This is like the lead-up to Marikana - Ronald Lamola on #OccupyLuthuliHouse

2016-09-05 11:30
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Johannesburg - Former Youth League deputy president Ronald Lamola has likened the heavy police presence outside ANC headquarters in response to the #OccupyLuthuliHouse protest to events that led up to the Marikana killings in 2012.

"[It's shocking that] the ANC would allow the serious kind of abuse of state power and security, because those were the kinds of scenes seen before people were massacred in Marikana," he said.

Lamola is part of a handful of supporters behind the #OccupyLuthuliHouse campaign, which is calling for the immediate resignation of ANC president Jacob Zuma and his national executive committee. They claim the NEC has failed to hold the party's president to account.

The attempt to occupy ANC headquarters has been met with a strong show of force, with water tankers, nyalas and public order police on scene.

The ANC's own Umkhonto we Sizwe Military Veterans Association (MKMVA) has come out in numbers, along with the Women's League and Youth League, who claim they are defending the ANC.

Lamola also expressed disappointment in the Women's League for labelling those who were behind the occupy movement as "cowards".  

"[It is] shocking that such a statement can come from our mothers - we are risking our lives, we are risking issues of employment. Some have been threatened with economic sanctions and harassment, so how do you call such people cowards," Lamola asked.

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