillion-rand contracts to supply critical medical equipment for the country’s fight against Covid-19 is dominated by white-owned companies”. BLF asks, why give more money to white companies?

The pro white Business for South Africa (B4SA), which controls the Solidarity Fund, has been selecting predominantly white entities to be awarded contracts to supply personal protective equipment (PPE), in a process that looks like nepotism.

BLF supports the objection of the South African United Business Confederation (SAUBC) to Tito Mboweni‘s decision to allow the pro WMC B4SA to select businesses to supply PPEs via a process which is out of kilter with government procurement policies. This is corruption.
BLF can’t dictate what Malema must do with the money of his organisation. However, we are duty bound by our revolutionary conscience to expose the fact that the donation is being given to white businesses. Our BC dictates that we raise this matter on behalf of the marginalized black businesses. We invite Malema to abandon white thinking and adopt BC.

Issued by Black First Land First, National Coordinating Committee of (BLF NCC)
10 May 2020

Contact Details

Black First Land First Mail: [email protected]

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

BLF appalled by fake news manufacturing Daily Maverick

BLF appalled by fake news manufacturing Daily Maverick

Image credit: Daily Maverick

The revelation by the former scribe of Daily Maverick (DM), Karabo Modiba, that he was paid to write propaganda pieces against certain leaders doesn’t surprise Black First Land First (BLF) at all. DM has long stopped being an objective media outlet when it chose to be the bulldog of the Stellenbosch Mafia against Radical Economic Transformation (RET). Based on this agenda, fake news is generated against leaders considered to be supporters of RET.

DM’s unethical journalism is based on demonizing without fact anyone considered anti Stellenbosch and protecting all agents of the white monopoly capital (WMC) agenda. That’s why when Julius Malema had been on the offensive against President Zuma to undermine RET, he was considered a champion of anti corruption despite piles of evidence to the contrary. It was only when there was a fallout amongst the pro Stellenbosch gang that DM decided to investigate Malema as if he had not been involved in corruption all along.

The same unethical conduct of defending corruption, so long as it’s undertaken by the pro Stellenbosch agents, is seen in the lack of interest to investigate the CR17 leaders like Pravin Gordhan even when evidence is increasing against them.

Modiba has done journalism a great service by speaking out. BLF calls on all the students and other contributors to DM to come forward and tell the truth about how they have been paid to act as anti RET bots.

The paid attack on the person and integrity of Dr Iqbal Survé must be understood within the context of a drive by WMC to have total censorship of Independent Media. The ultimate aim is to have only the voice of WMC masquerading as the media. That is why DM was in active suport of those who worked tirelessly to shutdown ANN7.

The apartheid like reporting practices of DM makes a strong case for the establishment of an independent media tribunal to defend freedom of the press and promote fair reporting to end the current mass manufacturing of fake news and unwarranted attacks on individuals not associated with WMC.

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

10 March 2020

Contact Details

Black First Land First Mail: [email protected]

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

Malema selling-out people of Soweto to Eskom

Malema selling-out people of Soweto to Eskom

EFF leader Julius Malema. Ima credit: Nhlanhla Phillips/African News

Julius Malema says the people of Soweto must pay for electricity. He is imputing that there are those who are hiding behind the poor. This is nothing but an insult to the people of Soweto who are involved in a serious struggle with Eskom and the commodification of a basic need. Why must anyone in South Africa (SA) pay for electricity for household use?

Malema pretends to be fighting for the poor when in fact he is an enforcer of the anti black neoliberal Stellenbosch agenda. The people of Soweto aren’t hiding behind any poor people. They are poor like the rest of SA. Secondly, why must they even pay for a basic need? Must they also pay for healthcare and education?

Despite the povery biting at the Soweto people, they have offered to pay a flat rate of R150. Black First Land First (BLF) says that they shouldn’t pay even a cent. Why must we pay when we have already paid for energy generation?

Malema must know these basic facts: households only use 30% of the energy generated; coal is for free; and we pay for the establishment, development and operational costs of mines (hence “cost plus mines”). Moreover, Eskom should sell the remaining 70% of the energy to industry at competitive prices, not at the current massive indirect prices that amount to a subsidy to white monopoly capital (WMC).

Soweto is correct, electricity is a right. South African households must all get free electricity because its a right and is already paid for by the same tax payer. We call for an end to the betrayal of the poor to enrich the few.

We also now wonder if Malema didn’t call the march against Eskom to simply promote his new found love for nuclear energy. This change of heart seems to be consistent with the interests of western imperialism in the nuclear program in SA. We are moved to ask: Does Lord Robin Renwick now want the nuclear deal for his friends? Are the people of Soweto being used to justify the call for nuclear so as to benefit Stellenbosch and its Western friends?

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

2 March 2020

Contact Details

Black First Land First Mail: [email protected]

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