ANCYL: Charge Wa Afrika with treason

2010-08-16 13:42

Johannesburg - Sunday Times journalist Mzilikazi wa Afrika should be charged with high treason as he is a threat to national security, the ANC Youth League in Mpumalanga said on Monday.

"There is no huge difference between the offence allegedly committed by Wa Afrika and that of the Boeremag, the only difference is that the latter wanted to overthrow the state by violent means while Wa Afrika wanted to do so through peddling lies," provincial spokesperson Ronald Ozzy Lamola said.

He was referring to the actions of the right-wing Boeremag organisation, who were allegedly responsible for planting bombs in Soweto in 2002.

Lamola said Wa Afrika had undermined security in the presidency and the Mpumalanga premier's office, which was a direct attack on the State and its people. He called on the National Prosecuting Authority to charge Wa Afrika with treason.

"It (the arrest) is a move in the right direction to uproot the cancer of brown envelope journalism that is compromising the integrity of hard working journalists who follow the proper ethics of the journalism profession," he said.

Urged to attend court appearance

The league held its Provincial Executive Committee meeting in Nelspruit on Sunday, where Wa Afrika's case, among other issues, was discussed.

Lamola called on Youth League members to attend the Wa Afrika's next court appearance on November 8 at the Nelspruit Regional Court, saying that offences like his would further strengthen the ruling party's case for a media tribunal.

The PEC also discussed the issue of the nationalisation of mines and the current wage negotiations of public servants.

Lamola said the league supported the demands for an 8.6% wage increase and R1 000 housing allowance by the workers.

"Our support is based on the fact that the low salaries our parents are earning as public servants affect our education and economic position.

"We start from a negative side in life because of the poverty of our parents," Lamola said.

  • E.Nuff - 2010-08-16 13:47

    Hehe! This is such a funny viewpoint! It must be April Fools day! C'mon! You're not going to get anyone to fall for that! Hehe!

  • Juan - 2010-08-16 13:47

    People who can't even pass woodwork shouldn't comment on grown-up issues such as 'treason'.

  • ANCYL SUCKS! - 2010-08-16 13:49

    You are such a huge bunch of arseholes. Malema and his monkeys!

  • Concerned - 2010-08-16 13:49

    "A threat to national security" - So is Julius Malema!

  • Cuba - 2010-08-16 13:50

    Good God, is there no one that isn't retarded in the Youth League?

  • TheOne - 2010-08-16 13:51

    The only people commiting treason against the country is the ANCYL iteslef. There is a difference between treason against the country and reporting suspisions against the ANC memebrs, which, IS NOT THE COUNTRY. The ANC is a political organisation trying every dirty trick to gain full and total control of the COUNTRY. A sick political party trying to infect the entire country.

  • Jokers - 2010-08-16 13:54

    Wa Afrika's arrest was nothing more than another example of corrupt ANC officials using their influence and connections for their own gains. It was a joke, just like the ANCYL is a joke. Go back to school comrade, go read books about what treason is. Don't come talk about things you don't understand.

  • mikeh - 2010-08-16 13:54

    Is that not amazing!! The ANCYL know that he is guilty before the trial even starts. Why waste all that money on court cases when the ANCYL knows whether people are guilty or not?

  • cbr - 2010-08-16 13:55

    I hear the words from Justin Timberlake loud and clear, "Cry me a riiiiiveeeeerr!". Dry your eyes, ANCYL.

  • edmead - 2010-08-16 13:55

    you kids need your heads examined. i do know most of you will only have fresh air between your ears. that man is a honest reporter and knows his job well. one thing all of you hate is the truth.

  • Jaco - 2010-08-16 13:56

    Yes dear Ronald and you should be charged with being an idiot and an embarresment to the country

  • Maxi - 2010-08-16 13:56

    RSA needs Wa Afrika more than we need MP ANCYL. It is too early to judge him. Dont jump to conclusion. We are tired of your corruption, afterall MP is butcher-province. I respect the journalist than the politician (they are liars)

  • Go work - 2010-08-16 13:56

    "the low salaries our parents are earning as public servants affect our education and economic position"

    Your education is free, and you're old enough to go find a job for yourself and put yourself through a couple of night classes, just like my parents did. Stop sponging off your parents, grow up. And when you start paying your taxes, you might feel differently about these crazy wage increases.

  • The Truth - 2010-08-16 13:56

    Hurts when the truth comes out. The whole world is saying the ANC is in the wrong, yet they try justify it.

  • Gorilla - 2010-08-16 13:57

    The ANCYL should be told quite plainly that they are probably one of the major threats facing the future of this country. They are keeping foreign investment out, and making people who are undecided about their future in SA decide - and they don't decide positively for SA. There is no place for the ANCYL in south africa, they do nothing but cause friction and animosity.

