Black First, Land First (BLF) founder and leader Andile Mngxitama exposed in the latest batch of damning emails #GuptaLeaks as the puppet for the Guptas family.
Apparently Andile Mngxitama requested money for his party from the Guptas and was used as the pawn to portray President Jacob Zuma and the Gupta family as the victims of the ‘Rupert’.
The recent cache of leaked Gupta emails support claims made in an anonymous report earlier this year that controversial PR firm Bell Pottinger attempted to salvage the reputations of the Gupta and Zuma families by portraying them as victims of a racist backlash by ‘white monopoly capital’.
A key figure in this online community is Andile Mngxitama, whose organisation Black First, Land First (BLF) has repeatedly come to the defence of Zuma and the Guptas.
The Bell Pottinger report specifically fingered BLF as a foundation that the firm backed in its Gupta PR campaign – a claim denied by Mngxitama at the time.
But it has now emerged in leaked emails from February 16 that Mngxitama went cap in hand to Oakbay’s Howa.
An email from Mngxitama to Howa refers to an earlier meeting between the two. Later that evening Howa writes to Atul Gupta saying “I met with this fellow. He wrote a good piece about us in the Sunday Indy this past weekend. He wants funding for his organisation. I explained that as business people, we have taken conscious decision to stay out of politics.”
Atul then forwards the email to Tony Gupta without a response.
It is unclear what the final outcome was but the BLF continue to be among the most devoted Gupta supporters, recently mobilising a counter-demonstration against anti-Zuma protesters outside the Guptas’ Saxonwold residence.
According to the report, a former Bell Pottinger partner claimed that the social media campaign was ultimately a failure.
Andile Mngxitama was kicked out by the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) in 2015 after he and fellow rebel leaders accused the party’s leadership of fraud and corruption.