ANCYL denies disrupting Zuma's speech

2012-02-24 14:22

Cape Town - The ANC Youth League has denied that its members disrupted President Jacob Zuma's centenary address in Cape Town on Thursday because of differences with ANC leadership.

"This notion is conclusively incorrect and spread by opponents of ANC unity, particularly as it celebrates 100 years of existence," ANCYL spokesperson Floyd Shivambu said in a statement on Friday.

He said the disruption was caused by members of the African National Congress.

"The ANCYL is concerned with the manner in which ANC members in the Western Cape disrupted the lecture," he said.

"The... league condemns such actions and calls on all members of the ANC to respect leadership and choose correct platforms to express their frustrations and disapproval of some among the leadership."


Doing this would be a sign of maximum discipline and it would not be difficult to do during the ANC's elective conference in December, said Shivambu.

"The leadership of the ANC carries a responsibility to listen to all its members and should never close doors on anyone," he said.

Two people were arrested following the disruption at the Good Hope Centre.

At the time, the SABC reported that several ANCYL members were thrown out of the centre when they started singing during Zuma's speech.

Cameraman Rudi le Roux was apparently hit with a chair while filming an anti-Zuma protest outside.

ANC spokesperson Jackson Mthembu said the attack on Le Roux was "regrettable".

ANC chief whip Mathole Motshekga called Le Roux on Friday morning and apologised on behalf of the party.

"We are pleased that Mr Le Roux has been discharged from hospital following his admission yesterday," Motshekga's office said.

Vilification of the media

The Cape Town Press Club said the attack against Le Roux illustrated the ANC's stance against the media.

"This incident is a consequence of the vilification of the media from within the ruling party," it said.

"It has provided the licence to unruly elements to vent their anger against the media, who unlike the president, are not protected by a field of armed bodyguards."

Speaking in Johannesburg earlier on Thursday, Zuma said the ANCYL was a part of the ANC and not a separate entity.

It should present ideas to the ANC itself and within ANC structures. Unless its proposals were accepted by the ANC, they were not ANC policy, he said.

On February 16, ANCYL deputy president Ronald Lamola said its president Julius Malema would not be removed from his position by any other than the ANCYL structures.

Malema, Shivambu, ANCYL secretary general Sandiso Magaqa, Lamola, and two other officials were found guilty in November of bringing the ANC into disrepute and of sowing division in the party.

They are awaiting the outcome of arguments in mitigation and aggravation of their suspensions, which range from 18-months to five years.

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  • Brett - 2012-02-24 14:27


      J-Man - 2012-02-24 14:49

      Exactly... and "NCYL spokesperson Floyd Shivambu said..." -> I thought he was suspended along with the other kids?

      Kacee - 2012-02-24 14:50

      No one needs to try take down ANC, they are doing it to themselves. Guess Jesus is coming sooner than we think.

      Mike - 2012-02-24 15:05

      Shucks! They are learning to lie from the youth league? Still blaming the parents for their mistakes? Like father, like son! And why do we still have a "vlooi" and "malemmer"??? Weren't they supposed to "fade away"??

      Johan - 2012-02-24 16:15

      Must be those bloody agents again...

      Gollum - 2012-02-24 20:21

      Cameraman Rudi le Roux was apparently hit with a chair while filming an anti-Zuma protest outside...Jackson Mthembu said the attack on Le Roux was "regrettable". Spill a drink on the prez and you'll have your ass dragged off to court. Anyone doubt there's double standards in SA ?

      Kroese - 2012-02-25 14:40

      It was white rightwing racists disguised as ANCYL members. This is true because our members in the ANCYL will never break a chair over some ones head. We will rather steal it.

  • Sharon - 2012-02-24 14:30

    So identifying the youths and checking whether they are members is impossible?

  • Mo - 2012-02-24 14:33

    So now they are betraying their own members, because they have created a monster and lost control over them. So if you are a ANCYL member and do anything to get them in trouble (even though you advocate to members to do it) you just deny deny deny that they are members. And these youths are too blind to even notice it...

  • Rory Marx - 2012-02-24 14:37

    shows u they dont have respect for anything!disgrace!

  • Gerhard - 2012-02-24 14:38

    Deny, Deny, Deny. At least they cannot blame this one on appartheid. The ANC created this monster by allowing ill discipline. They must now live with it.

  • jaz82 - 2012-02-24 14:39


  • Keelvol - 2012-02-24 14:46

    voetsek maaifoedies

  • J-Man - 2012-02-24 14:48

    Wow...this is getting more pathetic by the day. Its like children fighting over "who dunnit"... What a joke.

