ANCYL ‘not part’ of concert boycott

2010-06-02 11:27

The ANC Youth League (ANCYL) will not join organisations planning

to boycott the June 10 Fifa concert in Soweto.


The league’s spokesperson, Floyd Shivambu, said: “The ANCYL’s

stance has forever been that we are not opposed to the inclusion of

international artists in the concert but that South African and African artists

should prominently feature in the concert.”


Instead of taking part in the boycott, the league would this week

meet with Fifa and the Local Organising Committee to raise the issue.


Shivambu said: “We are of the conviction that a music festival in

Soweto in June should, among other things, commemorate the struggles of young

people who fought against exclusion that was perpetuated through the imposition

of language.”


The league was responding to a Creative Workers’ Union of SA

statement that the ANCYL would be among organisations to boycott the World Cup

opening concert at Orlando Stadium next Thursday.

 

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