8 000 youths march through Pretoria

2010-12-21 22:40

Pretoria - Eight thousand youths marched through Pretoria for peace at the close of the 17th World Festival of Youth and Students on Tuesday, said the City of Tshwane.

"No incidents were reported that would have constituted major disturbance at the festival," said city spokesperson Console Tleane.

"Overall the festival was held under a jovial mood. No act of criminality amongst the delegates was reported to either the metro police or the SAPS."

Earlier National Youth Development Agency chairperson, Andile Lungisa, said they expected 18 000 people to march.

Tleane said the marchers went through Vermeulen Street and ended at the Union Buildings where delegates handed over a declaration to minister in the presidency Collins Chabane.

Tleane said Tshwane Emergency Medical Services treated 806 patients during the festival.

Thirty were taken to various hospitals for conditions ranging from dislocations, fractures, lacerations, diabetes, and epilepsy.

All have since been discharged.

The other 776 were treated at medical tents for minor conditions.

"The city is satisfied that a successful festival was held within its jurisdiction.

"We wish the delegates well as they travel back to their respective provinces and countries."

In a statement on Tuesday, Lungisa branded the festival "a resounding success and we are very happy about that".

The festival, held under the theme "Let's defeat imperialism for a world of peace, solidarity and social transformation", opened at the Tshwane Events Centre on December 13 with a claimed 15 000 delegates.

Political parties criticised its R69m budget.

Several scheduled high-profile speakers, including government ministers, never arrived.

Delegates reportedly played soccer and kissing games while waiting for sessions to begin.

  • JB - 2010-12-21 23:02

    Lungisa/Malema - The true Africa colours are coming through - what a joke - clearly managed by people with no real education/experience and pathetic values/standards – a true picture of incompetent socialism. Take your “imperialism” (and by that you & Malema mean white people – why are you scared to say it?) out of South Africa/Africa and an empty shell will remain – but hey, you don’t know better so will be unfair to blame you and your comrades for a disaster – good luck in dark Africa! – yes, you’re right I’m an expat and I feel sorry for those in South Africa with higher western culture/standards who must listen to you.

      Michael - 2010-12-21 23:40

      JB, What does education have to do with being a leader? Someone successfully brainwashd you! Just reverse to previos regime and see what doctors did, and as something fitting a gram of something between your ears, go up north of our land and see what doctors DO!!!

      JB - 2010-12-22 01:32

      Michael – you astound me – are you serious? Your answer just proved my point – THERE IS ABSOLUTELY NO HOPE FOR AFRICA AND/OR SOUTH AFRICA with people like you – what a waste of a continent!

      Acs - 2010-12-22 11:58

      JB you are so right 300 years of white oppression - Oops there were no white settlements north of the prior to 1850's - (Sorry Illiterates can not read or calc) Maybe Shaka was white??? He oppressed the Matabeles Wonder why African countries are recruiting WHITE South Africans???? Why do the BEE surrogates get overlooked ??? Or is it because they do not have education??? any way Mugabe was educated at Fort Hare in Transkei same as Mandela. Note however that the leaders that amount to something got education from Unisa (a white apartheid institution) while sojourning at Robber Island (Sic)So where is Mugabe and where is Mandela today? Anyway I guess Michael can not blame Apartheid as the future of this country depend on him and his generation AND they are the product of POST Apartheid

  • Warren - 2010-12-22 04:46

    Socialism/Communism have been proved to be a failed system eg North Korea, Cuba, East Germany, Eastern European countries etc. It seems that the ANC haven't received the news yet.

      Krush - 2010-12-22 13:03

      Clearly the ANC didn't yet get the memo.

  • scorse - 2010-12-22 05:40

    Great, so they came to stuff up traffic and just be a nuisance. Jeez, that was money well spent. Viva ANC!

      ericksmit - 2010-12-22 09:02

      Really Cant see what this has to do with the ANC?

  • Dan - 2010-12-22 06:25

    A march for peace? What exactely was the point? It's an abstract thing and the byproduct of something else. Let's march for love and happiness too, while we're at it. We have retards for leaders.

      Bman_01 - 2010-12-22 08:37

      Coudnt agree more with you. Well said and for those who disagree watch this

      carlokie - 2010-12-22 11:19

      Hows this for piece:

      Krush - 2010-12-22 13:04

      Yes a March of peace...probably while singing "kill the boer." So peaceful. Wish an asteroid....nevermind.

