ANCYL stops march - for water tanker

2011-10-27 15:32

Johannesburg - The ANC Youth League's march for economic freedom stopped in Killarney, northern Johannesburg, to wait for a water tanker on Thursday afternoon.

Marchers were dehydrated and some people had fainted, metro police spokesperson Edna Mamonyane said.

She estimated there were more than 5 000 people making their way from the Johannesburg CBD to the Johannesburg Stock Exchange in Sandton.

Flora Nkwinika, 56, from Alexandra, sat on the pavement with 10 other older women waiting for the march to resume.

The mother of seven looked tired, but said she would continue walking to Pretoria.

"My children are grown up but they are not working because of the scarcity of jobs in this country," she said.

"I hope that this march will change their lives forever... that they get jobs and financial aid from the government to start businesses."

She had been living in a shack in Alexandra, north of Johannesburg, since 1990.

Singing, dancing

At least five people, one of them a man on crutches, were sitting on the back of a truck.

Mamonyane said they were all dehydrated.

The marchers sang and danced when they set off from the CBD earlier in the day.

However, by the time they reached Killarney they were shuffling along quietly in the heat, led by a formation of police cars, four caspers and a water cannon.

Youth League leader Julius Malema had alternated between walking and riding in a van playing music, before the crowd stopped.

Onlookers from houses and businesses came out to try to catch a glimpse of Malema, while children from the Parktown Convent cheered him from within the school grounds.

Marshals placed bottles of water along the pavement for the crowd.

JSE prepared

Gauteng police spokesperson Lungelo Dlamini said the march had been peaceful so far.

"There have been no disruptions since the march started. Everything is peaceful."

Meanwhile, the Johannesburg Stock Exchange in Gwen Lane in Sandton, where the marchers were headed, was prepared.

Its underground parking entrances were sealed off with railing gates wrapped in black plastic, while police in bakkies waited at the end of Gwen Lane.

One entrance to the road had been blocked off with gates.

Nedbank on West Street had its own security officers outside, while security company members in military-style uniforms wandered around with dogs.

Barbed wire had been placed outside the Protea Hotel Balalaika, which is situated opposite the JSE.

  • Ann - 2011-10-27 15:36

    And apparently so Julius could get a ride on a truck to Parktown :)

      Levett - 2011-10-27 16:27

      @Vukani: We dislike your comment because we not interested in your solutions. We don't WANT to co-operate. It's called passive resistance and much more effective than walking from JHB to PTA. So first motivate us to co-operate then we will start to listen to your stories.

      Positiewe - 2011-10-27 19:34

      @Vukani: supremacy [s?'pr?m?s? sj?-] n 1. supreme power; authority 2. the quality or condition of being supreme su·preme (s-prm) adj. 1. Greatest in power, authority, or rank; paramount or dominant. 2. Greatest in importance, degree, significance, character, or achievement. Thank you for thinking that whites are supreme.

  • Lily - 2011-10-27 15:38

    Massage of the march was misquated-people believe THIS MARCH IS FOR JULIUS.NO.NO

      Moi - 2011-10-27 15:53

      Massage - is that what julius is doing in the truck? did he take his own personal masseuse along with him?

      Jeff - 2011-10-27 16:10

      Massage - is that what julius is doing in the truck? did he take his own personal masseuse along with him? Yes that masseuse is Stinky Floyd.

      TaniaSandraSteyn - 2011-10-27 22:27

      Come on, Moi/Jeff - you must be new at trolling. English is a Second language in this Country. Go with the sentiment, not the spelling.

      Moi - 2011-10-28 07:54

      @Tanya - I found the comment quite amusing. Sense of Humour....yes? Lighten up a bit.

  • Sharmay - 2011-10-27 15:38

    Guess what happy ANCYL campers, when you go home, your problems will still be waiting. Marching solves nothing. Malema should follow the other parties examples and engage in a job summit where solutions are sought instead of forcing children out of a learning environment to roam the streets. What gullible people.

      Levett - 2011-10-27 15:54

      Agree and why not send the memorandum with SpeedServices instead of playing Survivor - Sandton

  • Henri - 2011-10-27 15:38

    Quickly build a waterproof wall around them

  • Myvision - 2011-10-27 15:40

    My heart is with you there comrades, Phantsi nge unuemployment phantsi.

      Stephan - 2011-10-27 15:48

      Do us a favour and join them, "comrade". Put your feet where your mouth is and leave adult discussions to adults.

      Levett - 2011-10-27 15:49

      No white organisers to arrange the logistics ... BEE rules hey Novision!

