ARAF CALLS FOR THE RELEASE OF APLA SOLDIERS ON THE EVE OF THE RELEASE OF CHRIS HANI’S MURDERER, JANUSZ WALUS

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The ANTI RACISM ACTION FORUM (ARAF) calls for the immediate and unconditional release of all Azania Peoples Liberation Army (APLA) soldiers still in jail 22 years after democracy.

The ANC government has now released Janusz Walus the white racist who assassinated Chris Hani. This begs the question, why is the ANC so scared to release APLA fighters? Is it because they dared to fight white supremacy which the ANC government has given democratic cover for?

The continued incarceration of APLA soldiers is an insult to those like Chris Hani who had died in the course of our struggle. The fact that Janusz Walus is being released after being in jail for just 22 years while APLA soldiers like Kenny Motsamai who have been in jail for 27 years are still locked up is irrefutable evidence that the ANC government defends white supremacy!

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Araf says release ALL APLA soldiers unconditionally Now!
Araf furthermore calls on the government to arrest the apartheid mass murderers in particular FW de Klerk and Adrian Vlok.

#ReleaseAllAplaSoldiersNow!
#ArrestDeKlerkArrestVlokNow!
#ReturnLandEndRacism!

ISSUED BY ARAF NATIONAL STEERING COMMITTEE

DATE: Friday, 11 March 2016

CONTACT DETAILS:

ARAF Coordinator and Spokesperson:  Zanele Lwana
Cell: +27 79 486 9087
Mail: zanelelwana@gmail.com

ARAF Coordinator and  Spokesperson:  Zandi Radebe
Cell: 0782438830
Email Address: zandiradebe@gmail.com

ARAF Coordinator and Spokesperson: Yerushka Chetty
Cell: +27 72 649 7555
Mail: yerushka@gmail.com

REPORT ON ARAF’S COMMUNITY MOBILIZATION DIALOGUE ON RACISM AT CENTRAL WESTERN JABAVU, SOWETO ON 5 MARCH 2016

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ARAF held a community dialogue event at the Morris Isaacson High School in Central Western Jabavu, Soweto this  past Saturday, March 5, 2016. The subject of dialogue was, “Understanding Racism: Why FW de Klerk and Adrian Vlok should go to jail”. ARAF thanks the facilitator of the dialogue, Andile Mngxitama, for a job well done. The laying of charges by ARAF against FW de Klerk and Adrian Vlok for their apartheid crimes resulting in the murders of hundreds of blacks in the decade leading up to the 1994  democratic elections, has drawn attention to the question of “what is to be done”, regarding the root cause of the problem, with curious insistence. In this context the need for black unity as a precondition for the obliteration of white supremacy was canvassed. The fact that liberation movements are riddled with factionalism and to this end have been unable to forge any kind of principled unity between themselves was raised as a major concern. The approach suggested in the dialogue was to unite black people and their organizations in terms of a practical political programs and to this end imbue the people with political consciousness. In real terms, as ideas get tested via practice on the ground, the unity of the people and peoples’ movements are strengthened that much more. It must be stated that a dialectical approach to forging principled unity must be factored into the process.

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Another very important concern raised was: “So we get FW de Klerk and Adrian Vlok in jail, how does this help blacks?”  Here there was an understanding that this outcome will amount to a partial concession on the part of the anti black system since the root cause of the crimes against blacks is land dispossession via colonialism. This partial concession will remain empty for the people unless we extend it sufficiently to strike at the core of white power.

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The ARAF event was followed by community mobilization in the area which involved one on one engagements on the issue of racism and how to ultimately defeat it. The response of the community was overwhelmingly positive. Close to 100 people have indicated willingness to engage in ARAF’s campaign to end racism.  The people are clear: de Klerk and Vlok must go to jail, the land must be returned and racism must be defeated.

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The mobilisation team then formed up at the assembly point of the Morris Isaacson High School, raised their fists in Black Power salutes and gave full honors to Tsietsi Mashinini and Khotso Seatlholo. On June 16, 1976 at or about 8am Tsietsi Mashinini disrupted the assembly of this very school and consequently led the first contingent of students on the streets that started the Soweto uprising involving about 20 000 people. He worked closely with Khotso Seatlholo during this period.  We say long live the spirits of Tsietsi Mashinini, Khotso Seatlholo and the class of June16, 1976. The struggle for decolonization of education and of the whole country and indeed the world continues.