  • Nosipho Mazibuko - 2010-08-16 13:57

    Its great to be ignorant because you can blow a lot of hot air. Wa Afrika wants to overthrow the governement by pendling lies - which lies did he penddle ? Who is pendling lies Mzilikazi or the ANCYL ? I think the Swazi govenment would like people like the ANCYL, they both hate the truth.

  • Dee - 2010-08-16 13:58

    The ANC and the ANCYL seem to have no clue that what they are trying to do (muzzle the media) is PRECISELY what the apartheid regime did. So are they wanting the world to look upon them as merely an extension of the apartheid rulings? Everywhere in the world you have, at one time or another, media articles that complain and have a go at the government. Do they attempt to gag the journalists? NO! Why? Because the countries are ruled by intelligent, educated politicians who realise that being in the government of a country comes with its down side. It can be likened to a child who runs to a parent complaining that "so-and-so" said something bad. The parent then forbids the child to play with that person, effectively muzzling the apparent offender and teaching the child not to face up to this sort of problem but rather to find a way to run away from it. I never thought I would see the day that serious discussions would go on about muzzling the media. Overseas colleagues keep asking me if this is some sort of joke. Joke, right. If only.

  • pissed off - 2010-08-16 14:01

    I got a better idea, how about the NPA charge the whole ANCYL for lacking common sense?

  • webb - 2010-08-16 14:01

    Ah - the ANCYL, that bastion of civil liberties and moral judgement, whose own leader is preaching the ills of polititians who have enriched themselves whilst being involved in multi-million rand tender deals himself. what a joke - just another verbal diatribe from a morally bank-krupt, inept and corrupt organisation whose self enrichment is their guiding light.

  • Don - 2010-08-16 14:01

    What do these little thugs know about media reporting anyway, it makes me sick how they have got something to say about everything, everything except their badly run, thieving organisation of 30 plus 'youths'

  • Serious? - 2010-08-16 14:01

    So the youth wants their parents to earn more for better education opportunities? That's great! Guess what, the media wants you to have exactly that! That's why they're exposing corrupt leaders, so that you benefit from the government's money and not fat cats. You should support media freedom, not oppose it... YES, it's that simple!

  • JC - 2010-08-16 14:02

    Funny that the pikinin league was not pressing for treason charges when Jackie Selebi showed top secret documents to all his pals, and classified recordings relating to Zuma appeared (as yet untested in ANY court of law), to magically exonerate him. Nothing like good old double standards.

  • Paul - 2010-08-16 14:03

    Have the youth league completely lost their minds.

  • subversive - 2010-08-16 14:04

    Funny, so far the ONLY evidence we have seen of "brown envelope" journalism was ANC W Cape premier Ebrahim Rassool paying journalists to publish lies making him look good. These African National Party kindergarten clowns are at least speaking the truth with this call, contrary to their ASNP bosses who say we have nothing to worry about with the sudden onslaught against the press. Welcome back to the 1980s! And the ANP takes another step closer to the fascist crew it overthrew. And like the last gang of thugs, this lot won't succeed either. Aluta Continua!

  • GT - 2010-08-16 14:06

    Tell the ANC to stop paying bribes to journalists first, and stop rewarding corrupt politicians with posts to the USA

  • hmm - 2010-08-16 14:06

    Their parents are poor because its difficult to look after a number of children if you can't even take proper care of yourself without the taxpayer's support providing subsidized services to the masses.
    My parents barely managed to put food on the table thanks to the ANC's racist policies, if they had 1 more child I would started on the negative side in life and would not have been able to immigrate with a professional qualification. 40 million people looking at 4 million people to change their lives are living in 16 years of denial.
    The solution to poverty is not redistributing wealth, it is creating wealth by getting rid of restrictive legislation. South African can follow proven economic models but instead are reverting to the state the rest of Africa and the 3rd world finds itself in.
    Sharing wealth, not rewarding those who work for it and rewarding those who don't doesn't work in the long term. If you redistribute the wealth of South Africa (GDP per capita and perfect Gini) we will still be poor and we will lose all productive citizens in the process. There simply is too many people and not enough resources. Fast population growth without an increase in sustainable economic progress has caused this poverty, along with the lack of strong leadership in historical homelands.
    The ANCYL leaders are setting themselves up to rape the resources of this country without conscience, like Mugabe and other African dictatorships.
    Since the ANC took control the average life expectancy of individuals have fallen to 49 years down from 64. This means the free masses are paying for their freedom with their lives. Does "freedom" benefit everyone if you can't stay alive to enjoy it?
    The ANC is destroying the country and they are too proud, too greedy, too arrogant to realise it.
    Furthermore the South African democracy is in such a state that parallels can be drawn to countries where genocides have taken place. The result of genocide is abject poverty and famine. I can only hope people like Malema prove me wrong and themselves as humble, intelligent and wise.
    It is time to listen to people who are more educated and smarter than screaming masses dancing for handouts.

