2 arrested after violence at Zuma lecture

2012-02-23 21:47

Johannesburg - Two people have been arrested following violence during President Jacob Zuma's ANC centenary address in Cape Town on Thursday, police said.

"We arrested two people. For now, it's charges of assault. The incident was put under control as quickly as it started," national police spokesperson Colonel Vish Naidoo said.

"There was a commotion which was noticed by our members who were deployed there. As they went to calm it down, they discovered that two people were injured, one of them a journalist."

Several ANCYL members were thrown out of the Good Hope Centre when they started singing during Zuma's speech, SABC radio reported. An SABC cameraman was hit with a chair while filming an anti-Zuma protest outside the venue.

African National Congress spokesperson Jackson Mthembu told the broadcaster the protesters had clearly intended to disrupt Zuma's speech.

Speaking in Johannesburg earlier in the day, Zuma said the ANCYL was not a "spare wheel", but part of the ANC.

It should present ideas to the ANC itself and within ANC structures, and that unless its proposals were accepted by the ANC they were not ANC policy, he said.

On February 16, ANCYL deputy president Ronald Lamola said the league's president Julius Malema would not be removed from his position by anyone other than the structures of the league.

Malema, his spokesperson Floyd Shivambu, league secretary general Sandiso Magaqa, Lamola, and two other league officials were found guilty in November last year of bringing the ANC into disrepute and of sowing division in the party. They were awaiting the outcome of arguments in mitigation and aggravation of their suspensions.

  • John - 2012-02-23 22:06

    Where is the next event of Zuzu? I want to sing 'Umshini Wami' I sugest SABC to start equip the cameraman and jurnalist with helmets and anti-riots gear like CNN war reporters.

  • AyGeewils - 2012-02-23 22:08

    How does a political party survive in government when its youth movement is apposing it? Only when you believe that you will be in power till Christ returns .....

  • mary.kircher - 2012-02-23 22:12

    methinks its time to lose your totally flat "spare wheel" Mr Zuma - ANCYL are a bunch of uneducated peons who have been whipped into a frenzy by your 'once best friend' Malema. ...... just saying ....

      John - 2012-02-24 00:02

      There is no best friends between Pedi and Zulu Malema speech at that time was equivalent of reporting rainy weather conditions when everyone had his umbrella open.

      cwboshoff - 2012-02-24 07:11

      It's President Zuma, mr is for normal people like us... Just saying ... You may not like our president (i'm not too fond of him either), but show some repect for his position, address him correctly when you speak to him directly.

  • Putin the " - 2012-02-23 22:13

    He was happy when Mbeki was disrected by young boys, now its his turn, he should just emrace it.

      John - 2012-02-24 00:08

      "...Disrected by young boys"? ANCYL is not a spare wheel...get this right. Malema being 'untouchable' is not becouse of ANCYL. Please. We've seen this show already.

  • Fiona - 2012-02-23 22:22

    The ANCYL structures and its relationship to the ANC need to be made unequivocally clear. For a long time, the ANCYL refer to themselves as part of the ANC when it suits them and not part of the ANC when it doesn't suit them. The ANC also claims that the ANCYL is a part of the ANC or an independent organisation as it suits the ANC. This enables disruption and opportunism to flourish in the ANCYL and the policy of owning/disowning the ANCYL as convenient has come back to bite the ANC itself. Get off that fence!!!

  • Duncan Thabiso Mphailane - 2012-02-23 22:30

    It is clear! The youth doesn't want shower head. Most ANC academics do not want to be led by this uneducated moron and his friends. Why the hell is he trying so hard to hold on to power? It has been said over and over again that the views expressed by Julius Malema were not his but the youth league's. The policy document of the ANCYL will not just vanish. The next youth league president will just be as vocal as Malema. As long as African youth unemployment is still high, there will always be a very high risk of a black youth revolt. Zuma must just step aside and spend time with his wives.

      heinrich.crouse - 2012-02-23 22:40

      Ya Duncan. Let the YL choose the president. They did such a good job the last time...

      jonosh - 2012-02-23 23:00

      'As long as African youth unemployment is still high, there will always be a very high risk of a black youth revolt.' That's true. But your suggestion that the ANCYL policy document is the champion of youth empowerment, is completely and utterly false. It doesn't take a rocket scientist to figure out that youth unemployment is an issue, so a person like Malema who stands up and declares that truism is stating a blatantly obvious point. Where Malema's rhetoric (and all his current ANCYL cronies) falls short in his proposed solution to the problem. It's incredibly juvenile (but we can't expect much more from the ANCYL) to talk on and on about an obvious problem and propose stupid, half-baked, unfounded, short-sighted solutions (basically the ANCYL policy document). I spend my life amongst our nations impoverished youth (black & coloured) and I can categorically tell you that nationalisation will mean the sum total of bugger all for them - but a lot of fancy cars for the ANCYL leaders. I can also tell you with complete assurance that our education system is appalling, and it fails those who need it the most - the poor. We have 1 million young people who enter a post-school void every year. We need better education, we need better entrepreneur empowerment, we need better access to further education, we need more apprenticeships. I'm not a big ANC fan, but I'm impressed by a number of new initiatives they have created to resolve those issues under the tenure of JZ!

      Zipho Ka Nomafu Myaluza - 2012-02-24 00:35

      @Duncan, u do seem like an angry little man,my free advice:take a chill pill,Zuma is your president,uneducated and all,u are seriously going to give yourself a heart attack,Zuma is doing one right thing that makes many south africans happy, he getting rid of Juju,and for that and only my friend, he deserves a Bells

  • nspaynter - 2012-02-23 22:40

    Unfortunately this is typical ANC behaviour! I remember some time back I went to hear Chief Buthelezi speak in the Stellenbosch Town Hall. It was disrupted by the ANC. They yell democracy but they don't act democracy.

  • Ntuthuko - 2012-02-23 23:11

    Well lets all remember that eh, eh the Bishop was unhappy last year and eh, eh, he was going to pray. Well eh, eh its seems eh, eh as if eh,eh the lords has started acting on the Bishops request. Hey mister Prez, eh, eh might not eh, eh be the bad idea eh,eh to ask for forgiveness from the Bishop and eh, eh, he will pray for your party to rule until christ returns.

  • AG.Mogotsi - 2012-02-24 07:11

    when are we going to be civil, barbarians?

  • Welile Nokuthula Ndlovu - 2012-02-24 07:29

    If you fail to respect others then it means you failing to respect yourself and worse of all our countries President, gave him a break people his term is about to be over and am sure he aint planning to stay on another term so the behaviour that we showing is the one thats gonna bring the ANC down, if you dont like the President dont put the party name in mud. I dont like the Dude but i respect him as he's the chosen one for our party.

  • Jennifer - 2012-02-24 08:54

    Pass the popcorn :D much reaping of what was sown going on here the cracks are getting harder to hide

  • Silver - 2012-02-24 09:30

    You reap what you sow Mr President... Your egocentric comrades who believe the world owes them something and they are above the law don't really set a very good example to our youth now do they?.

  • Hamel - 2012-02-24 12:42

    the youth are revolting

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