BLF rejects Ramaphosa’s white monopoly capital SONA

BLF rejects Ramaphosa’s white monopoly capital SONA

The State of the Nation Address (SONA) by Cyril Ramaphosa was a statement of the ‘New Deal’ of the Democratic Alliance (DA) not of RET which is policy of the ANC.

Nowhere does RET find expression in the SONA by Ramaphosa. The clear sign of the rejection of RET was the invitation of the apartheid mass murderer FW de Klerk to the SONA. The invitation of de Klerk was a disgusting act by Cyril Ramaphosa and an affirmation to the apartheid forces that white power is back.

BLF has opened cases of multiple murders against FW de Klerk including massacres that he presided over in defence of apartheid. The invitation of de Klerk to the SONA strikes us as the meeting of the Marikana massacre and Boipatong massacre. Its an insult to the memory of the murdered.

BLF is even more disgusted by the respect shown to the mass murderer FW de Klerk by members of parliament who clapped for the apartheid killer while booing the name of President Zuma. How soon have we blacks forgotten? We are a sick people!

The SONA shows that RET is dead from the point of view of the President of the country. Cyril speaks a bit of RET but walks a lot of the New Deal. He speaks RET only to deceive.

No land expropriation under Ramaphosa

There is not going to be any land expropriation without compensation under Cyril Ramaphosa. We must decode what he means by land expropriation without compensation. Each time he mentions it he quickly cancels it with a racist logic that says that land can only be given back if the white agricultural sector is not affected. The lie that there is food security which will be affected negatively if blacks get land is colonial thinking by Cyril Ramaphosa. The ANC 54th Elective Conference has resolved on land expropriation without compensation. Ramaphosa says that there shall be consultations.

Unlike with the joke of internships instead of jobs, there are no time frames or targets for land expropriation without compensation. There is no plan or will for it. We can’t expect Cyril Ramaphosa to lead a process to take the land from his white friends and give it to blacks.

Mining Charter surrendered

The SONA has also killed the Mining Charter. Cyril Ramaphosa now says that the Mining Charter must be negotiated with the same mining bosses who reject the transformation of the mining sector.

No State Bank, no nationalisation of SARB

The SONA is silent on the development of a State Bank and Black Bank – no mention, no time lines, no targets! The most shocking of the SONA is its silence on the nationalisaiton of the South African Reserve Bank (SARB). Cyril Ramaphosa is defying the ANC and undermining RET.

Free education not for all

Ramaphosa’s pro white monopoly capital SONA was a direct attack on the ‘Free Education’ pronounced by President Zuma. Ramaphosa, instructed by the London/Stellenbosch mafia, says only first year students will get free education in 2018. This is not what Comrade Zuma had pronounced. Ramaphosa is eroding ‘Free Education’ because he wants his business partners in the banking system to make profits from poor students with expensive loans.

BLF rejects the SONA of 2018 – we are not bamboozled by good sounding English

BLF will watch how those who gave the SONA a standing ovation will now try to disagree. Its a superficial disagreement. Parliament has become a place of the hegemony of white monopoly capital ideology and interests. Blacks are not represented in parliament.

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

19 February 2018

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BLF Press Conference – Ramaphosa massacred RET

BLF Press Conference – Ramaphosa massacred RET

The following statement was delivered by Black First Land First (BLF) President Andile Mngxitama on 18 February 2018 at a press conference held at the BLF headquarters in Gandhi Square, Johannesburg.

This media conference serves to give the BLF perspective on the political situation after the dramatic events of last week – in particular, the resignation of President Zuma, the ascendancy of Cyril Ramaphosa and our response to the State of the Nation Address (SONA).

1. We salute you President Jacob Gedleyihlekisa Zuma!

BLF regards the former president of the Republic of South Africa, Comrade Jacob Gedleyihlekisa Zuma, as a hero of the oppressed people of our country. Comrade Zuma chose the difficult path of revolution against the historic and very powerful enemies of his people. He was correct to focus the minds of the nation on white monopoly capital as the primary enemy of black liberation. The enemy knew that if Zuma’s mobilization around Radical Economic Transformation (RET) could gain sufficient momentum, it would be the end of white rule in our country. So the enemy struck back viciously.

