- The BLF has condemned the US attack on Qassem Soleimani calling it a 'terrorist attack'
- The radical left party saluted the fallen general as a fine soldier for peace and justice
- South Africa has taken a neutral position and has urged for calm and political dialogue
The radical leftist party Black Land First (BLF) which was deregistered in 2019, released a statement in which they condemn the US assassination of Qassem Soleimani calling it a 'terrorist attack'.
“The assassination of the commander of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps’ (IRGC) Quds Force, Major-General Qassem Soleimani, is nothing but a declaration of war, a scare tactic.
“BLF regards Soleimani as a global martyr of all the oppressed people of the world. We are inspired by his commitment to fight to the end and spare nothing in the quest for the liberation of his people.
“BLF draws inspiration from his dedication to his motherland and his people. Soleimani embodies the essence of the spirit of Land or Death!,” the statement says, in reference to one of the party’s slogans.
“His death in the battlefield, is the death that all revolutionaries aspire for. Nothing is higher service than such sacrifice to the liberation of the people.
“We salute a fine soldier for peace and justice,” the statement concludes.
Briefly.co.za learned that this contravenes South Africa's official position on the matter between the US and Iran in which South Africa maintains a neutral position and abdicates for the use of political dialogue.
International Relations and Cooperation Minister Naledi Pandor called for calm and issued a statement according to the citizen.co.za.
“It is crucial for all sides to remain calm and desist from taking any further action that will exacerbate the already fragile situation,” said Pandor.
“South Africa emphasises its principled view that conflicts should be resolved through political dialogue rather than resorting to the use of force.”
Department spokesperson Lunga Ngqengelele said South Africa had reaffirmed the statement of the UN Security Council last month in which its members “called for maximum restraint and urged all to refrain from violence or the destruction of critical infrastructure”.
Briefly.co.za covered an earlier report of Iran's reaction to the assassination of Soleimani.
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