By BO Staff Writer
26 Black First Land First members (BLF26) shall appear at the Pretoria Regional Court tomorrow, 2 February 2017, at 9:00 am. This is their fifth appearance in court on false charges of public violence, trespassing, kidnapping and intimidation.
On 18 July 2016 the BLF26 engaged in protest action at the Office of the former Public Protector, Advocate Thuli Madonsela, which resulted in the said members being arrested and subsequently imprisoned for 8 days in the Pretoria Central Maximum Security Prison on the above charges.
BLF has consistently maintained that the said charges against its members are tied to the regime change agenda of western imperialism. Furthermore this agenda which was hatched in and is controlled from London – by the likes of Lord Robin Renwick and led locally by Johann Rupert with the support of a pro-London faction within the ANC as well as opposition parties like the Democratic Alliance (DA) and the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) and state officials like the former Public Protector – seeks to remove President Zuma who is pushing the anti-imperialist pro-BRICS agenda and replace him with a puppet of their choice being Cyril Ramaphosa. In September 2015 BLF, via its report on white corruption, exposed several apartheid era white capitalists and politicians for looting the wealth of the nation to the tune of R563 billion and in April 2016 the movement exposed the regime change agenda of white capital. BLF subsequently called on the former Public Protector to do the following:
1. investigate and report on the complaint of R26billion as indicated in the CIEX report – which constitutes a small portion of the stolen R563billion as indicated in the CIEX report – stolen by white capitalists including ABSA which was lodged at her office in 2011.
2. investigate and report on State Capture by white capital.
The protest action of BLF was aimed at getting feedback from the former Public Protector on the above investigations. After the arrest of the BLF26 the Public Protector claimed that she does not have the jurisdiction to investigate any pre-1994 crime including any apartheid era crime. This, it was pointed out to her, is a fabrication of evidence on her part so as to protect white capitalist interests as she was already on record for providing updates of the said investigation to Adv Hoffman and had committed herself in October 2016 to finalize her report by the end of 2016. Furthermore in August 2011 she had indicated that she would conduct investigations into some of CIEX’s claims including the R26 billion stolen by white capital.
BLF has rebutted all the reasons previously advanced by the Public Protector for not proceeding with the investigations. (read the full reasons here, http://blackopinion.co.za/2016/07/24/agenda-lies-public-protector-exposed/)
At the end of October 2016, the former Public Protector eventually left her office, without doing anything meaningful about the matters before her. On 12 January 2017 , a day after BLF concluded a successful meeting with the new Public Protector, Advocate Busisiwe Mkhwebane, where inter alia the report of the stolen R26 billion was addressed, a leaked report of the Public Protector indicated that ABSA must pay back the amount of R3.2 billion that it had unduly benefitted from as a result of certain “lifeboats”. This finding which relates to only a part of the R26 billion stolen from the South African Reserve Bank (SARB), absolves the BLF of any wrongdoing and by extension the protest action of the BLF 26 on 18 July 2016.
BLF is clear! The charges against the BLF 26 are trumped-up and baseless. The State does not have a case and the charges must accordingly be withdrawn.
On its part, BLF has vowed that it shall not stop until the entire R26 billion is recovered and utilized towards the Fees Must Fall campaign and the empowerment of the black unemployed youth. Furthermore, once the charges are dismissed, which BLF is certain will happen, the movement will sue the former Public Protector for both defamation and wrongful prosecution