  • Kala - 2012-02-24 14:48

    This is actually quite a heart warming story. The ANC is blaming the ANCYL, and the ANCYL is blaming the ANC. It brings much joy to my heart to see the divisions within the "Party" getting bigger and bigger with each new day.

      Ally - 2012-02-24 15:29

      Let's hope they self-destruct. And please make it soon.

      Yolanda - 2012-02-24 15:34

      eventhough the divisions are getting bigger and bigger,when it comes to the ballot paper, the ANCYL will still vote ANC.

      alansmartSnr - 2012-02-24 21:21

      Thought drunks, retards and insane wern't suppose to - or allowed to vote. Why should the members of the ANCYL be allowed too???

  • Kobus - 2012-02-24 14:48

    The footage is taken out of context.... bla bla bla

  • francois.delange - 2012-02-24 14:50

    Denial, Floyd, Denial. Take responsibilty!

  • Makatikamusona - 2012-02-24 14:53

    This is abuse of power by news24; I know this comment will be removed. My question remains why disable commenting option for this article If the article was not meant for publishing rather than remove the whole article, I bet the black Guy who published that article would have to start looking for job then. After these I support ANC on the media tribunal

      Kala - 2012-02-24 14:56

      of course you would

      J-Man - 2012-02-24 15:00

      Ja nee.

      Brett - 2012-02-24 15:04

      Why does Malema teach the black youths to hate whites?

      Makatikamusona - 2012-02-24 15:26

      @Brett Those are irrelevant comments that I wanted to read about on the very same article

      Elton - 2012-02-24 15:31

      Hey Makatika, that is a right wing minority group (meaning it is a group if odd balls, such as a 'we love aliens group'). The ANCYL, which is an openly racist and militant group, is (and let me spell this out carefully for you): --- The youth league of the current *ruling* ruling---. Think about it hard until you get it. Then Makatika, stop to worry about minority group nut cases, and start to do something about the the ANCYL. Be a man and stand up against evil.

      methedex - 2012-02-24 15:31

      just a smaller version of the ANCYL...

      Brett - 2012-02-24 15:54

      @makatika irrelevant? Please explain...

      Deon - 2012-02-24 16:37

      Luckilly the media tribunal is only applicable to the printed media, so get used to News24. It will still be here for a long time.

      Kroese - 2012-02-25 14:36

      I agree comrade maakatik. They are also telling the world that our President Zuma is stupid. These rightwing media must be locked up for exposing state secrets.

  • Winifred - 2012-02-24 14:55

    Its true, the youth have been allowed to bad mouth all other cultures in South Africa and nothing was done. They learned this from their very good teacher Malema. A snake bites its own tail. They better decide quickly, who will be ruling the Country at the next election. The ANC or ANCYL. Time is running out.

  • Elle-Black - 2012-02-24 15:04

    WHy on earth is Floyd still allowed to speak?

      Ally - 2012-02-24 15:32

      Ag, ja, but look who listens to Floyd -- those too naive and self-involved to see further than their @@sholes.

  • Jadon - 2012-02-24 15:18

    At least old Julius will finally be able to put his legendary woodworking skills to good use and fix the chair.

  • Inquista - 2012-02-24 15:27

    Don't you just love it - "it was not the ANCYL but the ANC"! Goodness, the poor child does not realise that the ANCYL is the kindergarten of the ANC.

  • Yolanda - 2012-02-24 15:32

    This Jacob Zuma vs ANCYL is really getting OLD.

      trix.duvenage - 2012-02-24 17:08

      Still it is necessary. The gap will form slowly but surely and then who laughs last will laugh the best. Let them destroy each other. Saves the HIV AIDS virus some trouble.... And just before someone screams racist.... it goes for black white brown and yellow members of both parties.

  • Ally - 2012-02-24 15:35

    And is ANC chief whip Mathole Motshekga going to pay the medical costs of cameraman Rudi le Roux? About time ANC took responsibility for the monster it created and do more than apologise to the citizens of law-abiding the country.

  • entjana - 2012-02-24 15:46

    Whatever Whatevr

  • markus.botha - 2012-02-24 16:11

    It's not just the ANCYL. Nobody really cares what Zuma has to says. It's all hot air. Last year he promised jobs... a year later... nothing! NOTHING! Since Zuma didn't have any skills so he decided to go into politics. Smart move since all he can do is NOTHING. I hate this guy. I think South Africa will be beter off without a president for 4 years. Or what ever you call this Zuma. He's not even a leader. He can't inspire, deligate, put in to action, discipine, or be trusted. Everybody know you really did go though with the weapons deal. Coward. You belong in jail. Not in politics. Only in Africa.

