On 11 April, Black First Land First (BLF) National Convenor, Andile Mngxitama, participated in a panel discussion event entitled: Is the post-apartheid state unravelling. The event was organised by the South African Association of Public Administration and Management at the Tshwane University of Technology in Pretoria. Below are some excerpts of the statements Mngxitama made at the event.
On the left hand project and white monopoly capital
This is the first time ever that a President of this country says: black people, land expropriation without compensation means that land was stolen from black people and land must be restored to black people, without paying a cent. This is the most radical statement you can ever have – that is a left hand project. Now, Zwelinzima Vavi marches with white capital, he has never marched against white capital. For instance we march against Absa, Absa is very corrupt. Even in his (Zwelinzima Vavi’s) intervention, he has not once mentioned the corruption of white capital, just like the professor (Professor Mcebisi Ndletyana).
I think there is a crisis in the professorial class. You can’t proceed on the basis of analysis by gossip, cheap moralism. There was a time professors helped society to understand what’s going on – not anymore. They are also bought agents of the same white projects.
Mngxitama’s assessment of what is wrong with South Africa
So what is the problem in South Africa? Let’s go to the fundamentals, let’s leave the gossip alone professor (Professor Mcebisi Ndletyana). The fundamental question here is that we have white capital that steals from South Africa, look at the JSE (Johannesburg Stock Exchange) for example – I am sure you know that statistic, the statistic of black ownership of the economy, you know the statistic of the fact that we do not own land. Look at the fundamental question, what is the fundamental question? Settler monopoly capital owns South Africa. Me, you, all of us here, we have nothing in this country. Everything is for white people, it is not by accident, it is as a result of colonialism and apartheid.
On how do we do to resolve the problem
President Zuma says let’s get rid of Pravin Gordhan, let’s go to Treasury, let’s make sure that Treasury undertakes a radical economic transformation. President Zuma says let’s take land without paying for it. That is the most important intervention we need. Not these marches. Everyone here, if we want, I can go to your file, each of you accused of corruption, accused of abusing power. So let us not deal in cheap moralism. Let us help the country, let’s help black people get out of this problem we are in.