Youth gets all in bed but can’t quell scuffles

2011-06-18 17:27

The ANC Youth League kept firm ­control over where its delegates stayed, but still could not prevent scuffles ­breaking out.

The 5 500 delegates were housed at ­hotels in and around Johannesburg and Pretoria at an estimated cost of ­
R20 ­million.

However, reports in the Saturday Star said a scuffle at the Don Suite Hotel in Kempton Park resulted in more than ­
R1 million damage. Apparently ­members of rival factions in the league threw hotel furniture into the pool.

The police were called in to restore order.

Nyami Booi, a member of the ­conference’s steering committee, said they had quantified the cost of the damage incurred by squabbling delegates at The Don. He said the national executive committee would discuss the issue.

North West delegates were kept at the Milpark Garden Court where they shared rooms. KwaZulu-Natal and Eastern Cape ­delegations stayed at the ­Birchwood ­hotel in Boksburg.

A source told City Press that in some cases two men shared a room, while four women shared a room depending on the size of the room because there were more female delegates than males.

Limpopo delegates were accommodated at the Manhattan hotel in Pretoria.

In another incident at The Don in ­Pretoria, the league’s former NEC ­member and Lebogang Maile supporter, Vuyo Mhlakaza, is said to have had a ­scuffle with pro-Malema Free State league chairperson Kgotso Morapela over her visit to the hotel.

Morapela is said to have ordered other Free State delegates to “manhandle” Mhlakaza on Thursday night after he saw him speaking to the pro-Malema ­delegates, but the incident was denied.

The league’s treasurer-general Pule Mabe would not comment on the money spent on accommodation.

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