MARCH TO SOUTH AFRICAN RESERVE BANK ON 17 FEBRUARY 2017: BLF INVITATION

MARCH TO SOUTH AFRICAN RESERVE BANK ON 17 FEBRUARY 2017: BLF INVITATION

In 1997, CIEX a private investigations company was commissioned by the government to investigate apartheid era crime and corruption. The report submitted to former President Thabo Mbeki suggested that billions were stolen by white capital of which R26 billion is recoverable immediately. 

In August 2011 the former Public Protector indicated that she would conduct investigations into the matter of the stolen R26 billion. Black First Land First (BLF) has since 7 September 2015 been engaged in direct action to get the Public Protector to finalise her report in this respect. 

Despite the fact the three investigations – Ciex, Heath and the Davis Panel of Experts – had found that ABSA had illegally benefitted from certain lifeboats obtained from SARB, the previous Public Protector did not do anything meaningful in this respect and she  eventually vacated her office at the end of her tenure. After a successful meeting with BLF on the issue, the new Public Protector indicated in her preliminary report that ABSA had illegally benefitted in the amount of R3.2 billion from lifeboats obtained from SARB during the apartheid era. This finding by the Public Protector has vindicated BLF. This means that ABSA’s wrongdoings is now supported by four reports, two of which – Ciex report and the Public Protector’s preliminary report – calling for ABSA to pay back the money. 

BLF has subsequently planned a new series of actions which is aimed at raising awareness about how ABSA illegally benefitted from the nation’s money.  

On 28 January, BLF successfully held nationwide pickets at 50 ABSA outlets. This kick started the movement’s rolling protest action against ABSA to force it to pay back the money. This was followed, on the evening of Saturday 28 January, by a successful public dialogue on “why must ABSA pay back the money”.

BLF will continue to intensify its actions against ABSA until it pays back the money.

BLF is calling on the nation, progressive organisations, the church, revolutionary people’s movements, the revolutionary students and individuals to join the call for ABSA to pay back the money! We invite you to join us under the following details:

Date: 17 February 2017 
Event: March to the South African Reserve Bank 
Assembly Point: Church Square, Tshwane
Time: 10:00
Contact Person: Khumbu Bavu (National Coordinator, BLF) 
Cell: 062 695 4985
Email:[email protected]

SARB has not done anything to protect the nation’s assets stolen by white capital. Also  successive governors of SARB have defended white capital. The current leadership of SARB is beholden to the white owned banks and capital and therefore there is little reason to think that they will cooperate with the Public Protector in a manner that would help to return our stolen billions! The purpose of the march to SARB is to compel ABSA to pay back the money. 

Your presence will be greatly appreciated. BLF will not stop until ABSA pays back the money which in turn must be used towards realizing Fees Must Fall and empowering the unemployed youth. 

BLF National Convener
Andile Mngxitama 

7 February 2017

Contact details 

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

Mbeki, Manuel and Mboweni must apologise for ABSA billions

Mbeki, Manuel and Mboweni must apologise for ABSA billions

Black First Land First (BLF) calls on former President Thabo Mbeki, former Finance Minister Trevor Manuel and former Governor of the South African Reserve Bank (SARB) Tito Mboweni to apologize to the nation for failing to protect the national assets. The three politicians were entrusted by the nation, by virtue of their positions at the time, to be guardians of and to safeguard the wealth of the nation. The leaked report of the Public Protector on the investigation of the “life boats” confirms that the three had unethically and possibly illegally protected white capital from paying back the R26billion stolen from the SARB.

Mbeki, Manuel and Mboweni are on record for saying that while they knew and accepted that ABSA amongst others had unduly benefited from the the illegal activities surrounding the “life boats” saga, they didn’t take action because they had decided that such action would negatively affect the banking system and consequently the economy. Such reasoning is not just irrational but served to abate the institution of the necessary criminal actions. To this end the conduct of the said three people must be condemned by all those who are ethical and genuinely against corruption. 

Mbeki, Manuel and Mboweni must apologize to the nation for such faulty reasoning or confess that they were merely defending the interests of white settler monopoly capital. The rationale for this call by BLF is made urgent by the public announcement of Mr Billy Masetlha, the former Head of the South African National Intelligence Agency, that he was misled by the trio into not pursuing the ABSA billions. This is a genuine admission by a civil servant who took his responsibilities seriously. It’s our hope that Mbeki, Manuel and Mboweni shall now follow suit. They must admit the error of their judgement and implore ABSA to stop wasting time and pay back the money.

