Malema supporters arrested at Zuma's lecture

2012-07-10 16:56
Julius Malema (File, Leon Sadiki, City Press)

Julius Malema (File, Leon Sadiki, City Press)

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Chaos at Zuma lecture

2012-07-11 08:43

Protests and violence marred the much anticipated lecture in Limpopo as several ANC supporters were overcome by teargas. Zuma was delivering a memorial lecture on the legacy of Nelson Mandela. WATCH

Polokwane - About eight supporters of expelled ANC Youth League president Julius Malema were arrested outside the venue where President Jacob Zuma would deliver a lecture in Limpopo.

The group, which was singing anti-Zuma songs, was involved in a scuffle with police when league members refused to move from the entrance of Christ Worship House in Thohoyandou on Tuesday.

Zuma was due to deliver a Nelson Mandela Centenary Lecture shortly.

He had not arrived at the venue when the scuffle occurred.

A group of young people who were holding a “Bring Back Malema” banner said they were from the Mopani and Vhembe regions. Vhembe is the host region of Zuma’s lecture.

Among the songs they sang were “shower ya re sokodisa” (shower is giving us problems); “magwala a chechele moraho” (let the cowards move back) and “mmuso wa Zuma re a o phetola” (we’re toppling Zuma’s leadership).

Though the crowd was small in numbers its resistance caused ANC security members to intervene.

A man who identified himself as the party’s security official pleaded with the crowd to follow the police’s instructions: “We will resolve this situation without anybody being arrested.

We are not going to allow anyone to cause the name of the ANC to be dragged in the mud,” he told the Malema-supporting crowd.

He also told police to bear in mind that the lecture was a political event and that different views might be expressed by supporters.

“We can’t be emotional with these guys. We don’t care who they sing about, it’s an ANC event. With everything you do to these people they will approach it in a mob psychology way.”

Zuma’s lecture was scheduled to start at 16:00 but he was said to still be meeting traditional leaders at the time.

The anti-Zuma crowd was growing bigger as more young members arrived.
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