BLF still says, Hands Off Zuma Economic Liberation Now!

BLF still says, Hands Off Zuma Economic Liberation Now!

On September 5, 2016 our movement issued the following statement which we are reissuing below in the light of the parliamentary coup planned for today. We have chosen the path of anti imperialism and we are at war with white monopoly capital. All those who choose to fight white monopoly capital are our comrades at this hour!

“On 04 September the National Coordination Committee (NCC) of Black First Land First (BLF) movement resolved to undertake a national campaign to defend our sovereignty and to advance the struggle for the economic liberation of our people.

BLF recognizes that today there is a new global war for the consolidation of white imperialist power. This war is fought globally as a war of the West against the rest of us. More specifically the West has targeted the BRICS countries (Brazil, Russia, India, China, and South Africa). The BRICS process is posing a serious threat to Western hegemony over the control of the world through evil institutions like the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund (IMF).

The response of imperialism to BRICS has been two pronged via the application of economic terrorism – attacks on the respective currencies instigating inflation on the one hand and on the other hand, sponsored political instability. The weapon of choice for economic terrorism is the so-called rating agencies. They attacked the Russian economy but President Vladimir Putin didn’t surrender. He instead drove them out of Russia. Today the Russian economy is on the mend without the sabotage of the rating agencies.

The second strategy of sponsored political instability is driven by local political parties and Western funded civil society organizations. This strategy succeeded in Brazil to remove the democratically elected President Dilma Rousseff. The modus is to use the pretext of fighting corruption to mobilize society (via lies including exaggerated media reports) and create an atmosphere of hostility against the seating president. Like in Brazil, we see in South Africa corrupt and compromised agents of regime change leading the so-called struggle against corruption.

BLF is an anti-imperialist movement which understands that once imperialism is allowed to take away the semblance of independence we have, we shall be plunged into naked oppression, exploitation and violence for profits. It is the duty of anti-imperialists to defend national sovereignty through demanding radical change. That is why BLF says, no to regime change, yes to economic liberation now!

The economic terrorist attack in South Africa has been engineered around the isolation of the Gupta family as the most corrupt institution and to paint it as responsible for state capture. The media owned by white capital has been at the forefront of this campaign. Opposition parties, like the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF), have openly teamed up with white monopoly capital in targeting the Gupta businesses. We have seen how Julius Malema had asked Johann Rupert to fund the “Guptas must go” campaign. The truth is that white capital wants the Gupta family out of the mining sector so that white hegemony over the sector is protected.

The hypocrisy of the attack on the Gupta businesses is apparent when one looks at the fact that those saying that the “Guptas must go” are silent on the plunder and corruption of white capital. Threats of occupying ABSA Bank are now a year old but not even an ABSA ATM has been occupied. Honest people would also ask why is there no “Lonmin must go” campaign? Lonmin was even allowed to address the commemoration of the Marikana massacre this year. The workers of Marikana were murdered to defend the profits of the London based Lonmin. We must ask again where is the “Lonmin must go” campaign?

BLF has undertaken numerous campaigns to highlight the hypocrisy and double standards when dealing with white capital including showing how white capital is allowed to loot with no consequences. Johann Rupert and others stole R26 billion from the South African Reserve Bank (SARB). BLF has been putting pressure on the Public Protector to act on the complaint of the stolen R26 billion. Furthermore, BLF has opened a case with the police of ‘state capture by white capitalists’ which is being investigated by the HAWKS.

Those whites who stole R26 billion from SARB are the same whites who have bullied the ANC to appoint Pravin Gordhan as Minister of Finance – SARB falls under the same ministry. White monopoly capital wanted a Minister of Finance who will defend its interests and make sure that the looting of treasury by white capital continues. It has now surfaced that not only have those white capitalists captured treasury but Gordhan himself is a shareholder in many of the companies which forced the ANC to appoint him. The Minister of Finance is conflicted and compromised by his business links with white monopoly capital which has forced his appointment under threat of economic terrorism.

It is not surprising that Gordhan has now emerged as the public face of the “Zuma must go” campaign (a campaign to ensure that the interests of white capital are safeguarded) and to advance it to destabilise the BRICS process. Zuma is seen as being too close to BRICS and his so-called relationship with the Gupta family is regarded as a threat to the interests of white capital in South Africa. So the global anti-BRICS process finds synergy with the anti-Gupta local white capital interests to form a single campaign to get rid of Zuma in a process similar to the Brazilian coup.

