Marchers at Luthuli House not for Malema

2012-01-23 15:40

Johannesburg - About hundred people demonstrated outside Luthuli House in Johannesburg on Monday, but the protest was unrelated to ANC Youth League leader Julius Malema's disciplinary hearing.

Johannesburg metro police spokesperson Chief Superintendent Wayne Minnaar said the protesters were Congolese nationals. They were showing support for their countrymen who were appearing in court on public violence charges related to a protest staged last week.

Malema's disciplinary hearing started at Luthuli House on Monday. A handful of his supporters were outside the African National Congress's head office.

Prisoner rights activist Golden Miles Bhudu stood on a nearby wall, holding up a placard in support of Malema.

"Cde Cyril [Ramaphosa] do the right thing. There is no case here, only shackles," it read.

Ramaphosa, in his capacity as ANC appeals committee chairperson, would hear oral arguments at Malema's hearing at Luthuli House on Monday. Supporters were unsure if the hearing had begun. SABC radio news reported by 11:00 that it was underway.

"I have been here since six this morning. And I will wait here until we are told what is happening inside," Bhudu said.

Media kept out

The 49-year-old activist said he supported the ANCYL because it was raising issues that "elderly" ANC members had not spoken out on.

"The youth need wisdom from people like us. They have raised very crucial and sensitive issues like land reform and economic freedom... Issues that the elders should have raised."

At noon on Monday a police convoy escorted several vehicles out of the building. Officials nearby refused to confirm whether Malema was one of the passengers.

ANC spokesperson Keith Khoza said on Monday that party members were instructed not to comment on the hearing.

"The media have been kept out, and we don't know anything about it. The media might receive information once the hearing is completed."

ANCYL spokesperson Floyd Shivambu refused to comment.

"Don't trouble me with this. I will not say anything about the hearing."

Malema's lawyers submitted heads of argument to the ANC's national disciplinary committee of appeals last week.

Outdated section of ANCYL constitution

Advocate Patrick Mtshaulana said these detailed why Malema's five-year suspension should be overturned.

Malema and other senior ANCYL leaders were suspended in November last year after being found guilty of sowing division within the ANC and of bringing the party into disrepute. This was due to, among other things, comments about bringing about regime change in Botswana.

Heads of argument were also filed for Shivambu, deputy president Ronald Lamola, treasurer general Pule Mabe, secretary general Sindiso Magaqa, and deputy secretary general Kenetswe Mosenogi.

Mtshaulana said they would try to convince Ramaphosa that they were not given a chance to argue in mitigation of their sentences.

They would also argue that disciplinary committee members, including chairperson Derek Hanekom and Mineral Resources Minister Susan Shabangu, should have recused themselves from the disciplinary committee which dealt with the matter.

This was because they had previously publicly disagreed with the ANCYL's positions on land reform and the nationalisation of mines.

They would further submit that the verdict and sanctions relied on an outdated section of the ANCYL constitution.

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  • Bardy - 2012-01-23 14:49

    Don't these people have work???

      Andre - 2012-01-23 14:53

      No, they only beg!

      dlawre30 - 2012-01-23 14:55

      1st reports this AM said that it was quiet and only jurno's were there. Seems like it took some time to bus the masses in again from the rural areas.

      Deon - 2012-01-23 14:57

      No they are waiting for theire free farms, mines and banks (Not in this life time).

      CdeSganja - 2012-01-23 15:02

      Hey Bardy they do, Malema is important than work. If Malema loses we gonna lose our jobs, so we better support him.

      nasheenar - 2012-01-23 15:04

      No thats reserved for us, and then the government hand it over to them.

      Max - 2012-01-23 15:05

      No, work is only for people that don't know how to fish.

      Bardy - 2012-01-23 15:06

      @ CdeSganja - I hope that was sarcasm on your part because to argue like that makes absolutely no sense!

      procold2 - 2012-01-23 15:11

      no they dont cause they lazy and think they will get for free, its the problem generation,100 supporters wow more like a bunch of clowns than a political march in support of chubby juju. cyril do the right thing, fire his ar@e.

