The radical black consciousness movement, Black First Land First (BLF)leader Andile Mngxitama in an open letter to President Cyril Ramaphosa “demands” a commission of inquiry into both allegations that the president sold out during apartheid and rumours that the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) are linked to British intelligence agency MI6.
This follows the EFF’s calls for a commission of inquiry into Mosiuoa “Terror” Lekota’s recent claims at a parliamentary debate on President Cyril Ramaphosa’s second state of the nation address (Sona) that the president had sold out his comrades during apartheid.
Responding in parliament, Ramaphosa denied the allegations, saying an inquiry would be a waste of money and advising the EFF and others not to believe Lekota’s story, as he had heard similar rumours about the EFF being an “MI6 project“, which he chose not to believe due to his belief that the party and its leader are people of “good character”.
Neither Ramaphosa’s denial of Lekota’s allegations or his assertion that he didn’t believe the EFF rumours are good enough for BLF and its leader, however.
In the letter, Mngxitama said that Ramaphosa did not “deny or confirm” whether or not he had written to a letter or signed statement to apartheid’s notorious “special branch” saying his comrades, including Lekota, had filled his head with “communist ideas”, in a bid to avoid being sent to Robben Island alongside them.
This echoes a tweet from EFF MP Fana Mokoena that accused Ramaphosa of not answering “two fundamental questions” in his response to Lekota’s allegations in parliament.
Mokoena wanted to know whether or not Ramaphosa wrote a letter to the special branch and why, if he did not sell his comrades out as he claimed, he was not sent to Robben Island.
“Ramampimpi’s story was long and incoherent. It doesn’t answer two fundamental questions. 1. Did he write a letter to the SB 2. If he indeed refused to sell his comrades out, then why was he not sent to Robben Island with them. What he concedes is that the SB saw a sellout in him”
Mngxitama takes things a step further, however, by demanding that an inquiry look not only into the Ramaphosa sell-out allegations but the EFF MI6 connection too.
The president mentioned that the MI6 allegations are linked to a trip Malema took to London a few years ago.
This is in line with what the BLF appears to already believe about their rival party, which Mngxitama was once a prominent member of before being expelled in 2015 and eventually starting his own party.
“It is now of public record that the EFF had met the British establishment on this occasion in question,” Mngxitama said in his letter.
“To this end, Lord Robin Renwick, the Queen of England’s representative, has confirmed in his book that he met the EFF at the request of the group,” he continues.
“This suggests that the party may have already been handled by the British intelligence agency. Otherwise, why would an organisation that claims to be socialist want to see the representative of the Queen?”
Mngxitama continues to allege that the EFF “returned from London a changed organisation”, claiming that its focus changed from fighting white monopoly capital (WMC) to “turning on the enemies of WMC” by starting campaigns against Jacob Zuma and the Gupta family.
“The EFF has not released the footage of its meeting with the British establishment and colonialists at Chatham House despite promising to do so,” Mngxitama says.
“Ramaphosa has fired the warning shot and the Reds have scattered into silence. Questions won’t stop until the EFF explains why it sought a meeting with the representative of the Queen, Lord Robin Renwick.”
He then repeats BLF’s often-made assertion that the EFF’s decision to form coalitions with the DA after the 2016 municipal elections is another indication that the party has sold out (BLF have even tried to popularise the hashtag #EFFSoldOut following their working with the DA).
The BLF leader ended his letter by saying his party “demands that the Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng makes all the relevant appointments including the judge who must head the said judicial commission of inquiry” which he said must take place to investigate the rumours surrounding both the president and the EFF.
The letter in full
President Cyril Ramaphosa
17 February 2019
Email: [email protected]
Dear President Ramaphosa
WE DEMAND A JUDICIAL COMMISSION OF INQUIRY INTO ALLEGATIONS OF PRESIDENT RAMAPHOSA BEING AN APARTHEID SPY AND SELLING OUT AS WELL AS EFF BEING LINKED TO M16
1. On 13 February 2019 and in the State of the Nation (SONA) debate, Mosiuoa Lekota the leader of the Congress of the People (COPE) recalled in parliament how he was imprisoned during the 1970s for his involvement in the liberation struggle.
