BLF-SM gives thanks to all who struggled to realize Free Education & Black Unity

The Black First Land First Student Movement (BLF-SM) gives thanks and salutations to all who have contributed in the ongoing struggle for “Free Education”. We thank those who have toiled in the trenches of the Institutions of Higher Learning and in the corridors of governance; contributed with valuable insight and resources; and agitated in the corridors of governance. We are further grateful to President Jacob Zuma – who continues to defy white monopoly capital, western imperialism as well as its agents – for utilizing his position as President of the country to decree “Free Education”. Moreover, thanks to the ruling party, the African National Congress (ANC), for adopting “Free Education” as part of its Radical Economic Transformation policy at its 54th National Elective Conference.

We are at the cusp of making “Free Education” a reality for those from Lavender Hill, Diepsloot, Taung and the many other areas where blacks languish in poverty. Yet at this critical hour, those who once said they are the friends of Fees Must Fall, are now anti “Free Education”. They say there’s no money. They say there’s money for them and their kids to study, but the black majority must wait, wait indefinitely.

More than ever we need black solidarity in action that cuts through all the divides. We need the black employed to come out again and support the struggle as we push to make President Zuma’s commitment to implement free education a reality.

We as BLF-SM, along with many of the other progressive forces, will assist with cutting away the red tape that makes a student from the township or “squatter camp” defeated long before s/he sees a campus registration or admission paper.

Further we recognise that not all our tactics were universally appealing to everyone when we waged war against the enemies of “Free Decolonised Education”. History has vindicated us. It has demonstrated that our actions were justified in that they were driven by love for our people and our commitment to ensure that the youth who have been condemned to slavery can inherit the most basic of rights – the right to learn!

As BLF-SM we recognise again that we have reached an impasse. The likes of Max Price, who supported a march to parliament for “Free Education”, now stands in total defiance of the Commander in Chief (CiC) of South Africa, President Zuma, who has announced “Free Education”. Max Price is willfully shutting the doors of learning and is provoking us to war, yet again. A war that we have time and time again shown that we are capable and ready to wage in the interest of the blacks.

This white arrogance is in line with the regime change program of the enemy which is white monopoly capital in cahoots with western imperialism. It is supported by many who once claimed to be our friends but have emphatically positioned themselves as agents of the enemy who are willing to serve the program of regime change. This program is intended to not only unseat Jacob Zuma as President but to consolidate this country as a neo-colony and reverse the gains of “Free Education”. They hate Zuma because they hate black people. They hate Zuma because he gives black people “Free Education”.

BLF-SM calls for black solidarity. We call for all those who remain friends of the marginalized to support and advance the call for “Free Education” as ushered in by Presidnet Zuma. We further call for unity of action, understanding and support in the tactics that we may be compelled to pursue if the likes of Max Price continue to stand in defiance of the CiC of our country. BLF-SM calls on the Minister of Police to stand with our people and to recognize that our said actions will be driven by an absolute and categorical defense of President Zuma, our national sovereignty and to advance the struggle for “Free Education” as part of realizing Radical Economic Transformation (RET).

Finally we thank our CiC, President Zuma, for his courage, political will and resolute commitment to realize RET. On our part we are ready to defend the gains of “Free Education” in particular and of RET as a whole by any means necessary!

Free Education Now!
Land or Death!

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

4 January 2018

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Reminder why BLF called for Pravin Gordhan to be fired as Minister of Finance

