The EFF marks the 37th Anniversary of the hanging of Solomon Kalushi Mahlangu by the murderous racist apartheid regime in 1979. Mahlangu represents the brave generation of 1976 students who as a generation started a fight against the apartheid regime which ushered our freedom. It is the generation of Mahlangu that must be credited for the mass work that characterised the 1980s and led to the fall of apartheid.
It is also a matter of fact that the ANC benefited directly from the ideas of Black Consciousness which were central to the awakening of the 1979 youth generation. On the Anniversary of the death of Soloming Mahlangu we therefore celebrate the ideas of Black Consciousness. At the centre of these ideas is the proposition that to be black is not a matter of the colour of your skin, but a matter of your consciousness. To be black conscious is to fight against all forces that seek to turn black people’s lives to waste and permanently live as beggars in the country of their birth.
Merely being black does not make you black conscious; and all blacks who steal from the people contribute to the oppression they suffer. In the same way that anti-apartheid activists fought against Bantustan leaders, we shall fight against the ANC whose government is about advancing the interests of white monopoly capital and of nepotistic kleptocrats at the expense of the livelihoods of black people and the constitution.
The EFF also notes that Solomon Manhlangu was killed on the same day of the anniversary of the arrival of white colonialists led by Jan Van Riebeeck. This is not a coincidence at all as it was aimed at reasserting the colonial claim against all black people that we are a conquered and defeated people.
The anniversary of the death of Solomon Mahlangu should as a result lead to the reassertion that true liberation without the land is meaningless. The colonial power that apartheid wanted to reaffirm by hanging Solomon Mahlangu on the same day that Jan Van Riebeeck arrived in South Africa remains intact in the patterns of land ownership that favour white people over blacks. On this day, therefore, the EFF calls on land expropriation without compensation for equal redistribution as the policy for land reform.
Being an member of Umkonto we Sizwe Solomon Mahlangu also fought for a democratic South Africa in which “all are equal before the law” as stated in the Freedom Charter. It is clear that Jacob Zuma and the ANC have violated this proposition by undermining the constitutional court and protecting Zuma after he violated the constitution. The ANC of Solomon Mahlangu no longer exists, only a criminal mob of men and women who do everything to advance the private interests of Jacob Zuma at the expense of the interests of the people and the constitution.
The EFF, in memory of Solomon Mahalngu will ensure that this ANC falls and that our the rule of law is restored. We are the only political party that still represents what Solomong Mahangu died for, which is the total liberation of our people and for the true realisation of the Freedom Charter. We vow that we shall never rest until all our people realise economic freedom. We take inspiration from the generation of Solomon Manhlangu in defining our own mission, economic freedom in our lifetime. We shall make sure to fulfil it to the best of our revolutionary ability, using whatever revolutionary means possible.
Long Live the undying spirit of Solomon Kalushi Mahlangu!
ISSUED BY THE ECONOMIC FREEDOM FIGHTERS
MBUYISENI QUINTIN NDLOZI (National Spokesperson)
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10 January 2015
The Economic Freedom Fighters notes the attempts by Mr. Jacob Zuma, the President of the ANC to restate the Freedom Charter as if it is the programme of the ANC, while all evidence is out there for all to see that the ANC has abandoned the Freedom Charter. In the speech delivered during the rally in Cape Town, Mr. Zuma recurrently mentioned key clauses of the Freedom Charter and ‘economic freedom’, yet made no concrete commitments and programme on how the ANC government will realise the Freedom Charter and economic freedom.
The EFF is aware that the whole intention of the ANC January 8 statement was an attempt to try to copy and therefore undermine the radical and militant programme of the Economic Freedom Fighters, because our programme is the only programme that finds true resonance with the people of South Africa. The EFF remains the only radical and militant movement which unapologetically pursues a radical economic revolution programme which will change the lives of our people. An attempt by the ANC to imitate the radical programme of the EFF only through rhetoric will always be exposed as pure farce because the ANC government is implementing a neo-liberal, right wing and capitalist programme called the National Development Plan: Vision 2030.
The NDP: Vision 2030 is the official programme of the ANC, adopted in their 53rd National Conference, and any talk of the Freedom Charter is meant to mislead the people of South Africa. What we know about the Freedom Charter, which the ANC government will never implement are the following:
These key tenets of the Freedom Charter and many others are not contained in the National Development Plan, which is the official government plan of the ANC and the right wing political parties in Parliament.
The EFF speaks about the Freedom Charter because our Founding Manifesto says,
“The EFF draws inspiration from the radical, working class interpretation of the Freedom Charter, because, since its adoption in 1955, there have been various meanings given to the Freedom Charter. The EFF’s interpretation of the Freedom Charter is one which says South Africa indeed belongs to all who live in it, and ownership of South Africa’s economic resources and access to opportunities should reflect that indeed South Africa belongs to all who live in it.
The EFF’s interpretation of the Freedom Charter is that which says the transfer of mineral wealth beneath the soil, monopoly industries and banks means nationalisation of mines, banks and monopoly industries”.
The rhetorical commitment to the Freedom Charter by Mr. Zuma is nothing but an attempt to divert attention from the genuinely radical economic freedom programme and struggle of the EFF. This is done because the ANC has run out of ideas. It is evidently clear that with age and many years of existence, the ANC is not maturing, but suffering from memory loss and lack of creativity and innovation. The ANC cannot think and always rely of imitating even Kwaito musicians hence their slogan of ANC Kuze Kose and ANC Y’tjukutja because they take ideas of Kwaito musicians, not vice versa. They even tried to imitate the runaway success of the EFF’s red beret and overalls.
The EFF remains the only hope for the people of South Africa and will inspire many generations to come because when we take over political power, we will capture the State, and redistribute the economy for the benefit of all. Once again, the EFF has proven that we are the vanguard of the working class and revolutionary ideas in South African society and those who copy us should do so with care because we will always expose fake imitatations that are not genuine.
ISSUED BY THE ECONOMIC FREEDOM FIGHTERS
LEHLOHONOLO FANA MOKOENA (Acting National Spokesperson)
Cell Number: +27817244799
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