So, on the 12 Feb, the DA began a march to Luthuli House in Joburg, the headquarters of the ANC. Well, they didin’t quite get there, because the police felt it was too dangerous for them to continue their march -
“[We] regard the planned DA march to the ANC headquarters as an act of provocation,” said Mzwandile Masina, national convenor of the African National Congress Youth League.
“[The] ANC Youth League… will be out in full force to form a human chain and defend Luthuli House.”
One would think the ANCYL are fighting a war.
What did the ANCYL think they were defending the Luthuli House from? From a white “aunty” and her “tea girl”? Does that threaten them so much? Did they think Helen Zille wanted to stage a coup d’etat? Police would not have let the DA march if they had seen them armed with weapons. Have the ANCYL forgotten that South Africa is a democratic country and the DA had the right to undertake the march – they had permission to do so from the relevant authorities If the ANC had had any “nous”, they would have simply ignored the DA pre election tactics, but by letting their Youth League try and disrupt the DA’s march, and having pictures of their supporters with bricks in their hands, does not paint a good reflection of the tolerance levels of the ANC, who accused the DA of being “confrontational” but armed with bricks themselves, it seems rather it is the ANC who want a fight and blood on their hands. Do these youngsters have nothing better to do with their time, than arm themselves with bricks, with the intention of hurting a fellow citizen? If the ANC are so confident of ruling until Jesus returns, as I have seen many such comments from ANC supporters, why are they so aggressively defensive?
One of the posters I saw had this written on it - ”Helen with your tea girl you are looking for trouble stop using our black people” I could only shake my head. South Africa has been a democratic country for nearly twenty years and everyone has the right to join what political party they want to. “Our black people” – to me that sounds like the ANC believe they own the black people of South Africa and that black people, those who do not support the ANC, are not allowed to stand up as one, with another South African citizen, regardless of race. Sounds rather like the apartheid days with divide tactics based on race.
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