#OccupyLuthuliHouse wants to collapse ANC - Tshwane Youth League

2016-09-09 18:05
ANC Youth League Regional Chairperson Lesego Makhubela  (Karabo Ngoepe, News24)

ANC Youth League Regional Chairperson Lesego Makhubela (Karabo Ngoepe, News24)

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Pretoria - The #OccupyLuthuliHouse movement wants to collapse the African National Congress and please their handlers in the process, the ANC Youth League in Tshwane said on Friday.

"The ANCYL has noted with irritation the opportunistic emergence of a group of hypocritical political renegades who sought to lead an insurrection against the ANC for the total collapse of the people's movement," regional chairperson Lesego Makhubela told reporters.

"We are aware that the lead organisers of the movement are the direct beneficiaries of the covetous business elites who are hell-bent on protecting their life of prestige and grand status as backed by white monopoly and international corporate capital."

Members of the ANC this week attempted to occupy the party's headquarters, calling for the resignation of party president Jacob Zuma and his national executive committee. The group included former ANCYL deputy president Ronald Lamola.

They were met by other members of the party and members of the Umkhonto we Sizwe Military Veterans Association.

Challenges

Protestors handed over a memorandum to ANC secretary general Gwede Mantashe, who had to be protected from angry members when he went to receive it.

Makhubela said that, through their "transgressive behaviour", it had become apparent that the movement's course of action was intended to "undermine the democratic ethos that governs the ANC" and "hence they resorted to circumvent the constitutional process to which all members were bound".

He added that, in their attempts to "derail the party", they had spoken untruths and had made "populist calls that fed into a false narrative of an ANC that was dying, whilst contributing to the daily onslaught on the party".

Makhubela said they were not blind to the challenges the party faced, but that there were processes to be followed in addressing them.

"It must also be stated that we are not oblivious of the present challenges that plague the organisation and believe that there are appropriate ways to resolve our structural shortcomings without resorting to sleazy opportunism," he said.

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