ANC Youth League 'crossed the line'

2011-08-30 16:34

Johannesburg - Additional charges should be brought against the ANC Youth League leadership following the violence on Johannesburg streets on Tuesday, the Umkhonto we Sizwe Military Veterans' Association (MKMVA) said.

Spokesperson Ike Moroe said more charges should be laid against Julius Malema and his colleagues for bringing the ANC into disrepute.

"What happened in the Johannesburg city centre was done in the youth league's name and they should take responsibility," he said.

MKMVA chairperson Kebby Maphatsoe said ANCYL supporters crossed the line by burning a ruling party flag and a T-shirt bearing the face of President Jacob Zuma.

"We are left with no doubt in our mind that those who are involved in this process and burned the ANC flag are carrying out the orders of their masters, who are bent on creating chaos and mayhem, not only within the ANC, but also in our country," Maphatsoe said outside ANC headquarters Luthuli House, in Johannesburg.


"Their actions are clearly meant to divide our community and ultimately the South African society. Their deliberate actions are clearly meant to plant the seeds of a civil war in our country."

The association was gravely concerned and believed the ANCYL leadership was to blame.

Maphatsoe said the processes in the ANC were fair and did not favour anyone.

"The [party's] constitution is made for all its members and no one member or a cohort of membership enjoys exclusion from its rules and regulations... we shall never allow the ANC to be intimidated."

It called on members of the ANC and its alliance partners to rally in defence of the party and its leaders.

"We believe that these public displays of anarchy, orchestrated by the ANC Youth League supporters of Julius Malema and his leadership collectively, have crossed the line."

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  • THE.SRG - 2011-08-30 16:39

    we are faced with war my freinds

      THE.SRG - 2011-08-30 16:50

      Malema said the ANC "will always be there", but "individuals come and go"........they closed the comments on the article that he said this but i detect an undertone of threat towards Zuma here,they will say he was implying himself but we know what his followers will take it as

      Vuzi - 2011-08-30 16:54

      Ja, as long as they only broadcast it after Egoli, and don't fight on weekends. I like to sleep in on weekends.

      Shrike - 2011-08-30 16:55

      The ANC and ANCYL both have brought this Country into disrepute and have made us into the laughing stock of the UN... The ANC is not fit to govern this country.... time to hand over power for a while and let someone else have a go while you rebuild your credibility as an opposition party..... this is what would happen in any other civilized democratic country..... it is also the only way to put a stop to the rampant corruption and halt the gravy train mentality.... We need a functioning government and not a parasytic upper class that drains our resources and squanders them on lavish lifestyles..... Stop voting along racial lines and give this country another chance...... the alternative should be clear to everyone with even half a brain..... the road we are on leads to chaos, poverty and civil unrest!

      Logs01 - 2011-08-30 17:03

      Hate to say it BUT: "I TOLD YOU SO!!!"

  • TBOOZE - 2011-08-30 16:40

    when are these people going to work ?

      Logs01 - 2011-08-30 17:02

      They don't. They are waiting for Malenema to GIVE them SA and wealth on a platter....

  • willieman - 2011-08-30 16:42

    "Their actions are clearly meant to divide our community and ultimately the South African society. Their deliberate actions are clearly meant to plant the seeds of a civil war in our country." Kebby in the last general election you said you will make western cape ungovernable who called you to order.Your selective comments about SA they are seems to me you did not understand what you were fighting for in the past.ANCYL were mentored by you

  • Blap - 2011-08-30 16:43

    The ANC is responsible for getting these people work, y don't they notice any of these thing one could wright a book of.

  • Tooth Fairy - 2011-08-30 16:44

    The problem we face today are because the people who work for a living are outnumbered by the people who vote for a living.

      David - 2011-08-30 16:48

      Really great comment there Tooth Fairy. That is so true.

      Jonathan - 2011-08-30 16:54

      Maybe it should be " 1 jooob, 1 vooote" eish!

      StBad - 2011-08-30 21:36

      Yes Gary! Prof. Voter QBE the new Phd!

  • Vullis - 2011-08-30 16:44

    What Line? There was never a line to begin with, Violence is the order of the day and now that it turns against you, you cry foul!

      Kevin - 2011-08-30 16:54

      Vullis: the "line" that was drawn by the ANC's own CODE OF CONDUCT - these anarchists have not overstepped the line, the JUMPED over it with their big feet in their big mouths. This needs to bring the full disciplinary code into effect against the ENTIRE youth league.

  • Amos Rakgots - 2011-08-30 16:46

    100% In agreement, this should be new / additional charges against the ANCYL, didnt they say before that they will mobilise there members, they are to blaim for the violance...

  • Big Pete - 2011-08-30 16:47

    Ike Moroe and Kebby Maphatsoe are quite right in their statements that the ANCYL should take responsibility - Malema and his goons should be hanged drawn and quartered

  • Sharkbite - 2011-08-30 16:47

    These brats need a hiding of note!

  • Vince York - 2011-08-30 16:59

    And just to imagine, that on not a FEW occasions - if a president on the stage had stood up and publicly admonished (not humiliated) the middle aged kid to show RESPECT to the leader of the Democratic Opposition Party comprising easily 25% Plus of the population and acknowledge that the political parties are NOT ENEMIES regardless of whom is currently elected as servants to the people in government ALL THIS COULD HAVE BEEN AVOIDED. - Admittedly it might have been a bit more difficult for someone who has used similar unethical if not out-rightly illicit means to garner wealth amongst his family in African Despot style - to tell them to stop being criminals, without first having gone to court himself after using political interference to push the course of justice off kilter.

  • Reason - 2011-08-30 17:01

    Yes, they are trying to start a civil war and they are acting on the orders of their master Julius Malema and co. The ANC smiled and patted them on the head when they threatened to create chaos in the Western Cape and make it ungovernable, now the children they have raised and shown the way to deal to deal with issues is using this tool against them - not so nice when you are the target of their irrational hatred is it?

  • Nasdaq7 - 2011-08-30 17:07

    This is how Hitler rose to power. He got away with everything he and his followers did until there was war. Malema must be banned from the ANC permanently because his an ultra-radical like Hitler. Hitler was a right-wing radical while Malema is a left-wing radical. He is going to cause the ANC and SA immense pain in future if he remains in the party. Hitler blamed the Jews and seized their assets without compensation and drove them from Germany. He also tried to overthrow of the government of Czechoslovakia. It didn't happen, so Hitler invaded. He calls for restraint, but also says: "You must know who is the enemy" So he continues with hate speech. This man's head is not right. He should be banned from the ANC. He can't think clearly.

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