Reminder why BLF called for Pravin Gordhan to be fired as Minister of Finance

The following article which was written by BLF President Andile Mngxitama was published in the independent news source, Black Opinion (BO) website, on 27 March 2017 and is reissued by BLF. It elaborates on 30 reasons why Pravin Gordhan must be fired as Minister of Finance. Gordhan was subsequently removed from his post by President Jacob Zuma on 30 March 2017 – three days after this article appeared on BO. It must also be stated that on 23 January 2017 BLF wrote to President Jacob Zuma and requested that he fire Gordhan as Minister of Finance. To this end sound evidence was provided. The republishing of the following article is most significant as a reminder of why Gordhan had to be removed from office. It is also particularly important in the light of the dismissal with costs on 18 August 2017 of the application brought by Gordhan in the High Court Gauteng Provincial Division under case number 80978/16 for an order that he is “not by law empowered or obliged to intervene in the relationship” between the four major banks and Oakbay regarding the closure of the Oakbay bank accounts. The High Court’s decision, delivered by the Deputy Judge President Aubrey Ledwaba, has vindicated BLF’s position that Gordhan is compromised, conflicted, captured and beholden to white monopoly capital. He was appointed by white monopoly capital as Minister of Finance and the High Court’s dismissal of the relief he sought is proof of this without any doubt.

“The Minister of Finance, Pravin Gordhan, is conflicted, compromised and captured by white settler monopoly capital. He is consequently not a fit and proper person to be the country’s Minister of Finance. He must be fired by President Zuma without delay! The reasons for such a definite judgement are as follows:

1. Gordhan has business ties to white capital which compromises his ability to serve the nation. In this regard the “Register of Members’ Interests, 2015” in the “Joint Committee on Ethics and Members Interests” lists all the businesses that Gordhan has interests in. The said Register of Members’ Interests indicates companies that are accused of stealing R26 billion from the South African Reserve Bank (SARB) which is under the Ministry of Finance. Quite clearly, Gordhan will not investigate companies that he has shares in and is benefitting from.

2. A criminal case has been opened by the BLF at the South African Police Services (SAPS) against a number of white business persons including Johann Rupert for contravening section 4 of the Prevention and Combating of Corrupt Activities, 2004 (Act No. 12 of 2004). This case is essentially one of corruption involving state capture by white capitalist businesses. This case is currently being investigated by the HAWKS.

3. A complaint has also been lodged by BLF with the Public Protector regarding state capture by the same white business persons mentioned in number 2 including Johann Rupert. BLF further requested the President to institute a Judicial Commission of Inquiry on state capture. In addition BLF has presented the President, SAPS, HAWKS and the Public Protector with evidence that shows that these business persons and Johann Rupert have illegally interfered with the duties of the President to appoint ministers in terms of the Constitution which they claim to uphold.

4. Johann Rupert who is also the chairperson of the Swiss luxury goods conglomerate Richemont acted in a corrupt fashion when he summoned ANC leaders, specifically Cyril Ramaphosa and Trevor Manuel, and instructed them to ensure the firing of Des van Rooyen and the hiring of Pravin Gordhan as Minister of Finance. In this regard, Johann Rupert has interests in the economy, so he wants a Minister of Finance who will take care of his interests.

5. How Gordhan handled the saga of the closure of the Oakbay bank accounts last year further demonstrates that Gordhan is conflicted, compromised and beholden to white monopoly capital. In April 2016 Oakbay publicly announced that the banks had closed its banking accounts and that that its auditors (KPMG) as well as its sponsor on the Johannesburg Stock Exchange, Sasfin, have terminated their services with it. Oakbay indicated that the banks had acted irregularly and unjustifiably in closing its accounts and to this end it had made several approaches to Gordhan, to seek his intervention (on behalf of government) to approach the banks so as to reverse their decision to close its accounts.

6. In this regard, Gordhan was unable to execute his tasks which entailed following a process sanctioned by Cabinet. He failed to attend a single Inter Ministerial Committee meeting to deal with the issue. On 14 October 2016 he chose instead, and at state expense, to approach the High Court (Gauteng Provincial Division, Case Number 80978/16) for an order that he is “not by law empowered or obliged to intervene in the relationship” between the four major banks and Oakbay regarding the closure of the Oakbay bank accounts.

7. Evidence in rebuttal has shown that the allegations that Oakbay had shifted funds illegally out of the country, is false. To this end approval from SARB to transfer funds to the Bank of Baroda under a new account was clearly requested by the Business Rescue Practitioners (BRP). Hence the accusations of the so-called tax loss and threat are unfounded.

