Toeing the line of Mugabe’s indigenization policy, Black First Land First (BLF) founder, Andile Mngxitama, has affirmed that by all means possible, he will retrieve all white owned-lands for black South Africans.
“Land doesn’t come through voting. Those who say vote for us and we will give you your land are lying to you. If you want land, you take it. You take the land. Forward with President Robert Mugabe.”
“We’re going to follow the president of Zimbabwe. We take the land by force. We’re not going to buy this land because it was stolen from us. The ANC is scared of white people.”-Andile Mngxitama
We would recall that earlier in March, Zimbabwe threatened to revoke the licenses of foreign firms who refuse to sell about 51% of their shares to Black Zimbabweans.
Zimbabwe passed the Indigenization and Economic Empowerment Act in 2008. Mugabe forcefully retrieved white owned lands in his country; often without compensation.
In his words:
“If white settlers just took the land from us without paying for it, we can, in a similar way, just take it from them without paying for it.”
However on the calls of the IMF, the Zim government agreed to a compensation.
Seeing a role model in the step taken by Mugabe, Andile Mngxitama, who broke out from the EFF and formed his own movement, BLF, has stated that taking back lands is the first practical sign of absolute freedom.
During one of his campaigns in May, Julius Malema, EFF leader, also took a similar stance. Julius also included that this will be done with no form of apologies or compensation either.
In any case, Mngxitama, has said that the EFF and other South African politicians have ignored the need to put black people and their need for land first.
“Without land there is no freedom or dignity. We want Land First because it is the basis of our freedom, our identity, our spiritual well-being, our economic development and culture.”
“The land of Africans was stolen and this theft has rendered us landless in our own land.”
Continuing, Andile Mngxitama added:
“We want all the land with all of the endowments on its surface together with all the fortunes underground as well as in the sky. All of it belongs to us. We are a people crying for our stolen land. Now we have decided to get it back by any means necessary.”