The Black First Land First Student Movement (BLF-SM) recognises that the year 2016 has seen the victimisation of students and workers across South Africa for their participation in protest action during #FeesMustFall and #EndOutsourcing late last year and this year.
Our country is facing a massive crisis of leadership and vision. There is no national agenda and we are faced with a real and present danger – a dangerous situation of white capital engineering a regime change to ensure nothing changes.
The SA economy has been in permanent recession for the black majority. Those who fear junk status are fearful because they don’t know that 63% of the population which is mainly black is below the poverty datum. The situation of our people is bad as it is, with food inflation set to hit double digit figures in a context where a neo-liberal budget has been hailed by all the political parties in parliament. Continue reading “POLITICAL QUESTIONS FACING OUR PEOPLE TODAY”
Black First Land First condemns the apartheid tactics employed by white monopoly capital and its agents, the ANC government, to disrupt the struggle for insourcing, free black centered socialist education and a decolonized society. The disappearance of Vusi Oldman Mahlangu, hits at a time when the “End Outsourcing Campaign” has struck at the heart of racist capitalist exploitation within institutions of higher learning.
From the onset of the Fees Must Fall struggle we have seen the ANC government collude with white capital to sabotage the fight for black people’s dignity. This is reminiscent of their scuppering of movements for liberation in the 80s and early 90s, and speaks to the anti-black self-hating nature of the political party and its members.
To date, students and workers have been shot, kidnapped, threatened, teargassed, arrested, imprisoned, suspended, interdicted, expelled, and/or excluded from the university as a direct result of the ANC government’s collusion with white capital as defenders of white-power.
The resilience of the students and workers has been remarkable, and at a time where our resolve is being tested more than ever, we must stand firm. The duty of the youth remains the achievement of free black-centred socialist education, insourcing, land return and black liberation within the context of decolonizing everything by any means necessary.
To this end BLF calls for a NATIONAL SHUTDOWN of all institutions of higher learning, by any means necessary, until the following are achieved:
The unconditional release of Vusi Mahlangu and all else who have been taken, NOW!
Insourcing of all workers!
A living wage with full institution of higher learning benefits!
Free black centered socialist education!
Unconditional dropping of all charges, interdicts, suspensions, cancellations and expulsions!
Unconditional release of all arrested and detained students!
ISSUED BY THE NATIONAL COORDINATING COMMITTEE OF THE BLACK FIRST LAND FIRST MOVEMENT
31 March 2016
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Our movement Black First Land First (BLF) fully supports the students struggle of Tshwane University of Technology (TUT).
The students struggle is just and it’s demands reasonable. For two weeks the students were engaged in peaceful protest for free education and an end to the evil outsourcing process. For two weeks the TUT management responded with repression (bringing armed private security onto campus and suspending student leaders), with divide and rule tactics (getting SASCO to abandon the students and join management just like the homeland leaders under apartheid) and with indifference (non compliance with students demands).