AfriForum withdraws Sisulu interdict

2010-09-11 08:22

Civil-rights organisation AfriForum has withdrawn its application for an interdict against Defence and Military Veterans Minister Lindiwe Sisulu.

“We have spent money preparing for this case and they just went to court to withdraw,” Sisulu’s spokesperson Ndivhuwo Mabaya said yesterday, adding that the ministry would seek ways to recover the money used to prepare its case.

AfriForum withdrew its application before the North Gauteng High Court in Pretoria to interdict the national-service special session yesterday afternoon.

The organisation applied for an urgent interdict to review the decision of the minister to send leaders of various youth organisations for a two-week special programme at Saldanha Navy Base in the Western Cape.

Minister Sisulu and representatives of the ANC Youth League and the Young Communist League announced plans to hold military training camps for youth members in May, shortly after a controversial courtesy visit by youth league president Julius Malema to Zimbabwe in April.

The South African Constitution prohibits the security forces and their members from furthering the interest of any political party.

AfriForum claimed the invitation by Sisulu for certain leaders to attend the special two-week long camp possibly contravened the law.

The programme aimed to afford youth to experience the curriculum and the activities of the soon-to-be introduced national service.

Mabaya said the programme would continue as soon as all logistics and consultation processes were concluded.

Willie Spies, acting as legal representative of AfriForum said they did not withdraw the matter but removed it from the court roll, because the minister in her affidavits gave no answers to questions they filed to her three month ago.

He said AfriForum would contest the disputed court cost.

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