ANCYL: ANC silencing views of the people

2012-05-26 22:50

Johannesburg - The ANC is trying to silence the views of individuals, the ANC Youth League said on Saturday.

"The ANC is committed to silencing the views, not only of young people, as evidenced by the expulsion and banning of our president and suspension of our leaders," spokesperson Khusela Sangoni said in a statement.

"The ANC seems determined to suppress even the views of individuals, as in the case of Reuel Khoza and church leaders, and the media who are brave enough to express views not sanctioned by the leadership."

Sangoni was responding to a statement from the ANC on the City Press boycott and the resignation of former National Prosecuting Authority head Vusi Pikoli from his job at an auditing firm.

"Pikoli's assertion that he was removed as a result of political interference from the ANC and our motherbody's call to boycott City Press demonstrate a growing intolerance of dissent and differing views within our organisation," Sangoni said.

"We call on our organisation to reconsider its intimidation tactics against the City Press and on all members of society to determinedly defend the right to differing views with no fear of retribution."

On Friday, the ANC said it knew nothing about claims that Pikoli was pressurised by "unnamed people in the ANC" to resign from his job.

He said the report in the Mail & Guardian was about the government and had nothing to do with the ANC.

According to the report, Pikoli was asked to resign from Sizwe Ntsaluba Gobodo (SNG), the fifth-largest auditing firm in the country, after ANC officials allegedly threatened to cut off government contracts if he did not leave.

The ANC called for people to boycott buying the City Press newspaper, which also runs a 24-hour website, until it removes an image depicting President Jacob Zuma with his genitals displayed, and apologises for using the image.

"Until then, we will continue to call on all South Africans, including all formations of civil society (business, labour, churches, youth formations, and women organisations), and democrats at large who share our sentiment on this issue to boycott the newspaper, cancel their subscriptions as we have done already, and not to advertise in the City Press," Mthembu said in a statement.

The ruling party denied it was abusing its power or intimidating anyone in its boycott call.

  • Econwald - 2012-05-26 22:59


  • Sharon - 2012-05-26 23:00

    I agree with everything except the bsnning of the leaders bit. I hope this means that the YL is finally growing up!

      John - 2012-05-26 23:14

      What's the chance? One minute they declare they are willing to kill for Zoomer, next they feel like 'used condoms'.

      Christopher - 2012-05-27 01:27

      Sharon...they are using each others "great" qualities to fight amongst themselves! and are trying to get our attention after telling us that we must literally F**k off from SA and get our own land, we (anc and ancyl) do not need need us here, and are now playing each other so they can get sympathy form South Africans which they have already screwed over...This is whether you white black and any colour for that matter. They want control and they want whats good for them... Remember every factual story about the anc and the ancyl...dont get bogged down on the one story!!The anc and ancyl are two peas in a pod...truly screwed up...and now the ancyl is trying to create sympathy for their shi**y cause.!

      Juan - 2012-05-27 04:08

      Seems like Zanu PF is not the only party in self-destruct mode

  • Mmannyo - 2012-05-26 23:47

    We've got to be looking cheap, even the ANCYL is seeing opportunity of ruling the country at our expense?

      Christopher - 2012-05-27 02:29

      Mmannyo...One thing we are NOT cheap. And your comment is not cheap...thats what they and their followers hope for...they trying so hard to be ONE with us...I laugh...they screwed themselves and the great thing is the ancyl has not got a leg to stand on, neither does the anc, the people control this country and this is why there is so much turmoil within this government and the ancyl. Its all because they cannot F**k us around. We employ them to do a job...and this is why they are running scared.

  • Sagren - 2012-05-27 00:17

    It's a matter of, no honour amongst thieves

      Christopher - 2012-05-27 02:48 cool!

      Paul - 2012-05-27 07:28

      They just have to start ratting on one another

  • Jtzll Fy Niaina - 2012-05-27 00:56

    Plain and simple, screw them!!!!!

  • Bruce - 2012-05-27 01:28

    "It's a strange, strange world we live in, Master Jack!"

      Christopher - 2012-05-27 02:49

      and its our world! we can make it as strange as we want to!

  • Adam - 2012-05-27 07:06

    Is Kentucky allowed to go on national television and call on people to boycott Nandos?. Would they end up in court?. Are the New Age owners allowed to call for a boycott of another newspaper?. I do not think they are, and I do not think a judge would agree to this behaviour.

  • maniespoelstra - 2012-05-27 07:43

    Don't be angry with the messenger (City Press) if you you are the culprit!

