Black First Land First (BLF) claim “3-0 victory” over Freedom Front Plus (FF+) in court, but the scores aren’t settled yet, the BLF will stay on the ballot, but the FF+ could soon force a review

The Electoral Court in Johannesburg brought two warring parties face-to-face on Monday, as Black First Land First (BLF) and Freedom Front Plus (FF+) fought their cases diligently. Both parties have claimed victory in their duel, but can we really take anyone’s word for it?

BLF vs FF+: What did the courts say?
The BLF – known for their bombastic brand of rhetoric – were jubilant after the proceedings, claiming the judge’s decision was a vindication of their “black-only” membership policy. The FF+ have declared their position unconstitutional, and want their political nemesis banned from the 2019 Elections.

The court decided on Monday afternoon that the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) should not have dismissed FF+’s appeal straight away. They have set aside that decision, meaning that the Chief Electoral Officer of the Commission must now make a decision on the matter “imminently”.

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The South African political parties in favour of the death penalty, do you want the Death Penalty to be enforced?

It’s one of the more divisive topics up for discussion during the 2019 Elections, but the subject of re-introducing the death penalty often proves to be a popular one when the politicians are on the prowl for our votes.

South Africa’s abnormally-high crime rates and propensity for gender-based violence often gets emotions running high – which is perhaps a good enough argument for why this particular punishment should not be used as an electioneering tool.

In fact, these were sentiments echoed by Clare Ballard, the head of the penal reform programme of Lawyers for Human Rights (LHR) in midweek. She said that the conversation merely deflects from the actual causes of crime:

“The death penalty is not a quick fix and it does not cure crime. Every time politicians avoid confronting the complex truths about crime and punishment, we lose a vital opportunity to examine what it will take to ensure real safety for everyone.”

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Mngxitama calls De Vos a ‘f***ing racist’ for refusing to help BLF, that happens all the time, if you don’t want to help then they pull a ‘red card’ on you called ‘your a ‘f***ing racist’

The BLF leader wanted the law expert to sign on as a ‘friend of the court’ in the Freedom Front Plus’s case against them.

Constitutional law expert Professor Pierre de Vos took to Twitter to tell his side of what happened when controversial Black First Land First (BLF) leader Andile Mngxitama gave him a call.

“Andile phoned me last week to ask me to help with their court case. I said no thanks because he and his ‘party’ has an enormous credibility problem. His response: ‘You are a f***ing racist’,” De Vos tweeted, adding that his response was to laugh.

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Poor little Thandi Modise states that ‘Black Farmers Do Better Than White Farmers In South Africa”, but your farm failed (photo’s)

The National Council of Provinces chairperson Thandi Modise believes that AfriForum’s decision to privately prosecute her for animal cruelty is to advance the narrative of the failure of black farmers.

The lobby group and the SPCA announced on Thursday it would pursue the case.

Modise believes that AfriForum is targeting her to show that black people can’t farm and the case has emerged now when Parliament is embarking on a process related to land expropriation without compensation.

Modise said that in reality ‘black farmers do better than white farmers in South Africa”.

But AfriForum says it was the SPCA which approached them in November last year while Parliament’s process was adopted in February this year.

Prosecutor Gerrie Nel is eager to get back into a courtroom.

“Mr Mangwale and his team did a steely work in locating the witnesses in enhancing the case, consulting with experts.”

Nel hopes to have t
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R200 mill of drought relief monies intended for KwaZulu Natal gone missing – South Africa’s farmers find themselves in a crisis and as a result, our country’s food security and economy are also in crisis

The FF Plus is shocked and disgusted by the news that nearly R220 million, which was earmarked for drought relief in KwaZulu Natal, went missing. It is unclear how the money went missing and the FF Plus demands an urgent investigation into the matter so that the guilty parties can be called to account.

The drought has already taken its toll on the agricultural sector with livestock deaths and poor harvests being at the order of the day. There have been enormous livestock losses in the Free State, Northern Cape and Eastern Cape in particular and some of these parts have not had any rain since November 2017.

The government must urgently prioritise drought relief for commercial as well as emerging farmers. The government must also ensure that the process is managed properly so that the money allocated to drought relief is not stolen, as is the case in KwaZulu Natal.

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Ramaphosa creates the impression that racism is only a white problem

President Cyril Ramaphosa’s reaction on Radio 702 when asked about the hate speech of BLF leader, Andile Mngxitama, is disappointing as he shifted the focus to white people as if to imply that racism is mainly a white problem.

According to media reports, President Ramaphosa implied that racism is not common among black people and that Mngxitama is probably just “a lone voice out there in the wilderness”.

President Ramaphosa also added that “we cannot, through the hatred of some white people then begin to define the whole white community as haters of black people”. And: we must say that those who hate black people and those who are racist must be isolated. We must teach them the best ways to be a nation.

The President’s play on words creates the impression that South Africa’s real problem lies with white people, while in reality, the problem under discussion is Mngxitama’s hateful statements. This also echoes the statements made b
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