BLF welcomes world meeting in Venezuela to address reparations, recognition & justice for Afrikans

BLF welcomes world meeting in Venezuela to address reparations, recognition & justice for Afrikans

Black First Land First (BLF) welcomes the signing of the decree on “International Decade for People of African Descent” this past Saturday in Caracas by President Nicolas Maduro of Venezuela. We are encouraged by Maduro’s acknowledgement of the struggles of black people the world over. Moreover his commitment to facilitate execution of the objectives of the decree, namely; reparations, justice and recognition of people of Afrikan descent via the establishment of a Non Aligned Movement (NAM) team is most inspirational.

Like Venezuela and the rest of the oppressed world, we are saddened by the assassination of Rio de Janeiro’s people’s leader, Marielle Franco. Countless black leaders (Steve Biko, Thomas Sankara and Chris Hani are a few examples from Africa) are systematically murdered at the hands of the forces of capitalist imperialism and colonialism who in turn act with impunity. To this end the assassination at the hands of the Colombian government of 15 black leaders in just one month (January 2017) and of the countless black political activists and other leaders everywhere else is of no coincidence. The past and continued persecution of political leaders and other activists for their radical beliefs also cannot be ignored.

The forces of capitalist imperialism by necessity have no consideration for reparations for blacks as this will compel their own destruction if they had to truly pay for all their sins against our people. In this context the initiative of Maduro towards a NAM team to realize reparations, amongst other things, for people of Afrikan descent is groundbreaking. BLF supports this initiative.

BLF believes that the envisioned process for black reparations, justice and recognition requires a thorough conceptualization (as well as elaboration) of colonialism which is based on the historical theft of black lands as well as the destruction of the African belief systems, values and identity.

BLF would in due course be making submissions towards the establishment of a reparations process to address the historical and contemporary injustices suffered by black people. In this context we would, at the appropriate occasion, elaborate on the establishment of an Anti Racism Council to lead such a process and to quantify black loss resulting from colonialism. We believe that our elaboration of our political line and ideological perspective will add value to realizing the strategic objective of the NAM team initiative and to this end help to inspire the translation of programs into political actions.

ISSUED BY THE NATIONAL COORDINATING COMMITTEE OF THE BLACK FIRST LAND FIRST MOVEMENT (BLF NCC)

30 March 2018

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Zanele Lwana
(Deputy President)
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Lindsay Maasdorp
(National Spokesperson)
Cell: +27 79 915 2957

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

White Monopoly Capital responsible for death of Zama Zamas in Eland Shaft Mine

White Monopoly Capital responsible for death of Zama Zamas in Eland Shaft Mine

Black First Land First (BLF) is saddened by the death of the more than 29 Zama Zama miners killed in an underground explosion in the Eland Shaft Mine last week. We offer our sincerest condolences to the families and friends of the departed.

We note how the white media has reported the deaths as those of illegal miners coming mainly from Mozambique and Zimbabwe. Here we see the anti blackness of white supremacy in its dismissal of those who cannot vote in parliamentary elections to maintain the racist capitalist status quo.

The death toll of Zama Zamas is tragic and unacceptable. A reflection indicates that in June 2009, 91 Zama Zamas died when a fire broke out underground in the same Eland Shaft Mine . Moreover, from 2012 to 2015, approximately 312 miners were killed while conducting their work. This includes 86 miners who died in the Harmony Gold mine in 2012, 29 miners who were killed in various mine shafts in early September 2015, and five more miners who were found dead outside the Grootvlei mine in Gauteng. The deaths last week of over 29 Zama Zamas in Eland Shaft mine in Welkom, adds to the already huge death toll. The white monopoly capitalist mining houses, such as Harmony Gold, who have been hellbent on eliminating the Zama Zamas instead of recognizing them, are in fact responsible for all these deaths. It must be stated that the Eland Shaft mine was previously owned by the Harmony Gold company.

Mining which is generally unsafe for miners – due to methods characterized by racialised and colonized mining, as well as the fact that gold mines in this country are the deepest and the most dangerous internationally – is compounded for the Zama Zamas who are forced to use explosives to blast rocks in order to extract the gold, without any safety, health and communications measures in place.

Furthermore many Zama Zamas have died as a result of police and private security brutality as well as other forms of dehumanization (unleashed by the white mining houses) such as landlessness, inadequate housing and lack of sanitation.

BLF condemns the criminalization by white monopoly capital of mining conducted by the Zama Zamas. We reiterate that the Zama Zamas are the only politically legitimate miners in South Africa (SA). We call for an end to the over 150 years of racialised and colonized mining that serves to perpetuate slavery. This situation will continue unless the root cause of the problem, being white monopoly capital which in turn is the practical operation of white supremacy, is destroyed.

A BLF delegation has been deployed to the Welkom area today to, amongst other things, render assistance to the families of the deceased in particular and to the Zama Zama community in general. BLF stands in solidarity with the cause of the Zama Zamas.

BLF calls for the following:

– reparations to the families of the Zama Zamas killed in the Eland Shaft Mine

– Zama Zamas to get legal standing and recognition;

– Zama Zamas to be regularized

– Zama Zamas to get the necessary subsidization, and;

– Zama Zamas to get the necessary health, safety, communications and security protection.

ISSUED BY THE NATIONAL COORDINATING COMMITTEE OF THE BLACK FIRST LAND FIRST MOVEMENT (BLF NCC)

20 May 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