Stop CR17 donors from exploiting coronavirus for profits

Stop CR17 donors from exploiting coronavirus for profits

Stavros Nicolaou. Image credit: Brand SA

The country is facing a serious health crisis but the donors of the Cr17 campaign sees this as an opportunity to loot.

One of the key donors of the CR17 campaign, one Stavros Nicolaou of Aspen – which donated millions of rand to the CR17 campaign through the Hellenic, Italian and Portuguese Alliance (HIP Alliance) – has made a proposal to loot through the coronavirus pandemic. Furthermore, leaked CR17 campaign records show that Nicolaou mobilized 23 other prominent businessmen to also donate into the CR17 campaign.

Stavros Nicolaou, has now emerged with a shameful proposal to set up a Coronavirus Fund. Aspen the company that he represents is a pharmaceutical conglomerate and Africa’s largest pharmaceutical manufacturer where incidentally the Minister of Public Enterprises Pravin Gordhan has shares. Nicolaou’s indecent proposal presented to the National Economic Development and Labour Council (Nedlac), in the main suggests that money under the Ministry of Public Enterprises earmarked for State Owned Enterprises (SOEs) be diverted to this fund. Basically, Stavros Nicolaou is saying that Pravin Gordhan must set up a slush fund to be looted by Aspen for the mutual benefit of the CR17 campaign donors, including Pravin Gordhan.

Aspen is already a beneficiary of pharmaceutical state tenders worth R2 billion. Stavros Nicolaou knows that under conditions of an epidemic, tender rules are relaxed and Aspen by virtue of its closeness to the President of the country stands to benefit immensely from such a fund.

Black First Land First (BLF) says no to looting through the epidemic of the coronavirus. We call on President Ramaphosa to show character and eject Aspen from any interventions on the coronavirus pandemic. It’s a shameless act on Aspen’s part to use a tragedy for profits. Furthermore, the Stavros Nicolaou indecent proposal is consistent with the plan to destroy the SOEs so as to justify privatization to benefit the CR17 donors.

Whilst a fund to respond to the coronavirus epidemic is important, it cannot be a fund established for the purpose of the friends of the President looting it – nor can such a fund be proposed by the pharmaceutical industry.

President Ramaphosa is too compromised by his donors. It is clear that white monopoly capital (WMC) doesn’t want the coronavirus epidemic contained because it’s a big business opportunity. This may explain the less than decisive measures proposed by President Ramaphosa after consulting with stakeholders. The nation was left waiting for the statement from the President last Sunday. Who was the President consulting? Can he reveal the list of the consulted stakeholders or was he getting instructions from the CR17 donors like Stavros Nicolaou?

BLF calls on Ramaphosa to effect an immediate total shutdown of the country and to engage with Cuba and China – the two countries that know what they are doing in dealing with the coronavirus epidemic.

We further call for serious measures to be put in place to mitigate the economic impact such as:

I. lowering interest rates;
ii. suspension of mortgage bonds and rentals for the duration of the crisis;
iii. granting cash compensation to townships, informal settlements, small towns, rural villages, and small businesses;
iv. preventing companies from profiting from the coronavirus epidemic;
v. decreeing that all medical supplies shall be at cost price; and
vi. declaring a moratorium on retrenchments.

Moreover, BLF calls on Stavros Nicolaou and Aspen to apologize for insulting South Africans with such a thinly veiled plan to profit from our misery and misfortune.

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

17 March 2020

Contact Details

Black First Land First Mail: [email protected]

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

BLF calls for recusal of Judge Dhaya Pillay from case against President Zuma

BLF calls for recusal of Judge Dhaya Pillay from case against President Zuma

High Court judge Dhaya Pillay who issued warrant of arrest for Jacob Zuma. Image credit: Sandile Ndlovu

Black First Land First (BLF) is concerned by the serious allegations that Judge Dhaya Pillay – who presided in the case against President Jacob Zuma in the Pietermaritzburg High Court yesterday and who issued a vindictive, punitive, and politically charged warrant of arrest against him – is associated with Pravin Gordhan. There are rumors that the Judge is either a relative or a personal friend of Pravin Gordhan and this constitutes a conflict of interest situation.

