BLF turns two today

BLF turns two today

On this second anniversary of our revolutionary movement we commit ourselves to deepening the fight against land thieves and white supremacy. Black First Land First (BLF) will not celebrate any achievement until the land is in the hands of its rightful owners. Today we renew our commitment to defend and advance the Radical Economic Transformation (RET) agenda as was conceived by President Zuma.

Black people need a minimum program to unite them all, irrespective of political party affiliation. That program is RET. Amongst the key pillars of RET, which must be supported by all, are the following:

1. Land expropriation without compensation
2. Nationalisation of the South African Reserve Bank
3. Setting up a State Bank
4. The revised Mining Charter
5. Free quality decolonized education
7. Reparations for Marikana
8. Living minimum wage of R12 500

BLF, following Steve Biko, has learned in its short existance that “the most potent weapon in the hands of the oppressor is the mind of the oppressed”. It is for this reason that BLF has in the past two years spent a lot of time making visible the invisible hand of white monopoly capital (WMC). BLF has laboured to expose the state capture narrative that seeks to absolve WMC as the primary capturer of the state.

BLF has consistently emphasized the liberation perspective which clarifies that the central contradiction in South Africa (SA) is really between black people and land thieves. The differences amongst blacks are secondary. Hence the slogan “peace amongst blacks – war to the enemy”.

BLF enters its third year of life under heavy intensification of imperialist aggression, both here and abroad. In SA imperialism is fermenting every type of vendetta against the RET forces including sponsoring protests which seem protected by the police such as the burning down of Mahikeng. For the first time we have witnessed an attack on a mosque a few days ago. In this context we note the United States of America (USA) military invasion of SA – war aircraft of the USA are on our shores since early this month. This follows a 2 week long tour of SA by Lord Robin Renwick – chief handler of the puppets of regime change in the country.

Abroad we see the intense imperialist war developing in countries like Venezuela, Nicaraguan, Ecuador, Brazil and even in the Caribbean.

BLF has committed itself to exposing WMC corruption and schemes. We will, moving forward, defend and advance the original RET program.

There are urgent tasks that must be done including intensifying the counter WMC narrative; organizing land occupations; opposing evictions from land and homes; defending the Ingonyama Trust; defending President Zuma; and defending the North West Premier, Supra Mahumapelo.

BLF wishes to thank all those who have helped the movement. All your assistance – from financial, to ideas, to advice – are well appreciated.

#Happy2BLF

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

14 May 2018

Black First Land First Email:[email protected]
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Website: www.blf.org.za

Zanele Lwana
(Deputy President)
Cell: +27799867225

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

Brian Tloubatla
(Head of Media & Communications)
Cell: +27 82 216 7664

BLF applauds the victory of the Zama Zamas in Kimberley

BLF applauds the victory of the Zama Zamas in Kimberley

Black First Land First (BLF) celebrates the progressive victory of the Zama Zama artisanal miners in Kimberley on obtaining the necessary permits for mining from the Department of Mineral Resources (DMR) after a protracted struggle in this regard. This follows a deal concluded with the Kimberley Ekapa Mining Joint Venture (KEM-JV) which now allows the Kimberley Artisanal Miners (most of who are BLF members) to go ahead and mine for diamond residue on land they were previously prohibited from mining on. To this end the Zama Zamas have been given mining dumps to the extent of at least one thousand hectares on which they can now mine without being victimized by the state and private security companies.

BLF honors the Zama Zama miners for their resilience as well as for the gains that they have made via the revolutionary leadership of their Chairperson, Comrade Lucky Seekoei.

BLF has long maintained that the Zama Zamas are the only legitimate miners in the country and that it is the likes of DeBeers who are illegal land thieves. Nearly one year ago, on 10 May, the Zama Zama miners supported by BLF, marched to DMR and called for “an end to all evictions, interdicts on mining, police and private security violence, the industry to be regularized; to get the necessary subsidization; and to be given legal recognition for operations over the floors.” BLF maintains this call.

We further point out that the struggle beyond this victory, including for the total return of the stolen land (its the mineral resources included) and for the Zama Zamas to be covered by the Mining Charter in furtherance of implementing Radical Economic Transformation, continues. Salutations to the Kimberley Artisanal Miners!

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

5 May 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
(Head of Media & Communications)
Cell: +27 82 216 7664

 

BLF calls for intervention from the Ministry of Women – justice for #ZolileKhumalo

BLF calls for intervention from the Ministry of Women  – justice for #ZolileKhumalo

Black First Land First (BLF) is saddened by the news of the murder of a young woman, Zolile Khumalo, at the hands of her boyfriend. Zolile who was a student at Mangosuthu University of Technology (MUT) is 1 of 8 women who die at the instance of their spouses everyday. Statistics also reveal that annually in South Africa (SA) more than a thousand women are murdered by their partners and a million are raped in mainly townships that are already generally characterized by violence. We call for justice for Zolile Khumalo which in turn is part of the bigger struggle against gender based violence and to this end put appropriate mechanisms in place .