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ARAF will soon be convening an Anti-Racism Summit in Soweto where the main focuses will be on adopting an Anti Racism Manifesto as well as a People’s Law on what racism is.  Further details will soon follow. ARAF has since the beginning of February this year been  engaging in weekly community mobilization programs on what racism is and how to defeat it. We are also engaged in  educating our people  regarding inter alia the  dangers  of  the  “criminalisation of  racism”  within neocolonialism.

ARAF’s next Community Mobilisation Event will be held at the Tshwane University of Technology, Soshanguve (TUT, Soshanguve) ) on Saturday 12 March 2016 at 11h00. Do join us and please bring a friend. Details to follow.

BLACK POWER!
#BlacksCantBeRacist
#ReturnLandEndRacism

ISSUED BY ARAF STEERING COMMITTEE

DATE: Sunday, 6 March 2016

CONTACT DETAILS:

ARAF Coordinator and Spokesperson:  Zanele Lwana
Cell: +27 79 486 9087
Mail: zanelelwana@gmail.com

ARAF Coordinator and  Spokesperson:  Zandi Radebe
Cell: 0782438830
Email Address: zandiradebe@gmail.com

ARAF Coordinator and Spokesperson: Yerushka Chetty
Cell: +27 72 649 7555
Mail: yerushka@gmail.com

ARAF REFLECTS ON ITS COMMUNITY MOBILIZATION DIALOGUE ON RACISM AT ORLANDO EAST, SOWETO ON 27 FEBRUARY 2016

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ARAF thanks our panelists Gen Raymond Fihla (APLA) and Thsidiso Mokhoanatse (Black Agenda) for their input at yesterday’s panel discussion on racism in Orlando East, Soweto. We also thank the mobilising team for their door to door engagement, on the issue of racism, with the community around the African Congregational Church in Orlando East.  A reflection of the engagement relating to the panel discussion suggests the following crucial questions which calls for further elaboration by ARAF in the context of its guiding philosophy of liberation being Black Consciousness and Pan-Africanism: Who is the real enemy? What are we fighting for? Can we have real black economic empowerment within a neo colonial, neo liberal political framework? What are the limitations of the white courts as a means to addressing the historical questions?  What do the people do when they have the enemy’s back up against the wall – do they turn it around and negotiate or do they break its back?

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Mao Zedong gives the following revolutionary guidance on the first question raised:

“Who are our enemies? Who are our friends? This is a question of the first importance for the revolution. The basic reason why all previous revolutionary struggles … achieved so little was their failure to unite with real friends in order to attack real enemies. A revolutionary party is the guide of the masses, and no revolution ever succeeds when the revolutionary party leads them astray. To ensure that we will definitely achieve success in our revolution and will not lead the masses astray, we must pay attention to uniting with our real friends in order to attack our real enemies. To distinguish real friends from real enemies, we must make a general analysis of the economic status of the various classes in … society and of their respective attitudes towards the revolution.” Analysis of the Classes in Chinese Society” (March 1926), Selected Works, Vol. I, p. 13

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It must be squarely put that those (like the ANC) who enable the real enemy to oppress and exploit blacks are not the primary enemy.  To this end the ANC is the guardian, the front office manager of the real enemy being the white capitalist settler stock who have in fact stolen our land, labour and the African being. We must however defeat the ANC as it is standing in our way of defeating the real enemy.

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The other questions suggested underscores the fact that any action or project without the guiding philosophy of liberation being Black Consciousness and Pan Afrikanism is available to be hijacked by neo liberalism and neo colonialism. To this end principled black unity is indispensable so as to avoid the collective desperation of blacks being sold to the highest bidder of white capital and to this end prevent black interests being squandered into a neo liberal and neo colonial settlement.  ARAF’s role is directly linked to this need.