Former President Zuma put up a brave fight. He energized and radicalized large sections of the ruling party, the African National Congress (ANC). He led from the front with his historic call for land expropriation without compensation. He infused the spirit of radical managerial decisions within the State Owned Enterprises (SOEs). His leadership made it possible to speak about 90% local content in cultural productions. It is former President Zuma’s demeanour that strengthened the spine of the then Eskom leadership to demand 51% black ownership in procurement. The white world got a fright and decided that Zuma must go.

BLF has never said that Zuma was a saint. We have always said, and we maintain, that Zuma had become a radicalizing force and therefore, a revolutionary.

Comrade Zuma had already abandoned the West and was looking East. The West sought amongst our own those who would be willing to fight Zuma to end the march towards RET. The West poured money and promises of greatness into those willing to do its dirty work. The enemies of black liberation unleashed the biggest propaganda war we have ever seen. They demonized Comrade Zuma and turned him into the most corrupt person on planet earth. They cleaned their corrupt agents through mass media deception. Many of our people fell victim to this propaganda. We have been made to hate the one who had our backs covered. But, it was not for the first time. The method had not so long ago worked in Libya. It is said that some people in Ghana celebrated when the Criminal Investigation Agency (CIA) toppled Kwame Nkrumah.

The traitors of the African revolution inside the ruling party made common cause with agents of imperialism who had been frequenting London to get instructions and British pounds. The ANC elective conference was bought to murder the dream of RET. All that was left was a parliamentary coup to give legitimacy to the agenda of white monopoly capital.

You, Nxamalala, stood on the solid ground of revolutionary principles.

BLF has learned a lot from your deep knowledge of revolutionary warfare. If you were not such a master of revolutionary tactics, they would have long cut your road short. You fought long enough to leave a discernable legacy.

We thank you Msholozi for free education. But most importantly, we thank you for the idea whose time has come – Radical Economic Transformation. As the best of revolutionary leaders taught us, from Karl Marx to Steve Biko and beyond, we know the enemy might even exterminate our physical bodies, but they can’t kill an idea whose time has come. Now is the time for Radical Economic Transformation! Now is the time to end the suffering of our people.

Msholozi, BLF shall honour your gallant fight by taking the struggle for Radical Economic Transformation to even higher levels. We will not waste time with the ANC leaders who have sold their souls for 30 pieces of silver. There is no time to waste. There is no time to mourn and agonize. It’s time to organize and keep the fight for Radical Economic Transformation alive.

Those who got rid of Comrade Zuma did so to murder Radical Economic Transformation. They cannot be expected to carry out the same program with fidelity and the required determination.

The dream of Radical Economic Transformation shall rise like the unstoppable Tsunami that Msholozi has become. BLF thanks Msholozi for the gift of Radical Economic Transformation. It’s our commitment to never betray you Msholozi. The land shall return to its rightful owners. The diamonds, gold, platinum and many other precious minerals shall also be in the possession of the people. We shall defend Free Education. We shall defend the BRICS programme. We shall defend the Judicial Commission of Inquiry (JCOI) into State Capture. BLF shall continue to defend black dignity through reclaiming our country.

As part of our appreciation for the contributions towards Radical Economic Transformation that Comrade Zuma has made, the BLF leadership shall ask for a meeting with Msholozi to express our gratitude directly to him.

Furthermore, we shall ask Comrade Jacob Zuma to consider establishing the Jacob Zuma Institute for Revolutionary Strategy and Tactics where he can share with young revolutionaries his vast knowledge of revolutionary warfare. Comrade Zuma is a walking library of wisdom and revolutionary strategy and tactics.

