Long trek ahead for ANCYL, 50km to Pretoria

2011-10-27 19:33

Johannesburg - The ANC Youth League march was heading along Marlboro Drive in Sandton, Johannesburg on Thursday evening.

Scattered groups were marching quietly in the dark at 19:00, with around 50km to go to Pretoria.

Johannesburg metro police cars followed with flashing blue lights, while police armed with R5 rifles ensured no marchers could get onto the M1 North highway.

Traffic along Katherine Street was backed up. The walkers were followed by a large number of buses and minibus taxis. Some of those on foot made for the buses, hoping for a ride.

Walkers who reached a bridge going over the M1 stopped for a rest and water was handed out to them. They began to sing.

The league's plan was to walk to Pretoria, where a night vigil was expected to be held. The group intended converging on the Union Buildings on Friday.

  • Myth - 2011-10-27 19:40

    And the fatly esteamed leader, him of the stnki pu speech, is he resting to gather his strength for tomorrow? Or has he been spotted walking at the head of his flock? Place bets now for how many actually go the distance on foot, which is my understanding of a march. Take a bus in the Comrades Marathon and you get disqualified...

      Sheda - 2011-10-27 20:35

      ANOTHER HUGE MALEMA FAILURE......... No wonder these guys are unemployed. They could not walk between JHB and Pretoria.....something I have done (for the hell of it) 3 times already. No taxi or bus only my shoes...... Sympathies from me - NO WAYS. Now get off your butts and talk with your votes and get the right people to help you. I won't say who - the choice is yours - CLUE, it is not the ANC or Julius or the other guys......

      Kate - 2011-10-27 20:38

      Nope, he is still drinking orange juice, oooops JW blue in the bar.

      Joseph - 2011-10-27 20:46

      Believe me gentlmen this is not a failure,i was in Sandton i have first hand information do not fool yourself and think that its a failure.If i were you guys i would prefare bussnes people to start enganging the youth league before it is too late.That is if they are wise enough.

      marco.tomaso - 2011-10-27 20:50

      Quick question:What's the difference between the ANCYL trekking & marching in and around JHB CBD today and the more than 700 American protesters who demonstrated against corporate greed,global warming and social inequality in New York City,Albuquerque,New Mexico or in Boston and Los Angeles and that got arrested on Brooklyn Bridge for swamping Wall Street & the Manhattan’s Financial District? I guess the answer is this--SOUTH AFRICANS ARE MORE CIVILIZED when protesting compared to Americans.This News24 article says "Scattered groups were marching quietly" whereas the Chicago Sun news articles says "Some protesters were screaming obscenities at police and were taking hats from of the officers...that police were struggling with people who refuse to get up and move" The Daily News said "There was a huge funnel,a bottleneck,and they couldn’t fit.People jumped from the walkway onto the roadway.They thought the roadway was open to them.Several videos taken of the event showed confusing,chaotic scenes". Whatever you think of the ANCYL and the Malema die hard supporters I still have to read one single report about any chaotic scenes,instead we read that the marches were kinda disciplined and mature in its approach.Economic freedom or as in New York "demonstrating against corporate greed and social inequality" are the same grievances the world over but at least South Africans know how to behave. That makes this headline irrellevant:"Fears ahead of Malema marches"-The New Age.

      craigtjames - 2011-10-27 21:42

      No Ron, these people are not savages. They are desperate people looking for a solution to their problems who are being misled by a power hungry fool who knows exactly how to pull their chains. How do we expect to change their attitude towards us when we constantly slander them?

      Ian - 2011-10-28 09:09

      Gives new meaning to the saying 'trail of crime....'

  • Matthys - 2011-10-27 19:42

    This is the most ridiculous march ever. 50km to go at 5km/hour - the average walking speed - which means 10 hours of straight walking. Jeez, good luck, suckers!

      craigtjames - 2011-10-27 19:44

      Imagine how this time could have been spent educating themselves as per Nzimande's article. This is not how economic freedom is obtained people!!

      Jason - 2011-10-27 20:28

      Imagine if all 6000 of them spent one day helping clean up a township and fixing old peoples broken shacks etc.

      Walter - 2011-10-27 21:20

      In other words, if they are there before 6am, they did not exactly 'walk' the entire way? But I like Jason's suggestion: Do something meaningful, like helping others, clean up maybe parts of Alexandra, ensure that the City of Johannesburg provides huge containers to dump rubbish (and clears them regularly), would that not be step in the right direction (instead of just demanding and demanding?). Saw some people with their new t-shirts with something on it about 'economic freedom', well just wearing a shirt won't get you there, hard work possibly...

  • Judith - 2011-10-27 19:47

    Ag shame!

  • Reshan - 2011-10-27 19:47

    Sad, is best how I can describe how I feel right now. Just standing back in the shadows reading and observing everyone and it makes me sad...

  • mknnko003 - 2011-10-27 19:48

    I still don`t comprehend why some people every single time they comment they always raise the issue of racism or their comments carry the segregation of colours. Most comments are racist yet some people called themselves “civilized”. When are we going to reconcile in this country? If you have racist comment please keep in to your self, we trying to build a country not some bunch of hatred views.

      Peter - 2011-10-27 22:20

      @ mknnko003, give me some reasons not to be racist, please. I cannot think of any real contribution to society that blacks are making. If you could kick of by naming just ONE black inventor or scientist or mathematician who came up with any ground breaking theory.

