Cops 'won't take nonsense' at ANCYL march

2012-08-30 11:47

Polokwane - Limpopo police are ready for the ANC Youth League protest march in Polokwane on Thursday against the government's intervention in the province.

Brigadier Hangwani Mulaudzi said police were prepared for any eventuality but expected demonstrators to behave.

"We will not take any nonsense, we are prepared and we don't anticipate any problems," he said.

"[We] would like them to behave, if they misbehave, action will be taken against them."

The league is marching against the national intervention team deployed in the province in December last year to take over the running of five departments placed under administration by the Cabinet.

On Wednesday, the ANCYL expressed its belief that the intervention by the Cabinet was meant to subdue the province's independent thinking towards the African National Congress' elective conference held in Mangaung in December.

The ANC and the league in the province were seen as leading the campaign for Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe to stand against President Jacob Zuma's re-election.

Zuma has become unpopular in some quarters in the province since ANCYL president Julius Malema was charged and expelled from the ruling party.

Police and traffic officials started to gather at the SABC park in Polokwane at 10:00, where demonstrators are expected to gather before they proceed to the government offices where the national intervention team is operating.

Traffic is expected to be interrupted when the march starts.

ANCYL spokesperson Nono Mabunda said the league was expecting 3 000 people at the march to the department of education and the office of the premier.

On August 21, the march was postponed when the ANCYL indicated that it would march to the education department to demand answers on the textbook crisis that saw pupils receive textbooks six months into the school year.

The department is headed by ANC provincial deputy chairperson Dickson Masemola.

  • tin.can.501598 - 2012-08-30 12:05

    ANCYL ……Less governance does not result in economic freedom !

  • tom.theunissen.12 - 2012-08-30 12:15

    It will really be interesting to see how these guys behave. The other day in Cape Town they tried to keep it peacefull. So let us see if they can contain themselves. I think they will go out of their way to taunt the police after the Marikana shootings

      grant.hide - 2012-08-30 12:23

      DA should at least give them a gold star for the peaceful march here in cape-town the other day, I mean, really, that was a first.

  • roy.wadhams.1 - 2012-08-30 12:16

    This "march" is only to cover up all the corruption that has taken place since the ANC came into "power" and messed up this region. As long as the ANC rules this country we will have a these type of marches and destruction of property etc as an excuse to plunder and steal

  • allhaleto.theale - 2012-08-30 12:16

    More like the ANCYL want their grubby little hands back on the purse strings......

  • victor.windsor - 2012-08-30 12:19

    Watch out for the rabbit !!!!!!

  • Chaapo - 2012-08-30 12:19

    Just stop the money to the province until there is accountability. The corrupt, incompetent leadership is whipping up the gullible populace into a frenzy by politicizing this in order to ensure that their corruption and incompetence are not fully uncovered and to keep the people in the positions to enable the gravy train to continue.

  • sharon.houghton.984 - 2012-08-30 12:19

    They are just looking for a fight, no other reason, want to make the whole country ungovernable not just Cape Town!! Scary stuff!!

  • dnxumalo2 - 2012-08-30 12:30

    look whos talking...some jun k who skipped crowd control shut up already!

  • paulth81 - 2012-08-30 12:36

    What is it with this cowboy mentality of the SAPS these days I mean statements like "we will not take any nonsense"and "if they do not behave action will be taken against them" like what? they will murder the protesters again. I mean in the midst of this lonmin saga they still use such inflamatory words? If I didnt know better I would think thats the only reason they join the police force,just to carry guns which pathetically proves the stereotype. They really get off from shooting people who are protesting instead of going after hardened and really dangerous criminals, but no they are happy to accept bribes from them. I bet if the protesters greased some palms in the police force they would not have to litterally walk the gauntlet every time they held protests. Such is the state of affairs in SA. Shocking!!!!

