Robust and productive – Occupy Luthuli House on meeting ANC leadership

2016-09-13 23:10
(Jeanette Chabalala, News24)

(Jeanette Chabalala, News24)

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Johannesburg - A meeting with ANC leaders was robust, fruitful and brought the promise of further engagement, said organisers of the Occupy Luthuli House campaign on Tuesday.

"It was a very open, frank and robust sitting. We spoke about the demands that were in the memorandum," said one of the organisers, Bonolo Ramokhele.

Five members of the group met with ANC secretary general Gwede Mantashe and national spokesperson Zizi Kodwa at the party's headquarters to discuss their calls for the immediate resignation of party president Jacob Zuma and his national executive committee.

Members of Occupy Luthuli House were met by police, security officials and angry members of the ANC Youth League and uMkhonto weSizwe Military Veterans' Association who had gathered to defend the ANC's headquarters from the group.

Ramokhele told News24 their memorandum was taken seriously by their leaders, who discussed it with them for more than three hours.

"The demands were taken as legitimate concerns, but in terms of validity that will be tested through continuous engagement with the structures of the movement," he said.

Not a word on disciplinary proceedings

Mantashe is said to have also added other issues to the meeting's agenda, including the party's decline in support during the 2016 municipal elections as well as possible ways to fix the dilemma.

Ramokhele said issues around disciplinary proceedings never came up and that their attempt to occupy Luthuli House was spoken of in a joking manner at the start of the meeting.

"It never came up, maybe they forgot because disciplinary action did not even feature in our meeting. We had frank and fruitful discussions over our memorandum of demands."

Attempts to reach the ANC's Zizi Kodwa were unsuccessful but the party confirmed the meeting on Monday.

Meanwhile the Occupy Luthuli House group has said it would hold a media briefing soon to provide an update on developments.

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