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26 BLF members arrested while protesting inside Thuli Madonsela’s office

Image: Members of the Black First Land First movement inside a police van.

By BO Staff Writer

Twenty-six members of the Black First Land First movement have been arrested and are being held at the Brooklyn Police Station in Pretoria, after they occupied the office of the public protector, Thuli Madonsela this afternoon.

The group were protesting Thuli Madonsela’s refusal to act on, and investigate cases of corruption against white capitalists like Johann Rupert. Some of the demands by the protesters included “the investigation of the R26 billion that was stolen by white capitalists from the public,” and they want the public protector to address the “complaint of state capture by white capitalists, including that of Johann Rupert, lodged with her office in March this year.”

Among those arrested is the BLF’s National Convenor Andile Mngxitama, the National Coordinator Yerushka Chetty, Spokesperson Lindsay Maasdorp, Secretary for Political Education Ncedisa Mpemnyama among others.

Sources say that the group will be charged with public violence and trespassing.

Late last year BLF released a damning report titled “Preliminary Report on Apartheid Era Corruption and other Economic Crimes” which reveals that more than R500 billion has been stolen by white capital from the country since apartheid. To date, the Public Protector has done nothing about this corruption.

To read the full report click here.

As the protesters were peacefully occupying the office of the public protector armed police officers barged in and harassed and arrested them.

Watch below videos of BLF members peacefully engaging in dialogue with employees of the public protector when a police officer suddenly pushes a door open and violently wields a gun at the members. The following videos were captured by Yerushka Chetty, who is among those arrested.


Below is a full list of all those who have been arrested corageously seeking justice:

  1. Andile Mngxitama
  2. Yerushka Chetty
  3. Lindsay Maasdorp
  4. Ncedisa Mpemnyama
  5. Tshidiso Tsimong
  6. Bongani Sibeko
  7. Isaac Ramaphala
  8. Mandla Mbuyisa
  9. Mlungisi Ngubane
  10. Sandile Madumo
  11. Michael Seku
  12. Zwelakhe Dubasi
  13. James W Ndlovu
  14. Jnr Azania wa Afrika
  15. Thobani Zikalala
  16. Olwethu Rasmen
  17. Vuylowethu Mqaba
  18. Tlhabanyane Mogomotsi
  19. Seagiso Kabelo
  20. Themba Maseko
  21. Sibusiso Sithole
  22. Khotso Masemola
  23. Lungile Zulu
  24. Manqoba Martin Maseko
  25. Xolani Kheswa
  26. Thabang Motsamai
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