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It must be stated that the suggestion that the FEES MUST FALL campaign and ARAF’s proceedings against FW De Klerk and Adrian Vlok for their crimes against blacks cannot address the issue of racism, since it doesn’t deal with the land question, needs a fuller interrogation as time constraints at the dialogue didn’t allow for this. ARAF says that all the struggles of our people must be linked, by the leading revolutionary agencies, directly to the land question. It is only through the resolution of the land question that racism and all the other questions of struggle can be resolved.

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ARAF will be convening an Anti-Racism Summit on 30 April 2016 in Soweto where the main focuses will be on adopting an Anti Racism Manifesto as well as a People’s Law on what racism is.  Further details, including the venue, will be confirmed and published soon. In building momentum towards the Anti-Racism Summit. ARAF has since its launch on 3 February 2016 been expediting self-education programs through public meetings on what Racism is and how to defeat it. Furthermore our aim is to educate  our people  about  the  dangers  of  the  “criminalisation of  Racism”  within neocolonialism; to defend black people against any acts of racism and to support actions and organizations that do not contradict ARAF principles.

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ARAF’s next Community Mobilisation Event will be held on Saturday 5 March 2016 at 11h00. Do join us and please bring a friend. Details to follow. BLACK POWER!

#ArrestDeKlerk!
#ArrestVlok!
#BlacksCantBeRacist
#ReturnLandEndRacism

ISSUED BY ARAF STEERING COMMITTEE

DATE: Sunday, 27 February 2016

CONTACT DETAILS:

ARAF Coordinator and Spokesperson:  Zanele Lwana
Cell: +27 79 486 9087
Mail: zanelelwana@gmail.com

ARAF Coordinator and  Spokesperson:  Zandi Radebe
Cell: 0782438830
Email Address: zandiradebe@gmail.com

ARAF Coordinator and Spokesperson: Yerushka Chetty
Cell: +27 72 649 7555
Mail: yerushka@gmail.com

ANTI-RACISM ACTION FORUM SUPPORTS BLACK STUDENT / WORKER PROTESTS THROUGHOUT THE COUNTRY – NATIONAL SHUTDOWN NOW!

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SALUTATIONS to the brave black students of SA’s campuses – TUT, UKZN, UWC, WSU, NWU, UFS, UCT, WITS, SU  et al – who have stood up and said ENOUGH is ENOUGH to the violence of racism they have been forced to endure as normalcy. This suggests that there is a new born faith in the revolutionary possibilities that await blacks which in turn compels this generation not  to take racism on their knees. We are seeing everyday how much more the youth are willing to put everything on the line to stop the violence of white supremacy that has been brought to bear upon them. We have witnessed just how this kind of bold stand is drawing more and more blacks to support it and to join the fight. 
It is the black truth that this white supremacist system has no future for blacks. To this end we need a whole new black centered socialist system which in turn requires nothing less than an actual revolution!

We honor the black students and workers who are standing up against the neo-liberal, neo colonial, white supremacist education system and  way of life. All over the country black students are making history! As campuses like North West University (Mafikeng Campus) go up in revolutionary flames, the struggle is taken that much higher! At the same time black students and workers have to, at every turn, guard against co-option by the anti black ANC aligned organizations  and pseudo revolutionary leaders on campuses. The student struggle is a just and legitimate struggle! It is ultimately one of decolonizing SA and the world. Decolonization by necessity means a complete overthrow of white supremacy and the installation of a fully responsive system through a revolutionary program that locates at its core the return of the stolen land to the black majority as the first step towards ending racism.

The Anti-Racism Action Forum (ARAF) urges black students engaged in this just revolutionary cause for decolonization to keep the following direct questions in mind as you facilitate the way forward: Is SASCO/PYA/ ANC-YL/ NEHAWU not aligned to the ANC? Is it not so that the ANC is in power and legislating to commodify education? Is it not ANC policies that promote the university as a neo colonial and neo liberal institution? Is ANC not making laws to promote labour brokering?  The answer to each of these questions is off-course YES! The next question is: and what do we intend to do about it?

As a guide to organizing our people ARAF boldly calls upon the students to reject the defenders of colonialism – they can never lead the struggle against colonialism!

