ANCYL moves to charge Occupy Luthuli House organisers

2016-09-07 15:01
ANC members have 'defended' Luthuli House. (News24)

ANC members have 'defended' Luthuli House. (News24)

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Johannesburg – The African National Congress Youth League (ANCYL) is verifying the membership those who were part of the Occupy Luthuli House campaign and would then bring charges against them, its president Collen Maine said.

"Their fate will be decided by a disciplinary process, but if it were me, I would have them expelled. Their behaviour is unacceptable," Maine told News24 on the phone.

Members of the ANC attempted to occupy the party's headquarters on Monday, calling for the resignation of president Jacob Zuma and his national executive committee, but they were met by members of uMkhonto weSizwe Military Veterans' Association and the ANCYL, who barred them from getting close to Luthuli House.

ANC secretary general Gwede Mantashe had to be protected from angry members when he went to receive a memorandum of demands from organisers, who included former ANCYL deputy president Ronald Lamola.

Another organiser, secretary Sasa Manganye of the Sefako Makgatho branch in the inner city, told News24 he knew nothing about pending charges.

"I am not aware of any action coming our way. We believe there's nothing wrong with what we did, but if they come after us, we are ready and will deal with it," he said.

Manganye said it would be stupid for the ANC to seek to charge them, rather than engaging with the group over its grievances.

He also said he did not fear the league's president.

"Collen Maine is a nobody, not even a Youth League member."

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