The Land and all in it are ours!

BLACK FIRST LAND FIRST (BLF) SUBMISSIONS TO THE SELECT COMMITTEE ON LAND AND MINERAL RESOURCES ON THE MINERAL AND PETROLEUM RESOURCES DEVELOPMENT AMENDMENT BILL [B15D-2013]

Who are we?

1. Black First Land First (BLF) is a Pan Afrikanist and Black Consciousness Revolutionary organisation registered with the Independent Electoral Commission. BLF holds that the primary contradiction in South Africa was created in 1652 with the arrival of the settler colonialists from Europe. This contradiction today is White
Supremacy which in the economic sphere manifests as White Monopoly Capital. The organising logic of White Supremacy is land theft.

2. Notice of “Invitation for Written Comments on the Mineral and Petroleum Resources Development Amendment Bill [B15D-2013]” which is published on the parliament website (https://www.parliament.gov.za/committee-notice-details/12)
bears reference.

Land and justice

3. The resolution of the question of “Mineral and Petroleum Resources Development” is dependent on the resolution of the land question which in turn is central to the realization of black liberation. The necessary precondition to this end is to ensure that the land is returned by any means necessary without paying for it. Without land there is no freedom or dignity. Land is the basis of the freedom, identity, spiritual well-being, economic development and culture of black people.

4. The call for land expropriation without compensation made by President Zuma is a critically important step in the right direction and the committee has to adopt this as the primary principle to realise the transformation of the minerals and petroleum sector. We can’t talk about minerals and petroleum without addressing the land
question first.

5. All of the land in South African in white hands was stolen from black people. Therefore, all white people who hold land including, in this case, the mines are in possession of stolen property. This stolen land includes all of its endowments on its surface, together with all the fortunes underground as well as the sky – all of it belongs to black people.

6. Justice will only prevail once the stolen land is returned to the black majority. Since thieves are not known to be generous people who voluntarily return stolen goods, this places the responsibility of redress and justice on the shoulders of the dispossessed. The battle for land by any means necessary is not only a battle for an important economic commodity (land amounts to more than just its economic value), it’s also about who we are and about those who perished in the many brutal colonial wars in defense of the land. Land return shall heal black people!

Nationalisation and socialization of the mineral and natural resources

7. On the subject matter of the Mineral and Petroleum Resources Development Amendment Bill [B15D-2013], BLF calls for the nationalisation and socialization of the mineral and natural resources. This in turn entails the democratization of the economy through nationalizing 100% of its commanding heights.

8. Ownership, control and management of all mineral wealth shall translate into direct ownership by the people and state protection of people’s rights.

What is to be done?

Broad based meaningful economic empowerment

9. In line with achieving the main goals of ensuring the radical transformation of the economy, eradicating poverty, creating jobs and other means of livelihood, maintaining macroeconomic stability and developing, enhancing and sustaining the economy’s capacity to produce goods and services – ideological guidelines and policy to inform the achievement of these goals must be devised and implemented.

10. To this end the issue of Mineral and Petroleum Resources Development shall focus on Broad Based Meaningful Economic Empowerment to ensure that the majority of South Africans are integrated, through the State, into the mainstream economy and that the people become drivers and beneficiaries of the economic activities in the country.

11. More specifically, ideological guidelines and policy must be devised to elaborate on inter alia the following as a means to achieve Broad Based Meaningful Economic Empowerment:

a. Community Share Ownership Schemes so as to:

i) counter the culture of the patronizing Corporate Social Responsibility concessionary programs that has traditionally characterised big mining businesses;

ii) secure for the community a proportion (at least 20%) of the equity in the mining businesses;

iii) secure for the community meaningful proportional representation in the official control and management structure of the scheme;

iv) enable communities to benefit from the natural resources of the country, and;

v) reinforce the role of the communities in economic development by enabling them to make the right decisions in terms their empowerment priorities.

b. Worker and State Share Ownership schemes so as to:

i) ensure that workers participate through the medium of having direct equity stake in the mining enterprise they are working in;

ii) secure for the workers a significant proportion (at least 20%) of the equity in the mining enterprises;

iii. secure for the workers meaningful proportional representation in the official control and management structures of schemes;

iv) secure for the workers sufficient all round job satisfaction and stable employment, and;

v) reinforce the role of workers in the development and increase of industrialization for import substitution by enabling them to make the right decisions in terms their empowerment priorities.

