The DA and EFF copy the anti-black ANC’s actions in Lenasia

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By Andile Mngxitama

Seven years ago I was called by the community of Lenasia to intervene when their houses where being demolished by the then African National Congress (ANC) ran City of Johannesburg. When we arrived, the TLB tractors were pulling fully built and often really beautiful homes down. We stood with the community with shared tears. We asked, why would a government that claims to care for the people do this?

Little did I know that seven years later, and exactly a day after the new set of Members of Parliament (MPs) were sworn, the now Democratic Alliance (DA) and Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) run City of Johannesburg would repeat the cruelty of the ANC on the people of Lenasia South.

I arrived in Lenasia yesterday late afternoon after a call for help. Yet again we were met with piles of rubble were houses stood that very morning. Over 30 houses down! The TLB arrived with red ants and a sheriff of the court armed with a court order sought by Mayor Herman Mashaba – the trusted man of the EFF. Mashaba, and by extension the EFF which put him in power, waited for the people to vote for them, then they moved on them under the insulting claim that the people built houses on land obtained illegally.

I had an opportunity to address the community and didn’t mince my words. I explained that they didn’t vote for Black First Land First (BLF). They voted for parties which are evicting them and demolishing their homes. I reminded them that in 2012 the ANC, under the councillor Dan Bovu, did exactly what the DA and EFF are doing to them right now. I asked, where are the people who they voted for? We are no longer going to mollycoddle the poor and the oppressed. Let them take responsibility for their political choices.

I explained that BLF will stand with them just like some of us did back in 2012. I saw regret written on their faces. I explained that the only way we can save the rest of the houses is if we mobilise resistance. That’s how we saved some houses in 2012. Mashaba and EFF must be exposed and put under pressure. No more evictions. No more demolitions. The people want houses!

I furthermore explained that I have no more tears to cry. I did that already in 2012. Now we must fight. The community will be in court this morning trying to get an urgent application to stop Mashaba’s demolitions, powered by Juju. My advice is to go straight to Mashaba the demolition man.

Please see below a column I wrote for the Sowetan in 2012.
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YESTERDAY, I was at Lenasia, Gauteng, as part of the September National Imbizo delegation which visited the community whose homes are being demolished.

Sipho Ngobeni, whose house was destroyed, told us: “I used to have a house, now I’m a hobo”.

Last Thursday, he was given five minutes to take everything out of his house by rude and violent government officials accompanied by the police.

The people and residents’ association, who have been talking to government, are bewildered by this irrational violence and arrogance of the democratic government.

They ask the question: why does the government destroy houses of people who have taken so much effort to put a roof over their heads without asking for government support?

Some people sold their cars, others took out loans from banks and others are working double shifts to pay for the houses they have built – which are a thousand times better than what the government gives as RDP houses.

A government that respects the people and is committed to serving citizens would not have reacted with administrative and judicial violence and arrogance.

A government of the people would have appreciated the initiative of citizens and then regulated their efforts and encouraged others to do the same.

Our government hates people’s self-organisation and efforts. It is clear that instead of responding with understanding and empathy, the first thing the ANC does is to flex its power as a state and punish the people.

A government that relates to its citizens with violence is no longer fit to govern.

We are still in the midst of the Marikana massacre and haven’t forgotten the public murder of Andries Tatane. Now we see the ANC demolishing houses instead of building more houses to end homelessness.

It doesn’t look like things are going to get better, instead we must prepare for the reality of things getting worse!

A strange aspect of these irrationalities of power is how the ANC alliance acts as a hegemonic power.

It’s marvellous to watch the now well-synchronised ritual of violence against the people.

The ANC government will attack the people and then the South African National Civics Organisation, Cosatu and the SACP will come to the scene, register shock and declare that they are with the people and are going to take the matter up.

It’s like one hand assaults you and the other offers you comfort. It’s an evil, cynical abuse of power of people’s trust and vulnerability. I can imagine the alliance partners laughing about it at Luthuli House.

The ANC must stop the demolitions forthwith and as a gesture of remorse must publicly apologise to the nation and rebuild the houses they have destroyed and pay for all related losses.

Destitute people who took the initiative and then found that they have been duped by government officials or people who used fraudulent papers that look like official papers do not deserve to be punished. They deserve to be assisted. Can the ANC listen?

