2 arrested after violence at Zuma lecture

2012-02-23 21:47

Johannesburg - Two people have been arrested following violence during President Jacob Zuma's ANC centenary address in Cape Town on Thursday, police said.

"We arrested two people. For now, it's charges of assault. The incident was put under control as quickly as it started," national police spokesperson Colonel Vish Naidoo said.

"There was a commotion which was noticed by our members who were deployed there. As they went to calm it down, they discovered that two people were injured, one of them a journalist."

Several ANCYL members were thrown out of the Good Hope Centre when they started singing during Zuma's speech, SABC radio reported. An SABC cameraman was hit with a chair while filming an anti-Zuma protest outside the venue.

African National Congress spokesperson Jackson Mthembu told the broadcaster the protesters had clearly intended to disrupt Zuma's speech.

Speaking in Johannesburg earlier in the day, Zuma said the ANCYL was not a "spare wheel", but part of the ANC.

It should present ideas to the ANC itself and within ANC structures, and that unless its proposals were accepted by the ANC they were not ANC policy, he said.

On February 16, ANCYL deputy president Ronald Lamola said the league's president Julius Malema would not be removed from his position by anyone other than the structures of the league.

Malema, his spokesperson Floyd Shivambu, league secretary general Sandiso Magaqa, Lamola, and two other league officials were found guilty in November last year of bringing the ANC into disrepute and of sowing division in the party. They were awaiting the outcome of arguments in mitigation and aggravation of their suspensions.

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