Judge Zondo must be fair

Judge Zondo must be fair

The much anticipated Judicial Commission of Inquiry (JCOI) into State Capture is showing early signs of bias and inconsistencies. Black First Land First (BLF) asks the Deputy Chief Justice, Raymond Zondo, to be impartial and not play to the political gallery. The decision of the Judge to deny the Guptas the right to cross-examine witnesses via video link is not reaaonble or consistent.

The participation of the Gupta brothers in the JCOI is critical in helping the nation to get a full picture of the allegations. The denial of the brothers of this right has the impact of shielding witnesses who lied before the JCOI.

Judge Zondo has already accepted the argument of Mcebisi Jonas that he didn’t trust the South African law enforcement agencies. The Guptas have only echoed this claim which has been heard and not challenged by the JCOI.  Why is it okay for Jonas to make such a claim but not good enough when the Guptas make a similar claim?

We have seen that the Hawks act as private paratroopers of white monopoly capital. They arrested Duduzane Zuma and shackled him just to go to court to take away his rights to travel. The same Hawks asked for a six months postponement. This shows beyond doubt that they are abusing their powers and therefore the adversaries of white monopoly capital have a legitimate reason to question their integrity.

The second and glaring inconsistency shown by Judge Zondo is his refusal to grant the Guptas permission for cross examination by video link. Judge Zondo has already established a precedent by allowing the so called ‘state capture’ experts to testify via video link. Again the question arises – why the double standards when it is in relation to the Guptas?

BLF calls on Judge Zondo to review his decision so that the Guptas can state their side of the story and the nation can have the opportunity to make up its mind on an informed basis. Zondo is not presiding over a trial. In the event of his recommendations having criminal implications for witnesses then other mechanisms, including the law enforcement agencies and extradition treaties, will come into force. The Judge should not help the Hawks to harrass the Guptas via the back door. Let the truth come out. Let the Guptas testify via video link.

BLF has a big interest in the JCOI into State Capture to which it shall shortly be submitting over twenty matters.

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

13 September 2018

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BLF to take action against Steinhoff and Markus Jooste

BLF to take action against Steinhoff and Markus Jooste

Black First Land First (BLF) will take multiple actions against the corruption of Markus Jooste, the former Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the discredited Steinhoff International (Steinhoff). BLF will also take action against all those who helped Jooste in his corrupt activities – from his deputy to the entire Board of Directors and to the auditing firm Deloitte that gave Steinhoff a clean audit thus clearing them of the corruption which in turn has cost government over R12 billion. This is the biggest scandal of the year.

BLF has already sent a letter this morning to the Minister of Finance, Malusi Gigaba, to amongst other things:

1. Probe probable contraventions of the provisions of finance regulations by the South African Revenue Services (SARS), PIC, auditors, chartered accountants and directors.

2. Report the auditing firm Deloitte to the Independent Regulatory Board for Auditors (IRBA).

3. Report all the directors of the board to the Institute of Directors (IoD) with a view to having the directors declared unfit to be directors.

4. Make public all the beneficiaries of the PIC money including asset management companies and the extent of the exposure

5. Suspend Steinhoff’s entire Board of Directors, including its newly appointed interim executive chairperson Christo Wiese, and its executive advisor Pieter Erasmus.

6. Report the matter to the Financial Services Board (FSB)

7. Do all that is necessary to bring to book Pravin Gordhan and Mcebisi Jonas for their role in the loss of over R12 billion in pension benefits.

BLF has also written to the Standing Commitee on Finance to convene an urgent hearing on the Steinhoff corruption saga. We are talking over R12 billion here!

BLF will also open a criminal case on Tuesday against the culprits based on a sworn affidavit. Jooste and his accomplices must account. An important thread running through the Steinhoff corruption is the role of former Minister of Finance Pravin Gordhan and his deputy Mcebisi Jonas. BLF is demanding transparency on how the two gave government funds to their friend Jayendra Naidoo. Gordhan and Jonas must be held responsible for the loss of over R12 billion of state funds and must pay part of the money back themselves.

BLF will also report the Steinhoff corruption to the Office of the Public Protector. We note how the white owned media has avoided putting the scandal of the more than R12 billion corruption by white monopoly capital on the front pages. We must take action because organisations like the Organisation Undoing Tax Abuse (OUTA), Save South Africa (Save SA); Corruption Watch and opposition parties in particular the Democratic Alliance (DA) and the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) who are agents of white monopoly are always covering up white corruption.

BLF won’t rest until justice is done!

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

11 December 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 to take action against Steinhoff and Markus Jooste

BLF to take action against Steinhoff and Markus Jooste

Black First Land First (BLF) will take multiple actions against the corruption of Markus Jooste, the former Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the discredited Steinhoff International (Steinhoff). BLF will also take action against all those who helped Jooste in his corrupt activities – from his deputy to the entire Board of Directors and to the auditing firm Deloitte that gave Steinhoff a clean audit thus clearing them of the corruption which in turn has cost government over R12 billion. This is the biggest scandal of the year.

BLF has already sent a letter this morning to the Minister of Finance, Malusi Gigaba, to amongst other things:

1. Probe probable contraventions of the provisions of finance regulations by the South African Revenue Services (SARS), PIC, auditors, chartered accountants and directors.

2. Report the auditing firm Deloitte to the Independent Regulatory Board for Auditors (IRBA).

3. Report all the directors of the board to the Institute of Directors (IoD) with a view to having the directors declared unfit to be directors.

4. Make public all the beneficiaries of the PIC money including asset management companies and the extent of the exposure

5. Suspend Steinhoff’s entire Board of Directors, including its newly appointed interim executive chairperson Christo Wiese, and its executive advisor Pieter Erasmus.

6. Report the matter to the Financial Services Board (FSB)

7. Do all that is necessary to bring to book Pravin Gordhan and Mcebisi Jonas for their role in the loss of over R12 billion in pension benefits.

BLF has also written to the Standing Commitee on Finance to convene an urgent hearing on the Steinhoff corruption saga. We are talking over R12 billion here!

BLF will also open a criminal case on Tuesday against the culprits based on a sworn affidavit. Jooste and his accomplices must account. An important thread running through the Steinhoff corruption is the role of former Minister of Finance Pravin Gordhan and his deputy Mcebisi Jonas. BLF is demanding transparency on how the two gave government funds to their friend Jayendra Naidoo. Gordhan and Jonas must be held responsible for the loss of over R12 billion of state funds and must pay part of the money back themselves.

BLF will also report the Steinhoff corruption to the Office of the Public Protector. We note how the white owned media has avoided putting the scandal of the more than R12 billion corruption by white monopoly capital on the front pages. We must take action because organisations like the Organisation Undoing Tax Abuse (OUTA), Save South Africa (Save SA); Corruption Watch and opposition parties in particular the Democratic Alliance (DA) and the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) who are agents of white monopoly are always covering up white corruption.

BLF won’t rest until justice is done!

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

11 December 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 revolutionary actions of the students of UJ

The students of the University of Johannesburg (UJ) are correct in characterizing the primary contradiction in South Africa as being white monopoly capital. The revolutionary students of UJ are also correct by outing Pravin Gordhan and Mcebisi Jonas as agents of white monopoly capital. They are correct to point out that for us to fight for liberation we have to focus our attention, not on side issues and petty squabbles amongst black people, but we must fight white monopoly capital.

Black First Land First (BLF) fully supports the clear revolutionary leadership given by the UJ students. Salute!

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