  • ZuguZugu - 2011-10-27 15:40

    they must walk faster, just now i must go home in killarney there better be no traffic issues.... faster faster hamba hamba.... move it!!!

      Servaas - 2011-10-27 15:43

      HA HA HA.. Hey Tsheps, I think it might be a good idea to look at an alternative route, all of them are sitting on the pavements.

      ZuguZugu - 2011-10-27 15:50

      neil i see you changed your name... the lazy boys must get moving now it is almost tjaila tyd

      Nathali - 2011-10-27 15:50

      Hahahaha so funny :)

      jeremy.schaffner1 - 2011-10-27 18:02

      Gijima, gijima. Balega, balega

  • Johann - 2011-10-27 15:41

    hahahahahhahahahahahahahahhaahhaahahahahahhahah!!!!!!! Freakin idiots!!!! hahhahahahhahahahhahahhahahahhahaha!!!

  • sihleh.mthethwa - 2011-10-27 15:41

    Bunch of dim wits

  • Chris - 2011-10-27 15:41

    By the time they reach the union buildings tomorrow only fat boy will have the energy to do anything.Somehow I can't see this march ever happening again... no one told these people it would involve some hard work.

      cathy.eksteen - 2011-10-27 15:57

      And they forgot that these people are unemployed.. How did they expect them to go without water and food for the whole day.. Tsk tsk

      tyron.fawcett - 2011-10-27 18:01

      Most of them are only there for the water and food

  • SkyLukeWater - 2011-10-27 15:42

    more proof that poor South Africans actually believe the government will provide them with jobs and money

  • donne.oosthuizen1 - 2011-10-27 15:43

    Im sorry, but do you really believe this man is going to do anything for you? Would he then not have given up his R16 million house and rather live in a R1 million house which allows for R15 million to be given to the poor 'he so firmly stands for'? Wake up people. Teen die tyd wat julle wakker skrik is julle koffie koud en jul koekies gesteel :/

  • Jason - 2011-10-27 15:43

    56 year old woman.........ANCYL????? ok! Surely people knew they were going to walk a long way????

      Ann - 2011-10-27 15:47

      Well spotted Jason - some people are eternally youthful I guess :)

  • Silver - 2011-10-27 15:43

    I hope the water comes form my town then the march would have to be called off due to diarrhoea... that of course assuming you get any water out of the tap.

      Silver - 2011-10-27 15:49

      *Whoops, that is supposed to be *FROM

  • Joseph - 2011-10-27 15:43

    what a shame....!!!!!!!!!!!

  • George - 2011-10-27 15:44

    LOL!!! What a joke! A youth league marching against it's own leading party? WTF?????

      Lily - 2011-10-27 16:20

      u get it wrong ,that is not true-we are not marching agaist ANC -

      Vuyo - 2011-10-27 22:05

      Then who are you marching against Lily? It's the government that is failing the people. They are in charge of the state koffers not the JSE and the chamber of mines.

      George - 2011-10-28 08:19

      Exactly who???? Please tell me?????

  • Michelle - 2011-10-27 15:44

    There is a water cannon, for crying out loud! Dehydration issue solved!

  • Lightning - 2011-10-27 15:45


      alanaR.rodriguez - 2011-10-27 15:59

      ...but I'll WALK for it!! LOL!

      Lightning - 2011-10-27 16:00


      Ron - 2011-10-27 18:33

      CHECK THIS OUT, especially the last part.....about SA

  • rynhardt.ferreira - 2011-10-27 15:47

    Let me tell you this "Flora" - Your children will live in a shack until they die if they follow this clown!!! Wake up you tool.. Put them in school and let them learn something. Get a flippin sense of direction. What are you doing in a damn youth league march? You are 56 years old you dumb clown!!!

      Moi - 2011-10-27 15:57

      Yes, name calling is really going to get her to change her views.

      rynhardt.ferreira - 2011-10-27 16:33

      yeah, like any other comments will reach anyone involved in the march. Kinda can say what I want..

      Moi - 2011-10-28 07:58

      Yes, you can. I suppose if name calling is what makes you feel better, then kudos to you.

  • bradley.timm - 2011-10-27 15:48

    But they had water - it was just in a cannon..."line up and open your mouth.."

  • clivegoss - 2011-10-27 15:49

    He is like the clerks on route march day Gippo gippo gippo

  • africanwolf - 2011-10-27 15:49

    To start a business, marching won't help, knowledge will. I did not march to start my business, I did not enjoy apartheid either, I had to work hard for everything I have ,and I still do. the government needs to help the people, who want to work and to be self empowered, there is nothing for nothing. work and be happy

  • Louis - 2011-10-27 15:50

    Tomorrow they will call this " The Long walk to Economic Freedom". They cry for jobs but how many of those today did not attend to their jobs. Wish they are fired and those who want to work are employed. Thank god my staff are all at work because they want to be and by doing this they create their own wealth.

