Cosas slams violent ANCYL supporters

2011-09-03 16:01

Student organisations have come out strongly against the violent behaviour of ANC Youth League (ANCYL) supporters at the disciplinary hearing of Julius Malema on Tuesday.

Bongani Mani, Congress of South African Students (Cosas) president, and South African Students Congress secretary-general Lazola Ndamase want the league’s president, Malema, and his executive leadership to take tough action against the rioters.

Mani said the league’s leadership must take full responsibility for the chaos unleashed by the protesters.

“We’re not afraid of them (Malema and the youth league’s executive leadership). They’re not indispensable,” Mani told journalists outside Luthuli House on Tuesday.

Ndamase said the youth league leadership must act decisively against chaotic protesters.

“They need not be pressurised. They have to find it in their hearts to do the right thing,” he said.

He called on the ANC to act against the rioters. He condemned attacks on journalists, whom he described as the
“working class”.

“Intimidation can’t be used as a basis to get your point across,” he said.

He refused to say whether league supporters protesting against an ANC disciplinary hearing was justified.

But Mani said: “Our belief is that it (the hearing) is an ANC internal process and we must respect that.”

He said Malema’s lack of discipline had led to Cosas backing Lebogang Maile for the league’s presidency in June.

Cosas has acted against members who “marshalled out” schoolchildren from classes in Soweto to support Malema outside Luthuli House.

Cosas’ Gauteng executive committee has been disbanded with immediate effect.

“How are the internal processes of the ANC related to education issues?” Mani asked.

“Those who forced pupils out of their classes are not stable in their heads.”

He said disciplinary action would be taken against pupils caught on camera wreaking havoc.

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