c. Direct Equity Participation schemes so as to:

i) ensure black majority shareholding in all strategic economic actions;

ii) ensure all mergers, restructurings, unbundling of business, de-mergers, relinquishment of a controlling interest shall comply with the black majority shareholding requirement, and;

iii) ensure that any direct equity achieved from c (i) and (ii) as well as from the Worker Share Ownership Schemes and Community Share ownership schemes shall serve the sole purpose of ensuring that participation and ownership in the economic activities of the country maintain and perpetuate the total nationalization of the commanding heights of the economy so as to facilitate the rectification of past injustices including poverty eradication and economic growth along black socialist lines.

d) Procurement of goods so as to:

i) facilitate import substitution through supporting the procurement of goods from indigenous South Africans.

ii) ensure that at least 70% of the goods procured by all enterprises should be procured from the indigenous population;

iii) put legislation in place to ensure that commercial contracts are concluded with indigenous entrepreneurs so as to guarantee the development of indigenous businesses, the enhancement of livelihoods and the ultimate growth of the economy of South Africa.

e. National Sovereign Wealth Development Fund so as to:

i) reduce the wide gap between the rich and the poor and ensure economic growth;

ii) filter the income from the nations natural resources towards the rectification of past injustices including poverty eradication and economic growth;

iii) address the finite status of mineral resources by developing secondary industries as alternative bases of development after the mineral resources have been depleted, and;

iv) finance development programs across the country so as to stimulate the growth of the country’s economy.

f. Strategic Sector Specific Frameworks so as to:

i) ensure that the indigenous black majority participates in the various strategic sectors such as mining, education, agriculture, manufacturing, communication, finance, tourism etc so as to facilitate the rectification of past injustices including poverty eradication and economic growth.

Strategic objective

12. The Black Agenda shall devise and recommend Ideological guidelines to elaborate on:

i) the mechanisms to be put in place to ensure that the system of state monopoly capitalism, that Direct Equity Participation schemes will tend to feed into and perpetuate, is made to serve the interests of the whole people so as to cease to be state capitalism;

ii) the need for the reorganization and higher development of industry and to that end its adjustment to the needs of the black majority as a crucial aspect of the realization of economic freedom along socialist lines to replace racial capitalism;

iii) the mechanisms to be put in place to ensure that the above Direct Equity Participation schemes do not serve to create and promote (as a reactionary strategic objective) an indigenous anti-black bourgeoisie coexisting with or replacing the current one, and;

iv) the mechanisms to be put in place to ensure that the above Direct Equity Participation schemes serve to destroy the current anti-black neo colonial economic order and replace it with one that is responsive to people’s needs.

13. BLF notes that the Mineral and Petroleum Resources Development Amendment Bill will vest in the minerals department the power to promote as well as oversee mining. In this context mines can transgress environmental issues with impunity as the minerals department is unlikely to shut them down and give up its income.

14. The amendments would further promote and entrench inequality between the owners of mines and the black majority. To this end it ensures that mining companies would not respond to the environmental and water affairs that are integrally related to mineral affairs. By extension, mining companies would not respond to the needs of black local communities.

On penal provisions

15. The penalties attached to the infringement of environmental laws carry much heavier sentences for offenders than those attached to the infringement of mining laws where the environment is found to have been harmed.

16. To this end, for a first time offender regarding environmental law a fine of R5 million or five years term of imprisonment may be imposed whereas for a first time offender regarding mining legislation, a fine of R100 000 and or a term of two years imprisonment may be imposed. It must be pointed out that both these penal provisions are shockingly lenient.

17. Penalties must equate to 50% of the annual turn over for the guilty party or a term of of imprisonment of 10 years.

Silence on Zama Zamas

18. The Amedment Act is silent on the so called Zama Zama’s. These are the real miners and owners of the land. BLF calls for the legal recognition of the artisanal or small scale miners known as Zama Zamas. These are the real owners of the minerals in our country. They are not a foreign force here to exploit and murder like the British Lonmin Mining which, with the help of the Deputy President Mr
Ramaphosa, conducted the Marikana Massacre. These white owned mines continue to terrorise our people and even murder them.

19. BLF advices that the Amendment Bill incorporates provisions for formal recognition of the Zama Zama miners (decriminalisation). Also that the state and mining houses be tasked with ensuring the safety of the Zama Zama miners. Furthermore, that the state be the official buyer from the Zama Zama miners. This will end the criminality encouraged by WMC which robs the Zama Zama miners through illegal buying of their products.

20. The Amendment Act should include provisions for freeing all currently arrested Zama Zamas and for an annual evaluation of the Artisanal mining sector.