8. The fact that Oakbay is a primary competitor of the businesses that Gordhan has shares in, further explains why he cannot be impartial.

9. Quite clearly the said High Court application by Gordhan, which is currently locked in a court battle, serves the banks (in which Gordhan has shares) which ensured that he be appointment as Minister of Finance. This further demonstrates how he is using his position as Minister of Finance to serve his business partners.

10. Pravin Gordhan has shares in ABSA, the same bank which is facing corruption charges for stealing R3.2 billion from SARB which is under his Ministery.

11. Gordhan is a beneficiary of BHP Billiton which has consumed 11% of the national energy and is increasing the energy burden through its unethical deal that is tantamount to a subsidy from the state.

12. Gordhan has shares in Remgro, which is owned by Johann Rupert who is, as indicated above, being investigated by the HAWKS for state capture in relation to the hiring of Gordhan as Minister of Finance. Moreover, Rupert as indicated below is accused of being one of the white business people who stole R26 billion from SARB.

13. On 16 November 2016 BLF opened a case with the SAPS against Johann Rupert and 16 others for the theft of R26 billion from SARB. BLF has also requested that the case be looked into by the HAWKS. Gordhan benefits directly from many of the businesses implicated in the theft of the R26 billion from SARB which is under the Ministry of Finance. Gordhan’s conflict of interest situation prevents him from investigating companies that he has business interests in.

14. The war between Treasury and ESKOM is about promoting the interests of white settler monopoly capital. White settler monopoly capital is angry that under Brian Molefe and Dr Ben Ngubane, black business has been transacting more with ESKOM. White capital thus far has targeted the Gupta family who after buying a subsidiary of the Swiss conglomerate, Optimum Coal, has been able to secure a deal to supply about 5% of ESKOM’s coal needs. White capital will not ask who supplies the rest of the coal needs of ESKOM. It is protecting its hegemony and using Treasury to fight its battles.

15. Gordhan was appointed on the command of the white capitalists who are now being served by Treasury. The current crisis over state owned enterprises (SOEs) are part of the ongoing “state capture” by white capital.

16. Companies like Anglo American and Remgro (in which Minister Gordhan has shares) do business with SOEs such as Eskom. Gordhan benefits out of businesses that do business with the State. This is why he cannot be impartial.

17. Gordhan is consistently showing that his first priority is to defend white monopoly capital, not the interests of the country. There is accordingly no likelihood that SARB, under Gordhan, would do anything to assist in the process of recovering the R26 billion that was stolen by apartheid era white capitalists and politicians from SARB.

18. On 15 February 2017 the Competition Commission found that the following 17 banks were guilty of collusion: Bank of America Merrill Lynch International Limited, BNP Paribas, JP Morgan Chase & Co, JP Morgan Chase Bank N.A, Investec Ltd, Standard New York Securities Inc., HSBC Bank Plc, Standard Chartered Bank, Credit Suisse Group; Standard Bank of South Africa Ltd, Commerzbank AG; Australia and New Zealand Banking Group Limited, Nomura International Plc., Macquarie Bank Limited, ABSA Bank Limited (ABSA), Barclays Capital Inc, Barclays Bank plc. This finding by the Competition Commission confirm the conclusion the banks operating in South Africa, including South African banks, are common criminal organizations which are protected by the South African Reserve Bank (SARB) and Pravin Gordhan as the Minister of Finance.

19. On 17 February 2017 BLF called for SARB to start criminal proceedings against the above 17 banks for collusion which in turn resulted in a loss of R500 billion. Gordhan has shares in many of these banks and benefits directly from the proceeds of the criminal activities of the banks. The minister is compromised and conflicted by having shares in these banks. Hence SARB under Gordhan will not proceed against these banks by way of criminal prosecutions.

