Sasco condemns youth riots

2011-08-31 14:08

Johannesburg - The SA Students’ Congress and the Eastern Cape ANC on Wednesday condemned the violent behaviour by ANC Youth League supporters in Johannesburg while their leaders were facing disciplinary charges.

"We are extremely angered by the reported sexual harassment and assault on a female journalist by these hooligans who purport to be ANCYL members," Sasco president Mbulelo Mandlana said outside Luthuli House.

"We call on the ANCYL not just to distance itself but to act decisively against those within its ranks who committed this sexual assault... and those who trashed equipment," he said.

Supporters of youth league president Julius Malema were marching, whistling and blowing vuvuzelas outside the ANC's headquarters on Wednesday.

On Tuesday, rioters trashed Johannesburg's streets on Tuesday and attacked journalists and police officers, several of whom were hit by rocks, while women journalists reported being groped.

The ANC in the Eastern Cape also "strongly condemned the regrettable acts of hooliganism".

"We are utterly dismayed by the burning of the ANC flags, T-shirts and posters bearing the face of the president. We request the NEC [national executive committee] to spare no effort in identifying these culprits and they must face the full might of our disciplinary processes," said provincial spokesperson Mlibo Qoboshiyane in a statement.

Take full responsibility

"It is our view that those who have taken the responsibility to mobilise and bus crowds to gather outside Luthuli House - the leadership of the ANC Youth League - should also take full responsibility for the violence, criminality and ill-discipline that has accompanied these crowds."

On Wednesday, supporters, including some children, were singing and dancing and carrying posters saying, "Hands off our youth league president".

Other placards read: "Juju fever", and: "Juju never said let's bomb Botswana like imperialists from Libya or Iraq".

Besides one who was holding a wooden machine gun and pointing it at the police, no one else could be seen carrying sticks or throwing objects.

Police had set up barbed wire in the streets around Beyers Naude Square.

Journalists stayed behind the barbed wire alongside police officers in riot gear.

Malema urged his supporters on Tuesday afternoon to refrain from attacking the media and police.

On Wednesday, several supporters were wearing T-shirts portraying the face of ousted president Thabo Mbeki, who was removed from office a few months after Zuma became leader of the African National Congress.

Strewn with litter

Stones in the streets had been moved to the sides of the roads around the ANC headquarters at Luthuli House but Beyers Naude Square was still strewn with litter and empty beer bottles.

Police officials said their colleague who was hit by a rock on Tuesday had received stitches in hospital and was back on duty on Wednesday.

Most businesses were open again after closing their doors on Tuesday.

The ANC initially said the hearing would be moved to a different venue, but spokesperson Jackson Mthembu on Wednesday morning said it would continue at Luthuli House.

"The hearing will be held at Luthuli House. However if the situation does not improve from Tuesday, it will be moved to an alternative venue," Mthembu said.

"The national disciplinary committee would make the final decision when or if to move venues."

Malema, league spokesperson Floyd Shivambu, deputy president Ronald Lamola, secretary general Sindiso Magaqa, his deputy Kenetswe Mosenogi, and treasurer general Pule Mabe face charges of bringing the ANC into disrepute and sowing divisions in ANC ranks.

This was after Malema said the ANCYL would send a team to Botswana to consolidate local opposition parties and help bring about regime change, as it believed the government there was "in full co-operation with imperialists" and was undermining the "African agenda".

ANC secretary general Gwede Mantashe said the hearing would continue despite the violence.

Business Day reported that Malema suffered a setback at the start after failing in a bid to have the ANC members conducting the hearing recused.

  • 1gascan - 2011-08-31 14:11

    They don't purport to be ANCYL - they are! The truth really hurts...

      RonJeremy - 2011-08-31 14:22

      Exaclty, these ARE ANCYL members. Breaking things, throwing rocks and bottles, rioting like savages. The ANC should expel them all !!!

      Matt :-) - 2011-08-31 14:38

      Stuff that - just disband the entire ANCYL

      saabnut - 2011-08-31 14:40

      When will anyone in South Africa actually admit that the ANCYL, and even more shockingly, their mother body, have no grasp of the concept of responsibility?

      Johannes Viljoen - 2011-08-31 16:11

      Disband the entire ANCYL you say? Dude if that happens what thn? You think your DA is going to win? Do you think the ANC will loose the next election? I am just glad that the people of SA knows THAT NO OTHER PARTY CAN GOVERN SA, those who hate that fact can pack their bags and fly!!

  • Pieter Cillié - 2011-08-31 14:20

    why didn't they move the venue, us as taxpayer are paying for things destroyed and for every moment that they are there busy with this hearing and its not like we are just buying everybody inside pizza they are getting the best and most expensive. also wasting our police protection on keeping their own supporters away from them.