We also want to warn all black South Africans now! You will soon realise how great a leader and President Zuma was.

Long live the President of the oppressed people! Long live Comrade Jacob Zuma! We shall indeed meet somewhere and soon.

2. The genealogy of Hands Off Zuma Economic Liberation Now!

We wish to remind black people that BLF didn’t start supporting Comrade Zuma last year. BLF started the #HandsOffZumaEconomicLiberationNow campaign in 2016.. We put forward conditions of our support for Comrade Zuma which became embodied in RET and ANC policy. Amongst these conditions was land expropriation without compensation; nationalization of banks and mines; and free education.

We also had asked for the removal, in particular, of Pravin Gordhan – the corrupt Prime Minister of white monopoly capital. BLF further asked for the removal of Blade Nzimande who was blocking the realization of free education and the decolonization of the university system.

President Zuma delivered on all the demands of our campaign. We must again say that when he declared land expropriation without compensation in the SONA of 2017 we had known that President Zuma has come back home from the evil west. We also knew the enemy would double its effort to remove him.

3. The decision to remove Zuma was made and funded in London and Stellenbosch

We wish to let the nation know – the decision to remove President Zuma was not made in Luthuli House. It was made in London by imperialism led by Robin Renwick in cahoots with Stellenbosch which in turn was led by Johann Rupert. Cyril Ramaphosa and his faction are implementing the agenda of the evil axis of London/Stellenbosch and their main objective is to maintain white control over the South African economy.

4. Defend Ann7

Part of colonizing South Africa (SA) by London/Stellenbosch after capturing the ANC top leadership is to hypnotize the people of our country with media propaganda. They want the people to support their own oppression. That is why white monopoly capital wants the Africa News Network7 (Ann7) shut down. Ann7 is the only news channel which is not driving white monopoly capital propaganda. It opens the eyes of our people. To finish the war on RET they want to shut down Ann7.

BLF calls on society to defend Ann7. If DSTV wants to give Tbo Touch a news channel to praise Johann Rupert 24/7, let them do so without touching Ann7. BLF warns Koos Bekker: if you shut down Ann7; we shall shut down ENCA and kykNET. That’s the deal buddy!

5. The NPA is being used against the Judicial Commission of Inquiry on State Capture

The current one-sided raids and arrests of low key figures in the large drama of so called state capture are stunts to shield white monopoly capital from being investigated. As we warned – the demonization of President Zuma; and the reduction of the Guptas and black people to corruption is a strategy to make sure that the likes of Johann Rupert, Christo Wiese, Maria Ramos, and Markus Jooste are not brought to book. Magda Wierzycka too who has a case of treason against her, is being shielded!

White monopoly capital is rejecting the JCOI on state capture because its terms of reference includes all corruption. BLF said investigate all corruption – from the Guptas to the Ruperts. But as we can see, the selective prosecutions of the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) are aimed at protecting white corruption.

Markus Jooste of Steinhoff has disappeared R18 billion from state coffers through corruption. BLF has opened a case of corruption and money laundering against him. When Steinhoff appeared before parliament it said that it is also reporting Jooste to the Hawks. We don’t know if they have done so. The reality is that Markus Jooste is on holiday and building a mansion by the sea after a confirmed R18 billion corruption. No raids, no arrests, because he is white!

6. Ramaphosa – President of the London/Stellenbosch agenda

The election of Cyril Ramaphosa as President of SA concludes the London/Stellenbosch agenda to capture the country. Cyril Ramaphosa is one of the wealthiest black people in SA. White monopoly capital made him wealthy. American imperialism gave him the McDonalds chain which is poisoning our people for profits. UK imperialism gave him shares in Lonmin. Ramaphosa is business partner of the two most powerful white monopoly capital families – the Ruperts and the Oppenheimers. In fact Ramaphosa was made by these families.

The big question is – how can a partner of white monopoly capital be the driver of RET? We have seen how whites are celebrating the presidency of Ramaphosa from Sandton to Orania. They know Ramaphosa is here for them. He has already shown how brutal he will be against black people when he ordered the Marikana massacre.

