Vets to lay complaint over flag burning

2011-08-30 13:38

The Umkhonto WeSizwe Military Veterans Association (MKMVA) will lay a complaint with the ANC against the ANC Youth League for burning the ANC flag and images of its leaders.

Kebby Maphatsoe, MKMVA chairperson, said the association was determined to defend the ANC, the alliance and its symbols.

“The ANC flag is a symbol of sacrifice, pride and hope for our people,” Maphatsoe said.

“This is anarchy orchestrated by supporters of the youth league called upon by their leadership,” he said.

Maphatsoe said they will never allow the ANC to be intimidated and will defend it.

He said they will be laying charges against the league and that the its leadership should take responsibility for its supporters actions.

“We are left with no doubt that those who were doing this were carrying out orders of their masters,” Maphatsoe added.

Labour-union federation Cosatu’s spokesperson Patrick Craven said burning ANC symbols was a demonstration of utter contempt towards the ANC.

“The burning of symbols of the ANC on T-shirts, and pictures of ANC President Jacob Zuma and SACP (SA Communist Party) General Secretary Blade Nzimande demonstrates their utter contempt for the organisation they claim to be members of, and will alienate any support they may already have within the movement,” he said.

“The African National Congress must be free to conduct its disciplinary hearings without being intimidated by such disloyal and provocative acts,” he said.

Youth league supporters have gathered outside the ANC headquarters in their numbers to show their support for Malema, who is appearing before an ANC disciplinary hearing today.

Malema and the league’s spokesperson, Floyd Shivambu, are facing charges for bringing the ANC into disrepute with the league’s intention to effect a regime change in Botswana.

Four leaders’ names were added to the charge sheet last week.

The league was reportedly hoping to argue in Malema’s defence that he was communicating a resolution of the league’s NEC, and therefore the entire body should be charged, not just the president.

Last year, Malema pleaded guilty in an ANC disciplinary hearing after he publicly criticised President Jacob Zuma unfavourably comparing him to former President Thabo Mbeki.

The ANC’s disciplinary committee at the time said that should Malema be found guilty of provoking serious divisions or a break-down of the organisation’s unity within the next two years, his ANC membership would be suspended.

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