Having failed to get the “Zuma must go” campaign off the ground via opposition parties and racist civil society organisations like Solidarity amongst others, the campaign has now been driven by imperialist interests inside the ANC as seen by the marches to occupy the Head Quarters of the ruling party calling for the president to step down.

BLF believes that the focus on Zuma is a misdiagnosis of the problem and a strategy to keep us busy with peripheral battles to protect white capital and the colonial structure of society and the economy. The same delaying and deflection strategy was undertaken when Thabo Mbeki was removed as president. The same forces which removed Mbeki are now mobilizing society to remove Zuma before his term ends. This is playing politics with the lives of our people by presenting false solutions.

BLF rejects the call for a coup. This regime change process deflects attention away from meaningful system change and therefore enacts a pseudo solution which at its heart preserves white capital’s hold on society and the economy. The problem is not who is the president of the ANC. The problem is how the ANC has failed to serve black people. Now we must resist the repeat of meaningless battles about who must be president. We must mobilise against imperialism by demanding radical change. The ANC has nominal political power. Let us force it to use it in the interests of the black majority.

BLF calls for resisting the anti-BRICS regime change against Zuma through demanding economic liberation now! We must avoid the trap of playing politics and of being deflected from focusing on the fundamental issues facing our people. That is why BLF says “Hands Off Zuma”. Let him ensure economic liberation. These same demands must be pressed irrespective of who is the president. It’s important to underscore the fact that BLF is anti-imperialist. Its message to this end is clear – the coup by the anti-BRICS forces that happened in Brazil must be resisted in South Africa.

BLF has asked for society to support its call that says “no to regime change and yes to economic liberation”.

Today we ask what do blacks own after 22 years of democracy?
. Who owns the mines in South Africa?
. Who owns ABSA, FNB, Nedbank and Standard Bank?
. Who owns the land?
. Who owns Pick ‘n Pay, Shoprite Checkers, Pep Stores, Edgars, Markhams and all the stores that we buy from every day?
. Who owns the media?
. Who owns the furniture shops, the car dealers, the cement factories and the brick making companies?
. Who owns Chicken Licken, Nando’s and KFC?
. Who owns the shopping malls?

Did you know that every part of the South African economy is owned by whites? Blacks own nothing! That is why we are unemployed and poor. We must ask, why are we poor when our country is so rich?

We say no to regime change because it won’t serve black people. We say, Jacob Zuma we want economic liberation NOW! It’s time to serve black people. No more white agendas. Economic liberation now!

We demand the following:

1. Land now!
2. Breaking up of all business monopolies.
3. Nationalization of banks and mines.
4. Free quality education.
5. Reparations for Marikana from Lonmin.
6. Action against white corruption.
7. Minimum wage and basic income.

Black First Land First (BLF) wants real economic liberation for black people now. Join us in action. Say “NO to regime change”. Say “YES to economic liberation now”.”

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

8 August 2017

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Mbeki, Manuel and Mboweni must apologise for ABSA billions

Mbeki, Manuel and Mboweni must apologise for ABSA billions

Black First Land First (BLF) calls on former President Thabo Mbeki, former Finance Minister Trevor Manuel and former Governor of the South African Reserve Bank (SARB) Tito Mboweni to apologize to the nation for failing to protect the national assets. The three politicians were entrusted by the nation, by virtue of their positions at the time, to be guardians of and to safeguard the wealth of the nation. The leaked report of the Public Protector on the investigation of the “life boats” confirms that the three had unethically and possibly illegally protected white capital from paying back the R26billion stolen from the SARB.

Mbeki, Manuel and Mboweni are on record for saying that while they knew and accepted that ABSA amongst others had unduly benefited from the the illegal activities surrounding the “life boats” saga, they didn’t take action because they had decided that such action would negatively affect the banking system and consequently the economy. Such reasoning is not just irrational but served to abate the institution of the necessary criminal actions. To this end the conduct of the said three people must be condemned by all those who are ethical and genuinely against corruption. 

