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NEW KID ON THE BLOCK: New political party Black First Land First (BLF) would like to emulate late Burkina Faso leader Thomas Sankara and have the salaries of politicians reduced. In the picture are, from left, Komani branch convenor Siyamcela Fikamva and provincial convenor Vuyolwethu Mqaba Picture: ZOLILE MENZELWA
NEW KID ON THE BLOCK: New political party Black First Land First (BLF) would like to emulate late Burkina Faso leader Thomas Sankara and have the salaries of politicians reduced. In the picture are, from left, Komani branch convenor Siyamcela Fikamva and provincial convenor Vuyolwethu Mqaba Picture: ZOLILE MENZELWA

THE new political kid on the block, Black First Land First (BLF), has called on members of parliament (MPs) and public servants to use public services, saying they should be good enough for civil servants as well.

Provincial convenor Vuyolwethu Mqaba said BLF, led by expelled EFF parliamentarian Andile Mngxitama, drew its ideological inspiration from the black consciousness of Steve Biko and pan Africanism of Robert Sobukwe. The party’s future on whether it will stand for elections is still uncertain as it is going face-to-face with the IEC in court.

Mqaba, accompanied by Komani branch convenor Siyamcela Fikamva, said BLF believed SA needed leaders who had moral integrity and strength of character.

“BLF has looked on in horror as black people continue to exist under appalling conditions 22 years after the attainment of democracy. The economy of the country continues to sideline the black majority,” he said.

He said BLF strongly believed the ANC government had failed to eradicate the “social engineering designed” during the apartheid era.

Mqaba said BLF believed the current capitalist system in SA was “toxic” for the black majority. A new system that would “act as a redeemer” was needed. “BLF seeks to establish a black-centred socialist economy.”

BLF sought a fair distribution of wealth which would bring real economic freedom, African dignity and unity. Mental liberation was most important, with ignorance and a colonial mindset the biggest diseases killing Africa.

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