Furthermore ARAF calls for:

Free Quality Education For Liberation Now!

An End To Outsourcing Now!

Minimum Wage Of R12500 Now In Line With What The Marikana Workers Died For!

Cancellation Of All Student Debt Now!

An End To Police Brutality Now!

Unconditional Dropping Of All Charges In Relation To The Fees Must Fall Campaign.

Unconditional Release Of All Arrested And Detained Persons In Relation To The Fees Must Fall Campaign.

National Shutdown Until Above Demands Are Met!

Principled United Direct Protest Action At All Centres Of Power!

#FeesMustFall
#EndOutsourcing
#StopPoliceBrutality
#CancellStudentDebt
#NationalShutdown
#BlacksCantBeRacist
#ReturnLandEndRacism

ISSUED BY ARAF STEERING COMMITTEE

DATE: Thursday, 25 February 2016

CONTACT DETAILS:

ARAF Coordinator and Spokesperson:  Zanele Lwana
Cell: +27 79 486 9087
Mail: zanelelwana@gmail.com

ARAF Coordinator and  Spokesperson:  Zandi Radebe
Cell: 0782438830
Email Address: zandiradebe@gmail.com

ARAF Coordinator and Spokesperson: Yerushka Chetty
Cell: +27 72 649 7555
Mail: yerushka@gmail.com

ARAF REFLECTS ON EBUKHOSINI SOLUTIONS SEMINAR ON HISTORY AND RACISM

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“The major lesson to be taken from the seminar is that there is enough revolutionary muscle, plenty Pan-Afrikan intelligence and Black interest in our communities for collective liberation – meaning; we can DESTROY the current and BUILD the relevant; IF WE WILL. The main question we really need to figure out is; How much are we willing to sacrifice to make our power a unified reality?” Ebukhosini Solutions (Facebook Page, 21 February 2016)

ARAF attended a seminar on history and racism hosted by Ebukhosini Solutions on 20 February 2016 at Constitutional Hill. It must be stated that Ebukhosini Solutions has publicly endorsed ARAF and yesterday it boldly took the anti racism campaign further guided by the principle that blacks can’t be racist and an understanding that the destruction of white supremacy is inextricably linked to the resolution of the historical land question.

The logical revolutionary call from the Ebukhosini Solutions dialogue on racism confirms the need for the principled unity of black people via ARAF as a platform that brings together black people and organizations which are committed to ending Racism by ending White Supremacy. We were reminded of just how racism affects all Black people irrespective of gender, age, language, educational levels, geographic location, class position, religious belief or political affiliation. The general consensus was a correct rejection of the 1994 neo liberal and neo colonial false settlement. It called for a correct historical understanding of White Supremacy as the root cause of the black condition and to this end being materially located in LAND THEFT.

In this context ARAF’s way forward is based on the understanding that the main contradiction in South Africa is between white supremacy and black oppression. We need “Black Solidarity” to liquidate and end white supremacy. As ARAF we recognize that a logical elaboration of the lessons from the Ebukhosini Solutions conference is one that resonates with our message that for racism to be defeated the following three principles must be adhered to:

1. Land return as the only condition towards ending racism.

2. Blacks can’t be racist

3. Anti-racism struggle to be led only by black people.

In furtherance of its campaign against racism ARAF is currently engaged in weekly community educational programmes that seek to clarify racism in preparation for the Anti-Racism Summit scheduled to be held on 30 April 2016 in Soweto.

This coming Saturday, 27 February 2016, ARAF will be hosting a panel discussion on racism in Soweto. Details will follow soon.

#ReturnLandEndRacism

ISSUED BY ARAF STEERING COMMITTEE

DATE: Sunday, 21 February 2016

CONTACT DETAILS:

ARAF Coordinator and Spokesperson: Zanele Lwana
Cell: +27 79 486 9087
Mail: zanelelwana@gmail.com

ARAF Coordinator and Spokesperson: Zandi Radebe
Cell: 0782438830
Email Address: zandiradebe@gmail.com

ARAF Coordinator and Spokesperson: Yerushka Chetty
Cell: +27 72 649 7555
Mail: yerushka@gmail.com

ARAF ON THE MOVE

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ARAF hosted a great event yesterday, 13 February 2016, at the Africa Freedom Station in Westdene. Thank you to the panelists Ziyana Lategan and Veli Mbele and all those who attended and participated in conversations to clarify this beast called racism.

