Last week Jacob Zuma apologist and Gupta frontman Andile Mngxitama of Black First Land First (BLF), stated that white people were responsible for the devastation caused by cyclone Idai. Drawing attention to the “Western system of ecological assault for profit”, Mngxitama stated that those who were responsible for the climate crisis should pay for the catastrophe unfolding in Mozambique and Zimbabwe. While Mngxitama’s support for Zuma, the Guptas and their various captains (currently being revealed, or should that be reviled, by the Zondo commission of inquiry into state capture) demonstrates that the BLF couldn’t give a damn about climate change or the environment more generally, he does nonetheless draw attention to a very important reality. A reality that is often conveniently overlooked by both governments and multinational corporations. Climate science reveals that between 1850 and 2006 the countries of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development — the world’s ric...

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