ANCYL march: Barflies and juice fights

2011-10-27 18:22
Johannesburg - Some ANC Youth League supporters were waiting in a bar in Sandton to join in the organisation's "economic freedom" march on Thursday.

Their fellow marchers still had about a few kilometres to walk from central Johannesburg by 16:00, and hit a brief delay when league president Julius Malema had to intervene in a fight over orange juice.

In Sandton, around 20 supporters sang and toyi-toyied along the pavement on West Street, while holding up fabric imprinted with the face of former president Nelson Mandela.

Others held a placard with the words: "We love Juju - our vision". Juju is Malema's nickname.

People wearing ANCYL T-shirts and berets strolled around, while some sat at a bar near the Johannesburg Stock Exchange (JSE), where marchers wanted to hand over a memorandum.

By 15:30, walkers had reached the Rosebank Zone shopping mall on Oxford Road. Here they were given water and orange juice, which led to scuffles as people pushed and shoved to get to the refreshments. Malema intervened and asked people to stop stealing each others' juice.

Earlier the crowd stopped in Killarney as at least five people suffered from dehydration. After receiving water their spirits revived as they sang and danced their way through Rosebank.

They were led by Malema, who sang and danced for a while before climbing onto a truck. A woman in her 20s in front of the truck carried a placard reading: "Marry me Juju".

Construction workers stopped work to watch the walkers, about 6km from the JSE.

The JSE closes at 17:00, but a woman on the premises told reporters they would wait to receive the memorandum from the ANCYL.

The marchers had set off from Beyers Naude Square at noon, four hours later than planned, apparently due to transport problems.

After handing their document to the JSE, the plan was to walk to Pretoria, about 50km from Johannesburg, where a night vigil was expected to be held.

The group then intended converging on the Union Buildings on Friday.

Read more on:    jse  |  ancyl  |  julius malema  |  johannesburg  |  protests  |  economy  |  politics

Join the conversation! encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.
NEXT ON NEWS24X publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
Comments have been closed for this article.

Inside News24


Prince George the green prince?

Prince Charles hopes his grandson's love of the outdoors will become a passion for the environment.



One man's $1 million vision for an eco Africa
China's air pollution at doomsday levels
Keep food fresher for longer
Hurricanes, earthquakes and floods – What climate change really means for us

Book flights

Compare, Book, Fly


The full moon energy can be quite intense today as your emotions fight against reason. It is important to ground your ideas more

There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.


Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire network.


Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.