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UPDATE: 24 hours picket at Office of Public Protector & Press briefing today

By Zanele Lwana

Black First Land First (BLF) has resumed it’s 24 hours picket at the Public Protector’s Office in Tshwane since Monday, 10 October 2016. Day one of the picket proceeded without major incident. The only matter that will be addressed today is the attitude of the private security company which is hostile and aggressive, unnecessarily. The police have, on the other hand, been uncharacteristically cooperative.

There has been no indication that the Public Protector will be seeing the BLF delegation. Today’s delegation of four shall be sent to Thuli Madonsela’s office to hand-deliver a letter reminding her of her official commitment to keep BLF updated on the ongoing investigations, in particular the investigation on State Capture where BLF is one of the complainants. The second investigation is the long outstanding investigation of the R26 billion stolen from the South African Reserve Bank (SARB) by apartheid era white capitalists and which implicates Johann Rupert and other white business families.

Tonight, 11 October 2016, BLF shall provide a full update to the press on the developments thus far and its further plans. Also, BLF shall present its views on the response of the President to the Public Protector on the process of the state capture investigation. Furthermore, BLF shall clarify its position on the national shutdown of our universities and the state response to the demands of the students.

The press briefing shall be held as follows:

Time: 19:00
Date; 11 October 2016
Venue: Gate 2, 177 Dyer Road, Hillcrest Office park

For inquiries call BLF GP Coordinator, Tshidiso Tsimong: 079 668 0351

Zanele Lwana is the Deputy National Convenor of BLF

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