  • Ben - 2011-10-27 19:51

    This is indeed very sad. What kind of nutter is Julius Malema to do this? He is totally abusing gullible people for his own agenda.

  • MissusMads - 2011-10-27 19:52

    This article is about as riveting as watching paint dry.

      Peter - 2011-10-27 20:23

      I think you just described the march!

  • Liza - 2011-10-27 19:55

    For once I feel for them. Walk the mile in their shoes... Poverty is no joke, sleeping hungry is no joke. Life for these people is a hard walk. I hope this walk will give you dignity for doing something to shout to the people in power "Here we are... See our pain"

      tebogo.mokgabudi - 2011-10-27 20:10

      Looks like somebody gets it.

      Myth - 2011-10-27 20:16

      I agree, but you must do something a bit more useful. Listening to a lying conman is no way to go into the future.

      Cracker - 2011-10-27 20:18

      Agree. But along come the biggest deceivers in this country's history to exploit the situation. Fact remains. Jobs are spin offs as a result of economic activities. Not taking away assets from successful economic players to engulf this country in hunger and despair while indulged in some very questionably gained riches. The questionability of which can be easily explained by an honest acquirer of the riches.

      Fourhundredkg - 2011-10-27 22:01

      For sure, but they are also the people you see in the Lotto queues. How can you help them when they keep backing the wrong horse?

  • Robs - 2011-10-27 19:56

    Watching the tv news. Fatboy was jumping on a truck every now and again to make a speech.I think it's more to bum a ride. I saw him wobbling along at times. This whole march is ridiculous. None of them will be walking all the way to Pretoria. They must just remember that tomorrow is Friday and government employees will not wait for them to deliver the memorandum. And Fatboy must be seen setting the example and walk all the way. No travelling on taxi's or buses. And no calling in his 4x4. He must walk.

  • craigtjames - 2011-10-27 19:56

    People should read the rise of Singapore from the poorest 3rd world country in the late 50's to one of the richest 1st world countries. How did he do it - read his (Lee Kuan Yew) book. Education, severe punishment for crime, stimulating private enterprise, banning chewing of bubblegum, punishing people for not flushing toilets - yes you read it right - and read why he did it. It is all about discipline, being respectful towards others. All these basis changes brought about massive change in a short period of about 30 - 40 years.

      barry.mcbride - 2011-10-27 20:22

      "banning chewing of bubblegum"? LOL

      craigtjames - 2011-10-27 20:35

      Yeah, sounds crazy, but he defends this and similar moves, such as strong antismoking laws and antispitting campaigns: "We would have been a grosser, ruder, cruder society had we not made these efforts to persuade people to change their ways.... It has made Singapore a more pleasant place to live in. Imagine, he changed this country around, very low - if 0% unemployment, and income in one of the highest brackets. But it is not about these silly regulations, again, it is about breeding discipline, respect etc.

      craigtjames - 2011-10-27 20:39

      Margie, it is an awesome country - small and very very rich. And no job there is shameful. People take pride in what they do - you have street cleaners who have a road block or two that they take care of. They have competitions between themselves to see who's area is the cleanest and prettiest. Again, discipline, pride, respect......

      infijar.ken - 2011-10-27 20:42

      Barry, and long hair. Oh and Unions, Communist Party, Marches, etc etc.

      craigtjames - 2011-10-27 20:49

      Infijar - when one reads his book on face value, it sounds egotistical. But when one goes to the country and see how these people live, you can only take off your hat to this guy. They are rich man,and you can eat of their streets - it is really awesome. And I have to tell you, nothing as irritating as getting somebody's gum stuck on your shoe -LOL

  • wehries - 2011-10-27 20:08

    Aanstap swartes die pad is lank en swaar, Malema wag al daar en die water is nou klaar. Wie sing saam?

  • Madulla - 2011-10-27 20:08

    News just in - This is the biggest ever 'troop march' to be witnessed, south of the Sahara. The Yoof League will collectively take the 'Mampara Of The Week Award".

  • joeballito - 2011-10-27 20:19

    Can news24 not give any indication on how many? 200, 500 or the 5000 the were predicting? Bad reporting.Anyone that can help this newsblog?

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  • Mzamo - 2011-10-27 20:37

    There is Comrades Marathon in KZN in May / June every year! You welcome comrades to join! Its not not a march though!! So, no "dubul' ibhunu / mshini wam" allowed!!

  • pellegrinisergio - 2011-10-27 20:46

    I wonder if the crime stats in JHB decreased today?

  • Bert - 2011-10-27 20:59

    Noticed on TV in the close up shots of the marchers was a fair sprinkling of youngsters. As school holidays are not yet upon us, why weren't these youngsters at school getting an education. This may avert them becoming one of the unemployable with whom they were keeping the company of. What has the youth of a certain persuasion have against advancing themselves in the world?

  • jkarpathakis1 - 2011-10-27 21:04

    LOL - maybe Juju & co will lose some weight with this comedy of a walk. Although I wonder how many of those that started out would actually still be walking along if and when they eventually get to about noon or later tomorrow if today's progress is anything to go by.

  • ronel.cousins - 2011-10-27 21:22

    I need someone to explain to me,why did they go to the JSE?Why?What could they possibly do for them?I need someone to slowly explain their expectation and logic behind it to me...please?

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