ANC to discipline Zuma hecklers

2012-04-23 16:01

Cape Town - Six ANC Youth League members who disrupted President Jacob Zuma during a memorial lecture in February will face internal disciplinary action, the ANC in the Western Cape said on Monday.

"The disciplinary committee has already begun its process of notifying them that disciplinary steps are being taken against them," African National Congress provincial secretary Songezo Mjongile said.

He said the six, who were ANCYL members, would be disciplined under the ANC constitution. They face charges of bringing the party into disrepute, acting in a manner which was unbecoming, and insulting Zuma.

Zuma was speaking at the Good Hope Centre in Cape Town on the night of February 23 when he was heckled.

Fistfights broke out and chairs were thrown. One of those injured in the ruckus was SABC cameraman Rudi le Roux, who had to have stitches to his left eye.

Two of the six people identified by the provincial party were facing criminal charges of public violence. Sibusiso Nkomiyahlaba, 25, of Crossroads, and Siviwe Gxothiwe, 27, of Khayelitsha, were out on bail of R500 and would appear in the Cape Town Magistrate's Court on May 10.

The other four facing disciplinary action are Zuko Ngejane, Menzi Manyongo, Loyiso Nkohla, and Mbi Nozulu Athenkosi.

Mjongile said the party had used video footage and photographs taken at the event to find the perpetrators.

  • Koos - 2012-04-23 16:05

    Think maybe next time do the speech in the Eastern Cape. Apparently they aren’t as hostile as the Western Cape ANCYL comrades. I also hear they break fewer toilets.

      Anthony - 2012-04-23 16:12

      they should break zuma,s shower instead....only used to get rid of aids nothing alse.

  • Shirley - 2012-04-23 16:08

    Whatever! LIke the last "internal disciplinary" steps against juju-just goes on and on and on and on........but NO damn result! Which spin doctor dreamt this up?

  • Sonja - 2012-04-23 16:08

    give them a tender!! problem solved

  • Brett - 2012-04-23 16:11

    One of them is 25 and the other is 27. Youths? Not to mention their suspended/expelled leader who is 30. Until what age are people considered to be youths by the ANC?

      Marion - 2012-04-23 16:17

      @Brett - 14 - 35.

      Brett - 2012-04-23 16:19

      35? I didnt feel very youthfull when I was 35. But I had been working my backside off for 17 years by then...thats probably why I suppose..

      Marion - 2012-04-23 16:30

      @Brett - actually the other political parties youth leagues are not much better I'm sorry to say. Whilst I find the maximum age ridiculous, I cannot believe that 14-year-olds are being ensnared by our politicians. According to what I read a while back (if it is to be believed) the ANC is now going to try recruit 'from birth'. :-(((

      Brett - 2012-04-23 16:34 According to the above link the average life expectancy in SA is 49 years. A bit odd to be considered a youth at 35 then isnt it?

      Tumelo - 2012-04-23 16:48

      Very valid point esp in a country with a life expectancy of around 55, 35 should be middle age!wouldn't you say?

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  • Tumelo - 2012-04-23 16:20

    Seems discipline is a serious matter within the ANCYL. Why don't the ANV create a naughty room for all these \young\ people who misbehave?

      Marion - 2012-04-23 16:31

      ANC needs SuperNanny or Nanny 911...

      Tumelo - 2012-04-23 16:36

      Agreed! Imagine it: julius your are going to sit on that chair until you tell uncle Jacob you are sorry!

  • Marion - 2012-04-23 16:21

    Wonder if this disciplinary action will be taken by the National Disciplinary Committee. If so, how many of the NDC members are paid by the taxpayer and, do they take leave when they hold these disciplinary hearings?

      Thando - 2012-04-23 16:36

      U hv disciplinary committees frm branch level til national level in th ANC. So their case wud b heard by th provincial disciplinary committee. Only regional til national office bearers are renumerated in th ANC. Nd ths renumeration comes frm ANC coffers....

      Marion - 2012-04-23 16:52

      @Thando - so whilst the disciplinary process is at lower levels than the NDC it is paid for by the ANC. Except I presume that they too get to appeal and appeal and appeal. If those appeals get as far as the NDC (?) do the government officials apply for leave to do it, or go unpaid for those days? Just curious.

