Andile Mngxitama, leader of Black First Land First (File, Wikus de Wet, Netwerk24)
LEADER: Andile Mngxitama
OTHER SIGNIFICANT FIGURES: Zanele Lwana, Siphesihle Jele, Thandiswa Yaphi, Lindsay Maasdorp
PREVIOUS ELECTION RESULT: The party was founded in 2015.
WHAT’S ON OFFER:
Land or death – without land, the party says, one is as good as dead. BLF has declared that its members are prepared to die for the land, arguing that white people themselves died while stealing the land from black people. The current land reclamation programme, they say, serves the interests of colonialism, and the party is not impressed with how the ANC or the EFF handles the land question.
Overworked and underpaid – the party says the country’s hospitals are falling apart, while health professionals are overworked and underpaid. It has called public hospitals “places of death”. The state of education too, the party say, has led to high unemployment rates. It is, however, unclear how they will address this if elected to Parliament.
Read more about BLF here
GOING INTO ELECTIONS:
- The party has an extremely short manifesto, with many complaints but no real solutions, which could position it badly in the upcoming elections.
- The BLF has made it clear that it does not want white people to join its movement. The party now faces legal challenges over this with regard to its election registration.
- The party has garnered much controversy through its violent and outrageous acts in the past. It has actively advocated for the Gupta family and calls for the return of former Eskom CEO Brian Molefe to the parastatal.
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