JOHANNESBURG: Black First Land First (BLF) aims to raise R605 000 to contest the 2019 general elections.
BLF president Andile Mngxitama says its time a party that represents the poor gets into Parliament so it can sponsor the views of the downtrodden.
Mngxitama is appealing to the public for donations to pay the required amount in order to contest the elections. He couldn’t say exactly how much they have raised thus far but says every little bit counts.
He also took a swipe at other political parties represented in parliament claiming that they are all “captured”.
“We are highly motivated, inspired and humbled by our people putting little bits of money. If we want to have a political party in Parliament that represent the views of the poor, then the poor themselves must fund the party.
“Right now, most political parties in Parliament are captured by those that have given them money to go to Parliament, that is why they are unable to make them [accountable]. We want to take the mandate from poor black people.
“We have identified good causes where this money will go to. We have partnered with a school in Inanda, half of the money will go to the needy school. BLF is not taking this money, help us go to Parliament, we will immediately take the money and put it back to the communities. It’s a good thing and a pioneering thing,” says Mngxitama.
Patriotic Alliance president and businessman Gayton McKenzie in a tweet pledged to donate R100 000 towards BLF’s cause.
— Gayton McKenzie (@G_XCON) October 31, 2018