BLF rejects Ramaphosa’s white monopoly capital SONA

BLF rejects Ramaphosa’s white monopoly capital SONA

The State of the Nation Address (SONA) by Cyril Ramaphosa was a statement of the ‘New Deal’ of the Democratic Alliance (DA) not of RET which is policy of the ANC.

Nowhere does RET find expression in the SONA by Ramaphosa. The clear sign of the rejection of RET was the invitation of the apartheid mass murderer FW de Klerk to the SONA. The invitation of de Klerk was a disgusting act by Cyril Ramaphosa and an affirmation to the apartheid forces that white power is back.

BLF has opened cases of multiple murders against FW de Klerk including massacres that he presided over in defence of apartheid. The invitation of de Klerk to the SONA strikes us as the meeting of the Marikana massacre and Boipatong massacre. Its an insult to the memory of the murdered.

BLF is even more disgusted by the respect shown to the mass murderer FW de Klerk by members of parliament who clapped for the apartheid killer while booing the name of President Zuma. How soon have we blacks forgotten? We are a sick people!

The SONA shows that RET is dead from the point of view of the President of the country. Cyril speaks a bit of RET but walks a lot of the New Deal. He speaks RET only to deceive.

No land expropriation under Ramaphosa

There is not going to be any land expropriation without compensation under Cyril Ramaphosa. We must decode what he means by land expropriation without compensation. Each time he mentions it he quickly cancels it with a racist logic that says that land can only be given back if the white agricultural sector is not affected. The lie that there is food security which will be affected negatively if blacks get land is colonial thinking by Cyril Ramaphosa. The ANC 54th Elective Conference has resolved on land expropriation without compensation. Ramaphosa says that there shall be consultations.

Unlike with the joke of internships instead of jobs, there are no time frames or targets for land expropriation without compensation. There is no plan or will for it. We can’t expect Cyril Ramaphosa to lead a process to take the land from his white friends and give it to blacks.

Mining Charter surrendered

The SONA has also killed the Mining Charter. Cyril Ramaphosa now says that the Mining Charter must be negotiated with the same mining bosses who reject the transformation of the mining sector.

No State Bank, no nationalisation of SARB

The SONA is silent on the development of a State Bank and Black Bank – no mention, no time lines, no targets! The most shocking of the SONA is its silence on the nationalisaiton of the South African Reserve Bank (SARB). Cyril Ramaphosa is defying the ANC and undermining RET.

Free education not for all

Ramaphosa’s pro white monopoly capital SONA was a direct attack on the ‘Free Education’ pronounced by President Zuma. Ramaphosa, instructed by the London/Stellenbosch mafia, says only first year students will get free education in 2018. This is not what Comrade Zuma had pronounced. Ramaphosa is eroding ‘Free Education’ because he wants his business partners in the banking system to make profits from poor students with expensive loans.

BLF rejects the SONA of 2018 – we are not bamboozled by good sounding English

BLF will watch how those who gave the SONA a standing ovation will now try to disagree. Its a superficial disagreement. Parliament has become a place of the hegemony of white monopoly capital ideology and interests. Blacks are not represented in parliament.

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

19 February 2018

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

Brian Tloubatla
(Deputy National Spokesperson)
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BLF calls on President Zuma to immediately address the national water crisis

BLF calls on President Zuma to immediately address the national water crisis

Water access, ownership and distribution in South Africa (SA) can’t be allowed to continue along the spatial segregation lines of apartheid, twenty four years into democracy. White communities who are in fact constituted, maintained and perpetuated by white monopoly capital have preferential access, distribution and ownership of water at the expense of the black majority. The black majority, being the poorest and most vulnerable of the population due to historical colonial theft of our land and being, on an average don’t even have access to the basic policy requirement of 25 liters of “free water” per person per day.

Our right to water, which is structurally inextricably linked to our right to land, is tied up to our right to dignity, food, housing, sanitation, health care as well as an healthy environment. Water is life, water is economy, water is dignity, water is land!

