- Black First Land First has joined the election race
- It has promised free housing, healthcare and R5000 a month for all unemployed citizens
- However, the party is having financial problems of its own and is struggling to pay the IEC registration fee
Black First Land First has joined the election fray, putting out its first campaign materials today.
This is the first time the controversial party will contest the elections and it has made some sweeping promises.
If elected, it pledges that no one will be unemployed, and also says that if anyone is unemployed they will receive R5000 a month.
They have also promised free housing, free electricity and other basic utilities, along with free education and free healthcare. All of these ambitious policies would cost hundreds of billions of rands, with the cost of the proposed unemployment grants alone exceeding R300 billion.
However, the BLF said it will foot the bill for these policies by taking back the money from "white monopoly capital", which it says drains R100 billion from the country annually. It also said that it will fund the proposals with income from mining, claiming that there are trillions of rands worth of minerals still be to be mined.
These policy goals are particularly ambitious given that BLF's own financial track record has been less than stellar. Last year, it was revealed that the party was struggling to raise the money required for the IEC's registration fee. BLF also began a failed crowdfunding project in November which was soon shut down.
The party has also claimed that it does not have enough money to pay its legal fees in order to defend itself from the hate speech charges that were brought against it following leader Andile Mngxitama's call to kill white people.
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