Twenty six members of Black First Land First (also known as the #BLF26) who were arrested on false allegations of committing public violence, trespassing, assault, and kidnapping will be back in the Pretoria Regional Court tomorrow. After numerous postponements and no real evidence collated against the #BLF26, it remains to be seen whether the charges will be dropped for lack of evidence or whether it will proceed to trial. The state simply has no case. All the evidence is already in the public domain in the form inter alia of video evidence as to what really went down on that day when the #BLF26 visited the Office of the former Public Protector, Thuli Madonsela, and engaged in legitimate protest action about the dereliction of her duties in not finalizing her reports on the two major matters that BLF had referred to her, namely:
– a complaint regarding R26 billion stolen by apartheid era white capitalists as indicated in the Ciex report. To this end the R26 billion is constituted as follow: R3.2bn from Absa; R3bn to R6bn from Sanlam and Rembrandt, R5.5bn from Aerospatiale/Daimler-Chrysler; and R14.4 billion from ARMSCOR. This matter has been on her table since 2011.
– a complaint of state capture by white monopoly capital involving Johann Rupert; Maria Ramos; Colin Coleman; Stephen Koseff; Mark Lamberti; Ian Kirk; Bobby Godsell; Johan van Zyl; and Johan Burger.
Advocate Mandonsela has since completed her tenure as Public Protector and is now working in a top job organized by Johann Rupert at the University of Stellenbosch where he is the Chancellor. Johann Rupert is the same person that she refused to investigate and bring to book during her Office as Public Protector. Madonsela was rewarded for protecting Rupert by not investigating white corruption. Mandonsela’s legacy thus far is of being the Protector of white monopoly capital and only investigating corruption allegations against blacks.
#BLF26 maintains that they are innocent. BLF welcomes the terms of reference of the Judicial Commission of inquiry (JCOI) into State Capture which now makes it possible for the investigation of the corruption that Madonsela refused to investigate. Whatever the outcome of the court case BLF is committed to providing the JCOI with solid evidence of state capture involving the two cases mentioned above and more. We will not rest until all corruption is rooted out and the country is returned to the black majority via radical economic transformation.
The #BLF26 will appear in the Pretoria Regional Court at 9am on Wednesday, 31 January 2018.
ISSUED BY THE NATIONAL COORDINATING COMMITTEE OF THE BLACK FIRST LAND FIRST MOVEMENT (BLF NCC)
30 January 2018
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