South Africa: The Politics of the BLF Has Descended Into a Race Spectacle

Andile Mngxitama's Black First Land First (BLF) movement is now officially deregistered, but what is the BLF trying to achieve or prove when it announced that as a result of its failure to appeal against its deregistering it was considering "going underground", with its sabre-rattling threat of waging an "armed struggle"? Andile Mngxitama and I used to drink beer in Melville in the mid-2000s.

But how he has turned out over the past few years makes me regret those few occasions. There is no political leader today, including the likes of that other rabid African nationalist, Julius Malema, leader of the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF), who is more confused about race in post-apartheid South Africa than he is.

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