Ramaphosa is the president of white people. Soon black people will realise this. BLF is warning the nation now. Beware Silili is not here for you!

7. ‘The New Deal’ State of the Nation Address

The State of the Nation Address (SONA) by Cyril Ramaphosa was a statement of the ‘New Deal’ of the Democratic Alliance (DA) not of RET which is policy of the ANC. Nowhere does RET find expression in the SONA by Ramaphosa.

The clear sign of the rejection of RET was the invitation of the apartheid mass murderer FW de Klerk to the SONA. The invitation of de Klerk was a disgusting act by Cyril Ramaphosa and an affirmation to the apartheid forces that white power is back. BLF has opened cases of multiple murders against FW de Klerk including massacres that he presided over in defence of apartheid.

The invitation of de Klerk to the SONA strikes us as the meeting of the Marikana massacre and Boipatong massacre. Its an insult to the memory of the murdered.

BLF is even more disgusted by the respect shown to the mass murderer FW de Klerk by members of parliament who clapped for the apartheid killer while booing the name of President Zuma. How soon have we blacks forgotten? We are a sick people!

The SONA shows that RET is dead from the point of view of the President of the country. Cyril speaks a bit of RET but walks a lot of the New Deal. He speaks RET only to deceive.

There is not going to be any land expropriation without compensation under Cyril Ramaphosa. We must decode what he means by land expropriation without compensation. Each time he mentions it he quickly cancels it with a racist logic that says that land can only be given back if the white agricultural sector is not affected. The lie that there is food security which will be affected negatively if blacks get land is colonial thinking by Cyril Ramaphosa.

The ANC 54th Elective Conference has resolved on land expropriation without compensation. Ramaphosa says that there shall be consultations. Unlike with the joke of internships instead of jobs, there are no time frames or targets for land expropriation without compensation. There is no plan or will for it. We can’t expect Cyril Ramaphosa to lead a process to take the land from his white friends and give it to blacks.

The SONA has also killed the Mining Charter. Cyril Ramaphosa now says that the Mining Charter must be negotiated with the same mining bosses who reject the transformation of the mining sector.

The SONA is silent on the development of a State Bank and Black Bank – no mention, no time lines, no targets! The most shocking of the SONA is its silence on the nationalisaiton of the South African Reserve Bank (SARB). Cyril Ramaphosa is defying the ANC and undermining RET.

8. The High Court says its ok to steal so long as you are white

BLF is shocked that the High Court has ruled that its ok for ABSA and others to steal from the people of South Africa. The former President Jacob Zuma paid back the money as the Public Protector had ruled. But the Court says ABSA must not pay the money.

The Pretoria High Court’s decision to set aside the Public Protector’s Bankorp-CIEX report (where ABSA was ordered to pay R1,125 billion), is a textbook example of how the judiciary is in the pockets of white monopoly capital. The effect of the ruling is that ABSA will not pay back the money it stole from the people of South Africa. This ruling shows more clearly that the talk of fighting corruption is a ruse to legitimise the looting of white monopoly capital.

The personal attack on the Public Protector, Busisiwe Mkhwebane, through a vindictive order against her to pay personally part of the costs, is an act of intimidation by the court. The message the court is sending to all other arms of the state and opponents of white monopoly capital is that if you touch white monopoly capital, you will be punished.

This shows that the judiciary is still racist and an arm of white monopoly capital. The punitive costs to the court said must be paid by the Public Protector is noting but attempt to intimidate anyone who takes on white monopoly capital.

BLF calls on society to defend the Public Protector against agents of white monopoly capital who are trying to use the ruling to replace the Public Protector so that a pro white monopoly capital stooge can be appointed.

