When it comes to controversial figures in South Africa, Andile Mngxitama is one of the names that will always come up. The latter is the president of Black First Land First, a controversial party that has been in the headlines for making statements that have made the party sound racist. There is so much about Andile Mngxitama that you need to know.
At the mention of black activists, Andile is one of the names that will always pop up. He has actively been involved in the country's politics where he has been on the forefront about fighting for what looks like the rights of the blacks. Would you believe it that Andile Mngxitama hails from Potchefstroom in the North West and is the son of a domestic worker and a farmworker? These are some of the details that most people do not know about.
Andile Mngxitama biography
Who is Andile Mngxitama? There is so much about the activist and president of Black First Land First that most people would be interested in knowing. He has been in the limelight for leading the party whose motives have not been in favour of the whites in the country.
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Early childhood life
Andile was born in 1982 in Potchefstroom. As of date, Andile Mngxitama age is thirty-seven. He grew up in the North-western parts of the country under the care of his parents.
Andile Mngxitama family
Further details about his family are unavailable on Andile Mngxitama Wikipedia. It is, however, known that in 2010, he married the love of his life who had also been a close friend during his childhood days. Andile Mngxitama wife is a research scholar at the University of Johannesburg. The two are parents to two kids.
Andile Mngxitama education
He attended the University of Witwatersrand where he pursued his master of art in sociology.
Andile Mngxitama career
Andile is famous and has for the longest time been associated with the position that he played in co-editing Biko Lives. He was also among the contestants of Legacies of Steve Biko and would actively be involved in writing essays about Black Consciousness leader.
In 2009, he expressed his political expertise and gut when he published his first four issues of the New Frank Talk series. The essays entailed examining the conditions of the black people in the country. Of the four essays, the one that became more popular was entitled; Blacks Can’t be Racist. This essay is currently being used in the university alongside Why Biko Wouldn’t Vote. The other publication that he made during this time was: Mbeki to Zuma, Sankara Publishing, 2009.
Other publications that he is famous for are White Revolutionaries as Missionaries for the New Frank Talk. This one was published in 2010. In 2013, he published Fools of Melville. This one was a work of fiction about the afflictions of the middle-class people of South Africa after the country had attained independence.
Black First Land First Andile Mngxitama
Who is the president of BLF? Andile's passion for being an activist must have landed him in politics. In 2015, he founded the Black First Land First (BLF). The party was a revolutionary socialist political party based on pan-Africanism. He had earlier on been a member of the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF), but he was then banned.
While at the EFF, he had served as a member of parliament after the party had secured twenty-five seats during the general election that was held in 2014. Before he was banned from the party, he had accused Julius Malema; the party leader of having the "same tendencies as ANC." The allegations that Mngxitama made about Julius Malema caused divisions in the party. The division became more pronounced in 2015 when he alleged that Malema had made a deal with the ANC to have him and his other sympathisers thrown out of the parliament. These claims caused him to be expelled from the party in April 2015, which later on marked the birth of BFLF.
BLF South Africa
Ever since the BLF party came into existence, it has faced trolls for its indulgences. The party suffered opposition during the registration of political parties that was held in 2016. There were claims that Black Land First party was promoting racism. The party, led by the BLF leader: Andile Mngxitama won the case after the electoral body declared that the constitution of the party had not made it clear about whites being part of the party.
Andile Mngxitama latest news
Andile Mngxitama has been in the limelight for controversial reasons. On the 16th July 2019, he was on the headlines after his party lost an appeal that the Freedom Front Plus had filed. According to the appeal that the Freedom Front Plus had made, the party had displayed racist qualities, which made it get disqualified from being registered.
The news about the party's annulment came barely three years after the Independent Electoral Commission had defended that party from claims that the party had excluded white people from being members. The claims were, however, dropped.
In 2019, the Freedom Front Plus filed the same appeal. This time around, Andile Mngxitama responded to the claims saying;
“We don’t have white people here. We don’t accept white people. We are open about it, even when we submitted our registration, that we don’t accept white people,”
These claims that Andile made regarding his party caused the electoral body to annul the registration of his party.
In a statement that IEC made regarding the annulment, it stated that BLF had failed to comply with the requirements of section 16(1)(c)(ii) of the ECA. As a result, IEC termed the registration of the party unlawful.
The reaction of the deregistration
The report that was recently made by the electoral body regarding the annulment has caused a lot of controversy in the country. The Freedom Front Plus members expressed their joy as a result of winning the case. They stated that this move was a great victory for the country. In a report, the party said;
“The fact that the appeal was granted means that justice prevailed. The FF Plus has been fighting for law and order in this case since January. It is unacceptable that the IEC violated the Act by registering the BLF in the first place. Legislation may not be seen as mere guidelines, it must be complied with. No one is above the law,”
In retaliation, the BLF party leader stated that the celebration that FF was making was premature. He went further to state;
“They celebrate because they think they have silenced us. They think that BLF will not be registered as a political party to enable it to contest the elections and ensure that blacks are well represented everywhere, including in parliament and the municipalities. Their celebrations are premature, but revealing,” said
To prove that BLF South Africa was still at it in fighting to run for elections, the party leader affirmed that he would do everything in his capacity to ensure that the party was on the ballot. He went ahead to urge black people to join the forum and be in the fight. He has since then used Andile Mngxitama twitter to preach the gospel about the agenda of the party.
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