Ahead of the 8 May National Elections you would do well to acquaint yourself with the Political Parties registered on the National level for the elections.
Today we introduce you to: Black First Land First
Arguably the most controversial party contesting the 2019 elections, Andile Mngxitama’s BLF (Black First Land First) faces a legal challenge over its election registration due to its explicit prohibition of white members. BLF supports radical economic transformation and a society in which “black people must come first in all areas of life”. In the past, BLF has vocally supported the Gupta family and is presently calling for the return of former Eskom CEO Brian Molefe to solve South Africa’s electricity crisis.
Black First Land First (BLF) is a racist black party in South Africa. It was founded in 2015 by Andile Mngxitama following his expulsion from the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF), led by Julius Malema.
Black First Land First: Mngxitama’s chief policy is ‘expropriation without compensation’ of white-owned land, which he declares to have been directly stolen from Africans. On this issue, he has accused EFF of selling out to the ANC, which he regards as too friendly to business interests. BLF is aligned with South Africa’s Ex-President Jacob Zuma, and has also shown support for the influential Gupta family. Its policies have been labelled as black supremacist. Some of its members have been accused of threatening investigative journalists.
The Logo of Black First Land First (BLF) movement is the Sankofa Bird, forming part of a clenched black fist, with the base forming a fountain pen. The Sankofa Bird is a symbol for understanding a people engaged in the struggle for freedom through the power of revolutionary historical lessons. In this regard, the Sankofa bird, while looking backwards, flies forward with an egg in its mouth. The clenched black fist symbolises Black Power, and the fountain pen signifies the importance of revolutionary theory as a guide to action in the revolutionary struggle. At the centre of the Sankofa’s wing is the five pointed red star. The five-pointed red star symbolises socialism and the blood of blacks whose lives were lost through the anti blackness of white supremacy. Moreover, the five points of the star represents the five continents and hence an internationalist outlook in pursuit of the total freedom of all the oppressed peoples of the world. The circle is colored in green to signify the Land and all the minerals beneath it that must be returned to the people. The circle itself, with its red outer and black inner boundary lines serves to protect the people engaged in revolution.
Meet Black First Land First (BLF)
1. What is BLF’s vision?
Black people must come first in all areas of life. White people, if at all, will benefit as a byproduct of blacks being served first.
2. What is BLF’s minimum program?
Radical Economic Transformation (RET), which puts land first and has the best possibility to unite all black people irrespective of party political affiliation.
3. What is BLF’s desired end goal?
To usher in a Black socialist society where exploitation and oppression cease to exist. The wealth of the nation shall be equitably shared.
4. Who can join BLF?
Black First Land First (BLF) is a Blacks only organization. We use the Black Consciousness definition of “Black” which includes Africans, coloreds and Indians.
4.1 Does this mean there are no differences between these groups?
Historically there are differences among these groups and that’s why BLF wants an African-Indian Accord to deal with the bad relations between Africans and Indians, whilst recognizing that such differences are not antagonistic like the relationship between Blacks and whites.
5. Who is the enemy of Black people?
White Monopoly Capital (WMC) which is a system of power which benefits all white people and disadvantages all Blacks.
6. What about gender relations?
South Africa is a racist, capitalist and patriarchal society shaped by white supremacy. The question of women’s liberation is central to the emancipatory process, but there can be no ending patriarchy outside of ending white supremacy itself.
7. Why does BLF want to go to parliament? Is parliament not a bourgeois institution?
Yes, parliament is a bourgeois institution, but it can be used to assist the revolutionary process in two main respects:
i) To provide a platform to agitate for radical proposals and educating the masses.
ii) To provide much needed resources to fund the revolutionary movement outside parliament. In approach, BLF holds that we must be “anti-politics politically engaged”, meaning we must use politics to end politics.
7.1 Once in parliament, will BLF not be fat cats?
BLF Members of Parliament (MPs) will not be paid a salary which is much higher than the Marikana workers minimum wage of R12 500. BLF will use the rest of the salaries to build the movement outside parliament.
8. What will BLF do for Black unity?
BLF will work to unite all black political parties on the basis of Radical Economic Transformation (RET). We shall strive to set up a non-partisan parliamentary caucus for all pro-RET Members of Parliament (MPs).
This information is gathered from the IEC and the above party website or publicly available documents.
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