BLF Supports the Mining Charter of 2017

21. The proposal is that the Amendment Bill should be brought in line with the provisions of Mining Charter. Only defenders of white monopoly capital and those who are controlled by British imperialism would oppose the Mining Charter. It’s the most radical and revolutionary policy directive since 1994.

22. Who can, in their right minds, oppose these provisions?

i. Ownership

•​Minimum 30% BEE for all mining rights to be apportioned as follows:

– 8% employees
– 8% mining communities
– 14% black entrepreneurs

• Right-holders who are already at 30% black shareholding are not required to
apportion
• Minimum 50% plus 1 Black Person shareholding for all new prospecting rights; must include voting rights.
• Right-holder to pay 1% of annual turnover to the 30% BEE prior to any distributions to its shareholders. Provisions of Companies Act 71, 2008 will apply
• A right holder who claims a Historical BEE Transaction (transaction that achieved 26% prior to 2017 Charter) must top up to 30% within 12 months. This applies even where the black person shareholding is no longer 26% due to either a BEE partner exiting or the contract with the BEE partner lapsing or the transfer of shares by the BEE partner to non-BEE persons.
• A right holder who has maintained 26% black person shareholding is required to top up its black person shareholding to 30% within 12 months of the 2017 Mining Charter coming into effect.

ii. ​Employment equity

• Board level: 50% black; 25% to be women
• Executive/Top management: 50% black; 25% to be women
• Senior management: 60% black; 30% to be women
• Middle management: 75% black; 38% to be women
• Junior management: 88% black; 44% to be women

iii.​ Procurement

• 70% of all mining goods to be from BEE entities
• 80% of all services to be from BEE entities
• 100% of mineral samples to be analysed by SA-based firms
• Foreign suppliers to pay 1% of their annual turnover to the Mining Transformation and Development Agency.

iv.​ Beneficiation

• A maximum offsetting of 11% against BEE shareholding; must meet the following criteria:

– invested in beneficiation since 2004;
– the beneficiation must be in line with the definition of beneficiation contained in the MPRDA;
– the Department of Mineral Resources must approve such beneficiation;
-11% offsetting will not apply to beneficiation that started after 2004 but has since ceased or that has been terminated; and
-11% offsetting can only be claimed if the beneficiation is still ongoing.

v.​ Housing and living conditions

• Principles as set out in the Housing and Living Conditions Standards for the Mining and Minerals Industry developed in terms of section 100(1)(a) of the MPRDA which includes:

– decent standards of housing;
– centrality of home ownership;
– provision for social, physical and economic integrated human settlements;
– ​involvement of employees in the housing administrative system;
– affordable, equitable and sustainable health system; and
– proper nutrition requirements and standards.

vi. Human resource development

• 5% investment of the Leviable Amount on skills development, apportioned as follows:

– 2% on essential skills development activities such as artisanal training, bursaries, literacy and numeracy skills for employees and non-employees (community members);
– 1% towards South African Historically Black Academic Institutions; and
– 2% towards the Mining Transformation and Development Agency.

23. BLF calls on this Committee to make the Mining Charter an intergral part of the Amendment Act and to strengthen the monitoring and evaluation responsibility – for instance, the Mining Charter makes provision for 30% black owners in 12 months. It’s up to the committee to make it a legislative imperative to report on a quarterly basis the progress being made.

Transform the banking system now!

24. The important reforms of the mining sector are going to be sabotaged by the colonial, racist and corrupt banking sector. There is no point in allocating these important percentages of ownership in the mining sector to blacks when white monopoly capital has total control over the financial sector, specifically banking.

25. This Committee must of necessity in the interests of wholistic Radical Economic Transformation, act in tandem with in particular the Treasury. It has to be impressed upon Minister Malusi Gigaba that his reluctance to move with great speed in licencing black banks and a State bank is an act of self sabotage.

26. Treasury must be employed to immediately fully licence the banks that are black or State owned (but are treated like second class citizens) – such as the Ithala Bank; the Venda Building Society (VBS), Postbank – and assist private black banks. All this must happen immediately or blacks are going to be at the mercy of rogue banks like ABSA.

