“The political party Black First Land First (BLF) was finally registered as a political party. The South African Electoral Court on Thursday rejected the BLF’s appeal against its deregistration in July this year,” says Dr. Pieter Groenewald, FF Plus leader.
“In terms of section 16 (1) (c) of the Electoral Commission Act (Act 51 of 1996), the IEC may not register a political party that excludes membership on the basis of race, color or ethnicity. The BLF’s constitution states in Article 4 that only black people may be members of this party.
“In its appeal, the BLF has argued, among other things, that the wording in its constitution that only blacks may be part of the party has been misinterpreted and that people of other racial groups can be seen as black.
“The FF Plus argued that the BLF, through its leader, Andile Mngxitama, made it clear throughout the day that whites were not allowed to join the BLF. It was declared so under oath and also said in various media interviews.
“In its initial opposing statement earlier this year, as filed during the FF Plus’ application to the Electoral Court, Mngxitama confirmed under oath that the BLF’s constitution excludes white people on the basis of race.
“The deregulation of the BLF as a political party is a victory for the whole of South Africa, because the racial hatred and intolerance expressed and advocated by Mngxitama and his associates must not be tolerated.”
“The successful application is also a victory for law and order. The FF Plus has argued this matter since January this year in the interests of law and order.
“Still, it is worrying that the IEC has violated the law with the registration of the BLF. Legislation should not only be seen as a guideline but must be complied with. No one is above the law,” Groenewald says.