2. He further indicated the following:
a. You wrote a letter / signed statement to the Special Branch in which you said that he (Mosiuoa) and his comrades had put “communist ideas” in your head. You were subsequently rewarded by the Special Branch for this.
b. It was because of the letter / signed statement that you had written to the Special Branch that you were released from detention while the others including him (Mosiuoa) had to stand trial.
c. That is the choice that you had made. You had effectively thrown them all under the bus in 1974.
d. He had decided to stand with the people. He told you that he is “grateful you’re a billionaire” and that you must keep your “billions.”
3. In your subsequent response you did not deny or confirm whether you had written the letter / signed statement to the Special Branch. You also did not confirm or deny whether you had effectively thrown your comrades under the bus. This amounts to undisputed evidence before parliament. In the absence of you challenging the allegations put to you, it can reasonably be inferred as an admission of the said allegations.
4. You indicated to parliament that the Special Branch asked you to turn state witness and give evidence against Mosiuoa. The question correctly raised in this context is, what did you confess to the Special Branch that convinced them that you would make a good state witness? Evidently they wanted you to tell the court that Mosiuoa put “communist ideas” in your head. In this regard it is common cause that everyone who was opposed to the apartheid regime was called a communist.
Rumours implicating EFF as agents of the MI6
5. You pointed out to the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) of Julius Malema that there are rumours implicating them as agents of the MI6. Moreover you indicated that the rumors were linked to Julius Malema’s trip to London in 2015. It is now of public record that the EFF had met the British establishment on this occasion in question.
6. To this end Lord Robin Renwick, the Queen of England’s representative, has confirmed in his book that he met the EFF at the request of the group. This suggests that the party may have already been handled by the British intelligence agency. Otherwise, why would an organization that claims to be socialist want to see the representative of the Queen?
7. EFF returned from London a changed organization. It no longer focused its attention on fighting white monopoly capital (WMC). Instead, it turned on the enemies of WMC and started the Zuma and Gupta must go campaigns. It also abandoned its threats to occupy ABSA. Instead it marched with the racist Democratic Alliance (DA) and pro right wing formations against Zuma in defence of Pravin Gordhan.
8. The rumours of EFF being handled by the United Kingdom (UK) were intensified when the party gave political power to the white supremacist DA in the strategic Metropolitan cities like Johannesburg and Tshwane. The EFF is unable to explain these bizarre moves. Add to this the fact that after its return from London, the EFF denounced both Nelson Mandela and Robert Mugabe, and the claims of it being captured by M16 become plausible.
9. The EFF has not released the footage of its meeting with the British establishment and colonialists at Chatham House despite promising to do so. Ramaphosa has fired the warning shot and the Reds have scattered into silence. Questions won’t stop until the EFF explains why it sought a meeting with the representative of the Queen, Lord Robin Renwick, and why it gave political power to the racist Helen Zille.
BLF demands a Judicial Commission of Inquiry
10. Black First Land First (BLF) calls for a Judicial Commission of Inquiry to be set up into all the issues raised herein. To this end we ask that the terms of reference include the following areas of inquiry:
a. Mosiuoa Lekota’s allegations of you being an apartheid spy and selling out your comrades including Lekota.
b. EFF’s links to the MI6 and the British throne and to this end why it sought a meeting with Lord Robin Renwick, the Queen’s representative.
11. As serious allegations are made against you in this matter, you are accordingly conflicted and not be in a position to act impartiality in the institution of a Judicial Commission of Inquiry.
12. In the circumstances BLF demands that the Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng makes all the relevant appointments including the Judge who must head the said Judicial Commission of Inquiry.
Black First Land First (BLF): President