20. On 22 Feb 2017 BLF laid a charge against Pravin Gordhan for contravening section 34 of the Prevention and Combating of Corrupt Activities Act, 2004 (Act No. 12 of 2004) regarding his failure to report criminal activity that was reported to him by Deputy Finance Minister, Mcebisi Jonas as indicated in the “State of Capture” report of the Public Protector. To this end Mr Jonas has claimed that he was offered the position of Minister of Finance and money in exchange for certainy favours by a Gupta family member and that he rejected the offer “out of hand”. The fact that the alleged offence was reported to Pravin Gordhan who in turn did not report it to the appropriate authority, is in itself an offence committed by him.

21. Last week a leaked HAWKS memorandum dated 17 March 2017 revealed conclusive evidence of corruption and theft of R11 million by Pravin Gordhan from the Special Pension Fund at the Department of Defence and Military Veterans.

22. The Special Pension Fund excludes public officials from benefitting from it and Gordhan, who was a public official at the time of the coming into effect of the fund, illegally benefited millions from it. Gordhan received the said millions from the then Head of the Pensions Fund, Marion Mbina Mthembu, who subsequently corroborated this allegation in a meeting with the HAWKS on 15 December 2016. In this regards the HAWKS were referred by Mthembu to Kabelo Jonathan of the Government Pension Administration Agency (GPAA). The evidence against Gordhan in this regard suggests that he is criminally liable and to this end should be prosecuted to the full extent of the law.

23. Gordhan is also accused of serious contraventions of the law which occurred during his tenure as Commissioner of the South African Revenue Services (SARS). To this end, under his watch, a “Rogue Unit” was set up which engaged in serious violations of people’s rights.

24. There is strong evidence to this effect that SARS under Gordhan unlawfully used over R106 million to run the secret “Rogue Unit” in the interests of white monopoly capital while infringing upon citizens rights. To this end SARS consistently lied about the existence of the “Rogue Unit” to the public.

25. Three credible investigations have found that the “Rogue Unit” was formed and that it did in fact exist illegally. To this end damning evidence was presented before the Sikhakhane Commission whose findings were subsequently confirmed by a KPMG report.

26. The white media including the Mail and Guardian and the Rapport are amongst those implicated in working closely with the “Rogue Unit” at SARS in service of white monopoly capital. The white media is now staunchly defending Gordhan.

27. Evidently, Gordhan’s strategy, which he has been consistently applying, is to employ the media to launch a defence so as to discredit the investigation into the Rogue Unit and the criminal prosecutions that’s likely to follow against him.

28. In all of the above circumstances there is accordingly overwhelming evidence suggesting unethical and criminal conduct on the part of Gordhan which, amongst other things, links him to white capitalists who insisted that he be appointed the Minister of Finance.

29. It is clear therefore that Gordhan ought to have recused himself from that position of Minister of Finance as soon at it became public that his business associates had insisted that he be appointed. To this end BLF has a pending High Court application to declare Gordhan conflicted, compromised and captured by white capital and by extension unfit to be a Minister of Finance.

30. Our country cannot afford to have a Minister of Finance who is beholden to white monopoly capital. We need a Minister who will respond to the real needs of blacks and the capacity to discipline capital. Pravin is not fit to be the Minister of Finance of this country! He must go!

Andile Mngxitama is the National Convenor of the Black First Land First (BLF) movement.”

20 August 2017

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BLF still says, Hands Off Zuma Economic Liberation Now!

BLF still says, Hands Off Zuma Economic Liberation Now!

On September 5, 2016 our movement issued the following statement which we are reissuing below in the light of the parliamentary coup planned for today. We have chosen the path of anti imperialism and we are at war with white monopoly capital. All those who choose to fight white monopoly capital are our comrades at this hour!

“On 04 September the National Coordination Committee (NCC) of Black First Land First (BLF) movement resolved to undertake a national campaign to defend our sovereignty and to advance the struggle for the economic liberation of our people.