27. We can’t afford half measures if we want Radical Economic Transformation!

20 June 2017
Andile Mngxitama
BLF President

LAND NOW! Soweto Declaration

LAND NOW!  Soweto Declaration

National Land Imbizo
Mofolo Park
Soweto
27 May 2017

Introduction

We, the landless people who are the rightful owners of this country, its wealth and the land – here today, in Soweto (at Mofolo Park) declare the following:

1. South Africa belongs to black people!
2. White people came here in 1652 and stole our land and made us their slaves.
3. The land and its wealth, everything underground, the oceans and the sky belong to black people.
4. All our sufferings, our poverty, the violence in the townships, in the squatter camps, and in our rural villages are caused fundamentally by the fact that we remain a landless people.
5. Without land there is no freedom or dignity.
6. All the land in the hands of white people is stolen property.

We note with anger that:

1. After twenty three years of democracy, only 35 000 white families own 80% of the land!
2. Blacks own only 3% of the JSE!
3. Racism is rife in South Africa!
4. Whites exploit, oppress and murder black people every day in the farms and the rural townships!
5. White monopoly capital which exploits our land and minerals has murdered our brothers in Marikana and has not paid reparations or accounted for their wrongdoings!
6. White monopoly capital mines illegally in South Africa (SA) – who gave De Beers, Lonmin and others the right to mine on stolen land?
7. When blacks mine they are called illegal, forced into unsafe conditions and condemned by white owned media as “Zama Zama” miners.
8. White monopoly capital murders the rightful owners of the land and wealth and calls them Zama Zamas.
9. We note that the courts don’t take racism seriously!
10. Blacks are being evicted every day from our homes and land by the white racist farmers on the farms; by white owned racist and corrupt banks; by the courts and sheriffs in the towns and townships; and by municipalities we vote for in squatter camps!
11. Because of landlessness we blacks are congested in the townships including in the backyards!
12. The government has up now not produced a plan to return our land and help stop our suffering!
13. Our government is buying land which was stolen from us through its “willing buyer, willing seller” policy.
14. It will take us more than 100 years to buy back only 30% of the land, if we follow the current pace of land delivery!
15. 8% of the land was bought back from whites at more than R50 billion since 1994!

We furthermore, declare that:

1. The post 1994 government has failed to return our land for the past 23 years!
2. The ANC must apologise for this, ask for pardon and take action now!
3. White people have not shown that they are sorry or that they acknowledge their sins for slavery, colonialism, apartheid and land theft!
4. White people have not acknowledged that the wealth, comfort and security that they enjoy today is from the direct oppression, exploitation and land dispossession of the black majority!
5. Whites have had 350 years to give back our land and they did not do so. Moreover, whites had twenty three years to say they are sorry and they did not say so!
6. Now, we no longer want dialogue with whites – we want our land back!
7. The biggest and most evil corruption is land theft – this is the mother of all corruption!
8. The crisis in the life of black people comes from historical land dispossession – we cannot heal if the land is not returned!

We note with sadness the following:

1. Our political leaders remain divided and not focused on the real issues affecting black people.
2. Most of our political leaders speak one thing and do the opposite.
3. Most of the political leaders are in the pockets of white monopoly capital.
4. President Zuma has called for Land Expropriation Without Compensation – instead of supporting this call, the land question has been made into a political football in parliament.
5. White owned media, the politicians captured by imperialism and white monopoly capital (both inside the ANC and the opposition) only pay lip service to the question of land return.
7. Politics are made to make blacks fight amongst themselves over nothing!
8. All black politicians in parliament, irrespective of political party affiliation, are landless people like the rest of us.
9. The talk of state capture and corruption is focused only on blacks.

We therefore ask the following questions:

1. Can a landless people play the games of politics amongst themselves?
2. What can be gained by fighting amongst ourselves when the country remains in white hands?
3. Why are these political parties and elders not supporting the call of President Zuma for land expropriation without compensation?
4. We ask the ANC, why do you say we must buy land which was stolen from us?
5. We ask the ANC further, why are you not listening to your own President?

Our Demands!

These demands must be met by any means necessary!

1. “Land expropriation without compensation” must be made policy before the end of 2017!
2. Stop all evictions – from bond houses, from farms, from flats in the inner cities, from squatter camps NOW!
3. We want state owned banks in all the provinces by the end of 2017!
4. The Zama Zama miners must be regularised and given all the assistance they need!
5. Backyards Must Fall! All adult persons must be given land and subsidies for housing!
6. The value of mortgage bonded houses must be reduced to up to 50% because the land is free!
7. Those who have paid for land as part of the mortgage bond must be refunded!
8. Nationalisation of the mines must be realized so that we may benefit!
9. Workers must get a minimum wage of R12500.00 per month. The Marikana mine workers died for this!
10. All the schools must educate the learners about land dispossession and the struggle to regain our land and dignity!
11. Government must assist us to plant our own food!
12. A law must be made that clearly states that any white person found guilty of murdering or harming a black person must go to jail after which that person must lose his/her property and be deported to Europe!