Mbeki, Manuel and Mboweni must apologize to the nation for such faulty reasoning or confess that they were merely defending the interests of white settler monopoly capital. The rationale for this call by BLF is made urgent by the public announcement of Mr Billy Masetlha, the former Head of the South African National Intelligence Agency, that he was misled by the trio into not pursuing the ABSA billions. This is a genuine admission by a civil servant who took his responsibilities seriously. It’s our hope that Mbeki, Manuel and Mboweni shall now follow suit. They must admit the error of their judgement and implore ABSA to stop wasting time and pay back the money.

BLF is aware that the trio had all along been aware of the contents of the CIEX report which implicates numerous banking entities and other businesses in unlawful activities. BLF is also aware that amongst the individuals that benefited from these unlawful activities is the businessman, Johann Rupert. This raises serious questions, given the close relationship that the businessman had with some of these three people.

BLF says to Mbeki, Manuel and Mboweni, “now is the time to come forward and admit your gross error of judgment that borders on dereliction of your duty. Confess and ask for forgiveness”.  More importantly, BLF calls upon them to encourage all those implicated in the theft of the R26 billion from SARB to forthwith pay back the money. The immediate payment of the stolen billions will save the state resources in the recovery of the said money which in turn is likely to entail lengthy and costly legal processes including a possible Judicial Commission of Inquiry. Should Mbeki, Manuel and Mboweni fail to apologize, the option of pressing criminal charges against them for not acting on information of wrong doing which came to their knowledge shall be utilized. The law is clear about this. 

BLF looks forward to hearing from the three as they discharge, albeit belatedly, their patriotic duties as leaders of society.

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

18 January 2017

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BLF to serve summons on Pravin Gordhan today 

BLF to serve summons on Pravin Gordhan today 

Press release 

Black First Land First (BLF) shall today, 21 October 2016, serve Minister Pravin Gordhanwith High Court papers. BLF had given Gordhan 48 hours to respond to a series of questions or face a court application. The 48 hours period lapses at 15:30 today and if by that time the attorneys of BLF have not received material responses to the questions sent to Minister Gordhan,  then summons will be served at the Office of the National Treasury in Tshwane this afternoon.

BLF shall ask the High Court to declare Gordhan conflicted, compromised and captured by while monopoly capital in particular by Johann Rupert. BLF has prepared court papers showing evidence of how Gordhan is conflicted and thereby unable to carry out his duties impartially.

Issued by the National Coordinating Committee, Black First Land First

21 October 2016

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BLF Letter of Notice to Pravin Gordhan

BLF Letter of Notice to Pravin Gordhan

19 October 2016

THE MINISTER OF FINANCE
N/O:​PRAVIN GORDHAN
PER:​HAND DELIVERY

Dear Sir/Minister

RE: REQUEST AND DEMAND FOR MR. GORDHAN IN HIS OFFICIAL CAPACITY TO PROVIDE ANSWERS ON MATTERS OF WHITE CAPITAL ‘STATE CAPTURE’ AND R26 BILLION STOLEN FROM RESERVE BANK.

We are the Black First Land First Movement (BLF), a registered political organisation with the Independent Electoral Commission. BLF is currently led by Mr Andile Mngxitama, who is duly authorised to submit this letter of demand.

It is common cause that the Minister of Finance knows about a complaint we have lodged with the Office of the Public Protector relating to an amount of R26 billion stolen from the South African Reserve Bank by white capitalists including the likes of Johann Rupert. Further to this, we have since become aware of the fact that the Minister of Finance is a shareholder in the banks that were/are involved in the closure of the Gupta family linked businesses’ bank accounts especially Oakbay Investments (PTY) LTD. BLF believes that by virtue of being a shareholder in these banks the Minister is thus conflicted and therefore compromised in making findings or even taking decisions that relate to the closing of the Gupta accounts.

We demand that the Minister provides us with answers to the following questions:

1. Why has the Minister kept silent about the Oakbay accounts and the so called “suspicious” transactions until there were charges of fraud preffered against him?   Furthermore, why did the Minister wait until the High Court application by Minister Des Van Rooyen to interdict the former Public Protector from releasing the so called “State Capture” report was heard on 14 October 2016? The timing of the lodgement of the application on 14 October 2016 with the High Court  (Gauteng Provincial Division, Case Number 80978/16) – subsequent to the previous case by Minister Des Van Rooyen – for an order that he is “not by law empowered or obliged to intervene in the relationship” between the banks and Oakbay regarding the closing of the bank accounts held by Oakbay  is suspicious and suggests malicious intent on his part, or alternatively suggests that he can be deemed to be acting as if he is part of a sinister agenda.

