Youth prepare for Union Buildings

2011-10-28 07:13

About 3 000 members of the ANC Youth League gathered at the Caledonian Stadium in Pretoria this morning ahead of a march to the Union Buildings.

The league was preparing to hand over a memorandum to the Presidency around 10am.

Members arrived at the stadium in the early hours of this morning for a night vigil, after a day-long “economic freedom” march from Joburg.

ANC Youth League leader Julius Malema lead from the front, himself walking most of the 50km trip, barring a few breaks on a truck.

He handed over a memorandum of grievances to the Chamber of Mines in Joburg’s city centre yesterday, before marching to the Johannesburg Stock Exchange (JSE) in Sandton.

The walk from Sandton to Tshwane, along the R101 Old Pretoria Road, took eight hours.

The morning preparation saw some members in makeshift shelters cleaning themselves and changing clothes.

Some of the marchers had fallen asleep in cars as well as on a nearby lawn, pavements and stadium chairs.

Loud music was played on a stage with various artists performing. Many chanted Juju (Malema’s nickname) as he addressed them from the stage early today.

According to SABC news, Malema thanked protesters for their good behaviour.

Police maintained a heavy presence around the stadium. The closure of Pretorius street, a main road going into the city, had caused some congestion.

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