Our Program of Action

We call on all those organisations that are not here and those that are present, to each send two representative to serve on the National Steering Committee for the return of the land!

What must parliament do?

1. We call upon parliament to amend section 25 of the Constitution to affect the policy of “land expropriation without compensation”, before the end of 2017!
2. The Steering Committee must meet all black political parties which are represented in parliament.
3. The Steering Committee must meet the ANC about these demands before their policy conference.
4 The Steering Committee must meet President Zuma as soon as possible.
5 The Steering Committee must visit President Mugabe to get wisdom and courage to fight for land!

What must the church do?

1. The colonial churches must repent and ask for forgiveness. The church which worked closely with the colonialists to take the land of black people must return the land to the people! In 2007, the churches under the South African Council of Churches (SACC) made a declaration to return the stolen land, they have still not done so!
2. The Steering Committee must demand a meeting with the SACC as soon as possible!

What must white people do?

White people are the direct beneficiaries of land theft from black people. Even those who today are not involved in mining or farming are direct beneficiaries of colonialism and apartheid. The schools they go to, the houses they live in, the wealth they have, all come from land theft and oppression of black people. No white person is not implicated or is not a beneficiary of racism – this includes those who are dead and even those who are not yet born.

Whites have a choice to continue with arrogance or they can decide to cooperate with blacks and return the stolen land. Whites must meet in their own land imbizo and resolve by when the land shall be returned to its rightful owners! The land imbizo of whites must happen before the end of 2017! We don’t want dialogue, we want land!

What must the landless do?

If the landless wait for politicians, for the church or whites to do something about land, then we shall wait forever. Its up to the landless and their organisations to take action on the ground so as to speed up all the processes to regain the lost land. When land was taken from us, there was no law, no parliament, no talks of two third majority – the whites just took our land through force. We have to regain our land by any means necessary!

1. The Steering Committee must work to establish a national land occupation program which must be launched on the 1st of January 2018! The night of the New Year, shall be the night of new things!
2. All the war veterans of the liberation movement must join and lead the struggle for land return through direct action. The veterans of the Azanian People’s Liberation Army (APLA), the MKMVA and the Azanian National Liberation Army (AZANLA) must join hands with all those who seek the return of the land now!
3. The Steering Committee shall also meet these war veterans organisations within the next two months!
4. The Steering Committee must also work with the revolutionary High School learners and university students on the programme for land return through re-occupying our stolen land.
5. The Steering Committee must meet with the African Kings and Indigenous leaders (traditional leaders) on the Land Declaration and POA.
6. Every town and village must identify white owned productive land, and prepare to occupy it!

If we don’t take action nothing will change!

The bones of our ancestors are crying out for land. They are not resting in peace. The bones of Sikhukhune, Shaka, Nyabela, Hintsa, Moshweshwe, Cetshwayo, Nghunghunyane are calling for land now! The spirit of Bambatha, Sobukwe, Biko, Mantatise, Nzinga, Nehanda, Tsietsi Mashinini, Kgotso Seatlholo cry over the centuries across the African continent for land to be returned!

It is the land that gives us life and when we die, it’s the land that takes care of our bodies. Without land we are nothing! With land we are everything! That is why we must be black first through getting the land first!

Today here in Soweto we declare that for these commitments we shall fight side by side as comrades, sisters and brothers, as one united black people, until we get back the land!

Take back the land! Land or Death!

Delivered by Andile Mngxitama,
President of Black First Land First

White Monopoly Capital responsible for death of Zama Zamas in Eland Shaft Mine

White Monopoly Capital responsible for death of Zama Zamas in Eland Shaft Mine

Black First Land First (BLF) is saddened by the death of the more than 29 Zama Zama miners killed in an underground explosion in the Eland Shaft Mine last week. We offer our sincerest condolences to the families and friends of the departed.

We note how the white media has reported the deaths as those of illegal miners coming mainly from Mozambique and Zimbabwe. Here we see the anti blackness of white supremacy in its dismissal of those who cannot vote in parliamentary elections to maintain the racist capitalist status quo.

