Malema’s friend feels wrath of Zuma supporters

2012-12-05 14:22

Police responded swiftly to defuse tensions when a crowd tried to pull a friend of Julius Malema, Jossey Buthane, out of his white Mercedes Benz AMG C63.

Earlier today, Zuma supporters sang songs and marched through the streets in support of the president ahead of the Limpopo nominations conference.

When Buthane approached the crowed outside the St Marco Hall where registration took place, in the middle of the road, they stopped his car, banged it with their hands and tried to pull him out of the car.

Police then intervened.

Meanwhile, registration for the ANC’s nomination conference in Limpopo has begun in earnest, amid tight security.

The security personnel include Polokwane’s traffic officials, the police and the ANC’s own security staff.

The process is also being closely monitored by officials from the ANC’s National Executive Committee.

They include Police Minister Nathi Mthethwa, former spy chief Billy Masetlha, deputy higher education minister Sibongile Manana and transport portfolio committee chairperson Ruth Bhengu.

Delegates are being called, region by region, in few numbers and have to pass a security checkpoint before they proceed to the registration table.

As in the failed conference last Friday, President Jacob Zuma’s supporters are in the majority. They are wearing Zuma T-shirts with the words “Comrades, let’s not divide the ANC, 100% Zumantashe”.

When Zuma supporters marched through the streets singing earlier this morning, a few supporters of Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe tried to compete with their Zuma counterparts, but their voices were quickly drowned by songs like uMshini Wami.

Delegates were later requested to remove T-shirts bearing the faces of Zuma and Motlanthe.

The ANC secretary in the province, Soviet Lekganyane, said: “There are no challenges as you can see.

Unfortunately, last week we relied heavily on the police and they withdrew, leaving us exposed. Once the registration is complete, we will proceed to the venue where the nominations will be held.”

He dismissed allegations that the provincial leadership of the ANC wanted to “cook” the whole process by removing anti-Motlanthe branches and delegates from lists.

“This process is being handled by the ANC at a national level. As provincial leaders we are very very far from the process. I can’t do anything without the audited list from the general secretary of the ANC,” said Lekganyane.

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