      Kanetso Michael Moleeko - 2012-02-24 17:49

      to hell with you markus.botha

      Kevin - 2012-02-24 22:09

      Kanetso, that is not an intelligent answer to to Markus. Markus is a nihilist fool who has nothing intelligent to say either. That Zuma cannot lead the country is obvious, like all politicians he tells the people what they want to hear even if it is incapable of delivery. What is worse is that the fools who vote for him carry on doing so.

  • Buda - 2012-02-24 16:19


      sean.redmond3 - 2012-02-24 17:18

      Are you serious? "Top of the range" as in chickens????

      ISO - 2012-02-24 17:21

      Imcomplete idoits that is!

      alansmartSnr - 2012-02-24 21:35

      @ Buda.. even with Julius you and your kind will still always be imcomplete. Scratching my head and wondering, howcome you guys came on the scene so incomplete.. where is the tail you guys need to help you cling to the branches..

  • nsinovich - 2012-02-24 16:19

    TRC: (43 witnesses later) "Did you kill Stompie Seipei" Winnie Mandela: "I deenaaaaiy eet!"

  • Terry - 2012-02-24 17:29

    the scary thing is that the guys running the country are no different from these clowns who wanna run the country. They are all equally stupid!

  • Chris - 2012-02-24 17:53

    A party at war with itself. Nice.

  • Kanetso Michael Moleeko - 2012-02-24 17:57

    for you who hate the ANC and their leaders, its still gonna rule you and possibly until you die as long as you live in this country. if you can't beat them, simply join them.

      Sithembele - 2012-02-24 18:07

      to hell with u moleeko

      alansmartSnr - 2012-02-24 21:42

      We not qualified. First got to rape and have a shower, gotta have a prison rekord, gotta be able to commit some tender fraud.. Gee! doesn't anybody feel sorry for me..Without these qualifications I can't even get membership to the ANC..think I'll try the DA or Cope or whatever.

  • sandy.langenstrass - 2012-02-24 18:01

    When will common sense prevail? I know we live in SA, but please I'm fast loosing hope that we still have intellegent people left in our country.Bunda, do you even realise what a fool you show yourself to be...when most of the country have shown what a irresponsible charater Malema is..and that he lives rich while you could need proper schooling or university, this Malema takes your money for these things you need, and builds mansions, has luxury cars's not human or normal for another human being to accept this. YOU have a screw loose. It would be interesting to actually see if you still feel this way, this time next year.....WAKE UP...WAKE UP....WAKE UP

  • sandy.langenstrass - 2012-02-24 18:09

    BUNDA, you do realise Malema might bring civil war to this country, people will die..the economy will die..the country will will be suffering even more than now...don't you watch and see what happens to the other countries that have this what you want?WAKE UP

  • werner.smidt - 2012-02-24 18:12

    "Pseudologia fantastica, mythomania, or pathological lying are three of several terms applied by psychiatrists to the behavior of habitual or compulsive lying." --

  • Da - 2012-02-24 18:19

    As always, comments here dominated by a fairly right-leaning group of white people who leap on any dissenting comments without really reading them. Though less so for this article. Now is probably the time to support the ANC old guard's actions against the youth league. Doesn't matter whether you support the ANC or not, it's still good that they're gradually expunging the ANCYL's far more corrosive influence on present politics. Nobody else could do it.

  • Bongani - 2012-02-24 19:20

    I am not surprised by what happened in the Western Cape; it is a direct consequence of the ANC's own-made anarchism which started in Polokwane in 2007 and carried on after the formation of COPE. Zuma & his cohorts are tasting their own medicine. Brace yourselves 4 more mayhem.

  • Itse - 2012-02-24 19:57

    Don't you guys(ANCorruption) feel it's time to recall comrade Zuma The Menace.He's had a turmoil filled term and deserves to rest.

  • Raul - 2012-02-24 20:57

    Like father like son! Where was the fat boy?

  • Etienne - 2012-02-25 06:44

    The truth is proving stranger than fiction, and more amusing than comedy. You stay classy now, ANCYL!

  • John - 2012-02-25 10:29

    At least they acknowledge that all these disruptions are within the party. Previously they always blamed the DA or the IFP. "".. league condemns such actions and calls on all members of the ANC to respect leadership ..." Floyd said this???? singing a different tune,

  • Hugo - 2012-02-25 14:56

    @Gollum, no there are no double standards.Le Roux should lay a criminal charge against these nutbars and they ' ll have to haul ass to the margistrate

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