  • Lundi - 2011-10-27 15:50

    "I hope that this march will change their lives forever... that they get jobs and financial aid from the government to start businesses." LOOK WHAT THIS MARCH IS DOING TO OUR PEOPLE? MALEMA, YOU MUST EXPLAIN THESE THINGS TO THE MASSES ON THE TURNAROUND RESPONSE TIME AND WHAT ARE LIKELY OUTCOMES AND SO ON.

  • Thulisa - 2011-10-27 15:52

    Just let the people march,it gives them something to do and Ju can lose a bit of weight,there are no afternoon hand bag snatchers in the townships and taxi ranks, some of them don't even have clean drinking water at home atleast today they'll get some......

      OilHeater - 2011-10-27 16:06

      and i take it you have alot of clean water right....stuck up!!

  • OilHeater - 2011-10-27 15:54

    the JSE closes at 4PM

      alan.cargen - 2011-10-27 16:36

      not quite, but by the time they get there the lights will be off and everyone will be on their way home.

  • duettists - 2011-10-27 15:56

    The ANCYL should have arranged the march like a Comrades' Marathon and marchers should have been provided with food and water at regular intervals. If they really intend to march to Pretoria after the late start this morning, I fear there will be many who will collapse on the way there.

  • Bryan - 2011-10-27 15:56

    Stopping for a water tanker..., I read stopping for a talkin Wank*r.. Silly me..!!!

  • Hennie - 2011-10-27 15:57

    LOL So much for the Malema threat. He doesn't have supporters. Not even enough people to make up a decent crowd for a test match. Tell me again why is everyone so worried about this idiot?

  • Russell - 2011-10-27 15:57

    Yes VUKANI, the TRC was a Circus

  • camp.j - 2011-10-27 15:57

    The "comrades" marathon :) 2000 marchers and 3000 kids dragged from school. Hey if you want work, start with an education. If my son opted out of school to march, i'd kiss his arse!

      camp.j - 2011-10-27 15:59

      maybe i need an education :) kiss=kick

  • Harry Meyerowitz - 2011-10-27 15:57

    Hopefully this march starts something rolling, but it takes this government a really long time to do anything, 17 years for a rdp house... if you are one of the lucky ones. Empower the youth with business skills, let them be there own bosses, you cannot get anything for free, you gotta work hard at it.

  • rbphiri - 2011-10-27 15:57

    They should replace the water tank with a septic tank.

      Eugene - 2011-10-27 21:11

      No no,should of been acid in the tanker

  • Kevin - 2011-10-27 15:58

    Don't warry comrades! Its not far now! Pretoria is only 50 kilos...

  • Paul - 2011-10-27 15:59

    The Sheeple are tired. Its a long walk to freeDOM.

      Nadia - 2011-10-27 17:01

      Wonder how they are going to get home after the march!

  • Alva - 2011-10-27 16:00

    Shame. They thought they might get free cooldrinks. Not the usual affair then? No free T shirts, drinks, entertainment?

  • Paul - 2011-10-27 16:02

    Why dont they all simply request a top of the line Range Rover Sports to drive like their beloved leader Julius is driving,I'm sure the air condition will help prevent dehydration... or is it a Merc? Also why dont they all camp on the plot of his 16 million rand house he is having built for himself to rest after these marches,Im sure it would make an excellent venue for an after party of sorts at the expense of taxpayers in South Africa who actually work to earn their money instead of demanding it to be handed over via Government subsidies or aid. And if they can't find jobs well the JSE can't help since they don't rule the country the ANC does...

  • Patrick - 2011-10-27 16:02

    Just throwing it out... They're all against the "Eurocentric" way of life yes? Yet they want jobs, water, health care, democracy, money, infrastructure, education, etc, etc, etc. All these things ARE "Eurocentric". Any black person against the white man and what the white mans stands for yet wants any of the above listed is a fool! And Juju is the king of the fools. And Vukani, you're one of those fools too. Just saying ;)

  • Marion - 2011-10-27 16:02

    Okay, jokes aside. I feel desperately sorry for the people who are walking in this heat in the hopes that it will help them to economic freedom. Even if there are old people walking, they are walking out of desperation and should be commended for putting one foot in front of the other even if their hopes are going to be dashed. I feel nothing for the ones who are there to show support for JM because he is being disciplined for his irresponsible remarks and division that he is creating in SA. Unless this crowd swells radically then JM is for the high jump when that committee gives its findings. Approx. 0.01% support is nothing in the grand scheme of things in my opinion.

