Andile Mngxitama is the founder and president of the Black First Land First (BLF). The BLF is a Pan-Africanist and Revolutionary Socialist party in South Africa. Andile Mngxitama is a leading Black Consciousness thinker and organizer who was born and raised on the farms of Potchefstroom; in the North West Province.
Andile is also a columnist for the Sowetan and City Press newspapers.
Andile Mngxitama Education
Mngxitama has a Master Degree in Sociology from the University of Witwatersrand.
Andile Mngxitama EFF
Andile Mngxitama was formerly in the National Assembly, he was a member of the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF); until his expulsion in early 2015. He lost his membership in terms of section 47(3)(c) of the constitution with effect from 13th April 2015.
After the EFF party won a number of seats in the 2014 general election, Andile served as an EFF member of parliament. Unfortunately, he was not happy with the party and its leadership. He voiced out his views and engaged in a number of activities which were not consistent with that of the party; which led to his exit in 2015.
Black First Land First
Shortly after Mngxitama left the EFF, he founded the Black First Land First (BLF) party. The BLF notes that; without land, there is no freedom or dignity. They put land first because they believe it is the basis of freedom, identity, spiritual well-being, economic development, and culture. So the BLF wants all the lands stolen from the black’s and are ready to get them back by any means necessary.
Ideas by the BLF
- Land first! We will not buy back our stolen land!
- Black First! The black majority must be centered and prioritized!
- Mineral rights belong to the people! Let the people own and benefit directly!
- Employment and minimum wage! Quality Jobs Now! R12,500 minimum wage is non-negotiable! Employment protection, and sickness and vacation rights from the first day of employment. Equal pay to be legally enforced and realized! An end to labor brokerage!
Andile Mngxitama: Books And Articles
Between 2009 & 2010, Andile published five essays in the New Frank Talk series. These were a journal of critical essays in which he uses his outstanding political understanding to examine the black condition.
- New Frank Talk – White Revolutionaries as Missionaries, Sankara Publishing, 2010.
- New Frank Talk – From Mbeki to Zuma, Sankara Publishing, 2009.
- New Frank Talk – Blacks can’t be Racist, Sankara Publishing, 2009.
- New Frank Talk – Why Biko Wouldn’t Vote, Sankara Publishing, 2009.
- New Frank Talk – Black Colonialists: the Trouble with Africa, Sankara Publishing, 2009.
- Biko Lives! Contesting the Legacies of Steve Biko (ed. With Amanda Alexander, and Nigel C. Gibson), Palgrave Macmillan, 2008.
Here Andile contests the legacies of Steve Biko, a collection of essays on the philosophy and writings of Steve Biko. The collection looks at the ongoing significance of Black Consciousness, situating it in a global framework, examining the legacy of Steve Biko.