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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