BLF recognizes that today there is a new global war for the consolidation of white imperialist power. This war is fought globally as a war of the West against the rest of us. More specifically the West has targeted the BRICS countries (Brazil, Russia, India, China, and South Africa). The BRICS process is posing a serious threat to Western hegemony over the control of the world through evil institutions like the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund (IMF).

The response of imperialism to BRICS has been two pronged via the application of economic terrorism – attacks on the respective currencies instigating inflation on the one hand and on the other hand, sponsored political instability. The weapon of choice for economic terrorism is the so-called rating agencies. They attacked the Russian economy but President Vladimir Putin didn’t surrender. He instead drove them out of Russia. Today the Russian economy is on the mend without the sabotage of the rating agencies.

The second strategy of sponsored political instability is driven by local political parties and Western funded civil society organizations. This strategy succeeded in Brazil to remove the democratically elected President Dilma Rousseff. The modus is to use the pretext of fighting corruption to mobilize society (via lies including exaggerated media reports) and create an atmosphere of hostility against the seating president. Like in Brazil, we see in South Africa corrupt and compromised agents of regime change leading the so-called struggle against corruption.

BLF is an anti-imperialist movement which understands that once imperialism is allowed to take away the semblance of independence we have, we shall be plunged into naked oppression, exploitation and violence for profits. It is the duty of anti-imperialists to defend national sovereignty through demanding radical change. That is why BLF says, no to regime change, yes to economic liberation now!

The economic terrorist attack in South Africa has been engineered around the isolation of the Gupta family as the most corrupt institution and to paint it as responsible for state capture. The media owned by white capital has been at the forefront of this campaign. Opposition parties, like the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF), have openly teamed up with white monopoly capital in targeting the Gupta businesses. We have seen how Julius Malema had asked Johann Rupert to fund the “Guptas must go” campaign. The truth is that white capital wants the Gupta family out of the mining sector so that white hegemony over the sector is protected.

The hypocrisy of the attack on the Gupta businesses is apparent when one looks at the fact that those saying that the “Guptas must go” are silent on the plunder and corruption of white capital. Threats of occupying ABSA Bank are now a year old but not even an ABSA ATM has been occupied. Honest people would also ask why is there no “Lonmin must go” campaign? Lonmin was even allowed to address the commemoration of the Marikana massacre this year. The workers of Marikana were murdered to defend the profits of the London based Lonmin. We must ask again where is the “Lonmin must go” campaign?

BLF has undertaken numerous campaigns to highlight the hypocrisy and double standards when dealing with white capital including showing how white capital is allowed to loot with no consequences. Johann Rupert and others stole R26 billion from the South African Reserve Bank (SARB). BLF has been putting pressure on the Public Protector to act on the complaint of the stolen R26 billion. Furthermore, BLF has opened a case with the police of ‘state capture by white capitalists’ which is being investigated by the HAWKS.

Those whites who stole R26 billion from SARB are the same whites who have bullied the ANC to appoint Pravin Gordhan as Minister of Finance – SARB falls under the same ministry. White monopoly capital wanted a Minister of Finance who will defend its interests and make sure that the looting of treasury by white capital continues. It has now surfaced that not only have those white capitalists captured treasury but Gordhan himself is a shareholder in many of the companies which forced the ANC to appoint him. The Minister of Finance is conflicted and compromised by his business links with white monopoly capital which has forced his appointment under threat of economic terrorism.

It is not surprising that Gordhan has now emerged as the public face of the “Zuma must go” campaign (a campaign to ensure that the interests of white capital are safeguarded) and to advance it to destabilise the BRICS process. Zuma is seen as being too close to BRICS and his so-called relationship with the Gupta family is regarded as a threat to the interests of white capital in South Africa. So the global anti-BRICS process finds synergy with the anti-Gupta local white capital interests to form a single campaign to get rid of Zuma in a process similar to the Brazilian coup.