      Anthony - 2011-10-27 16:27

      what an excellent comment marion yes sad for the tired hot walkers bad bad bad for jub jub to have done this to people that think he has the solutions for their desparate plight it has not been a sucess by any stretch of imagination given the numbers --jub jub is not the power house he or we thought he is more like the lunatic fringe

  • jannie.debeer - 2011-10-27 16:02

    Dehydrated? There is a water canon, use it.

  • yummyhamster - 2011-10-27 16:05

    why are they thirsty ? there is a WATER CANON right there.. i dare any of them to take a sip :)

  • Bokfan - 2011-10-27 16:05

    Sjoe hey. You only had to watch the weather last night on TV2 to know how this show is going to end. Sore and too dry to cry Time to chill with a hunters mfana

  • Marieta - 2011-10-27 16:07

    Vukani you will never be happy no matter what.

  • Burtfred - 2011-10-27 16:07

    They are waiting for the tanker to be topped up, with Johnny Walker Black. The most appropriate drink for this bunch of marchers.

  • Paul - 2011-10-27 16:08

    VUKANI wrote: "The black mind has been thoroughly colonized by the white man" - SEE - this is the problem with the thinking masses. They feel that someone else is always responsible for their consciousness. Staying in victim mode wont help anyone. The people remain sheep because they allow themselves to remain such, as it suits their consciousness. There's plenty of black folk in SA that run their own businesses and are successful at 'life'. If they can do it, so can everyone, if they wanted truly to. Staring and cheering at some self-created hero figure such as Malema only feeds their victim mode more and more. They are trapped in their own bottom-feeding world and the ANC and the Malemas of this world keep them their in order for them to have a self-created role for themselves. The people are OPPRESSED indeed.

      Mike - 2011-10-27 16:56

      Paul the same stuff is cut and pasted over and over again, no individual analysis and therefore not worthy of response

  • njabulo.nxele - 2011-10-27 16:08

    You are marching for economic freedom yet you have just printed T-shirts with an oppressor/dictator on the front? That's what i call stupid!

      Marion - 2011-10-27 16:15

      @njabulo... a dead one nogal... I was also blown away by that...

      steve.luckie - 2011-10-27 17:20

      I really don't understand why Malema used peoples emotion to march against his own political party. It shows how stupid this guy is, why can't he use the right channel to present his grievance instead of taking unemployed people to march. If South Africa was a truly democratic country, the masses would have demanded that the present government step down, during election same people will be voting for the same political party that claims to represent their aspirations.

  • Herman - 2011-10-27 16:09

    Edna, you must learn to count. There was about 500 people!

  • Stephan - 2011-10-27 16:13

    I am absolutely loving it! The ANCYL is breaking down, while the DA is breaking ground!

  • Paul - 2011-10-27 16:14

    Hau! .....only in Killarney by 4pm and already tired from all the song and dance??... at this rate only one load of VITO travelling marchers will make it to the Union Buildings by nightfall. They'll feel rather alone there when they do arrive. Its nearly tjaila time and all the marchers will now be going home for the night. What a lovely day of proving one BIG FAT NUUUTTHIING. Our South Africa has some special moments indeed. LOL

  • Jay - 2011-10-27 16:15

    Julius Malema`s mama is so fat,when she sings,its over.

      simondgie - 2011-10-27 16:17

      Malema is so fat, when he broke his arm, gravy poured out.

  • frans.visserdsb - 2011-10-27 16:16

    A reasonably fit person can walk approximately 3-4km/hr. With the ANCYL let us reduce that to 2-3km/hr. The distance from the CBD to the JSE - 12km. Anticipated duration is therefore anything between 4 and 6 hours - let us call it 5 hours Add in an hour for a stop at the Chamber of mines. The JSE closes at 16h00. Latest the march should set off to catch the JSE still open and trading - 10h00. actual time of departure? Somewhere around 12h00? Julius... this is called M-a-t-h-e-m-a-t-ic-s... it is called P-l-a-n-n-i-n-g...Good luck in finding anybody to hand over the memorandum when you eventually get to the JSE at say 17h30... and the effect of your long walk to oblivion will be somewhat spoilt when you eventually arrive in Pretoria at some time after midnight... even if you bus the marchers from Sandton...

      Catie - 2011-10-27 17:10

      Excellent Frans