AfriForum undeterred by ANCYL, police attitude

2010-03-19 12:10

THE ANC Youth League refused to accept a memorandum from AfriForum

youth today.

Ernst Roets, chairperson of AfriForum national youth, said Luthuli

House, the ANC head office in the Johannesburg CBD, was surrounded by police and

were refused entry.

“Officials and policemen told us we were not allowed there and when

we informed them that we were only coming to give them a list of the farm attack

victims and a memorandum, they took the list and the memo, threw it on the

pavement and literally stepped on it,” Roets said.

He was addressing a crowd of AfriForum supporters at the Mary

Fitzgerald Square in Newtown, Johannesburg, who had gathered to protest against

the youth league leader Julius Malema for recently singing the controversial

liberation song “kill the boer (farmer)”.

AfriForum had drawn up a list of 1 600 people murdered on South

African farms in recent years, to show that Malema’s words could have

consequences.

The crowd responded to Roets’ words, with “Stop Malema” and

“Sies”.

Roets said they viewed the conduct of the ANCYL officials and the

police officers who stepped on the memorandum and the list, as a slap in the

face.

However, he said this was not the end of their campaign and that

they would see Malema in court.

The representatives who took the memorandum to Luthuli House

included Roets, AfriForum chief executive Kallie Kriel and Afrikaans musician

Steve Hofmeyr.

The crowd had dispersed by 11.30am.


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