  • Tonsil - 2010-08-16 14:07

    ANCYL - Empty vessels make the loudest noise

  • DeonL - 2010-08-16 14:07

    It is debatable if Salaries of Public workers are so low, when you compare them to for example private school teachers. The middle class will also be as poor as the poorest of the poor as they some times spent a lot more than they earn, that is how they get to a "negative side" and Poor! They are just stupid!

  • Andrew - 2010-08-16 14:07


  • GOB SMACKED - 2010-08-16 14:08

    YOU HAVE TO BE KIDDING... doesnt match your agenda so automatically "TREASON"... and so the PROPOGAND MACHINE WORKS YET AGAIN!!

  • Grant - 2010-08-16 14:08

    Why do you print the opinions of these morons ?

  • DanMan - 2010-08-16 14:09

    last time I checked... you can't classify a person as a threat to national security - you'd have to list and explain why certain acts he committed constituted treason.

    In the South African constitution (among others), the only time freedom of speech and of the press may border on treason is when the country is during a state of war when classified information is leaked. Look it up.

    I find it disturbing that the ANCYL is yet again encouraging its members to choose cheerleading at a court case over furthering their education by attending school.

    I wonder who the administration will blame over the next generation of failing learners seeing as we've already blamed outcomes based education for the last lot

  • Lamola a prize wanker! - 2010-08-16 14:11

    Of course you will side with those that butter your paycheck! And fight those that correctly highlight the failures of malenema - your useless 'leader'. Hopefully no-one listens to your sorry lot.

  • david - 2010-08-16 14:12

    Is there somebody who could help these idiot?
    Do we really have to share a country with them?

  • Brandon - 2010-08-16 14:12

    Ag ja, that's an attention seeking comment if ever there was one. Go play now.

  • b. noone - 2010-08-16 14:12

    Lamola needs to wipe his mouth with toilet paper what crap

  • BoB - 2010-08-16 14:12

    If there was ever any doubt why the ANC wants a media tribunal, here it is: it is high treason to investigate corrupt dealings.

  • daveB - 2010-08-16 14:12

    What an idiot. He is a journalist, if he is lying then he should go to court and prove his innocence. Your party is behaving like the apartheid government trying to muzzle the media.

  • Brenton - 2010-08-16 14:14

    Who cares what the ANCYL thinks? Does anyone know what their function is?

  • Joker - 2010-08-16 14:15

    Ozzy, this is Criminal Law 101: The definition of high treason is: "A person commits high treason if, owing allegiance to the RSA, he/she unlawfully engages in conduct within or outside the Republic, with the intention of (a) overthrowing the government of the Republic; (b) coercing the governement by violence into any action or inaction;(c) violating, threatening or endangering the existence, independence or security of the Republic; or (d) changing the constitutional structure of the Republic." See if you, clever youthful man that you are, could fit the journalist's alleged conduct somewhere in there that it makes sense in law. And by the way, good luck with your effort. Should be entertaining to read!

  • Thabo - 2010-08-16 14:16

    Can the ANCYL ever shut up? What's wrong in receiving information?

  • VivA VivA NothinG - 2010-08-16 14:17

    A good start would be to improve education from governments side...XXX XX XXXXXX XX'X XXXXXX XXXXXXX XXXX'X XXXXX... I censored my last opinion before someone sends me to jail.

  • hmm - 2010-08-16 14:19

    Inciting genocide, like a public call to action: "Kill the Boer, Kill the Farmer" should be punished as treason.

  • Anon - 2010-08-16 14:22

    HA HA HA! oh wow...

  • Barry - 2010-08-16 14:22

    Paul. What minds. Their utterances are those of zombies who's brains have been replaced with stones.

  • Cygnus X1 - 2010-08-16 14:23

    "Ozzy" Lamola??? The Prince of Darkness?? No cannot be! Lamola take a ride in a very fast, unroadworthy taxi driven by brother from the "negative side of life"...

  • Phillo - 2010-08-16 14:24

    Man but these ANCYL guys are really so without functioning brain cells, much like their older counterparts schooled in idiotism

  • Shadong - 2010-08-16 14:24

    Hmmmm "High treason"...."Threat to national security"...heard it all before: Nazi regime, Stalin's Russia, Apartheid regime. This is just using this case to promote their political agenda of muzzling the using the toilets scandal to undermine the DA.

  • Lujar - 2010-08-16 14:24

    Ther were killings in Mpumalanga recently and people were identifiued, none of these idiots uttered any word because they are drinking the same blood, now that a Journalist has whistle blowed they want to take the attention away from the real cause into a personal vandetor. Fools!!!

  • jannie - 2010-08-16 14:26

    I think I broke my arm from falling off the chair laughing after reading the article. Oh goodness, the ANCYL should become comedians.