BLF recognizes that black people continue to be systematically subjected to an endless cycle of violence and then imprisoned under the guise of justice for acts that are intensified and enabled by white supremacy. There is a deeper dynamic to the violence of black people – it is structurally enabled by white supremacy which in turn is based on the colonial theft of black lands. Hence black men are thrust into mimicking the violent tendencies of white supremacy. This however not only strengthens the hand of white supremacy and the continuous marginalization of black people – it makes total liberation of both black women and men an almost impossible task. To this end our fight is directed inwardly towards each other instead of focusing it on the enemy.

We reiterate our call to the Minister of Women whose burden is a heavy one indeed- take the resolution of the question of gender based violence seriously. After-all there can be no real black liberation without the liberation of black women. Since plans to develop a national strategy to eradicate gender based violence has been suspended by government which in turn has also halted the National Council on Gender Based Violence from doing its work, the Ministry on Women has not indicated the way forward. We cannot allow this situation to continue unaddressed.

Government via the Ministry of Women must develop and implement a meaningful plan which includes decolonised gender education from pre-school to tertiary level of education that is anti-sexist, anti-patriarchal and by extension anti white supremacist. This gender education should further speak to outlawing all practices that are oppressive to black women. We urge the Ministry of Women to intensify it’s reach in black communities – it’s the right thing to do.

BLF is appalled by the prevalence of gender-based violence. We call on government to hold a national summit on gender based violence in the next 3 months failing which BLF will take further action. The statistics indicate that we are in a state of emergency which requires immediate action. The only reason there’s no concern in this regard is because this affects black and not white women.

We stands for radical economic transformation (RET) regarding policy development and implementation with clear targets towards realizing the objective of eradicating gender based violence. To end gender-based violence that is rooted in dispossession, there is no solution beyond decolonization and no justice without reparations centered on land return. BLF will write to the Ministry of Women again, to seek a meeting towards further engagement and action in this regard. We shall not rest until we get real justice for black women like Zolile Khumalo.

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

4 May 2018

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

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

Thabi Myeni
(Secretary of Gender and Sexuality)
Cell:+27765323903

Brian Tloubatla
(Head of Media & Communications)
Cell: +27 82 216 7664

 

North West protests funded by Cyril Ramaphosa

North West protests funded by Cyril Ramaphosa

Black First Land First (BLF) has been reliably informed that the ongoing protests in the North West province are funded by white monopoly capital (WMC) to stop Radical Economic Transformation (RET). Members of the community who have been coerced with money and others who have been promised money have fingered China Dodovu and Collen Maine as the organisers of the well funded mayhem.

The protests are part of the program of the Cyril Ramaphosa faction to use money to sponsor a counter revolutionary situation in the North West. The main objective is to remove the North West Premier, Supra Mahumapelo, because he is seen as a supporter of President Zuma. Mahumapelo has also frightened the corrupt backers of Ramaphosa by calling for a comprehensive probe into corruption in the province. The plan is to try and remove Mahumapelo so that the corruption is not dealt with.

China Dodovu, the ring leader of the WMC funded protest, is a controversial figure in North West politics. Dodovu is a former Member of the Executive Council (MEC) of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs as well as the provincial deputy chairperson. He was arrested and charged in 2013 – together with the now North West secretary of the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) Papiki Babuile – for the murder of Oubuti Chika in the run up to the Mangaung elective conference of the African National Congress (ANC) in 2012. At the time he was killed Chika was the regional secretary of the Dr Kenneth Kaunda district in the North West Province.

Mahumapelo has named Dodovu as one of the people who must be probed for corruption. The protests are a pre-emptive strike to evade the investigation into corruption. BLF accordingly calls for the following:

1. Ramaphosa must immediately distance himself from the sponsored protests in the North West.

2. Ramaphosa and his WMC backers must immediately desist from paying poor people to cause mayhem in the North West.

3. All those who have been paid or promised money to embark on the protests in the North West, must come forward and tell the truth.

4. Our people in the North West must refuse to be used by those who are responsible for the Marikana massacre – if they love you, they should be sharing the wealth of the province with you.

5. A Commission of Inquiry into the current protests in the North West must be instituted without delay so that the truth can come out.

The people of the North West Province are experiencing genuine service delivery challenges which must be addressed appropriately. In this context, we must refuse to be used by counter revolutionary forces who have been bought to stop RET.

Issued by Black First Land First, National Coordinating Committee of (BLF NCC)
28 April 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
(Head of Media & Communications)
Cell: +27 82 216 7664