Occupation of Luthuli House planned to demand Zuma's resignation

2016-08-27 13:10
Luthuli House (Picture: Supplied)

Luthuli House (Picture: Supplied)

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Johannesburg - While the leadership of the ANC embarks on a tour of branches across the country in search of answers for the party's decline in support in the municipal elections ordinary members are calling for the occupation of the party's national headquarters Luthuli House to demand President Jacob Zuma and the ANC's National Executive Committee's resignations. 

One of the organisers, Bonolo Ramokhele, has said the idea is to have a demonstration at the party's head offices on September 5 when the president is expected to attend a National Working Committee meeting. Previously he had been part of attempts to demonstrate outside an NEC meeting following state capture claims by deputy finance minister Mcebisi Jonas.

“The difference, this time, is that young people have become unified in an attempt to voice their concerns. The loss of the metros has also worked in our favour in that patronage is no longer a factor,” he said.

He said several meetings have been held and that organisers are expecting much more support than when they first demonstrated outside an NEC meeting earlier this year.

Bring back Mbeki, Motlanthe

Several other demands are listed in a memorandum that is doing the rounds on social media, including a call for stalwarts of the party to form a task team that will help steer it towards a special elective conference where new leadership will be elected.

“There is no problem with comrades like (Thabo) Mbeki, Kgalema (Motlanthe), Dennis Goldberg, Ahmed Kathrada and Winnie Mandela taking us forward. I mean, Mbeki started a country in South Sudan. They are definitely more capable than the current crop of leaders to steer us in the right direction,” Ramokhele said.

The ANC's NEC resolved to take collective responsibility following an overall decline in the party's performance in the local polls. It also lost control of three metros, including the capital Tshwane.

There have been growing calls for a special elective conference, with the party's Youth League spearheading the idea. 

The organisers of the occupation say in a statement they will not let the current crop of leaders take the party to the conference.

"The current NEC has lost credibility and any conference they will convene will never produce leaders who will rescue the ANC. It will be different faces with the same agenda to collapse the ANC," it read.

Those behind Operation Occupy Luthuli House also demand that the University Fees Commission be disbanded claiming that its mandate undermined ANC conference resolutions. 

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