9. EFF exposed as poodle of the London/Stellenbosch agenda

The Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) walked out of the election of Ramaphosa as President saying that he too has violated his oath of office plus he is the man at the centre of the Marikana massacre. The reds of London went further to say that parliament is illegitimate. But they were clapping for the same Ramaphosa the following day. We have it on good authority that Robin Renwick had barked instructions from London before the SONA for EFF to behave and like good guard-dogs they did as they were told.

The standing ovation the London/Stellenbosch SONA received from parliament now confirms that only white power is represented in parliament.

10. Hands off the Ingonyama Trust

BLF wishes to send a clear message to Cyril Ramaphosa and his people to stop disrespecting Isilo Goodwill Zwelithini. The Ingonyama Trust belongs to the Zulu speaking people under the guardianship of the King.

We say ‘Hands Off the Ingonyama Trust’. Furthermore, we must clarify to Cyril Ramaphosa that land expropriation without compensation means taking land from whites and giving it to blacks who are its rightful owners. Land expropriation doesn’t mean further dispossessing the dispossessed.

Ramaphosa must apologise to the king and the people of South Africa.

11. Mama Makete

The nation watched with horror when thugs wearing Cyril Ramaphosa t-shirts attacked unarmed black people outside Luthuli House recently. The nation watched with pain and shame as Mama Olivia Makete was viciously attacked by, amongst others, a branch secretary of the ANC.

We wish to state that Mama Makete is a member of BLF. Furthermore, the march to Luthuli House was to also call for an end to evictions and for development. The memorandum submitted to the Secretary General of the ANC states these clearly.

There is no justification whatsoever to attack any person who doesn’t threatened you. The Cyril Ramaphosa thugs show what kind of leadership we can expect from their leader.

The shocking thing is that the police have released the main perpetrator saying that there is no complainant. BLF has helped to open the case again – a week ago already. We note that no-one has been arrested yet. We give the police until the end of tomorrow to arrest the perpetrator failing which, BLF shall institute a citizen’s arrest.

12. Message to Paul Mashatile

We wish to send a message to the Member of the Executive Council (MEC) of Housing, Paul Mashatile. We ask him to stop all the planned evictions by his department in Gauteng. He is evicting the poor to give land to white monopoly capital and properties to banks where Ramaphosa has shares.

We say that Mashatile (in particular) must withdraw all court applications – including the one relating to Orange Farm, Extension 10. We have asked for an urgent meeting with him and his representatives for tomorrow.

We want to warn Paul Mashatile – if he continues with the mass ongoing evictions, BLF shall shut down Gauteng. This is not idle talk. Plans are at an advancedstage.

13. BLF will contest 2019

BLF is humbled by the mass call by our people that we must contest elections in 2019. Our people have expressed confidence in our movement and we promise to never sell you out. We won’t take your votes and give them to Helen Zille. BLF shall use the mandate given to us by the voters to defend and advance RET inside parliament.

The people have called our name. We hereby say yes, we shall be on the ballot come 2019. We are ready to defend and advance RET so that land can return. We promise to give Cyril Ramaphosa no rest until RET is realised.

14. RET Imbizo on 31st March 2018

BLF is saying to all the organisations and people who support Radical Economic Transformation; do not agonize, lets organise!

It is for this reason we call for a Radical Economic Transformation Imbizo in Johannesburg on 31 March 2018. The objective of the Imbizo is to adopt a RET Charter and a Program of Action to take RET further.

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

18 February 2018

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Lindsay Maasdorp
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Cell: +27 79 915 2957

Brian Tloubatla
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BLF calls on President Zuma to immediately address the national water crisis

BLF calls on President Zuma to immediately address the national water crisis

Water access, ownership and distribution in South Africa (SA) can’t be allowed to continue along the spatial segregation lines of apartheid, twenty four years into democracy. White communities who are in fact constituted, maintained and perpetuated by white monopoly capital have preferential access, distribution and ownership of water at the expense of the black majority. The black majority, being the poorest and most vulnerable of the population due to historical colonial theft of our land and being, on an average don’t even have access to the basic policy requirement of 25 liters of “free water” per person per day.

