BLF deregistered as a political party after losing Electoral Court appeal

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The Black First Land First (BLF) is no longer a political party after it lost an appeal against its deregistration.

The Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) deregistered BLF in July, but the decision was put on hold after BLF launched an appeal.

On Monday, the Equality Court dismissed the appeal, meaning that the deregistration now officially takes effect.

‘Black-only membership’

Section 16(1)(c) of the Electoral Commission Act bars the IEC from registering a political party that excludes membership on the basis of race, colour or ethnicity.

According to Article 4 of BLF’s constitution, membership was restricted to only black people.

Freedom Front Plus (FF Plus) therefore brought an application to IEC to have the party deregistered.

FF Plus leader Pieter Groenwald hailed the deregistration as a “victory for the whole of South Africa.” However, he slammed IEC for registering BLF in the first place.

Andile Mngxitama reacts

Speaking to News24, BLF leader Andile Mngxitama indicated that they have given up on the matter.

He said, “We are satisfied that the court system is anti-black and that the Constitution of South Africa is anti-black. Leave us with having to take matters into our own hands.”

In a statement in July as it launched its appeal, BLF slammed “land thieves” for “celebrating” its deregistration.

It said, “All the organisations of land thieves are celebrating the decision of the Independent Electoral Commission. They are scared of Black First Land First.”

“The land thieves are targeting BLF because they know only our movement can return the land and dignity of black people,” BLF added.

BLF has been outspoken in its support for the “radical economic transformation” (RET) grouping in the African National Congress (ANC), particularly former President Jacob Zuma and ANC Secretary-General Ace Magashule.

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