BLF is aware that the trio had all along been aware of the contents of the CIEX report which implicates numerous banking entities and other businesses in unlawful activities. BLF is also aware that amongst the individuals that benefited from these unlawful activities is the businessman, Johann Rupert. This raises serious questions, given the close relationship that the businessman had with some of these three people.

BLF says to Mbeki, Manuel and Mboweni, “now is the time to come forward and admit your gross error of judgment that borders on dereliction of your duty. Confess and ask for forgiveness”.  More importantly, BLF calls upon them to encourage all those implicated in the theft of the R26 billion from SARB to forthwith pay back the money. The immediate payment of the stolen billions will save the state resources in the recovery of the said money which in turn is likely to entail lengthy and costly legal processes including a possible Judicial Commission of Inquiry. Should Mbeki, Manuel and Mboweni fail to apologize, the option of pressing criminal charges against them for not acting on information of wrong doing which came to their knowledge shall be utilized. The law is clear about this. 

BLF looks forward to hearing from the three as they discharge, albeit belatedly, their patriotic duties as leaders of society.

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

18 January 2017

Contact details 

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

Deputy National Coordinator:  Thandiswa Yaphi. 
Email:[email protected]
Cell no: 0631073163

Zanele Lwana
(National Spokesperson)
Cell: +27 79 486 9087
Mail:[email protected]

Lindsay Maasdorp
(National Spokesperson)
Cell: +27 79 915 2957
Mail:[email protected]

Media silence on ABSA stolen billions

Media silence on ABSA stolen billions

Black First Land First (BLF) is not suprised by the media silence on the leaked report of the Public Protector which says that ABSA must pay back the money stolen from the South African Reserve Bank (SARB). BLF has been calling for the speeding up of the investigation into apartheid looting, but the previous public protector, Thuli Madonsela, was only a protector of white capital and ignored the calls.

Since last Friday, when the story broke out, the usual loud noisemakers on corruption have completely avoided the story. All the Sunday newspapers also literally had a ban on the story. This silence shows that the big and persistent noise made on the Nkandla saga was not in the interest of fighting corruption but rather about regime change and entrenchment of white monopoly capital.

President Jacob Zuma was tormented with never ending calls for him to pay back the money, but now we see complete silence by the media, the opposition parties, trade unionists like Zwelinzima Vavi, backward formations like Save South Africa and many other so called ‘civil society’ organisations.

The Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF), which in October 2015 said it would occupy ABSA, has itself gone underground and elected to pose for pictures with the representatives of white monopoly capital at the Johannesburg Stock Exchange (JSE).

The Sunday Times tried a diversionary tactic by putting on its front page a story about Hlaudi Motsoeneng. The story has little to do with Motsoeneng but more to do with white corruption, but the Sunday Times underplayed the fact that white owned Corrobrick admitted wrong doing and promises to pay the money back. The front page headline should have read, “Corrobrick confesses its own corruption”.

Monday daily newspapers have also continued the pattern of silence. The Oppenheimer funded and loud mouth publication on black corruption, Daily maverick, also gave the story a miss. It is is clear that the white owned media is involved in a conspiracy of silence. It looks like the bosses have given clear instructions to kill the story.

BLF wishes to thank Black Twitter for making use of the #BLFvictory and #ABSAmustPay hastags which trended in three consecutive days. We call on all real anti-corruption people to ensure the story doesn’t die. BLF shall wait until 28 February to see if ABSA pays back the money. If they still play delay tactics then BLF shall call for direct action on ABSA.

BLF calls on Barclays to force ABSA to pay back the money forthwith.

BLF wishes to warn SA that white media is going to invent corruption stories about black people to try divert attention from the ABSA billions. Furthermore, BLF wishes to remind the public that the money ABSA must pay is a portion of the R26 billion stolen by, amongst others Sanlam, Johann Rupert and Daimler Chrysler. All of them are going to pay back the money.

We also warn the public that the white owned media is going to start campaigns against the new public protector Advocate Busisiwe Mkhwebane. The nation must resist these evil plans by white capital.