Our right to water, which is structurally inextricably linked to our right to land, is tied up to our right to dignity, food, housing, sanitation, health care as well as an healthy environment. Water is life, water is economy, water is dignity, water is land!

SA is a water scarce country with an average of 450mm of rainfall which in turn is far below the international average of 840mm per annum. This translates into water acquisition in SA being 53.5% of the world average. SA has also not come out of the four year regional drought. It was predicted in numerous reports presented to Government from before 2002, that SA will be facing a major drought that it now is in due to geographical issues (flowing from it being a semi-arid country) as well as the fact that it would have to endure the adverse effects of climate change. Both National and Provincial Governments have been aware of the threatening national water crises since before 2002 as the numerous reports – such as the Department of Water Affairs and Forestry of 2002; the Catchment Storm Water and River Management Strategy report of 2002 to 2007; the Integrated Development Planning (IDP) report of 2005 projecting the current drought; the Western Cape report of 2005 on climate change; report in 2002 titled “Inter-basin water sharing to achieve water security – a South African Perspective”; Water Demand Management Policy and Strategy in 1998 and referred to again in 2001 – presented to Government bear testimony to.

The Department of Water Affairs and Forestry in 2002 reported that “South Africa …will face “chronic water scarcity” by 2025 if current population trends continue and would move towards “absolute scarcity” in the forseabe future.”

SA conducts water intensive mining and agricultural sectors, with its allocation being irrigation (agriculture) 59%; mining 13%; domestic use 12.9%; livestock watering 6%; schedule one 5.7%; and other 3.4%.

The total allocation for both the mining and the agricultural sectors amount 72% in terms of which the black majority are economically excluded via the continuation of the apartheid legacy. In this context blacks are the underpaid exploited slave workers and whites own the means of production that depletes our water resources in the interests of white monopoly capital.

In this national water crisis Western Cape is the most hard hit, followed by the Eastern Cape which in turn is followed by KwaZulu Natal. The Western Cape and Eastern Cape must be treated as what they are – disaster areas. BLF calls on President Zuma to address the water question in the interests of the black majority via Radical Economic Transformation (RET) as follows:

1. All land that government needs to access water through, must be expropriated without compensation with immediate effect.

2. The land in Western Cape on which the 70 springs including rivers are located on must be expropriated without compensation with immediate effect.

3. Infrastructure must be built relating to the 70 springs so as to meaningfully utilize the more than 100 million liters of fresh water currently being wastefully channeled to the sea daily by the Western Cape Government.

4. Access to water from these 70 springs must be made available to the public, via the ministry of water and sanitation, with immediate effect.

5. The process of making sea water drinkable (desalination) must be nationalized – we cannot allow a situation where international private companies, for example from Israel, privatize the desalination process.

6. Immediately stop the issuance of licenses to and revoke all current licenses of private companies that utilize and sell spring water.

7. Over and above the 70 springs, allow public access to all springs that are already in private hands, via the ministry of water and sanitation .

8. Reduce the amount of water allocated to the agricultural sector specifically to farmers growing water intensive crops such as grapes and apples.

9. Nationalize all private dams, including those owned by or in possession of farmers.

10. Expropriate all land without compensation including the land on which privately owned dams of farmers are situated.

11. The ministry of water and sanitation must become the custodians of private owned farm dams and be responsible for the equitable distribution of water to all South Africans.

12. All water ownership (including in the form of springs, rivers, and dams) should be addressed by the Judicial Commission of Inquiry on State Capture.

13. Ban the dumping of raw sewage into the oceans. The City of Cape Town has from the 1970s been dumping raw sewage just 700 meters away from the coastlines into the oceans of Camps Bay, Hout Bay and Mouille Point. Collectively 19 Olympic size swimming pools of untreated human waste is pumped into the oceans daily – 50% of which is recyclable water.