Last week I promised readers that I would write this week about Zimbabwe’s amazing indigenisation process. But it will have to be the next column. I apologise.

#TakeBLFtoParliament, heed the call of the revolution!

#TakeBLFtoParliament, heed the call of the revolution!

The Oppenheimers have shut down the #TakeBLFtoParliament campaign that was hosted by the BackaBuddy crowdfunding platform. This is not surprising. White monopoly capital (WMC) is hellbent on stopping BLF from going to parliament in 2019! Backed by its huge following – the wretched of the earth in general – BLF has reinforced its unwavering commitment to realising its objective of using politics to end politics. By going to parliament BLF will create a second arm of assault against the anti black system while continuing with the first arm of extra parliamentary mass insurrection and direct action. This two pronged approach to political engagement is in furtherance of destroying white supremacy and creating a fully responsive Sankarist state.

Hence we call on our people to intensify the campaign to #TakeBLFtoParliament by donating towards the deposit amount of R605000,00 that is required for BLF to register with the Independent Electoral (IEC) to contest the next general election. The deposit amount is by law refundable once a political party obtains at least one seat in parliament. BLF is confident it will get seats in parliament.

Any sum of money donated, however small or huge or in between, will be appreciated. If you want to donate to BLF, please make your payment into our bank account, details of which are as follows:

Account Name: Black First Land First
Account Number: 625 7120 2911
Branch: 253 305
Bank: FNB
Reference: Donation

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BLF remembers Thomas Sankara

BLF remembers Thomas Sankara

On  October 15, 1987 the black world lost one of its best sons. On this date, the white world used the hand of one of us to assassinate Thomas Sankara. Blaise Campaore allowed himself to be a traitor of black liberation by giving effect to a white conspiracy to murder Sankara. But as the people’s leader said one week before he was killed, “[w]hile revolutionaries as individuals can be murdered, you cannot kill ideas”.

Black First Land First(BLF) believes in and is inspired by a Sankarist leadership practice. Sankara taught us that it is possible to resist the temptation of using political office to serve oneself before serving the people. Sankara went into the highest office in Burkina Faso when he became President, but he didn’t use it to enrich himself. 

We learn from Thomas Sankara that the leaders of the people must not live lifestyles which are parasitic on the people. A leader of the poor shouldn’t live luxuriously while the people suffer. The love for bling and brands by leaders is counter the spirit of Sankara. Let the people be served first!

In the few years that Sankara was in power, he turned his country into a model society of self reliance. He stopped privileges for leaders and made women liberation a reality. He was anti imperialist and called on Africa to free itself from the yoke of Western imperialism. His message and example inspired the youth all over the world. Imperialism panicked and conspired with Campaore to murder Sankara. They were too late because Sankara lives on via his revolutionary legacy. 

BLF declares this month “Sankara Month” and calls upon the youth of our country to take time to honour and educate itself about who Thomas Sankara was. The most basic lesson that Sankara teaches us is that “a solider without political education is a potential criminal”. BLF shall be hosting public screenings of the documentary, “Thomas Sankara: the Upright Man” followed by discussions as well as public education on Thomas Sankara, The Sankara Oath and the People’s Manifesto.

Thomas Sankara lives!

Issued by the National Coordinating Committee of Black First Land First

15 October 2016

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BLF FORGIVES PRESIDENT ZUMA WITH CONDITIONS – JOIN BLF, ITS THE RIGHT TIME!

BLF FORGIVES PRESIDENT ZUMA WITH CONDITIONS – JOIN BLF, ITS THE RIGHT TIME!

BLF yesterday accepted President Zuma’s apology on “Nkandla” and called on him to do the right thing. It gave clear political direction. Here’s an extract from BLF’s press statement titled “Political Questions Facing The Country” delivered in Yeoville on 2 April 2016:

“President Zuma has last night took full responsibility for his actions or lack of actions on the Nkandla matter. We welcome this humble move by President Zuma. He has asked to be forgiven. We forgive him and say for us the Nkandla thing should never have detained the nation so long – its a side issue and detracts from the important work of national reconstruction. Continue reading “BLF FORGIVES PRESIDENT ZUMA WITH CONDITIONS – JOIN BLF, ITS THE RIGHT TIME!”