Army won't intervene in ANCYL unrest

2011-08-30 16:34

Cape Town - The army will not intervene in the violence outside the ANC's headquarters in central Johannesburg, Defence and Military Veterans Minister Lindiwe Sisulu said in Cape Town on Tuesday.

"That is a matter for the police," Sisulu told journalists.

"We defend the territorial integrity and sovereignty of the country. That matter we will not entertain at the moment.

"If it is the burning of T-shirts, that is a police matter. And I am certain the police are perfectly competent to will deal with it."

Supporters of ANC Youth League leader Julius Malema pelted the police and journalists with rocks and burned T-shirts with the image of President Jacob Zuma outside Luthuli House on Tuesday morning, where Malema and other ANCYL leaders were due to face a disciplinary hearing.

National youth service

Sisulu said that had plans for a national youth service gone ahead, the riots outside of Luthuli House would "not be happening".

"No it (the national youth service) didn't happen sadly. What we did was try and solicit the support of national executives of various political parties and churches, so we could get the buy-in of the youth into this programme.

"We had anticipated that by now we would have trained about 2 000, and I could assure you this would not be happening if this had gone forward."

The plan was for the service to train young men and women in among others, personal discipline, civic education, patriotism and the necessity of volunteering.

The department, Sisulu said, was "unfortunately" interdicted from going ahead with the plan by civil rights group AfriForum.

"We had to stop until the case was over. The case was thrown out of court and sadly the country has lost out on the opportunity which we could have utilised. However, we still want to appeal to all youth to respond to this.

"It is not a political programme. It is across the board. It is not a boot camp. It works. It is a hard slop, but it works."

AfriForum had argued the SA National Defence Force wanted to use the service to train ANCYL Youth League and Young Communist League members.

  • Blap - 2011-08-30 16:38

    ja jong

      Vullis - 2011-08-30 16:50

      "If it is the burning of T-shirts, that is a police matter. And I am certain the police are perfectly competent to will deal with it." Those lazy bums? I am gonna burn my t-shirt and see how long it takes for the police to get here.

      grod - 2011-08-30 16:59

      Looks like the T shirts were made in China - they burnt so fast..?

  • Tony - 2011-08-30 16:40

    People who throw stones should live in grass houses.

      Vullis - 2011-08-30 16:48

      in 'grass' houses?

      Mnr. Smith - 2011-08-30 16:53

      lol @ Tony ice-cream for Vullis

      grod - 2011-08-30 16:53

      Yebo Bru - easier to burn the vuilis..!

  • Succubus - 2011-08-30 16:42


      Succubus - 2011-08-30 16:46

      I was hoping for a little more entertainment. It's getting boring now.

      Mnr. Smith - 2011-08-30 16:53

      Gunships would have been nice.

  • Shrike - 2011-08-30 16:43

    The ANC is not fit to govern this country....time to hand over power and let someone else have a go while you rebuild your credibility as an opposition party.....this is what would happen in any other civilized democratic country..... Stop voting along racial lines and give this country another chance......the alternative should be clear to everyone with even half a brain.....the road we are on leads to chaos, poverty and civil unrest!

  • Almaki - 2011-08-30 16:43

    Train them in "personal discipline, civic education, patriotism and the necessity of volunteering"? Please help me see how this would make them employable or give them food in their stomachs? Now if she had said they would train them in the basic skills needed for employment...

      voltaire - 2011-08-30 16:48

      Any training in civic-education and patriotism screams breeding hypernationalism. Not good. As you say, skills development would be a much better idea.

  • Tolerant - 2011-08-30 16:44

    We all know you are a "Malema girl". Who is your boss, Malema or Zuma?

  • Schalk - 2011-08-30 16:44

    Yes, teach this mob how to use a gun. Surely that will help a lot (LOL!)

  • Shrike - 2011-08-30 16:44

    Sisulu is correct.... this is not a job for the military.... riot police is plenty for a few hooligans

  • beicime - 2011-08-30 16:45

    What a profound statement of irrelevance. We all now that it's not a job for the army and the army should not get involed in politics and oublic order. It seems that the minister has nothing else to say about an army that is a mess and would be unbale to handle the youth anyway.

  • Grant - 2011-08-30 16:45

    Have a look

  • zulufox - 2011-08-30 16:47

    come on now... since when has the army been involved in such matters... the UK had something worse than this and no calls for the army were made...

      Vullis - 2011-08-30 16:49

      thats the UK this is SA

  • ANDRE - 2011-08-30 16:47

    Yes that is no surprise, she is a supporter of mal lema.

  • philnike - 2011-08-30 16:48

    ANCYL - What a bunch of hooligans !!

      Dmitri - 2011-08-30 16:49

      "We defend the territorial integrity and sovereignty of the country LMFAO

  • Mnr. Smith - 2011-08-30 16:51

    Julius Malema is a bitch, followed by millions of dogs!

  • StBad - 2011-08-30 16:54

    Sadly these are the citizens that you represent... and they're the majority!

  • yucca.nel - 2011-08-30 16:56

    Pity many of these protesters didn't use their vote wisely this year which just makes them look silly.

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