The death toll of Zama Zamas is tragic and unacceptable. A reflection indicates that in June 2009, 91 Zama Zamas died when a fire broke out underground in the same Eland Shaft Mine . Moreover, from 2012 to 2015, approximately 312 miners were killed while conducting their work. This includes 86 miners who died in the Harmony Gold mine in 2012, 29 miners who were killed in various mine shafts in early September 2015, and five more miners who were found dead outside the Grootvlei mine in Gauteng. The deaths last week of over 29 Zama Zamas in Eland Shaft mine in Welkom, adds to the already huge death toll. The white monopoly capitalist mining houses, such as Harmony Gold, who have been hellbent on eliminating the Zama Zamas instead of recognizing them, are in fact responsible for all these deaths. It must be stated that the Eland Shaft mine was previously owned by the Harmony Gold company.

Mining which is generally unsafe for miners – due to methods characterized by racialised and colonized mining, as well as the fact that gold mines in this country are the deepest and the most dangerous internationally – is compounded for the Zama Zamas who are forced to use explosives to blast rocks in order to extract the gold, without any safety, health and communications measures in place.

Furthermore many Zama Zamas have died as a result of police and private security brutality as well as other forms of dehumanization (unleashed by the white mining houses) such as landlessness, inadequate housing and lack of sanitation.

BLF condemns the criminalization by white monopoly capital of mining conducted by the Zama Zamas. We reiterate that the Zama Zamas are the only politically legitimate miners in South Africa (SA). We call for an end to the over 150 years of racialised and colonized mining that serves to perpetuate slavery. This situation will continue unless the root cause of the problem, being white monopoly capital which in turn is the practical operation of white supremacy, is destroyed.

A BLF delegation has been deployed to the Welkom area today to, amongst other things, render assistance to the families of the deceased in particular and to the Zama Zama community in general. BLF stands in solidarity with the cause of the Zama Zamas.

BLF calls for the following:

– reparations to the families of the Zama Zamas killed in the Eland Shaft Mine

– Zama Zamas to get legal standing and recognition;

– Zama Zamas to be regularized

– Zama Zamas to get the necessary subsidization, and;

– Zama Zamas to get the necessary health, safety, communications and security protection.

ISSUED BY THE NATIONAL COORDINATING COMMITTEE OF THE BLACK FIRST LAND FIRST MOVEMENT (BLF NCC)

20 May 2017

Black First Land First Email:[email protected]
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Zanele Lwana
(National Spokesperson)
Cell: +27799867225

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

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

Zama Zamas win appeal in High Court against evictions in Kimberley

On Friday 12 May 2017 the Northern Cape High Court delivered judgement in an appeal brought before it on behalf of some 842 artisanal miners against an eviction order previously obtained by the South African Sweden Housing Company. The appeal was upheld and the eviction order set aside on the basis of no clear right to the property being established by the said South African Sweden Housing Company. While the eviction order related to the evacuation of 842 Zama Zamas, the number of artisanal miners actually affected is about 8000.

This is a huge victory for the miners who have constituted themselves as the Kimberley Artisanal Mine Workers (Zama Zamas) and have been engaged in a struggle against racialized and colonised mining as well as for land and housing.

As a precursor to the Northern Cape High Court case, the Zama Zamas marched to the HAWKS on Wednesday and instituted criminal proceedings against the relevant mining houses. To this end a case was opened against Ekapa Minerals (Pty) Ltd, Crown Resources (Pty) Ltd, Kimberley Ekapa Mining Joint Venture, and Super Stone Mining (Pty) Ltd for illegally mining without the relevant mining permits in certain areas in Kimberley including Kenilworth, Samaria, Greenpoint, and Greenside They also demanded that the same parties be brought to book on charges of theft of the mining equipment belonging to the Chaiperson of the Kimberley Artisanal Mine Workers, Lucky Seekoei, and 5 others. The Zama Zamas were joined in solidarity action by the BLF, unemployed people, the Mining Affected Communities United in Action (MACUA) and civil society organisations.

Proceeding from the HAWKS they marched to the Department of Mineral Resources (DMR) and Economic Affairs where they handed over a memorandum of demands which included an end to all evictions, interdicts on mining, police and private security violence, as well as to be regularized; to get the necessary subsidization; and to be given legal recognition for operations over the floors.

BLF applauds the resilience of the Zama Zamas in their just struggle, including to work and trade and for land, against the white monopolistic mining houses. Irrespective of any court or other action to remove them, the guide to action for the artisanal miners is that all the land in South Africa, including the minerals beneath and on it, belongs to black people and not to the white criminal mining houses.

The Zama Zamas are not going anywhere else – their right to work and trade and to the land is supreme!

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

14 May 2017

Contact details

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

Zanele Lwana
(National Spokesperson)
Cell: +27799867225

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

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