After Khoza posted screen grabs on her Facebook profile of threatening SMSes she received, the Daily Maverick‘s investigative unit, Scorpio, determined that the number belonged to BLF.
Khoza is a vocal critic of what she’s termed the ANC’s “politics of patronage” and a campaigner for a secret ballot in the upcoming motion of no-confidence vote against President Jacob Zuma.
One of many threatening messages sent to her on Tuesday last week stated that she had 21 days to live. When News24 called the number on Saturday, it rang and went to voicemail.
BLF responded in a press statement that it “notes with disdain the desperate campaign by the white media to tarnish the name of our revolutionary movement through fake news”.
“The story peddled by the white-owned media about BLF’s telephone number being associated with the alleged threats on the life of Dr Makhosi Khoza is a cheap fabrication. BLF does not and will not fight black people, including those we regard as askaris,” reads the statement.
“This fact is known to the white-owned media that continues to play ignorant. In this respect, the white-owned media hopes to generate a situation of black-on-black violence in our country.”
BLF went on to say that its members would never make threats against a black person and that they had a “Black Code”.
“The BLACK CODE mandates BLF to defend all blacks, even those we disagree with. There is no way that BLF could threaten any black person. We reject with contempt the attempt to link our movement to the phone number through which the calls were ostensibly made.
“BLF believes that there must be a white person or persons behind the attempt to smear our organisation.”
Khoza shot to prominence last year as the chairperson of the committee that selected the new Public Protector, and as a member of the ad hoc committee that investigated the SABC board.
She showed strong commitment to good governance and little regard for political expediency. Khoza has maintained this approach since being appointed chairperson of the portfolio committee on public service and administration.
But BLF said it didn’t regard her “as a political anything”.
“She’s just loud and irrelevant. Moreover, since she’s black, we won’t, under any circumstances, threaten her. The white-owned media needs to understand what BLF stands for and stop peddling cheap lies,” the organisation said.
“BLF is under massive attack from white monopoly capital. The media reports under reply are generated as part of the onslaught on the organisation. We won’t be deterred. Land must be returned by any means necessary!”
On 7 July, the South Gauteng High Court in Johannesburg granted the South African National Editors’ Forum (Sanef) an interdict against BLF and its leader, Andile Mngxitama, after it threatened journalists reporting on the Guptas and their role in alleged state capture.
BLF has been accused of receiving funding from the Guptas, a claim denied by Mngxitama.
Source: News24 Wire