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7 Nov 2019
6:25 am

BLF rabble must find its way into the bin

We must ask ourselves whether we should also take seriously this threat to go down the route of violence and insurrection.

Black First Land First (BLF) leader Andile Mngxitama briefs media at BLF Head Office in Johannesburg, 11 November 2018, on why BLF calls for 5 Whites for every 1 Black life and an announcement of steps to be taken to ensure self defence. Picture: Nigel Sibanda

Nowhere in contemporary South African politics is the saying that “empty vessels make the most noise” more appropriate than when applied to the Black First, Land First (BLF) organisation. We use the word organisation loosely, because rabble might be more accurate. What you certainly cannot call it after this week’s Electoral Commission ruling, is a political party. The commission turned down an attempt by the BLF to appeal an earlier decision that deregistered the party because it has a constitution based on racial discrimination. The BLF is open only to black people – something which is outlawed by the constitution....