WATCH: BLF stands by 'land or death' statement

The BLF is on the ballot paper, but they could find themselves having to fight off various attempts to get them removed. What got people worked up, is the slogan “land or death”.

JOHANNESBURG – Black First Land First leader Andile Mngxitama has defended his party’s election slogan, “land or death”.

Ahead of the May 8 polls, the party's messaging is the battle for land and it's standing by the slogan.

Social media users have responded to the slogan as inciting violence.

However, Mngxitama sees it differently and blames it on a system created by apartheid.

“Violence in this country is 20, 000 black people dying as a consequence of the violence in the townships created by white people,” Mngxitama said.

“If you want to talk about violence in this country, you must talk about white violence which is structural.”

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Mngxitama says white people are not welcomed in his party.

He further stated that the only way black and white people can co-exist in South Africa is if the land and wealth is returned to black hands.

“As Black First Land First, one of our big ideas for this election and post the elections is a new constitution,” he said.

“This constitution is a white constitution and that is why we have to buy our land back from people who stole it.

“This what this constitution says, it was written by Roelf Meyer and [Cyril] Ramaphosa was fishing and he just signed off things.”

Watch the full interview in the video above.