Politics determine everything

By Andile Mngxitama There are some people who genuinely believe that there are aspects of life which are not controlled by politics. Some black people even say, “don’t politicize everything”, or worse, some say, “not everything is about race”. First, politics is what determine everything, where you live, how you live, where you get education, …

Racism, Mlotshwa and the hypocrisy of political parties

By BO Staff Writer A gruesome attack happened in a farm in Middleburg, Mpumalanga some three months ago. A black man, Victor Rethabile Mlotshwa, was in a rush. He figured he could take a shortcut through a farm. Something he and many others, probably do everyday. While walking, he noticed a bakkie driving behind him, …

BLF Black Business seminar invite

By BO Staff Writer The following is an invite by the Black First Land First movement to their Black Business seminar. It is with great pleasure, on behalf of the Black First Land First National Convener, Andile Mngxitama, to invite you to the BLF inaugural Black Business Seminar on 03 December 2016 at Southern Sun …

Looking through the veneer of Black life

Featured Image: Pastor Xola Skosana OF the Way of Life Kilombo Village in Khayelitsha, Cape Town. By Pastor Xola Skosana A short message from Pastor Xola Skosana who has been banned for 30 days from Facebook. The word veneer is defined as a “thin decorative covering of fine wood applied to coarser wood or other …

Black political leaders are the “Red Ants” of white supremacy – lessons from Hammanskraal

Featured Image: Members of the Red Ants  tear down several structures in central Johannesburg. Photo: Marco Longari/ AFP By Andile Mngxitama In memory of the blacks who died in Hamanskraal as “Red Ants” on 23 May 2016 On a cold winter’s morning, the landless people of Hammanskraal north of Pretoria, found themselves under attack from hordes of other …

In Defence of Strini Moodley the Klipgooier

Featured Image: Late Black Consciousness leader Strini Moodley. Photo: umtapo centre By BO Staff Writer “Even the dead will not be safe from the enemy if he wins” – Walter Benjamin The annual Strini Moodley memorial lecture by the Umtapo Center in partnership with the University of KwaZulu Natal (UKZN) was given this year by …

Prayer for elders in Kilombo Village

By BO Staff Writer Tomorrow the Way of Life Kilombo Village in Khayelitsha will have a prayer and update session on the situation of the elders who were arrested, manhandled and dehumanised while protesting outside parliament on Thursday and Friday. The pensioners have been demanding their payouts since 2014. The determined group of elderly black …

Zimbabweans make thriving farm on abandoned land

Featured Image: Albert Chinhanga, one of the N7 Farmers. By Tariro Washinyira Five Zimbabwean men have been successfully growing crops on land abandoned as unprofitable in Malmesbury. The landowner, N7 Meat, gave up farming crops on the land, claiming losses of over R1 million. Zinhanga and four friends met the landowner when buying an ox for …

The Law of the People?

Featured Image: Andile Mngxitama is the National Convenor of the Black First Land First movement. By De Nero Koffman This piece of writing was inspired by a very condensed presentation by Andile Mngxitama from the Black First Land First (BLF) movement. During the second day of the Black Lawyers Association Student Chapter (BLAsc), Constitutional Summit …