The party claims it’s on a drive to expropriate land without compensation today.
In a series of tweets on Sunday morning, Black First Land First (BLF) leader Andile Mngxitama explained that he was leading an expropriation without compensation drive on Sunday.
In one tweet, he said police were shooting at his followers during their attempt to “expropriate” land in Alexandra, a township on the outskirts of Sandton, Africa’s most prosperous economic zone.
He consistently misspelled the name of the township.
It’s unclear how the BLF believes they will be successful in their expropriation drive, as South African law does not allow private organisations to expropriate property. If they attempt such a thing, it would be considered simple theft.
Mngxitama wrote: “Police shooting our people in Alexander land expropriation. This is just a warm up. The land is ours. #AlexanderLandexpropriation.”
He added that their actions in the township would soon be escalating and they were considering how to expropriate homes from people living in Sandton houses.
The BLF made headlines this week after staging a protest outside Times Media editor Peter Bruce’s house and releasing a list of other journalists’ names in what has been slammed as an act of intimidation against the media.
Mngxitama has previous approached the Gupta family for funding, according to leaked emails.
The BLF has ostensibly been defending the Guptas on the mistaken premise that the family is “black”.