14. Upgrade and build infrastructure that facilitates the recycling of the sewage.

15. Upgrade, repair and renew the ailing infrastructure of water distribution to address the fruitless loss of water that nationally amounts to 37%.

16. Ban the planting of trees and plants like palm trees that each require 1000 litres of water a day.

17. Secure our constitutional right to access to free clean drinking water that responds to people’s total needs.

18. Educate the population and business about SA being a water scarce and stressed region and the need to conserve water.

19. Refrain from bailing out farmers through public funds who grow water intensive crops that don’t benefit SA meaningfully, like apples and grapes.

20. Compensate workers on farms that produce crops that are water intensive and have become bankrupt because of droughts – until such farms change the crops they produce.

21. Amend Section 25 of the Constitution to give immediate expression to expropriation of land without compensation and the resolution of the water question.

#NoToWaterPrivatisation
#LandExpropriationWithoutCompensation

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

1 February 2018

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Ramaphosa breaking the law at Eskom

Ramaphosa breaking the law at Eskom

The pro white monopoly capital President of the African National Congress (ANC), Cyril Ramaphosa has started an illegal witch hunt against opponents of white monopoly capital. The first victim of Ramaphosa’s illegal attack is Matshela Koko at Eskom.

In an unprecedented disregard for the law and due process Cyril Ramaphosa fired Koko through a press release. No hearing, no due process – just expulsion from Eskom summarily via the media. Koko was reinstated as head of generation earlier in January this year, after being found not guilty by the parastatal’s internal disciplinary hearing which was chaired by advocate Mzungulu Mthombeni.

Under the pretext of fighting corruption Ramaphosa instructed the yet to be confirmed Eskom board to “immediately remove all Eskom executives who are facing allegations of serious corruption and other acts of impropriety, including Mr Matshela Koko …”.

This instruction to the Eskom board is as illegal as the instruction by Ramaphosa that lead to the Marikana massacre where he called for “concomitant action” against workers who just wanted a living wage. Ramaphosa’s disregard for the rule of law and Labour law must horify all justice loving people.

What happened to the required adherence to the principle of ‘innocent until proven guilty’? What wrongdoing has Mr Koko committed? Is Ramaphosa punishing him for supporting the 51% black ownership as a condition of any entity doing business with Eskom? Why is Ramaphosa not submitting the evidence he has to either the police or Eskom so that due process can be followed? Since when do people get fired on the basis of mere suspicion?

Ramaphosa is sending a strong signal to the employers in South Africa (SA) that its OK to undermine labour rights. The silence of organisations that claim to be for workers – like the South African Communist Party (SACP), National Union of Metal Workers (NUMSA), and Zwelinzima Vavi’s South African Federation of Trade Unions (SAFTU) – in the face of such blatant violation of the labour law, shows their opportunism and indicates how workers will be exposed when Ramaphosa becomes president of SA.

Black First Land First (BLF) says hands off Mr Koko. We say to Ramaphosa, respect the laws of this country and stop your excitement in trying to show white monopoly capital that you are a good boy of the “New Deal”.

Ramaphosa must answer many questions at the Judicial Commission of Inquiry (JCOI) on State Capture, including using the police to murder workers to protect his profits; and wrongdoings (as suggested in the Paradise Papers) through Shanduka not limited to tax evasion and money laundering via the offshore tax haven of Mauritius. Eskom can’t be turned into a lawless den of looting by Ramaphosa and his white monopoly capital friends.

BLF notes the presence of racists and others who are facing criminal cases in the new Eskom board. We will write to President Zuma as head of cabinet not to ratify the names of Ramaphosa’s henchmen.

BLF will aslo write to the board of Eskom to warn it about overzealousness in committing crimes under the guise of fighting corruption. The silence of the white owned media is evidently in support of the white monopoly capital agenda of ensuring its stranglehold over the Eskom board to further state capture. The white owned media has no ethics at all!

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

28 January 2018

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

Brian Tloubatla
(Deputy National Spokesperson)
Cell: +27 82 216 7664