07 February 2019 – 16:40BY NONKULULEKO NJILO

Black First Land First president Andile Mngxitama wants Cyril Ramaphosa to apologise to self-proclaimed prophet Shepherd Bushiri.

Black First Land First president Andile Mngxitama wants Cyril Ramaphosa to apologise to self-proclaimed prophet Shepherd Bushiri. 
Image: Masi Losi

As the country geared up for the state of the nation address (Sona) to be delivered by President Cyril Ramaphosa on Thursday evening, Black First Land First (BLF) made a rather unprecedented demand.

“We want Cyril Ramaphosa [at Sona] to apologise to the Major 1 for the harassment that has gone on here. It is Cyril Ramaphosa’s responsibility to apologise and to say he is not supporting xenophobia and does not support the harassment of black people,” said the movement’s leader Andile Mngxitama.

He made the remarks at the Pretoria’s Specialised Commercial Court after the self-proclaimed “prophet” Shepherd Bushiri and his “prophetess” wife Mary were granted bail of R100,000 each.

The two were arrested by the Hawks and spent days in custody. Mngxitama claimed they were harassed because Bushiri was a “successful black man of God”.

“There was no reason at all to keep him in jail, the Major 1 is no stranger to South Africa. This man of God has been in this country, they were just harassing him,” he asserted.

A Bushiri follower who travelled from New York, Sheila Akwawa, said on Wednesday that she interpreted his arrest as a “xenophobic attack”.

Bushiri denied having any involvement in money laundering, organised crime and fraud during his bail application.

Among his supporters in court was Zenele Khoza, who said she was certain her “parents” were innocent, adding she was prepared to die for “the prophet”.

Addressing his supporters in the Prophetic Channel on YouTube, Bushiri touched on the controversies surrounding his ministry, as well as the support he had received.

“In these past five weeks, we are under immense orchestrated attacks, starting with organised protests, where we saw people burning tyres on the street, to demand that I leave the country, to which I am a permanent resident.”

He thanked political parties and the BLF for their support.

Source: https://www.timeslive.co.za/politics/2019-02-07-blfs-astonishing-demand-cyril-ramaphosa-must-apologise-to-bushiri

Black First Land First (BLF) is a black consciousnesspan-Africanist and revolutionary socialist political party in South Africa. It was founded in 2015 by Andile Mngxitama following his expulsion from the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF), led by Julius Malema.

Mngxitama’s chief policy is ‘expropriation without compensation’ of white-owned land, which he declares to have been directly stolen from Africans. On this issue, he has accused EFF of selling out to the ANC, which he regards as too friendly to business interests. BLF is aligned with South Africa’s Ex-President Jacob Zuma, and has also shown support for the influential Gupta family. Its policies have been labelled as black supremacist. Some of its members have been accused of threatening investigative journalists. And Mngxitama has theorised that climate change is caused by capitalism and racism. To learn more, visit https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Black_First_Land_First