Defenders of the poor? BLF charge R350 entrance for event where Zuma will speak

Defenders of the poor? BLF charge R350 entrance for event where Zuma will speak

- Former president Jacob Zuma will deliver the keynote speech at a BLF event this weekend

- BLF will charge R350 per person for entry to hear Zuma deliver a speech about radical economic transformation and land expropriation

- BLF leader Andile Mngxitama denied the fees were to help Zuma pay for his legal fees and said the funds raised would be used for black caucus activities

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Black First Land First (BLF) has announced that former president Jacob Zuma will deliver the keynote speech at a BLF event this weekend. The organisation revealed it would charge an entrance fee of R350 per person to the event.

BLF leader Andile Mngxitama confirmed the organisation had invited Zuma to speak at the event in order to learn more about his views of radical economic transformation (RET) and land expropriation.

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BLF and Zuma appear to be forging closer ties in recent weeks, the organisation vocally supported the embattled former president during his first court appearance on 6 April, while the ANC’s leadership was noticeable by its absence. gathered that Mngxitama denied BLF were wooing Zuma as a ploy for him to join forces with the organisation ahead of the 2019 general election.

Mngxitama said: "This is about radical economic transformation. It is about land. President Zuma presented expropriation without compensation in his 2017 SONA (State of the Nation Address), this makes him the father of RET.”

A fiery Mngxitama chastised Parliament for adopting diluted versions of Zuma’s brave vision to help the poor of the country.

The BLF leader denied his organisation was helping to raise funds to help Zuma pay for his legal fees. Mngxitama said BLF was willing to assist Zuma if he asked for help, but he said Zuma had not asked to be compensated in any way.

Mngxitama said the money raised by the event would be used to fund black caucus activities.

He lashed out against questions about why BLF was charging an entrance fee and said: "Whoever is wondering why we are charging money for this event, do they also wonder when the Daily Maverick charges thousands of rand for people to listen to politicians talk about land?"

Mngxitama said Zuma’s talk would be taken to the townships in the weeks following the event so the poor could hear their former president’s views.

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