We know for instance that those who stole R26 billion from the South African Reserve Bank (SARB) forced the African National Congress (ANC) to appoint Pravin Gordhan as Minister of Finance and by extension the head of the reporting line for SARB. White monopoly capital (WMC) wanted a Minister of Finance who will defend its interests. Gordhan defends those same interests as Minister of Public Enterprises – the fact that he owns shares in BHP Billiton, which is responsible mainly for the Eskom energy crisis, means he won’t resolve the Eskom crisis.

Gordhan is a shareholder in several WMC businesses which wanted Zuma to be removed from office because he was problematic to white capital, seen to be too close to BRICS and represented the Radical Economic Transformation (RET) agenda. Gordhan was compromised by his business links with WMC and consequently became the public face of the “Zuma must go” campaign to destabilize the BRICS process. Today Zuma continues to symbolize the RET agenda which Gordhan opposes.

Pillay’s links to Gordhan accordingly compels her to recuse herself as Judge from the case against Zuma. The fact that she has already issued a warrant of arrest, in circumstances that it was not necessary to do so as Zuma had a legitimate reason for his absence in court due to his illness for which appropriate medical certification was produced, is sufficient proof of her bias against him due to her conflict of interest situation.

We call for the Judge to recuse herself from this matter, as her close links with Gordhan compromises her ability to be fair and impartial in making any decisions in this case.

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

5 February 2020

Contact Details

Black First Land First Mail: [email protected]

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

Pravin withholding R2 billion bailout of SAA to ensure privatization

Pravin withholding R2 billion bailout of SAA to ensure privatization

Image credit: African News Agency (ANA)

Black First Land First (BLF) agrees with both the National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (NUMSA) and the South African Cabin Crew Association (SACCA) that Pravin Gordhan is deliberately running the South African Airways (SAA) down. The objective is to justify the privatization of SAA. This is a long held objective of Pravin Gordhan.

It makes no sense that all the national carrier has been deprived of is a mere R2 billion. This is the same tactic that Pravin used during the tenure of Dudu Myeni. He deliberately withheld the release of financial statements in his evil quest to precipitate a crisis at SAA so as to justify its privatisation.

The crisis at SAA, like that at Eskom, is a deliberate creation to justify privatization which is the program of ThumaMina. Both the crisis at Eskom and SAA can only end when the saboteur in chief is removed from government. There is no other way, Pravin Gordhan Must Go!

BLF launched an online petition over a week ago to put pressure on Ramaphosa to recall Gordhan from his position as Minister. The campaign aims to achieve the grand total of 10 000 (ten thousands) signatures for submission to the president of the country, Cyril Ramaphosa. Let’s tell Ramaphosa #PravinMustGoNow

Please click on the following link to sign the petition: http://chng.it/bGWxxCxN
Sign and tell others.

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

22 January 2019

Contact Details

Black First Land First Mail: [email protected]

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

BLF appalled by loadshedding created by white engineers at Eskom

BLF appalled by loadshedding created by white engineers at Eskom

Eskom’s Medupi power station. Image credit: Bosveld Review

Black First Land First (BLF) is not shocked but appalled by the revelation that white engineers have been allowed by Eskom to profit from loadshedding. This is state capture.

Eskom is being run down to justify privatization through loadshedding. Now it appears that the Eskom leadership has been incentivizing white engineers to facilitate loadshedding.

The loadshedding, which exposed Pravin Gordhan as a liar, was partly an outcome of the strategic breakdown of conveyor belts at the Medupi Power Station. The broken conveyer belts were built and designed by Rula Bulk Materials Handling, which is a company owned by Roelf Odendaal, whose brother Danie Odendaal is Eskom’s engineer general manager.

The very same Rula Bulk was again called to repair the belts that were shoddily produced by them. This is like allowing someone to break all the windows of your house and then paying the that person to fix the same broken windows. It is said that Rula Bulk has to date raked in over R2 billion from Eskom contracts.

BLF will be laying complaints of state capture at the Zondo Commission in this regard. We can’t allow such systematic looting to continue any longer. Eskom is a national asset and it must be protected

20 January 2020

Contact Details

Black First Land First Mail: [email protected]

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