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We were summoned into dealing with the historical questions of where white supremacy is really located. We found it in land theft which is the basis from which all its other branches develop to institutionalise itself as a way of life. We found ourselves wrestling with the ANC urging them to not stand in the way of us getting to the real enemy, white supremacy. Against the backdrop inter alia of the charges ARAF has laid against FW De Klerk and Adrian Vlok for their apartheid crimes that has led to the murder of hundreds of blacks and against De Klerk for his continued acts of racism – it was clear that the real enemy is white supremacy. We must defeat it so that we can breathe. Furthermore the resolution of the race question is impossible without resolving the land question. Yes, we said the main contradiction is between white supremacy and black oppression and to resolve this contradiction we need BLACK SOLIDARITY to destroy white supremacy and hence racism.

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In our engagements the foĺlowing further questions were framed: What is racism? Can blacks be racist? What is structural racism? What is white supremacy? How do we identify racism in our day to day life? Why does violence on blacks have black faces? Are blacks racist because the ANC is a black government in power?

There was a loud acknowledgement to move ahead with a bloodied voice armed with the principles that the stolen land must be returned without payment to land thieves; blacks can’t be racist, and; the black struggle must be led by blacks only!

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ARAF is moving towards its anti racism summit on 30 April 2016. The weekly events we have been hosting since we launched two weeks ago has been twofold: firstly in furtherance of expediting self education programs through public meetings on what racism is and how to fight and end it, and; secondly to educate our people about the dangers of criminalising racism within neo colonialism. To this end we have been urging our people to defend black people against any acts of racism.

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Next week we go to the ground. We go to Soweto to have similar conversations and engagements with the community. Details will follow soon!

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#ArrestDeKlerk
#ArrestVlok
#HillbrowTrial
#BlacksCantBeRacist
#ReturnLandEndRacism

ISSUED BY THE ANTI-RACISM ACTION FORUM STEERING COMMITTEE

14 February 2016

CONTACT DETAILS:

ARAF Coordinator and Spokesperson:  Zanele Lwana
Cell: +27 79 486 9087
Mail: zanelelwana@gmail.com

ARAF Coordinator and  Spokesperson:  Zandi Radebe
Cell: 0782438830
Email Address: zandiradebe@gmail.com

ARAF Coordinator and Spokesperson: Yerushka Chetty
Cell: +27 72 649 7555
Mail: yerushka@gmail.com

Facebook Page: ANTI RACISM ACTION FORUM

Twitter: @ARAF_2016

ANTI RACISM ACTION FORUM (ARAF) WELCOMES THE DECISION OF NATIONAL PROSECUTION AUTHORITY (NPA) TO PROSECUTE APARTHEID ERA CRIMES.

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ARAF is encouraged by the decision of the NPA to prosecute apartheid policemen for the kidnapping, torture and murder of political activist Nokuthula Simelane in 1983. These police men like their principals FW De Klerk and Adriaan Vlok didn’t apply for amnesty at the TRC.

ARAF notes that whilst prosecutions of foot soldiers is a step in the right direction it’s nontheless woefully inadequate and if the leaders who gave political command and authority are not themselves persecuted then prosecution of low ranking apartheid police becomes a tactic to shield the likes of de Klerk and Vlok.

ARAF calls on the NPA to speed up the process to prosecute both main apartheid leaders FW De Klerk and Adriaan Vlok.

CONTACT DETAILS: 

ARAF Coordinator and Spokesperson:  Zanele Lwana
Cell: +27 79 486 9087
Mail: zanelelwana@gmail.com

ARAF Coordinator and  Spokesperson:  Zandi Radebe
Cell: 0782438830
Email Address: zandiradebe@gmail.com

ARAF Coordinator and Spokesperson: Yerushka Chetty
Cell: +27 72 649 7555
Mail: yerushka@gmail.com