      BigChiefPlumbPudding - 2012-08-30 12:51

      What would you prefer? Statements like "you can do whatever you want, we won't intervene"? Or perhaps: "This time we won't shoot when you attack us, we'll just lie down so you can hack us to pieces"? It's good that the SAPS are on record as giving fair warning because we all know only too well from the dismal track record of protests in SA that people don't behave, property is damaged, and on many occasions violence and sometimes murder are common place. You would prefer this?

      Jane - 2012-08-30 13:00

      Paulth81, we very seldom see peaceful protests in this country, it always turns into a toy-toying, tyre burning, looting nightmare. For some reason there is always this mentallity of destroying everything in the path of the march so our SAPS need a no nonsense attitude, how else do you deal with uncivilised hooligans?

      malemaisawanker - 2012-08-30 13:48

      2 words of advice for the cops - LIVE AMMO!

      moi.carla.1980 - 2012-08-30 13:53

      @Paul - "statements like "we will not take any nonsense"and "if they do not behave action will be taken against them" They're the police...what exactly do you expect them to say? Would something along the lines of "we'll just stand and watch while they loot, pillage, destroy public and private property" suit you better?

      paulth81 - 2012-08-31 09:32

      Well I do believe in having rules and the police enforcing them but I feel our South African police have lost their credibility. I am now talking from experience on numerous occasions that police going over the provisions of the law. So I guess what I am saying is that I see a pattern of police harassing people and it is somehow acceptable because they have badges and guns. I think these statements would be palatable if only I had confidence that those police would do their jobs without hidden agendas. Cause at the moment all I see in police is thugs with badges. Do not be quick to oversimplify this especially if you have not experienced police brutality. They are extremely vindictive and corrupt especially if you're not willing to pay them. They always go to these marches with guns blazing to go and avenge their fallen comrades hence I say they are vindictive bustards.I would like only those that just don't comment for the sake of commenting to comment that way I will take you serious. I think a lot of you are quite fickle minded sometimes.

  • phathuchicos - 2012-08-30 12:38

    It's a proven that operates efficiently in a filthy corrupt crime-infested ungovernable environment. Just take a look at what they are planning for organised City of Cape Town and the Limpopo Province that is now starting to recover from tenderpreneurial fever while City of Tshwane is starting to show side-effects of tenderpreneurs and ANC Apple Ipads taste, they sit in Gauteng and do nothing about it. So for ANCYL the more filthy ANC ENCIANT DINOSAURS becomes the better.. seriously growth formula is needed...We can't go on like this if we want to escape from third world wormhole.

      Jane - 2012-08-30 13:02

      Well said!

      brad.herbert.522 - 2012-08-30 14:04

      Nicely said Azanian.

  • nina.ignjatov - 2012-08-30 12:54

    Shot to kill!!! No more nonsense with these stupid protests !!! I am behind the police!

  • Ditantane - 2012-08-30 12:56

    we are doing it peacefully. Done at education now off to premier's office.

      DrGonzoSA - 2012-08-30 12:59

      If you see any rabbits kill them!

      brad.herbert.522 - 2012-08-30 14:03

      If you see any protesters, shoot them!! and leave the poor rabbit out of this

  • josie.russell.10 - 2012-08-30 13:46

    No wonder nothing gets done in this country they are always on marches. Hope they all get their wages docked - oh stupid me these are the uneducated and unemployable - breaks the monotony of the day doing nothing. Maybe YL is buying them all KFC.

      brad.herbert.522 - 2012-08-30 14:09

      Correction Jossie... These are the school kids that skipped school to protest for the ANCYL over issues they have little knowledge over. after months of no schooling due to the lack of textbooks you think they would have some intelligence and remain in school and try catch up. These will be the uneducated and unemployed you refer to. They will form part of the circle of life.. grow up uneducated, will never get a decent job, have babies which they cannot afford to educate.. and so it goes on

  • terrence.sileisi - 2012-08-30 17:50

    typical preposterious ANCLY ''give me'' ''give me''... there is no way pupils shall get marks for free,that must not happen, it is so infra dig to do that.. we won't allow our Education to condescend so low. inane ANCYL

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