#OccupyLuthuliHouse - ANC calls for restraint

2016-09-05 08:53
A small group of ANC supporters dressed in party colours marches towards Luthuli House. (Lizeka Tandwa, News24)

A small group of ANC supporters dressed in party colours marches towards Luthuli House. (Lizeka Tandwa, News24)

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Johannesburg - The ANC has called for “maximum restraint” as the move to occupy its Luthuli House headquarters goes ahead on Monday morning.

ANC communications head Khusela Sangoni said that any protest should be conducted peacefully.

“We wouldn’t be able to speak on behalf of the leagues but we would want to call on everyone who is coming to Luthuli House today, whether they are coming to defend it or occupy it, to exercise maximum restraint,” she said.

“We would not like to see any provocation what so ever. As the ANC we remain committed to ensuring that this demonstration is peaceful as well as ensuring the grievances that are raised are given the necessary attention,” Sangoni added.

On Friday, Tshwane Youth League chairperson Lesego Makhubela, his deputy Ezra Letsoalo and regional secretary Ratshi Mashamba stormed the occupy movement briefing, claiming supporters of the movement had no permission to speak under the banner of the ANC.

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 Gauteng ANC's provincial executive committee is also discouraging its members from participating in the movement on Monday.  

The PEC instead called on its members to wait for a possible "special national consultative conference". 

One of the organisers, Bonolo Ramokhele previously said the idea is to have a demonstration at the party's head offices, when the president is expected to attend a national working committee meeting.

“We wish to reassure millions of South Africans that as bleak as the situation might be, there are ANC members who are decisively ready to change this trajectory. We refuse to stand silently in our corners and watch this erosion unfold, we refuse to be intimidated and if need be will die to save the ANC.

“The ANC is losing power, its losing society,"  Ramokhele said. 

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