Malema disciplinary hearing venue changed

2011-08-30 18:30

Johannesburg - The African National Congress has changed the venue for the disciplinary hearings against the youth league's leadership, secretary general Gwede Mantashe said on Tuesday evening, after a day of riots by supporters of ANCYL leader Julius Malema.

"We are changing the venue of the hearing to somewhere outside the city," Mantashe said to media at Luthuli House.

He said the ANC was changing the venue not because it thought the situation was out of control, but because of the inconvenience to people who work in the city centre.

"We can't be insensitive to people who must do business in the CBD."

The new venue would not be announced.

Malema, spokesperson Floyd Shivambu, deputy president Ronald Lamola, secretary general Sindiso Magaqa, his deputy Kenetswe Mosenogi, and treasurer general Pule Mabe face charges of bringing the ANC into disrepute and sowing divisions in ANC ranks.

Malema recently said the ANCYL would send a team to Botswana to consolidate local opposition parties and help bring about regime change, as it believed the government there was "in full co-operation with imperialists" and was undermining the "African agenda".

Rioters earlier in the day thronged Johannesburg's city centre, hurling broken bricks at police and journalists and burning pictures of President Jacob Zuma in the name of Malema.

Rubber bullets and teargas were fired several times during the day at Malema supporters, who broke off pieces of concrete barriers, cut through yellow tape used to close off streets and set dustbins alight.

Shops shut their doors after rioters banged on windows and threw pieces of glass at them, while several banks in the city closed early.

Windows of some buildings in the area were smashed by stone-throwers.

  • Lyndatjie - 2011-08-30 18:32

    Ha ha ha... BRILLIANT! Take that Les Infants... the grownups are here!

      THE.SRG - 2011-08-30 18:45

      this wont stop them,they will now just do their crap all around where it matters

      grod - 2011-08-30 18:59

      KFC? ANC?. They are both chicken..

      Peg-Leg-Sven - 2011-08-30 19:01

      Lyndatjie, I doubt that will stop the angry YL members rioting out Looting House. They will not know where the new venue is, but what is going to stop them venting their anger out on the Head-office of the anc, which they perceive are unfairly targeting their leader.

      Poloyatonki - 2011-08-30 19:19

      Mantashe can change the venue to the racist western cape our people are everywhere. They will show up in numbers. Drop Malema's charges now.

      RonJeremy - 2011-08-30 19:23

      @ Not savage - It's not all blacks, far from it. It's uneducated, lazy thugs who don't want to work and who don't see the value of discipline and hard work. They just don't get it ... That's why they abandone their children because the don't value them. Street kids are EVERYWHERE !!! I guess they just weren't designed to care. Who knows?

      morecats - 2011-08-30 19:30

      Poloyatonki - August 30, 2011 at 19:19 So are we to believe that you are one of these insufferable jackasses that went tree dweller on us today? If so, your demand to drop the charges against the fat Teletubby is totally in character of your dumb as mud disposition. Don't you sometimes feel just a bit left out when even semi-intelligent people have a conversation. What a chop deluxe!

  • Shrike - 2011-08-30 18:38

    probably should have had the meeting outside the city in the first place... let them throw stones out in the bush where they can't do so much damage... and away from the KFC.... no food, no rioting.... lol

  • THE.SRG - 2011-08-30 18:38

    move it to where you want but it wont stop the trash from doing what they know best

      THE.SRG - 2011-08-30 18:39

      they will just trash indiscriminately now in what ever area they are in

  • Grant - 2011-08-30 18:40

    I'm afraid that I'm still sceptical, too little to late, this was foreseen, at least by the police and should have been preempted. Yet again even more irreparable damage has been done to the SA image and credibility- the video's are already on the UK news sites. - 2011-08-30 19:24

      I don't think we need to worry about what the UK thinks about a few guys going crazy in the streets, they've had much worse recently!

      Vuzi - 2011-08-30 19:26

      Pfffft, UK, its been some time since what the UK thinks mattered.

      JP - 2011-08-30 19:30

      There was actually a very low turnout - I was there. Just a bunch of thugs intent on making a mess. I.E. as seen in the UK

      Grant - 2011-08-30 19:32

      Vuzi... a lot of money comes from the UK that we can't afford to lose

  • frans.visserdsb - 2011-08-30 18:42

    A sad indictment on the lack of control - when the party leadership cannot control their own members sufficiently to ensure that disciplinary proceedings can be completed without threats or intimidation... and they have to move proceedings to a secret venue, it means they do not have control over their own party, much less the country. the ANCYL tactics are scary - much the same that was followed prior to Zuma's acquittal... the judge in that case had no choice, unless he wanted Maritzburg to burn. I repeat - you sow the wind, you reap the whirlwind...