  • Eye's Que - 2012-05-27 07:50

    REALLY?????????????? Gosh, I'd never have guessed! .....and coming from you lot, that's quite a revelation!

  • RiaanDeWittSouthAfrica - 2012-05-27 08:12

    I'm so tired of all these political wrangling in this country, it sickens me to the core!

  • peter.mokoena.31 - 2012-05-27 08:13

    I applaud the brave statement by the league, amid suspensions and treats amounting to dictatorship. I am as perturbed by the arm chair critcs who seems to ridicule commentaries not because of its merit, but because its origin. Do the same with DA, that will be the right thing to do.

      Stirer - 2012-05-27 10:01

      Peter, The ANCYL obviously don't understand PARTY politics. Whatever the PARTY decides is their MANDATE, is supposed to be followed by everyone in the party, because that is what their electorate voted for. The place to change all that is behind closed doors or at your many party conferences before an election. This is what the democratic process is all about. You can't get your seat in parliament based on what you tell you voters, and then just decide willy-nilly to go your own merry way. It seems to me that the ANCYL spend more time dishing out statements to draw attention to themselves, rather than to serve the people.

      graydon.meneses - 2012-05-31 13:41

      To be fair Peter, there are two aspects in question here: a) the ANCYL will say and do the opposite of anything the ANC now does. Also, the ANCYL itself does not allow dissent in their OWN organisation. This makes their statements seem disingenuous. and b) in this case the ANCYL is exactly right. The ANC is more and more intolerant of opposing views.

  • peter.mokoena.31 - 2012-05-27 08:13

    I applaud the brave statement by the league, amid suspensions and treats amounting to dictatorship. I am as perturbed by the arm chair critcs who seems to ridicule commentaries not because of its merit, but because its origin. Do the same with DA, that will be the right thing to do.

  • Andrew - 2012-05-27 08:16

    Now who do you believe the ANC or Pikoli. Its a non contest. The only thing that the ANC does well is to lie!!!!

  • HakeemLibala - 2012-05-27 08:21

    Lol yes it is possible to jus love the Young Lions and hate ANC

  • anneck.cranke - 2012-05-27 10:29

    Views of the people, or just your own???

  • thabo.manganye - 2012-05-27 11:23

    ANCYL can you guys give us a break. Remember the words of the president of the ANC. the ancyl belongs to the anc thus if the anc is silencing the views of the people, it means every other organisation affiliated to the ANC is doing the same.

      graydon.meneses - 2012-05-31 13:43

      Thabo, have you also noticed how the ANCYL reacts to dissent in their own organisation? disbandment and expulsion. pots and kettles.

  • Jacqui - 2012-05-27 12:13

    Geez, wasn't the media one of ANCYL's biggest enemies? These kids need help,,,,,,fast.

  • Conrad - 2012-05-27 14:06

    siestog! make the rules fit when you want them too. typical african politics

  • Dooie - 2012-05-27 14:17

    The ancyl propagate idiotic views and spread hatred umongst our youth. The anc knows this and that is why they gag thr poorly educated ancyl.

  • Nare James Mashamaite - 2012-05-27 14:28

    The youth league is finally heading to the right direction. They would really get nothing out of just being puppets. When you have them on your back against the corrupt ANC it is minus one problem. Keep pushing that way. I know many associate this with the possible coming back of Julie Malema, relax guys, this is just a start of a good journey.

  • Winifred - 2012-05-27 15:49

    How are to interpret this. whereby for once I agree with them, then again the ANCYL are such turn coats, They were all prepared to kill for Zuma now they hate him but all he needs to do is crook his little finger and these overgrown brats will go running back. You have to win respect for us to actually believe and trust what you say.

  • Keith - 2012-05-28 09:09

    Mthembu you just another PRICK in the wall shame on you your peopsak !!!You are the type to be removed who cuase headaces in the country.

  • Andricca - 2012-05-28 11:06

    Malema and the League must indeed continue to defy, reject and ultimately ensure that immoral and incompetent Zuma and his cronies are voted out. Zuma is a liability to our country's image, particularly at international levels. Although The man does not know much to change anything. I mean we really deserve better, and Zuma can't be said to be better than all we have in stock

  • Abram - 2012-05-30 10:52

    Goodman Gallery had “been dragged before TV to issue an apology under military-like supervision.the constitution is thrown out of the window,

  • russan.nada - 2012-06-08 16:19

    Pirates grab da loot for yee self, friend or foe in da way- drown em!

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