Black First Land First condemns Afrophobic attacks in Pretoria West

Black First Land First condemns Afrophobic attacks in Pretoria West

“When brothers fight to the death, a stranger stands to inherit their property” – African Proverb.

The Black First Land First (BLF) movement condemns the recent black-on-black violence in Pretoria West. BLF is a Black Consciousness, Pan-Africanist, anti-imperialist movement and as such we believe there are no black foriegners in Africa. The borders were created by greedy colonialists and we don’t recognise them.

These violent acts, which include the torching of homes and businesses, in the Democratic Alliance (DA) led City of Tshwane, come as a result of alleged selling of drugs by foreign nationals, Nigerians specifically.

Over the last 5 years life has become increasingly difficult for African migrants trying to make a living in South Africa. The myth that all our brothers and sisters from across the colonial borders sell drugs and have no right to be here must be corrected. The black-on-black violence seen here is the spiralling out of control of the permanent structural violence in the black community. South Africa is a deeply violent society – and we must own up to that, in order to better deal with the reality. The culture of violence has its roots in the violence of colonialism and apartheid – and the oppressed misdirected counter violence in response.

Since his swearing into office, DA Johannesburg mayor, Herman Mashaba has been spewing anti-black Afrophobic and vile left right and centre. We believe his utterances feed into the imperialist regime change agenda of London. Using the agency of DA, Mashaba is fuelling black-on-black violence to create a civil war situation, to justify regime change. We must also never forget the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) who gave the DA power in the metros – they must be held equally liable.

It has been proven again and again that when blacks institute violence against each other it is because the perpetrators mimic the methods of white supremacy: they assume whiteness when, for example, they castrate, lynch or burn each other. The master is present even in his absence.

In order to deal with the problems of black-on-black violence, we need to deal with the root causes that are about lack of transformation and the continuation of apartheid economic and property relations in South Africa.

This situation is exacerbated by the terrible ongoing economic and political crises here and in neighbouring countries. A solution to these crises needs an Africa-wide approach, but it can only take place within a decolonizing politics and movement. Until then we are going to be trapped in these cycles of violence.

Given the ways in which white supremacy has damaged relations (social, gender, sexual, political, class) between Black people, we need to find ways to redirect our rage from between us to the real enemy – white people!

BLF continues to call for “Peace Amongst Blacks. And war against the enemy.”

We must not moralise our way forward. All black people in and out of this country are dealing with the scourge drug abuse. The solution must be a political one. The ills of white supremacy that are brought to bear upon our people manifest as drug dealing, Afrophobia, tribalism etc. This will only end via economic liberation now. This we must achieve via fighting imperialism to take back the land. We declare war on drugs and Afrophobia by fighting imperialism and taking back the land.

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

18 February 2017

Contact details

Black First Land First
Facebook: Black First Land First | Twitter: @black1stland1st

Thandiswa Yaphi
(Deputy National Coordinator)
Cell: +27 63 107 3163

Zanele Lwana
(National Spokesperson)
Cell: +27 79 486 9087

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

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