ANCYL march reaches JSE

2011-10-27 17:36

Johannesburg - ANC Youth League members arrived at the Johannesburg Stock Exchange in Sandton just after 17:00 on Thursday in the second stage of their economic march to freedom.

The JSE closes at 17:00, but a woman on the premises told reporters officials would wait to receive the memorandum from the ANCYL.

Prior to the arrival of the main group who had made their way from the Johannesburg CBD, a small group of supporters sang liberation songs in isiZulu.

"This is Malema, they do not know him, they have never seen him," they sang.

Another group sang: "We've been telling you Juju is coming." Juju is Malema's nickname.

Someone carried a placard reading: "Economic freedom for all, thank you Juju."

Cars covered in yellow ANC posters promoting the march lined Rivonia Road, private security company employees escorted minibuses decorated with the same posters, while helicopters circled overhead.

After handing their document to the JSE, the plan was to walk to Pretoria, about 50km from Johannesburg, where a night vigil was expected to be held. The group then intended converging on the Union Buildings on Friday.

Meanwhile, Democratic Alliance Youth leader Makashule Gana called on Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga to investigate the reported disruption of schooling in Alexandra, Soweto and the East Rand.

"Keeping school children out of classrooms and manipulating them for political ends, especially during this critical fourth term examination period, is highly unethical and infringes on their right to education enshrined in the Constitution," Gana said in a statement.

Earlier, the SABC reported that members of the Congress of SA Students had forced pupils from Alexandra and Soweto schools to join the march.

"We implore the minister to investigate these incidents and institute serious action against those found guilty of disrupting valuable teaching time."

  • Johan - 2011-10-27 17:46

    uiteindelik - maar toe is die JSE klaar toe. Next time comrades . . . . next time !!!!

  • Visa - 2011-10-27 17:52

    So the youth of today think its right to distribute the pension fund investments of today's workers, so they have economic freedom today and the workers of today become tomorrow's destitute pensioners!

  • Fourhundredkg - 2011-10-27 17:52

    Hmmm. This "comrades marathon" still has a long way to go...

  • marco.tomaso - 2011-10-27 17:56

    It's never been adequately answered as to whether or not Malema speaks of his own or with the backing from senior leaders of the ANC.Hardly a day goes by in South Africa that the ANC Youth League or its President Julius Malema has not been mentioned on News24. Julius Malema had been featured in a front page profile article from the Mail and Guardian to the Sunday Independent and on numerous radio interviews which includes Talk Radio 702 and Five FM. His declining loud-mouthed,uncouth,racist reputation drifted from being centered around his hosting of wild parties in northern Johannesburg that reportedly rage late into the evening and were fueled by alcohol and sex,to being involved in several court cases in front of the Equality Court,to being accused of hate speech,said that the woman who accused Zuma of rape in 2006 "had a nice time" and that those who excuse racism are criminals who deserve to be shot,then there is his mine grab nationalization never ending rambling for socalled extra revenue and that apparently the Freedom Charter says that this is allowed,was stopped once by traffic officials for speeding on the road between Polokwane and Seshego and then had the nerve to berate them and asked:"Do you know who I am?". In a nutshell Malema does what he feels like because poor people in SA are fascinated by that and his outlandish statements,which in turn sell newspapers and draw listeners.

  • J.D. - 2011-10-27 18:04

    everybody in the world want economic freedom. some work for it and others think marching is the solution. time will tell.

  • Pieter - 2011-10-27 18:04

    To put my comment into perspective, for the first six months of my working career, I worked for free, I couldnt afford studing after school, so I worked for experience and lived in pretty bad conditions... But it got me my first job, alowed me to pay for my studies a subject at a time... Now I'm doing good for myself... And I did it, I didn't go walking up and down the street screaming like a 6 year old complaining that life's not fair

      Bernard - 2011-10-27 18:58

      Hear hear Pieter, same as myself, we came as a family of 7 from Rhodesia with R 20. I packed bags at Pick 'n Pay to buy my own bicycle to get to school & back. We lived in JHB North, Bryanston High was the closest school in those days, and I worked to get a bike to get to school & back. After school, clearly my father could not put me in varsity, I too worked sometime in inhumane conditions for next to nothing, and only at the age of 29 in 1994, did I register the first time at UNISA, it took me 7 years to work and pay my way through a 3 year course, but I got it done, and then battled to get a job as a software developer (what I studied at UNISA). I had to apply some initiative to break in. I wrote a simple salaries program in Turbo Pascal, where one could import the tax tables, and salaries were worked out automatically. I dropped this off a more than 20 companies front desks, and only 1 phoned me back, and even still then after a good interview, they were concerned that I did not know VB 3, again I had to be proactive, and I asked them "how about giving me a spec for a recent project? then lets see how fast I can teach myself VB3, AND redo the project, and then you can see if I am worth it!", they said cool, I did that all in less than 2 weeks, and got my break. Even now 15 year on running my own company there are months where I don't know where the rent will come from, but do we toitoi, NO!!! we try harder to find work, and work harder. Seems they'll never get it!!!

      Rajanell - 2011-10-27 19:05

      C'mon Peter u probably got a job from ur Farmer father who benefited from apartheid!

      Bernard - 2011-10-27 19:27

      F U Raj, you sound like a real angry, self entiltled, short cutter to ease and comfort type to me. stop judging, as you will see from my story below, some of us did sweat, give it a try you'll find it brings something more than money... self reliance, self worth, fulfillment... or are these too big words 4 u? take note, I could only start afford paying my own studies in Freedom year, the only thing I "benefited" from Apartheid is being called up to the SADF, for a cause I did not believe in at that time, & put my life in danger for it. Not all bad though, I learned how to blow a car up in 20 different ways, how to kill in more ways than I care to remember, how to make bodies evaporate, when "night of the knives" comes ther are more than a million of us still in the country, and I promise we ain't just going to roll over, our skills will come back quickly, I learned this each time I did a camp after my initial 2 years national service. We are here to stay, there is no land further south to run to, and I do not plan dying without taking as many evil buggers with me as possible. Until night of the knives then!

      Vuyo - 2011-10-27 19:57

      Pieter and Bernard I salute you! You shouldn't even waste your energy replying to fools who write on a public forum that Julius is their future. Really argueing with fools...they drag you down to their level and all.

  • Michelle - 2011-10-27 18:05

    Are they planning to walk 50 km in the dark? Almost feel sorry for them, but then I remind myself that you get what you deserve!

  • melissalarajones - 2011-10-27 18:17

    Hmmm...... a 50km walk in the dark? Aside from the ethical issues around disrupting education, what of the safety of these people??? The night vigil is going to be held on the road, it seems. It should also be noted that this group that have reached the JSE does not by any means constitute the entire march. People leaving the Rosebank/Melrose area are still encountering marchers on Oxford Rd, a good distance from the JSE. This is really treading that fine line between brave and just plain stupid.

  • See - 2011-10-27 18:28

    What a totally useless bunch of human beings the ANCYL is.

  • steph.reinstein - 2011-10-27 18:52

    Very considerate of them to come after market close :)

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