SA is a water scarce country with an average of 450mm of rainfall which in turn is far below the international average of 840mm per annum. This translates into water acquisition in SA being 53.5% of the world average. SA has also not come out of the four year regional drought. It was predicted in numerous reports presented to Government from before 2002, that SA will be facing a major drought that it now is in due to geographical issues (flowing from it being a semi-arid country) as well as the fact that it would have to endure the adverse effects of climate change. Both National and Provincial Governments have been aware of the threatening national water crises since before 2002 as the numerous reports – such as the Department of Water Affairs and Forestry of 2002; the Catchment Storm Water and River Management Strategy report of 2002 to 2007; the Integrated Development Planning (IDP) report of 2005 projecting the current drought; the Western Cape report of 2005 on climate change; report in 2002 titled “Inter-basin water sharing to achieve water security – a South African Perspective”; Water Demand Management Policy and Strategy in 1998 and referred to again in 2001 – presented to Government bear testimony to.

The Department of Water Affairs and Forestry in 2002 reported that “South Africa …will face “chronic water scarcity” by 2025 if current population trends continue and would move towards “absolute scarcity” in the forseabe future.”

SA conducts water intensive mining and agricultural sectors, with its allocation being irrigation (agriculture) 59%; mining 13%; domestic use 12.9%; livestock watering 6%; schedule one 5.7%; and other 3.4%.

The total allocation for both the mining and the agricultural sectors amount 72% in terms of which the black majority are economically excluded via the continuation of the apartheid legacy. In this context blacks are the underpaid exploited slave workers and whites own the means of production that depletes our water resources in the interests of white monopoly capital.

In this national water crisis Western Cape is the most hard hit, followed by the Eastern Cape which in turn is followed by KwaZulu Natal. The Western Cape and Eastern Cape must be treated as what they are – disaster areas. BLF calls on President Zuma to address the water question in the interests of the black majority via Radical Economic Transformation (RET) as follows:

1. All land that government needs to access water through, must be expropriated without compensation with immediate effect.

2. The land in Western Cape on which the 70 springs including rivers are located on must be expropriated without compensation with immediate effect.

3. Infrastructure must be built relating to the 70 springs so as to meaningfully utilize the more than 100 million liters of fresh water currently being wastefully channeled to the sea daily by the Western Cape Government.

4. Access to water from these 70 springs must be made available to the public, via the ministry of water and sanitation, with immediate effect.

5. The process of making sea water drinkable (desalination) must be nationalized – we cannot allow a situation where international private companies, for example from Israel, privatize the desalination process.

6. Immediately stop the issuance of licenses to and revoke all current licenses of private companies that utilize and sell spring water.

7. Over and above the 70 springs, allow public access to all springs that are already in private hands, via the ministry of water and sanitation .

8. Reduce the amount of water allocated to the agricultural sector specifically to farmers growing water intensive crops such as grapes and apples.

9. Nationalize all private dams, including those owned by or in possession of farmers.

10. Expropriate all land without compensation including the land on which privately owned dams of farmers are situated.

11. The ministry of water and sanitation must become the custodians of private owned farm dams and be responsible for the equitable distribution of water to all South Africans.

12. All water ownership (including in the form of springs, rivers, and dams) should be addressed by the Judicial Commission of Inquiry on State Capture.

13. Ban the dumping of raw sewage into the oceans. The City of Cape Town has from the 1970s been dumping raw sewage just 700 meters away from the coastlines into the oceans of Camps Bay, Hout Bay and Mouille Point. Collectively 19 Olympic size swimming pools of untreated human waste is pumped into the oceans daily – 50% of which is recyclable water.

14. Upgrade and build infrastructure that facilitates the recycling of the sewage.

15. Upgrade, repair and renew the ailing infrastructure of water distribution to address the fruitless loss of water that nationally amounts to 37%.

16. Ban the planting of trees and plants like palm trees that each require 1000 litres of water a day.

17. Secure our constitutional right to access to free clean drinking water that responds to people’s total needs.

18. Educate the population and business about SA being a water scarce and stressed region and the need to conserve water.

