BLF defends ‘kill white people’ statement

Black First Land First leader Andile Mngxitama is adamant his comments were taken out of context by the media.

FILE: Black First Land First leader Andile Mngxitama.  Picture: Christa Eybers/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - Black First Land First (BLF) says the statements it made regarding white South Africans were in response to comments made by billionaire Johann Rupert about taxi operators.

BLF held a press conference on Tuesday afternoon after its leader Andile Mngxitama reportedly urged supporters in Potchefstroom to kill five white people for every black person who dies due to taxi violence.

Mngxitama is adamant his comments were taken out of context by the media.

He says their message was in defence of black people.

“We’re saying Johann Rupert, this time around no! That’s what we’re saying. We’re saying no we’ll not try black people you send, we have no beef with the taxi industry. When you send them to kill one of us, we’ll keep fighting.”

Despite widespread criticism and threats of legal action against the BLF, the group remains defiant regarding its comments about the killing of white South Africans.

The Freedom Front Plus has now lodged a complaint of hate speech, incitement of violence as well as incitement to commit murder with the police.

Other political parties including the Democratic Alliance and Congress of the People have indicated they will also be taking action.

There have been calls for the movement to be banned from contesting in the 2019’s elections.

During a media briefing in Johannesburg on Tuesday, Mngxitama reiterated the party’s position insisting BLF will be on the ballot papers.

“There’s no burning orders that’s going to happen here. The commission knows, and all people who know a little bit about law know that too. Black First Land First is a registered movement with the Electoral Commission of South Africa (IEC). Our name is there [at the IEC]. What we need to do now is to give them our deposit, like everyone else, then our name will be on the ballot. I can assure you that our name will be on the ballot come 2019.”

At the same time, the group was in the Equality Court on Tuesday in the matter between itself and a complainant represented by the South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC).

The complainant has accused the BLF of using hate speech.

The BLF says groups and people who have taken them to court over various incidents are opportunistic as they know that they cannot afford legal representation.

(Edited by Zamangwane Shange)