2. This High Court application (Case Number 80978/16) by Minister Pravin Gordhan raises many questions. It suggests a bid to divert attention from the fact that he is facing fraud charges and must consequently vacate his position as Minister of Finance. The questions arising in this context are the following:

2.1 Why does the Minister choose such an inappropriate time to throw only allegations and no fact in the said case? Is it because the outcome of the High Court application by Minister Des Van Rooyen interdicting the Public Protector from releasing her report on “state capture” on 14 October 2014 resulted in the report not being released?  The timing and lack of facts in respect of the said case proves that the Minister of Finance is pursuing a vendetta.

2.2 Why is Minister Gordhan forcing and instructing the Financial Intelligence Centre (FIC) and the South African Reserve Bank (SARB) to dig up dirt since July 2016 and saying that he will go to court?  This clearly means that his actions have been premeditated and that he had no intention to act in good faith.

2.3 The Business Rescue Practitioners (BRP) clearly requested approval from SARB to transfer funds to the Bank of Baroda under a new account – so where is the so called tax loss and threat?

2.4 SARB clearly says that no complains or violations have been received. To this end, what further purpose is Minister Gordhan trying to serve by pressurizing the regulator?

2.5 Why are personal names and private names including those of minors being displayed with meaningless transactions? What’s the basis for suggesting that those are invalid transactions? A STR entry does not indicate a wrong transaction. All have reasons. It’s like reading a doctor’s  script and guessing the diagnosis.

2.6 Why has Minister Gordhan incurred such costs on legal opinions and wasted the public and taxpayers’ money?

2.7 Why is Minister Gordhan silent on the R26 billion stolen from the Reserve Bank?

3. The Minister is a shareholder in companies owned by the same Johann Rupert who is implicated in the R26 billion stolen from the South African Reserve Bank, and it has transpired that Johann Rupert had a hand in the appointment of Pravin Gordhan into the post of Minster of Finance.  As pointed out above, he is also a shareholder in the banks that have closed the accounts of the Gupta family businesses (Oakbay). As a result, Mr Gordhan cannot act in the matter that involves the closure of the Gupta family businesses’ bank accounts as he is a shareholder in the white capitalist businesses responsible for the closure of the said bank accounts. Furthermore these white capitalist businesses have for decades captured the state.

4. Why has the minister elected to approach the court instead of working through the cabinet established Inter Ministerial Committee (IMC) which was set up for the purpose of resolving matters related to the closure of the bank accounts of Oakbay?

5. Why has the minister, as a member of the IMC, not participated in the Committee’s work towards resolving the crisis created by the controversial closure of the bank accounts of Oakbay?

6. That since the Minister has interest in companies that have captured the state, the Minister must provide us with answers within 48 hours as to why we should not approach the court for an order that a conflict of interest situation exists between himself as Minister of Finance and himself as shareholder to the banks and other companies which have since captured the Republic of South Africa.

7. As further evidence of the prevailing conflict of interest situation, as Minister you have been unable to be impartial in the work of the inter-ministerial task team appointed by cabinet to resolve challenges related to the closure of the projects of Oakbay bank accounts. It is for this reason that you have not been able to participate in the work of the said task team. Did you or did you not disclose to the task team that you are conflicted since you are a shareholder in the banks which had closed the bank accounts of Oakbay?

8. Furthermore, your position has been compromised by the involvement of business entities you have shares in which are implicated in unlawfully benefiting from the R26 billion stolen from the South African Reserve Bank which is under your ministry. You also have shares in this same companies which have stolen from the South African Reserve Bank. Your lack of interest in pursuing the R26 billion stolen from your ministry further indicates your incapacity to be impartial because you are conflicted.  

9. Note that the BLF appoints the offices of MB TSHABANGU INC. Kindly forward every correspondence to the below address:

404 Ancore Centre
Cnr. Robert Sobukwe and Steve Biko Streets
Sunnyside
Pretoria
Tel: 012 341 4187
Fax: 086 558 6184

Kind regards,

ANDILE MNGXITAMA