BLF rejects Ramaphosa’s attempt to crush AMCU

Black First Land First (BLF) rejects Ramaphosa’s attempt to crush the Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (AMCU).

Post the coup to remove President Zuma, Ramaphosa has continuously used state institutions to fight all his political enemies, in service of white monopoly capital. This will forever be evident in Marikana, when he commanded the South African Police Services (SAPS) to use “concomitant action” when responding to a legitimate workers protest in 2012, resulting in a bloody massacre of our people.

AMCU and it’s President, Joseph Mathunjwa, stood on the side of the workers and against the racist colonial mining company, Lonmin, where Ramaphosa enjoyed shareholding. Ramaphosa has now teamed up with Gwede Mantashe, who is known for his hatred of Mathunjwa, to fight AMCU!

BLF stands with AMCU and all the workers. We demand that Ramaphosa and Mantashe desist from using the state to aid white monopoly capital in destroying AMCU, who have regularly humbled the white establishment by galvanizing the workers through mass action and protests. BLF will write to the labour relations registrar, Lehlohonolo Mole, to defend the right of workers to organise in their defense against white monopoly capital and its agents in government.

#HandsOffAMCU

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

25 April 2019

Black First Land First Email: [email protected]

Zanele Lwana
(Deputy President)
Cell: +27 79 986 7225

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

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

BLF-KZN Stands with all affected by flooding

Black First Land First – KwaZulu Natal (BLF-KZN) sends heartfelt condolences to the families that lost their loved ones in the recent floods that ravaged the province of KwaZulu-Natal. We would further like to express solidarity with the families that lost their homes and have since been displaced by these floods.

BLF-KZN blames these floods on the continued plight of landlessness of the black majority. The black majority continues to dwell in inhumane settlements. These hell-holes often termed “townships” are a result of colonialism and the racist system of apartheid spacial design. These townships are not and have never been conducive for black people to build lives and families.

BLF-KZN asks, why is it only black people and their settlements that continue to be affected by these weather conditions? Why are black people still squashed in townships in a so called post liberation society? Indeed as always maintained, ‘1994 changed fokol’.

We reiterate that these are not natural disasters but man-made disasters by white people. It is only the return of the land to its rightful owners that will change the conditions of black people.

BLF-KZN further calls on the government to help these families and communities to rebuild their homes and bury their loved ones with dignity.

Return the land and end black suffering!

Issued by Black First Land First – KwaZulu Natal Provincial Coordinating Committee (BLF-KZN PCC)

24 April 2019

Zizamele Zah Dlamini
(Provincial Chairperson)
Cell: +27 72 978 6962

Vusi Mhlaba
(Provincial Secretary)
Cell: +27 73 098 3009

Thobani Zikalala
(Provincial Spokesperson)
Cell: +27 74 246 7848

MARCH TO SOUTH AFRICAN RESERVE BANK ON 17 FEBRUARY 2017: BLF INVITATION

MARCH TO SOUTH AFRICAN RESERVE BANK ON 17 FEBRUARY 2017: BLF INVITATION

In 1997, CIEX a private investigations company was commissioned by the government to investigate apartheid era crime and corruption. The report submitted to former President Thabo Mbeki suggested that billions were stolen by white capital of which R26 billion is recoverable immediately. 

In August 2011 the former Public Protector indicated that she would conduct investigations into the matter of the stolen R26 billion. Black First Land First (BLF) has since 7 September 2015 been engaged in direct action to get the Public Protector to finalise her report in this respect. 

Despite the fact the three investigations – Ciex, Heath and the Davis Panel of Experts – had found that ABSA had illegally benefitted from certain lifeboats obtained from SARB, the previous Public Protector did not do anything meaningful in this respect and she  eventually vacated her office at the end of her tenure. After a successful meeting with BLF on the issue, the new Public Protector indicated in her preliminary report that ABSA had illegally benefitted in the amount of R3.2 billion from lifeboats obtained from SARB during the apartheid era. This finding by the Public Protector has vindicated BLF. This means that ABSA’s wrongdoings is now supported by four reports, two of which – Ciex report and the Public Protector’s preliminary report – calling for ABSA to pay back the money. 

BLF has subsequently planned a new series of actions which is aimed at raising awareness about how ABSA illegally benefitted from the nation’s money.  

On 28 January, BLF successfully held nationwide pickets at 50 ABSA outlets. This kick started the movement’s rolling protest action against ABSA to force it to pay back the money. This was followed, on the evening of Saturday 28 January, by a successful public dialogue on “why must ABSA pay back the money”.

BLF will continue to intensify its actions against ABSA until it pays back the money.

BLF is calling on the nation, progressive organisations, the church, revolutionary people’s movements, the revolutionary students and individuals to join the call for ABSA to pay back the money! We invite you to join us under the following details:

Date: 17 February 2017 
Event: March to the South African Reserve Bank 
Assembly Point: Church Square, Tshwane
Time: 10:00
Contact Person: Khumbu Bavu (National Coordinator, BLF) 
Cell: 062 695 4985
Email: [email protected]

SARB has not done anything to protect the nation’s assets stolen by white capital. Also  successive governors of SARB have defended white capital. The current leadership of SARB is beholden to the white owned banks and capital and therefore there is little reason to think that they will cooperate with the Public Protector in a manner that would help to return our stolen billions! The purpose of the march to SARB is to compel ABSA to pay back the money. 

Your presence will be greatly appreciated. BLF will not stop until ABSA pays back the money which in turn must be used towards realizing Fees Must Fall and empowering the unemployed youth. 

BLF National Convener
Andile Mngxitama 

7 February 2017

Contact details 

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

BLF (Black First Land First) Limpopo congratulate the class of 2016.

BLF (Black First Land First) Limpopo congratulate the class of 2016.

6 January 2017

Media Statement

BLF (Black First Land First) Limpopo congratulate the class of 2016 matriculants.

The BLF in Limpopo joins the people of the Limpopo province to congratulate the hard working and successful 2016 matriculants announced by MEC for basic education in S.A.

BLF Limpopo would also like to congratulate the top achiever of 2016; Karabo Moremi and the Vhembe district for always putting Blacks in their district first; specifically Mbilwi Tshivhase and Thengwe schools.

As BLF Limpopo we do not celebrate the 62% as the best results. Our provincial department got more than R27bn in budget to improve the standard of education in the province but it seems like the opposite happened. With almost half of the provincial budget allocated to Limpopo Department of Basic Education but with this poor performance, BLF has noted that the problem isn’t with the educators, students nor the Department of Basic Education in Limpopo rather within the Provincial Leadership of the ruling party.

Internal factions in the province have put MEC Ishmael Kgetjepe’s department under administration. BLF has also noted that the road to the ruling party’s national conference is the reason why Mr Kgetjepe was neutralized in his department were looting by the provincial leadership of the ruling party is the order of the day.
The premier of Limpopo puts his interests(tenders) first than the people of this province.

BLF Limpopo cannot allow political factions destroy the future of our black society anymore,Greediness and Selfishness in this Province has compromised the citizens enough. The ruling party has also lost its morals and values. Statistically since the Premier took over the region ,the youth unemployment rate in the province has grown by 30% whilst the pensioners in the leadership are getting richer by the day.

BLF Limpopo demands that the Premier and the Limpopo MEC of Basic Education to account for this Province’s poor performance in 2016 due to their differences.

Black First Land First demands that the leadership of the ruling party in the Province to put Black People First and Land First before their tenders.

 

Issued by: Malose Maraba(BLF’s Limpopo’s Provincial Representative)

Contact: 072 651 0578

Email: [email protected]
Izwe Lethu✊🏾