ANC members to occupy Luthuli House despite intimidation - protest leader

2016-09-02 17:28
Luthuli House (Picture: Supplied)

Luthuli House (Picture: Supplied)

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Pretoria – ANC members preparing to occupy the party's headquarters in Johannesburg on Monday have said they will proceed with their plan, despite acts of intimidation by ANC Youth League leaders in the capital city on Friday.

"Never in my lifetime have I thought people would be so intolerant that I cannot express my views at a press conference," said Gugu Ndima, who had a microphone taken out of her hands by some leaders of the Youth League.

Ndima had been attempting to share plans for the occupy Luthuli House movement, which is calling for the resignation of both ANC president Jacob Zuma and his national executive committee (NEC).

She said the actions of Tshwane Youth League chairperson Lesego Makhubela, his deputy Ezra Letsoalo and regional secretary Ratshi Mashamba were a demonstration of the deep divisions within the party.

"We are glad this happened in front of the media. They have been exposed publicly for who they are," said Ndima.

The three stormed the briefing, claiming supporters of the occupy movement had no permission to speak under the banner of the ANC.

Catalyst for ANC supporters

They also lashed out at former National Press Club chair Jose Charle, who they claimed was anti-revolutionary for assisting people who did not belong to their movement to bring the ANC to its knees.

The three also took issue with their fellow party members calling for a briefing at the Classique Hotel, claiming the venue was where protests that swept through Pretoria (dubbed Tshwane burning) had been planned.

Ndima said Friday's events, which resulted in police being called, was a catalyst for ANC supporters.

"This is not the end, we are not despondent, we are not discouraged. We believe many will come out in calling on the ANC to take decisive action and calling for the ANC NEC members at Luthuli to resign with immediate effect."

Although Ndima insisted that Monday's sit-in would go off peacefully, Makhubela has already warned that they would be waiting for them at the ANC headquarters.

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