SOUTH AFRICA: RACISM/SABC/12/7/18 SABANews 1
RANDBURG – The BLACK FIRST LAND FIRST, BLF Party in SOUTH AFRICA is at loggerheads with a powerful AFRIKANER minority group in the country, AFRI-FORUM.
The BLF is described as a Pan-AFRICANIST and revolutionary socialist political party founded in 2015 by ANDILE MNGXITAMA after his expulsion from the ECONOMIC FREEDOM FIGHTERS, also a breakaway from the ruling ANC.
On the other hand, AFRI-FORUM is a group linked to the SOLIDARITY trade union and set up in 2006 to encourage engagement of AFRIKANERS as well as other minorities with the rest of the public.
Available information says SOLIDARITY is a trade union within the CHRISTIAN tradition of unionism, unlike the majority of other SOUTH AFRICAN trade unions with socialist ideologies.
The group, set up in 1902, has reportedly union positioned itself as a vehicle for minorities in the country to have their voices heard, with its membership being mainly, but not exclusively, AFRIKANERS.
SABC says the BLACK FIRST LAND FIRST has launched a fierce attack on AFRIFORUM for reviving a culpable homicide case against son of former President JACOB ZUMA, DUDUZANE.
The broadcaster says Mr ZUMA has made a brief appearance this week at the RANDBURG Magistrate’s Court on the case linked to a collision between his luxury vehicle and a minibus taxi in 2014.
It says the National Prosecuting Authority in 2015 decided not to prosecute the young ZUMA, but AFRI-FORUM and Former Prosecutor GERRIE NEL had other thoughts.
SABC News says he announced his group intended to pursue a private prosecution against DUDUZANE ZUMA, and the Prosecuting Authority reversed that decision.
It quotes BLF Party Deputy President ZANELE LWANE as alleging a group of extremists, which he says should be banned in the democratic SOUTH AFRICA, has revived the case.
She also accuses AFRI-FORUM of fighting to see black people fighting, saying they have never seen a single case where AFRI-FORUM holds other white people who kill blacks day and night to account.
Mr LWANE says just because DUDUZANE ZUMA happens to be the son of a former black president, then he should be demonized, and his dignity should be stripped off.
The SOUTH AFRICAN politician says such view is really unfair and they are demonstrating in solidarity because when AFRI-FORUM are done with Mr ZUMA, the rest of them are next./Sabanews/cam