      Spoedvark - 2011-08-31 15:26

      I have a sneaking suspicion, Pieter, that the Disciplinary Code itself determines that the venue has to be make known to the accused and other party members. I may be completely wrong, but I think this was pointed out to the bigwigs and they, eager NOT to breach the internal rules, had no choice but to stay with Luthuli House. Maybe this is an indication that they are doing it strictly by the book to prevent appeals? I hope so.

      realist - 2011-08-31 16:25

      Let us stop paying taxes.

  • TheMagician - 2011-08-31 14:21

    while i do not condone the bahaviour of these thugs we must address the issue in their heads the impending cloud sawrming towards us which we chose to ignore and that is the economic freedoms that these guys desperately need which they dont have access to e.g. the mines, the farms, the JSE etc.... these young boys need access to this stuff after all these young boys are our future!!!

      minimac - 2011-08-31 14:26

      they can have access, its simple, go to school, study and make a life for yourself. oh yes, and dont vote for a party that spends your eduaction budget on cars and bling.

      Tolerant - 2011-08-31 14:38

      I agree with Minimac, study, then work, then pay for something you want.

      Khanya.McCutha - 2011-08-31 15:01

      Well said minimac, they must go to skul and the`ll access JSE

      Broker - 2011-08-31 15:23

      Not everyone can claim the economic freedom to have access to mines, farms, the JSE etc. You have to work for it and your ethnic background can not provide that freedom, not even if you are not African. How on earth will Juju's policy of nationalisation provide this freedom???

      FM150 - 2011-08-31 15:28

      1-As for the JSE it works on ask and demand! When you give away those shares the value will drop drasticly rendering it "useless" 2-If we nationilize mines, after your "administrators" took more than half of the profit and please note, not "income" and defide that to 30million South-Africans, believe you me, you wont get alot. Besides you going to have to get international outside help to get the damn gold out of the ground anyway! 3-Nationilize the farms? Know a thing called matH? What do you get when productivity falls by x% which results in a (example) increse in prices of 50% for basic foods, but your whealth only increased by say 5%?

      JMsays - 2011-08-31 17:10

      What a strange (ridiculous) thing to say, I'm white and I don't have access to mines, farms, the JSE, what the hell are you on about. Everyone can't have everything. Don't be naive, you have to scrape your own way through live. You work for those things, nobody will give you or me anything, why should they be any different? I think you should grow up and face the real world!

  • RonJeremy - 2011-08-31 14:22

    Exaclty, these ARE ANCYL members. Breaking things, throwing rocks and bottles, rioting like savages. The ANC should expel them all !!! - 2011-08-31 15:10

      you right Ron - BUT then the ANC loses votes and then bribery/corruption will come to an end for many.

  • FranklySpeak - 2011-08-31 14:29

    HAHAHA, SASCO condems the riot, this is the same organisation that trashed the University of the Free State together with the ANCYL less than a month ago.

  • Currie_Mafia - 2011-08-31 14:31

    Ok, enough is enough... A question that must be asked...Where there any White, Coloured or Indian youth involved ?

      Tolerant - 2011-08-31 14:40

      Magician, It sounds more like they (the youths) wants to brake down the country if things don't go theire way.

      Currie_Mafia - 2011-08-31 14:50 you call burning,trashing,harrasment & violence a form of dialogue...C'mon man, this is seriously messed up !

      TheMagician - 2011-08-31 14:53

      guys you are missing the point... these young boys had a voice in Julias Malema and that voice is now under threat... all they are doing is trying to protect their voice....

      FranklySpeak - 2011-08-31 15:01

      Magician, by throwing stones it seems more likely that they are breaking down the country than trying to rebuild it.

      Currie_Mafia - 2011-08-31 15:07

      Magician...but what about all the black people that worked their butts off to get an education & are reaping the rewards of that today ?... Do you honestly believe that Malema has what it takes to become a minister or (eish) president ?

      cerveza - 2011-08-31 15:10

      @Curry_Mafia - Their is at least one coloured in the photo album news24 have of the ANCYL violence, one of the ANCYL spokesmen that talked about the memebers will be there to show support was an Indian lady and the whites were there to photograph the action. Now I have tremendous respect for most of our reporters and photographers but after watching many carte blanche episodes and reading the occasional gossip magazine I am under the impression that cameras make angry people angrier - 2011-08-31 15:12

      Hey Magician - do the magic, just 'disappear'

  • trevor06 - 2011-08-31 14:32

    Celebrity Death match continues this week, on the left corner, we hav Julius 'Juju' malema, and his opponent tonight in the right corner is Jacob 'have a shower' Zuma. Both these presidents use the 'Gather the crowd, and force my way' approach,which seems to work in the past, Oh wait, what is this? Jacob has whipped out his machine gun, and is aiming at julius and fired, Julius has turned into an agent, and Matrix style missed the bullet! Catch us later for an update between Jacob and Julius!

