Malema complains over ‘intimidation’

2011-10-24 14:25

State institutions are being used to intimidate people wanting to join the ANC Youth League’s economic freedom marches, league president Julius Malema said today.

“Innocent people are being threatened. Since when do state institutions intimidate people who have different political views?” Malema asked at a media briefing in Joburg.

He said bus companies had had to pull out of the march because they were being told that their contracts would be terminated if they transported protesters.

Malema said the league had met with ANC leaders to discuss the march.

“Some people who think they are more ANC than the ANC leadership are saying we are marching to undermine the ANC,” Malema said.

“The leadership doesn’t see it like that and they say that nothing is wrong with the march as long as it is successful and peaceful.”

Malema said that ANC leadership had accepted the league’s explanations.

The league expected 5 000 people to participate in the march, he said.

There would also be 1 000 youth league marshals, 500 police and private security company members to ensure the march was peaceful.

“The ANC leadership told us to look out for agent provocateurs. We might be infiltrated by people with ill intentions.”

Malema said the league had been told to pay the Johannesburg and Pretoria municipalities R1 million each.

“We will not pay to march. We have provided all the applications. If there is an uprising, people don’t apply for permission,” he said.

“Our demands are clear. We have no aim of bringing down the government. [This] is a popular government... We are rising to raise our concerns with them.”

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