19. Refrain from bailing out farmers through public funds who grow water intensive crops that don’t benefit SA meaningfully, like apples and grapes.

20. Compensate workers on farms that produce crops that are water intensive and have become bankrupt because of droughts – until such farms change the crops they produce.

21. Amend Section 25 of the Constitution to give immediate expression to expropriation of land without compensation and the resolution of the water question.

#NoToWaterPrivatisation
#LandExpropriationWithoutCompensation

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

1 February 2018

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Zanele Lwana
(Deputy President)
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Lindsay Maasdorp
(National Spokesperson)
Cell: +27 79 915 2957

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

Message to Assata Shakur – thank you for your solidarity and inspiration

Message to Assata Shakur – thank you for your solidarity and inspiration

Revolutionary greetings Comrade Assata Shakur,

We speak to you as the Black First Land First – Student Movement (BLF-SM), a revolutionary movement which draws from Sankofa wisdom and is underpinned by Pan Afrikanism, Black Consciousness and the leadership ethos of Thomas Sankara.

We continue to play an integral part in the liberation of the black majority in South Africa. Our struggle is as its core driven by a set of minimum demands the most important of which is the return of the stolen land from the white settler colonizer without payment for it. It is upon the realisation of this demand that the realisation of all the other demands including the attainment of free quality decolonised education becomes possible.

About three years ago, you wrote an inspiring letter to the youth of South Africa, who were at the time, engaged in the struggle to remove the colonial statue of Cecil John Rhodes from University of Cape Town. This letter came at a time when globally the seeds for global black solidarity were being sown, through the BRICS project.

You wrote from exile in Cuba and this was a tremendous source of inspiration. It represented international solidarity with the oppressed and reminded us that even when banished to exile, the struggle for liberation remains central to ones existence.

Post the Rhodes Must Fall movement, when the student struggle went on to focus on Free Decolonised Education, under the banner of ‘Fees Must Fall’, your life and words gave us the necessary energy to remain principled and committed to attaining free education.

Comrade Shakur, as you know western imperialism has gone on the offensive to crush the BRICS project. It is waging war in Venezuela; successfully removed Dilma Rousseff as President of Brazil and replaced her with their puppet; engineered and facilitated the execution of the coup and regime change in Zimbabwe; and attempted to destroy Russia. It is also currently waging war in South Africa with the assistance of its agents – through political instability (with the help of rating agencies) and economic terrorism – to ensure regime change and the consolidation of state capture.

In South Africa the settler coloniser, represented by the likes of Johan Rupert, and agents of imperialism have sought to remove President Jacob Zuma from Office. This is so because President Zuma has decreed that land must be returned to the black majority without compensation to the colonial land thieves and also because he has championed the BRICS program which seeks to disrupt the monopoly of the West over the lives of blacks. The other reason they want President Zuma out is because he agrees with blacks – that it is time for ‘Free Education’. We remain at war. This is the same war, by the same nations, who attacked and forced you, Comrade Shakur, into exile.

BLF-SM as a component of Black First Land First (BLF) has defended President Zuma from this attack and we have simultaneously demanded that the President implements ‘Free Education’. In December 2017, following his earlier declaration of ‘land expropriation without compensation’, President Zuma has declared ‘Free Education’!

We write to you today to thank you for your encouragement; your principled commitment to the struggle; and for continuously standing with the oppressed no matter how many thousands of kilometres and colonial borders separate us!

We salute you Comrade Assata Shakur!

You continue to inspire us to struggle for the liberation of our people the world over. We shall not stop until imperialism, colonialism and apartheid are completely destroyed. We refuse to be foreigners and slaves in South Africa and everywhere else on earth!

Land or Death!

ISSUED BY THE BLACK FIRST LAND FIRST STUDENT MOVEMENT (BLF-SM)

11 January 2018

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EFF shall never occupy the land of Johann Rupert!

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

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

Zanele Lwana
(Deputy President)
Cell: +27799867225

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

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