Crowds gather outside Luthuli House

2011-08-31 13:36
Johannesburg - ANC Youth League supporters were gathering in Johannesburg on Wednesday where their top leaders are facing disciplinary charges brought against them by the ruling party.

Supporters, including some children, were singing and dancing and carrying posters saying, "Hands off our youth league president", referring to Julius Malema who has been charged alongside five other youth league leaders.

Other placards read: "Juju fever", and: "Juju never said let's bomb Botswana like imperialists from Libya or Iraq".

Besides one who was holding a wooden machine gun and pointing it at the police, no one else could be seen carrying sticks or throwing objects as supporters did on Tuesday.

Barbed wire

Police had set up barbed wire in the street next to Beyers Naude Square.

Journalists, who came under attack on Tuesday, stayed behind the barbed wire alongside police officers in riot gear.

There was no sign of the violence on Tuesday, when broken bricks were hurled at journalists and police officers and pictures of President Jacob Zuma and ANC flags were set alight.

Malema had told his supporters on Tuesday afternoon to refrain from attacking the media and police.

On Wednesday, several supporters were wearing T-shirts portraying the face of ousted president Thabo Mbeki, who was removed from office a few months after Zuma became leader of the ANC.

Rocks in the streets had been moved to the sides of the roads around the ANC headquarters at Luthuli House but Beyers Naude Square was still strewn with litter and empty beer bottles.

Most businesses were open after closing their doors on Tuesday when Malema supporters became violent. At least seven journalists were hit by rocks, according to various reports on Wednesday.

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