League to announce anniversary plans

2011-09-10 12:43

Nearly a thousand people gathered in Alexandra, northern Joburg, today ahead of the ANC Youth League’s announcement of its 67th anniversary plans.

The crowd was seated in a sprawling white tent in Scwetla informal settlement while protest and pop songs blared out of speakers on top of a makeshift stage.

Vendors walked amongst the crowd, selling ice-cream to those looking for shelter from the midday heat.

A youth league official asked the crowd to give up some of their seats to a group of elderly women, and the crowd shouted back that the meeting was for the youth.

Chairs were eventually brought for the women, and they were seated next to a group of children at the foot of the stage.
The crowd was waiting for youth league president Julius Malema to unveil the programme for the league’s “birthday party”.

A man in the crowd said he was there to support the league despite the disciplinary charges faced by their leadership.

Malema, spokesperson Floyd Shivambu, deputy president Ronald Lamola, secretary-general Sindiso Magaqa, his deputy Kenetswe Mosenogi, and treasurer-general Pule Mabe face charges of bringing the ANC into disrepute and sowing divisions in ANC ranks.

Malema recently said the league would send a team to Botswana to consolidate local opposition parties and help bring about regime change.

This was because the league believed the government there was “in full co-operation with imperialists” and was “undermining the African agenda”.

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