  • What de D... - 2010-12-22 07:59

    Eisk lekka paaaty..dankie wit bas...vir al daardie taxes wat jy so bataal...

      Colourblind - 2010-12-22 08:26

      You disgust and embarrass me.

      slander878 - 2010-12-22 12:26

      @Colourblind ... yes, of course lets rather be "colour blind" and ignore the facts, right? You disgust and embarrass me, clearly room temperature IQ.

      Krush - 2010-12-22 13:05

      And maybe it's time the Wit Baas goes on strike and we stops paying taxes....and that time is coming... goodluck then..

      Krush - 2010-12-22 13:06


  • IceBlaster - 2010-12-22 08:31

    I love how the article says "No act of criminality amongst the delegates was reported to either the metro police or the SAPS." Not the no criminakity took place.

  • MOJ - 2010-12-22 08:42

    JB,How did you come to the conclusion that Western culture/standards were higher?I find it amazing that white people blame the current situation in South Africa on the "black" government and black people always use the excuse that things are the way they are because of apartheid.All we ever do as a nation is look to blame someone else for our problems,someone else must be responsible for this, it can't be us we say.Crime and corruption is a reality,is it not better to stop moaning and find out how we can remedy the situation?Remember,this affects everybody,not only a certain group of people.If you've decided to move to the Americas, Europe or Australia,what happens if there's a terror attack wherever you are?Will you pack your bags and runs off somewhere else?We cannot keep running away from the truth,SA is what it is today because of our interventions/actions,that is both blacks and whites.You can't create a mess and expect someone else to clean it up.Its more comfortable to blame someone else that to blame yourself isn't it?Its time we stopped wagging the finger of blame and take responsibility for our actions,black and white.I wonder what a person from a place like Palestine in the middle east would make of this attitude tha we South Africans have,we are so privilaged and we don't even know it,this is indeed very sad.

      IceBlaster - 2010-12-22 08:58

      Its not 'Black Government' that people are blaming its Incompetent Government. If we could just change it im sure we would, but seeing as only the educated(minority) share this view. I don't see it changing any time soon.

      Dewet - 2010-12-22 14:26

      I agree with you, I just think the people that want to change things for the better feel helpless against the heaped odds. I don't think the majority is in a position to understand politics on a high enough level and they are the ones sitting with the power of the accumalative vote.

      BetterFuture - 2010-12-22 19:10

      Well said MOJ! Guys, we need to work together for a common good to take our country to the next level and stop this destructive blame culture. We are masters of our own destiny...

  • carlokie - 2010-12-22 11:07

    "No act of criminality amongst the delegates was reported to either the metro police or the SAPS." - Damn straight: nothing is on record "R69m budget" + "Delegates reportedly played soccer and kissing games while waiting for sessions to begin" - Did they use golden soccer balls? What the hell is kissing games? "Tleane said Tshwane Emergency Medical Services treated 806 patients during the festival." + "The other 776 were treated at medical tents for minor conditions" - So this went down very well then... I wonder how many injuries were caused by the golden soccer balls. So half of the R69M was for medical supplies then. In a statement on Tuesday, Lungisa branded the festival "a resounding success and we are very happy about that" - Someone is smiling all the way to the bank. Also very important that we have mastered the art of kissing games... more of that, "there is more then just financial gain here" stuff

  • carlokie - 2010-12-22 11:18

    Its too bad that the police missed this:

      Krush - 2010-12-22 13:06

      hahahaha nice one

  • Acs - 2010-12-22 11:41

    Nice That is how you keep them busy during the holidays, No wonder we have less loitering and criminal activity in the provinces and countries during this festival. Where the money went??? We had to pay to get them here else they won't come. As for Michael one question: Literacy have always triumphed over ignorance. Would you entrust your future to an illirate person who cannot read the laws of the country or who lies or who steals? The Defence scandal proofs my point and they were not elected by the Apartheid gov but by the Apart-hate electorate.

  • Willie - 2010-12-22 19:50

    Oh life is getting nicer by the day in SA, if you subscribe to the standards of no standards, or let be as easy easy as possible for us and let us play more while you again stress our rights (please don't say that every right has a responsibility); as being applied by the ANC government and allied institutions

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