KZN ANCYL to take action against flag burners

2011-09-01 00:00

AMIDST circulating reports that some ANC Youth League (ANCYL) members from the biggest eThekwini region were among those who participated in the chaos outside ANC headquarters in Johannesburg on Tuesday, the ANCYL in this region has vowed it will take disciplinary action against any of its member found to have participated in the upheavals.

Despite the KZN ANCYL having distanced itself from participating in the protest against disciplinary action taken against ANCYL president, Julius Malema, hundreds of its members, mainly from ANCYL eThekwini region, are said to have converged on Johannesburg on Tuesday and were active participants in the chaos that took place outside Luthuli House.

Speaking to The Witness yesterday, eThekwini ANCYL regional secretary, Vukani Ndlovu, denied that the eThekwini regions arranged buses to ferry Malema supporters to the protest, and said those who participated had organised their own transport.

“I know there were many people from my region who went there and it’s not a crime to support our leaders. However, the ANCYL will take disciplinary action against any member who participated in ill-disciplined actions like burning the ANC flag and President Jacob Zuma’s T-shirts. This (burning T-shirts) happened during President (Thabo) Mbeki’s time and it should have been condemned, as we condemn it now. It is not the culture of the ANC and disciplinary action must be meted out to those who participated in this shame,” Ndlovu said.

He appealed to those who witnessed members from his region participating in insulting ANC leadership and burning T-shirts to come forward and provide names so that disciplinary action can be taken against the culprits.

ANCYL provincial chairperson, Mthandeni Dlungwane, said the provincial executive committee (PEC) of the League will meet soon to discuss whether any disciplinary measures will be taken against those who participated in the chaos.

Although the ANCYL in KZN supported Malema and the ANCYL leadership facing disciplinary action, the province decided not to mobilise its members to participate in the protest action.

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