No apology from ANCYL

2017-04-16 06:00
Thanduxolo Sabelo

Thanduxolo Sabelo

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Instead of tendering an apology, the ANC Youth League in KwaZulu-Natal wants to meet the hosts of last Sunday’s memorial for ANC stalwart Ahmed Kathrada to find a “solution’’ to the disruptions of the event by its supporters.

The request for a meeting with the leaders of the Active Citizens’ Movement was announced by the youth league’s Thanduxolo Sabelo yesterday afternoon in response to a letter of demand for an apology issued by the citizens’ movement this week.

The youth league had also been ordered by the ANC to apologise, with ANC KwaZulu-Natal chairperson Sihle Zikalala placing them on terms at the end of the memorial, at which former finance minister Pravin Gordhan and ANC treasurer-general Zweli Mkhize were heckled.

Sabelo said that the league had written to the citizens’ movement “with the intention of finding a lasting solution to this matter that has been the subject of much public attention”.

He said the judge handling the high court application by the citizens’ movement to interdict the league from attending had suggested “negotiation rather than litigation”.

“Instead of going back to court, the league has sought a meeting with the organisers in order to reach an amicable solution,” he said.

Sabelo said the youth league was confident they could find a lasting solution that would “reasonably satisfy” both parties.

Spokesperson for the citizens’ league, Yashica Padia, said she was not aware of the new meeting request.

The organisation had earlier in the week turned down an initial overture from the youth league for a sit-down, instead insisting on an apology, failing which they would go back to the High Court to secure a contempt order against the league.

ANC KwaZulu-Natal secretary Super Zuma said they had suggested that the two parties meet to try to resolve the issue.

“I can’t claim to speak on behalf of the youth league, but we will try to bring the two together and have a discussion and see how [we can] manage these things.”

Zuma said Zikalala had apologised to the Kathrada family and the organisers on behalf of the ANC.

Zuma said they would first meet with the youth league leadership and then decide what course of action to take.

At this stage it was impossible to identify “who did what” and any action would have to take place after the meeting with the league leadership.

"They need to go to the polls"

Meanwhile, the head of the Umkhonto weSizwe Military Veterans’ Association (MKMVA) in KwaZulu-Natal, Themba Mavundla, has backtracked on a statement that its members would not accept a vote of no confidence in the head of state in the National Assembly.

Asked yesterday if it still stood by the position with the vote being postponed, Mavundla said: “The issue is not one of accepting the outcome of the vote or not.

"The issue is that MPs who are deployed by the ANC to Parliament have to abide by its resolutions. They are the representatives of the ANC. What they need to do is that which the ANC instructs them to do.”

“Something in Parliament won’t change that ... they need to go to the polls [to recall the president],” he said.

Mavundla said he was “very satisfied’’ with the conduct of the 600 combat-ready MKMVA members sent to defend Luthuli House during the protest march against the president in Johannesburg.

MKMVA members had “rescued” DA members who had gone to Luthuli and “found themselves face to face with the youth league”.

“I’m telling you, if we had not been there, those guys would have been history,” Mavundla said.

He said the camouflaged MKMVA members had also intervened in clashes between the police and the youth league who were “all over each other”.

“We brought about tranquillity. I am happy with the decision we took to go there,” Mavundla, the head of the KwaZulu-Natal department of public safety, said.

Mavundla has repeatedly declined to discuss the apparent contraction between his role as a civil servant and heading the former liberation military structure at the same time.

He said the MKMVA members at Luthuli House were either veterans of the underground forces or Self Defence Unit members trained in the townships in 1992 and 1993.

“They are younger than me, yes, but they were trained,” he said.

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