We say, Zuma paid back the money, now ABSA must do the same. No stories, no delays!

As for the white owned media, we say your agenda is exposed and you are not objective. You are the bulldogs of white monopoly capital. Your silence on ABSA has proven beyond doubt that you manufacture fake news.

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

Contact details

16 January 2016

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

Thandiswa Yaphi
(Deputy National Coordinator)
Cell: +27 63 107 3163
Mail: [email protected]

Zanele Lwana
(National Spokesperson)
Cell: +27 79 486 9087
Mail: [email protected]

Lindsay Maasdorp
(National Spokesperson)
Cell: +27 79 915 2957
Mail: [email protected]

Open letter to Julius Malema: Do not go into coalition with the racist DA

Open letter to Julius Malema: Do not go into coalition with the racist DA

The 2016 Local Government Elections (LGE) have put the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) in a vantage position to set a national agenda in South Africa. This position is unique and rare. The EFF can choose to use it to advance the revolution or to strengthen the hand of white supremacy.

Black First Land First (BLF) calls on the EFF to break ranks with the imperialist agenda and choose the path of revolutionary progress by abandoning any talk of a coalition with the racist party of white monopoly capital, the Democratic Alliance (DA) of Helen Zille. A coalition with the DA shall only benefit the same people who have benefited from stealing our land.

There is no denying that the ruling party, the African National Congress (ANC), has failed to use its power to advance black liberation. In this window of opportunity given by history to advance the course of black liberation, through the strategic use of the ballot, we need visionary leadership which is able to tower above our immediate feelings, differences and concerns. Mr Malema, you are being called upon to step forward and change the course of history. You can choose to be consumed by petty hatred of Jacob Zuma or you can choose to be inspired by a revolutionary vision and turn the current impasse into a breakthrough for our long suffering people.

At this hour the ANC needs what the EFF can give and in turn the ANC has what can be used by the EFF to end the suffering of our people. The percentage of the vote the EFF has can save the major metropolitan cities from falling into the hands of the racist anti-black DA. The ANC needs nothing more than that possibility. Only EFF can save us from the white rule of DA in these metros. The ANC knows this, as all of us do.

On the other hand the ANC, because it is the ruling party which has the legislative majority, has what the EFF can use to advance the revolution. Only the ANC has the power to change national policy to end white racism and to return our land. The ANC needs the votes you have and the revolution needs the authority the ANC has but has been too timid to use. Now history has provided the condition to force the hand of the ANC to do the right thing. Lenin, the great Russian revolutionary of the last century, teaches us that at times history needs a little push. It can be done, for our people and our progeny.

The ANC is on the ropes. No its not Mohammed Ali’s “rope-a-dope”, its their back against the wall. There is no need for a sadistic rubbing it on their faces. Let’s humiliate the history of humiliation that has put our people in perpetual misery. Mr Malema we call on you to make an offer the ANC cannot refuse. Tell them they can keep the metros on the following conditions:

1. Land expropriation without compensation
2. Nationalisation of mines and banks
3. Free education for all
4. Living wages and a basic income grant
5. Reparations for Marikana.

Tell them that the first condition is non negotiable. You may add an implementation plan which may include strategic placement of your trusted people in key positions. Also present the ANC with a time table of implementation with clear objectives. This is how the country can be rescued from the blubbering incompetence and cowardice of the ANC on the one hand and on the other hand the arrogance of white supremacy of the DA.

EFF stands to lose nothing for making these demands. If the ANC rejects this revolutionary offer to rescue our people then it’s the biggest loser and your party can only grow in stature in the eyes of our people. Now is the time to focus on what is fundamental. To abandon any commitment with imperialism and choose the path of revolutionary leadership.

History has thrown us a rope. Lets grab it with both hands and end the long nightmare of 350 years of bondage by a foreign occupying force. The choice here is between maintaining the racist status quo by going with the DA into a coalition of the bitter or to force the hand of the ANC and return our land and dignity. These choices are clear. We wait for you to make the correct turn and end the ongoing humiliation of the black majority. We implore you to sit down with the gang from Luthuli House. You have nothing to lose but to gain a whole new world for all of us.

You can choose this path or you can choose the path of joining hands with our enemies and continue our oppression.

Yours sincerely

Andile Mngxitama
National Convenor
Black First Land First (BLF)