WATCH | 'You kill one black person, we kill five white people' - BLF president

The BLF says Andile Mngxitama was speaking in the context of self-defence when, at a rally in Potchefstroom on Saturday, December 8 2018, he made comments about killing white people.
The BLF says Andile Mngxitama was speaking in the context of self-defence when, at a rally in Potchefstroom on Saturday, December 8 2018, he made comments about killing white people.
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Black First Land First (BLF) has defended its president, Andile Mngxitama, for urging supporters to kill white people and their pets should black people be attacked and killed.

Mngxitama made the comments, which have ignited a heated debate and calls for him to be prosecuted for hate speech,while addressing to supporters at a party rally in  Potchefstroom, in the North West, on Saturday, December 8 2018.

BLF spokesperson Lindsay Maasdorp said on Monday , December 10 2018, that Mngxitama had been speaking in the context of self-defence.

Maasdorp said supporters were only being instructed to defend themselves should they be attacked and killed by white people.

Mngxitama, he added, had been responding to a statement by billionaire Johann Rupert about the taxi industry.

Rupert mentioned during a recent and much talked about interview with Power FM that he had a long time friend in the taxi industry whom he referred to as the chairman of the taxi association.

Then, in an aside, he added: “I also have my own army. When those red guys come they have got to go and remember the taxi association."

The EFF took exception and accused the billionaire of suggesting that people in the industry would protect him from the red berets.

This, according to Maasdorp, was inciting black-on-black violence and the BLF "couldn’t allow that to happen".

During his speech, Mngxitama told his supporters to retaliate should they be attacked by taxi bosses.

"Johann Rupert says if we touch him he is going to unleash upon us the taxi-industry people.

"Now here is a message to Johann Rupert: pay the taxi industry bosses, but here is the deal, for each one person that is being killed by the taxi industry, we kill five white people.

"You kill one of us, we will kill five of you. We will kill their children, we will kill their woman, we will kill anything that we find on our way," Mngxitama said.

According to Maasdorp, the "same mistake was made in the 80s".

"Just like in the 80s, we know the National Party under [FW]de Klerk was using the Inkatha Freedom Party and the ANC to fight against each other and kill black people.

"Johann Rupert has instigated the same violence recently. We are instructing our people that we can’t fall into the trap that Johann Rupert has set to see us killing ourselves.

"We stand by our word. This is our position," he said.

South Africans have since asked that Mngxitama be charged with hate speech and for inciting violence.

The South African Human Rights Commission has accused the BLF of hate speech in the past and has recommended that it should be prevented from contesting the 2019 election.

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