  • Janine - 2011-08-31 14:35

    This is good news - more and more people are getting pi**ed off with Julius!

  • nn.prv - 2011-08-31 14:38

    Yah right ! And they were quite last week when Fort Hare University was trashed .. Sies.

  • Vullis - 2011-08-31 14:38

    oh damn, sexual assault? Im gonna be sick

      cerveza - 2011-08-31 14:46

      @Vullis - just don't vomit on yourself, you don't want to be guilty of idiot assault

  • Ryno Myburgh - 2011-08-31 14:38

    What were the charges against the ANCYL leaders? Bringing the ANC into disrepute and sowing division in the ANC ranks? If these acts do not support these claims, I don't know what more evidence the ANC disciplinary commitee needs.

      Spoedvark - 2011-08-31 15:29

      Jip. I think Juju overreached. By "calming" the rioters yesterday, he also showed that they do listen to him. It will be difficult to argue that he did not instigate the riot if he is manifestly in control of his followers. Slim vang sy baas?

  • vusi22 - 2011-08-31 14:51

    malema have dug his political grave. Goodbye Mr Malema!

  • Mark - 2011-08-31 14:54

    In a followup statement SASCO warned the ANCYL not to 'even consider' encroaching on their turf. "Mindless trashing institutions of higher learning are (sic) our dominions." Declared an unnamed representative.

  • GilbeyJones - 2011-08-31 14:59

    well well...what did you expect...Julius Malema and the ANCYL are nothing but a bunch of uneducated ill disciplined thugs....why has it taken so long for the ANC to realise this ?...maybe they knew it all along but just let it continue while it suited them...yes ANC...these people also represent fast becoming the laughing stock of international politics...its time to disband the ANCYL and start again...expel Malema from the party with the rest of his thugs...maybe they can go work in the circus...Malema would make a good clown...he is one already...its time to act now...if not the ANC will soon be a statistic...of colossal failure...

  • Kev - 2011-08-31 15:00

    Let the ANCYL pay for the clean up and repairs.

  • giorgos.iakovou - 2011-08-31 15:09

    Democracy means from the greek words, Demo = People and - cracy= state or goverment. So Democracy means the Goverment or the State of the People. So the elected Goverment of the ANC is the Goverment of the People of South Africa, and we should all of us to respect it and above all our elected President Hon. Mr. Zuma. Just the youth of ANC should be also be respected by the Goverment as they are a part of the people elected them, and of course their elected leadership and above all their leader Mr. Malema. His intention is just to have a social state looking for social justice, nobody to suffer in south africa, our children to have equal opportunities of health and education. That was the dream of all the people sucrifised their lives during the years of the struggle against aparhide. I think also this is the will of our first President of Democracy in 1994 Mandela, his successor Mr. Mpeki and our current President Mr. Zuma. Malema has also the same will of the ANC. The members of the NEC failed to prepare properly the leadership of the Youth to avoid misunderstandings of the role in ANC. One day in ancient Greece in Athens, one of the most famous philosophers of the world Diogenis was walking in the meddle of agora = maraketplace and a young boy thrown to him a rock on his face. The philosopher asked who is his teacher and when the teacher came closer to Diogenis he blamed him and he gave him one slap. Its not necessary to do the same to our Leaders in ANC, but just

      cerveza - 2011-08-31 15:17

      @giorgos - do not confuse false promises with intention. Communism did not fail because it is a bad system, it failed because no one ever did it, they only talked about that they are doing it. So i myself am a person that look to action and not words and the actions of mr Malema is far from social justice but more of a rightwing dictator, an imperialist and someone does not share wealth with poor, the complete opposite of the promises he makes

  • giorgos.iakovou - 2011-08-31 15:17

    lack of space to complete my previous comments. My proposal to the members of the NEC is to show spirit of reconsiliation. To give instructions to the leadership of the Youth to be carefull and to carry on to work together for a better future of the people of South Africa. The leadership of the youth to be very clear that they are against for any sort of violence. If ANC fails to protect their members and especially some of their elected leaders there will be another poltical party in South Africa like COPE. In ctritical time, ANC managed to protect Mr. Zuma and he became our President. When ANC failed to protect Mr. Mpeki, COPE came up. Me views are very personal. My dream is to give our childnen equal opportunities for health and education. Seraphim kykkotis

  • alan.cargen - 2011-08-31 15:47

    Dont SASCO make bread???

  • NV - 2011-08-31 16:49

    It's only OK if they do it.

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