Having failed to get the “Zuma must go” campaign off the ground via opposition parties and racist civil society organisations like Solidarity amongst others, the campaign has now been driven by imperialist interests inside the ANC as seen by the marches to occupy the Head Quarters of the ruling party calling for the president to step down.

BLF believes that the focus on Zuma is a misdiagnosis of the problem and a strategy to keep us busy with peripheral battles to protect white capital and the colonial structure of society and the economy. The same delaying and deflection strategy was undertaken when Thabo Mbeki was removed as president. The same forces which removed Mbeki are now mobilizing society to remove Zuma before his term ends. This is playing politics with the lives of our people by presenting false solutions.

BLF rejects the call for a coup. This regime change process deflects attention away from meaningful system change and therefore enacts a pseudo solution which at its heart preserves white capital’s hold on society and the economy. The problem is not who is the president of the ANC. The problem is how the ANC has failed to serve black people. Now we must resist the repeat of meaningless battles about who must be president. We must mobilise against imperialism by demanding radical change. The ANC has nominal political power. Let us force it to use it in the interests of the black majority.

BLF calls for resisting the anti-BRICS regime change against Zuma through demanding economic liberation now! We must avoid the trap of playing politics and of being deflected from focusing on the fundamental issues facing our people. That is why BLF says “Hands Off Zuma”. Let him ensure economic liberation. These same demands must be pressed irrespective of who is the president. It’s important to underscore the fact that BLF is anti-imperialist. Its message to this end is clear – the coup by the anti-BRICS forces that happened in Brazil must be resisted in South Africa.

BLF has asked for society to support its call that says “no to regime change and yes to economic liberation”.

Today we ask what do blacks own after 22 years of democracy?
. Who owns the mines in South Africa?
. Who owns ABSA, FNB, Nedbank and Standard Bank?
. Who owns the land?
. Who owns Pick ‘n Pay, Shoprite Checkers, Pep Stores, Edgars, Markhams and all the stores that we buy from every day?
. Who owns the media?
. Who owns the furniture shops, the car dealers, the cement factories and the brick making companies?
. Who owns Chicken Licken, Nando’s and KFC?
. Who owns the shopping malls?

Did you know that every part of the South African economy is owned by whites? Blacks own nothing! That is why we are unemployed and poor. We must ask, why are we poor when our country is so rich?

We say no to regime change because it won’t serve black people. We say, Jacob Zuma we want economic liberation NOW! It’s time to serve black people. No more white agendas. Economic liberation now!

We demand the following:

1. Land now!
2. Breaking up of all business monopolies.
3. Nationalization of banks and mines.
4. Free quality education.
5. Reparations for Marikana from Lonmin.
6. Action against white corruption.
7. Minimum wage and basic income.

Black First Land First (BLF) wants real economic liberation for black people now. Join us in action. Say “NO to regime change”. Say “YES to economic liberation now”.”

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

8 August 2017

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BLF High Treason case against Magda Wierzycka moved to Sandton

BLF High Treason case against Magda Wierzycka moved to Sandton

The Black First Land First (BLF) case of High Treason against the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Sygnia, Magda Wierzycka and three others, opened at Hilbrow Police Station has been moved to the Sandton Police Station. The case relates to the bribe offered to President Zuma by Magda Wierzycka who is the richest woman in South Africa. President Zuma refused the state capture attempt by white monopoly capital to buy him with R2 billion. Now this money is being offered to certain Members of Parliament (MPs) to vote against President Zuma Tommorrow.

Speaker of the National Assembly Baleka Mbete has ruled this afternoon that a no confidence vote against President Zuma tomorrow can proceed via secret ballot. BLF is consulting with its lawyers to consider interdicting the implementation of the Speaker’s ruling which has left the National Assembly open to be bought. The Constitutional Court has warned about this possibility.

The case number against Magda Wierzycka is 255/8/2017. BLF will follow this matter to the end.

Issued by the National Coordinating Committee of Black First Land First (BLF NCC)
7 August2017

Black First Land First Email: [email protected]
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Twitter: @black1stland1st
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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