  • Peter - 2012-04-23 16:32

    Why don't they just shut down the current youth league and reopen a new faction with educated adults and not children!!

      Brett - 2012-04-23 16:36

      Not sure if the ANC has enough educated adults to form a faction...perhaps they could come up with a fraction though.

  • Rob - 2012-04-23 16:34

    Have these people no respect for a great leader ! What on earth is there to be dissatisfied about ? These brave young lions should be sent to an ANC re-education camp, which I believe is held annualy in the Limpopo region.

  • Tee - 2012-04-23 16:43

    Dictatorship tendencies!!!Speak out against Zuma u'll be sent to the cleaners!!Cry our beloved democracy!!

      kensong.ben - 2012-04-23 17:26

      Voicing your disapproval is one thing , been unruly and disrespectfull is far way different and smack of delinquancy n thugery..let them face the music

  • Lerato - 2012-04-23 16:47

    Charge them with attempted murder

  • Rethamyh - 2012-04-23 16:47

    So quick to jump to the rescue of dear old,illiterate,polygamist bout disciplining these boys with sick minds?

      kensong.ben - 2012-04-23 17:33

      The old , illeterate , polygamist manage to ascend to highest position in the land ..can u match it ? Geez we are very quick on labelling people isn,t it...

      Rethamyh - 2012-04-23 18:06

      Highest position in the land huh? Well then, I hope this wonderous man was able to secure the shack I am sure your living in..even an ant would curse me if I dared it to match up to this standard you blab about

      kensong.ben - 2012-04-23 18:28

      Bravo ...nice try . U ranting leave me unfazed and i find solace in the fact that u .v proved beyond doubt what i.m thinking u r..

  • Vic - 2012-04-23 16:53

    What a bunch of rabble the ANC are. They're in total disarray, and cannot even control their Youth League. Ban the damn organization, and concentrate on TRYING to run the Country. Zuma's too busy entertaining all his wives, or out of the country.

  • J-Man - 2012-04-23 16:55

    "Fistfights broke out and chairs were thrown" .. and these people want to run a country. What a joke.

  • Niel.Kal - 2012-04-23 17:06

    Disgusting lack of discipline... I am certainly not an ANC fan, but I could never dream of being disrespectful to the president of our country...

  • Vickers - 2012-04-23 17:18

    Yea yea. But just dare to spill a little dop near the prez and you are in for the high jump

  • Bzeng - 2012-04-23 17:28

    I love to know from Songezo Mjongile what 'unbecoming' means? Not even S.A edition oxford dictionary has that word.

      kensong.ben - 2012-04-23 17:36

      Not to standard will be one of the definition ..

  • Gregory - 2012-04-23 18:11

    The hecklers are in s***t. And the chair throwers and punchers are good citizens. WTF

  • Tumisang - 2012-04-23 18:12

    The people who are celebrating this and Julius Malema saga as an achievement are blind,we are narrowly becoming like Swaziland...where those who dares to speak against the regime are vilified and \disciplined\...blade recently criticized the public protector,The anc wants to review the judiciary,and silence the media....if the business sector make a comment their are immediately silenced and attack...within the ANC those who speak out are disciplined...

  • ricardo.a.pieterse - 2012-04-23 18:18

    They must just the law finish and klaar you can never allow such ill-behaviour at any public even nomatter what party or event that took place. We live in a democratic society we talk and debate Mandela had fought for justice and peace so we should respect our eldery. But on the other hand how can a South African youth have discipline whereby our own leaders dont obey or comply to any laws and rules in our country. Even our President Jacob Zuma,what example does he sat for me,his children and the rest of the youth in South Africa. How am i suppose to respect them when they are so reckless.

  • Mashilo - 2012-04-23 21:37

    I am a husband, fiancé, boyfriend, divorcee and widower @ the same time. I can also cure HIV with the magic water from any shower. Who or what am I?

  • phathuchicos - 2012-04-24 06:34

    Who's the Fuhrer now? lol

  • Jim - 2012-05-10 13:54

    You go Mr Zuma,I like your style, Don’t stand for this disrespectful behaviour sir..It’s just not right..!! Next sort all the government crooks and thieves out too, with the same enthusiasm..

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