  • gatvol4corru - 2011-08-30 18:43

    Move the venue to Jacob's mansion! He is never there and there is even a heli-pad for Juju!

  • frankm - 2011-08-30 18:45

    Put them in the bush thats where they belong anyway

  • UnproudSA - 2011-08-30 18:46

    What about a pig sty. Malema is the pig, and the sty is easy to find

  • Coffeeor Me - 2011-08-30 18:50

    I was looking at the pictures posted, of the supporters at Luthuli House, I FAIL to understand the concept YOUTH. Have you seen half the supporters are geriatrics! Clearly rent a crowd to support the boy, was the order of the day. Well! if Julius Malema has a living brain cell in his head he will hang his head in utter shame to think this is what he is the president of. They all want him as president can you imagine the pitty the man will be greeted with when he meets the G8 leaders? Imagine your best horror movie, this will have nothing on it. Mr Malema, you succeeded in making a fool of the ANC and South Africa, how much more damage do you want to do before you STOP!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Scamatoon - 2011-08-30 19:01

    So what happend in the hearing today then? Nothing?

      Bianca - 2011-08-30 19:26

      The hearing isn't finished, it carries on tomorrow

  • Mandla - 2011-08-30 19:02

    America and its British and French allies are calling for regime change in Africa,wants wrong if Malema does the same thing.Or mybe it should be from the terorist group Nato.

      Deon - 2011-08-30 19:13

      Well then, I have GREAT news for you, our very own regime change happened almost two decades ago and your "comrades" have been keeping it alive and well, as you can see by the fruits of non-labour displayed on this site. Welcome to the party.

      THE.SRG - 2011-08-30 19:14

      stupid idiot

      Not_A_Savage - 2011-08-30 19:22

      you stupid moron mandla

      LuLuBug - 2011-08-30 19:28

      Mandla, u are depriving some village of an idiot!!

      Phlegm - 2011-08-30 19:37


  • Sparkling - 2011-08-30 19:06

    Move it to Zuma's house. That will f@ck him!

      burtfred - 2011-08-30 19:29

      Which one of Zuma's houses?

  • Common Sense - 2011-08-30 19:15

    Bring on the criminal charges for this idiot

  • william.botha - 2011-08-30 19:17

    Anybody who do not understand what is happening here is in for a surprise. This is a book written over and over, just the cover has changed. This is the future for SA. Division, defiance, illiterate revolutionaries, and the inevitable rebel groups. The bloodshed is around the corner, the ANC have been warned in the past but they didn't listen or were in denial. They should have nipped it in the bud, now it has grown into a large malignant tumor. The days of peace for SA has come to an end.

      Deon - 2011-08-30 19:28

      The problem is if you voiced this opinion a few years ago you were immediately dismissed as a rabid right-wing racist neo-nazi. Judging by the eerie silence of the PC crowd I think it's safe to say most people are suddenly waking up from their patriotic slumber. Too bad though, there's nothing we can do about this now. A big part of our future is smoking weed and collecting bricks on the streets tonight.

  • wiledog - 2011-08-30 19:20

    the beginning of the end...

  • Common Sense - 2011-08-30 19:21

    Ask Julius for a sponsor from one of his tender friends at a nice private game lodge. Guarenteed cash payment!

  • Harambe - 2011-08-30 19:21

    Ridding Malema off the ANC would be a positive step towards SA taking a mirror at itself. No matter how odd events have turned, private & public sector alike need to come out of the box to negotiate in earnest the issues of inequality & poverty in South Africa. Something's gotta give.

      Vuzi - 2011-08-30 19:36

      People are unequal. The poor will always be among is. Nothing will "give". You take your two little hands and make something of the world around you, until you do that you will remain poor. You do not negotiate your way out of poverty, you work your way out of poverty. Go ask the Germans, the Yews, the Afrikaners, the Japanese, the Koreans and the Chinese for tips on that.

  • Allin - 2011-08-30 19:23

    Who of you miss mr Hitler?

  • Gcina - 2011-08-30 19:25

    South African lets stop damaging our own property, malema is not our father so y act craze.

  • Coffeeor Me - 2011-08-30 19:28

    I have been in the service of Mr Mandela, I pray to-night that the repected icon of South Africa will be spared this violation of his dream, Tata, you gave the ANC all you had, it is not your fault they did not share your dream.

      Coen - 2011-08-30 19:31

      There is one man who could have risen to the occasion....

  • grod - 2011-08-30 19:29

    @ Not_A_Savage - It's in the Jeans..

  • Phillippus - 2011-08-30 19:42

    Personally I think that I'f the Government is concern about anyone they should have think of that before they act in such a disorganized way!We would like to see that people on the streets and in towns are taken under consideration!

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