      Alfred - 2012-01-23 15:28

      Mentioning the word "work" at a ANCYL rally will clear it out faster than our entire arsenal of water cannons and rubber bullets combined.

      Larry - 2012-01-23 15:42

      The Coat Hanger brigade are revolting.

      Deon - 2012-01-23 16:04

      Ganja so early in the week? This statement does not make any sense at all. You are getting fired when Malema goes?

  • E=MC2 - 2012-01-23 14:53

    I was waiting for this headline! Hey ANCYL supporters - GET JOBS!!!! bunch of idiots

      Larry - 2012-01-23 15:43

      Who would hire the useless clowns?

      E=MC2 - 2012-01-23 15:48

      also true!

  • rynhardt.ferreira - 2012-01-23 14:56

    Wow, over 100 people!!! Great support you have there... NOT!!!

      Alfred - 2012-01-23 15:09

      The ANCYL have a membership of over 600 000. Oh wait, they don't. They lied about that too.

  • Shirley - 2012-01-23 14:58

    All the lazy "I want it for free" loyalists marching in hope of a free farm,mine,handout from juju. The crowds are all those lazy tsotsis who commit pettycrime to get by and juju is offering them an endless supply of wealth! If only they knew once he gets what he wants,he will forget them and probably have them arrested! A bunch of brainwashed losers!

      E=MC2 - 2012-01-23 14:59

      well said!

  • Sinudeity - 2012-01-23 15:08

    Over a hundred youth league supporters? What? Did the ANCYL run out of busses?

      CdeSganja - 2012-01-23 15:10

      No they didn't, it was not planned as Ancyl gauteng stated yesterday. We are waiting for the d-day, I'm also going..

      Larry - 2012-01-23 15:46

      @Cde Sganja. Is that a capital D, or a minor affair?

      Deon - 2012-01-23 16:05

      You missed D day, it was in 1944.

  • Heini - 2012-01-23 15:17

    Maybe the ANC should wonder why their "youth" is always able to march...... Ah yes, UNEMPLOYMENT, thats right!!

  • Faizel - 2012-01-23 15:31

    If the goverment officials stop helping themselves to the tax payers cash, there be enough for everybody

  • Michael - 2012-01-23 15:47

    Its a really sad day when one single activist receives the attention of News24 - making headlines about a story that is no longer a story!

  • Michael - 2012-01-23 15:49

    Just thinking about some other headlines like GIRL FALLS OFF BIKE - NOT MALEMA! WOMAN GIVES BIRTH TO TRIPLETS - NOT MALEMA! Seriously, How far do we need to stretch a story to make headlines. .... and here I am feeding the machine. What a chop I am!

      Thandiwe - 2012-01-23 18:38

      I find it's a morbid fasination, Michael... 'how low can we go' kinda thing...

  • Deeteem - 2012-01-23 15:52

    And the courthouse is situated at Luthuli house Wayne ?

  • Shirley - 2012-01-23 15:53

    NEWS 24: Please get stories right! All posts below were posted under the heading "ROADS BLOCKED AS ANCYL SUPPORTERS MARCH". Suddenly that story dissappears and you post our comments under a new heading without an apology that you got the story wrong!

      Whitty - 2012-01-23 15:57

      Their main problem is they cut and paste from other sites,they have been set-up.

  • Nyiko Ngobeni - 2012-01-23 16:02

    The news24 reliance on third party reports without verifying same is reaching pathetic proportions! If I wasn't so bored I would read this crap website..

  • Comrade - 2012-01-23 16:04

    SO WHAT !!!! ...W H O ...C A R E S ! ! !

  • Jackky - 2012-01-23 16:24

    some of those malema's supporters were hungry while malema went for lunch at protea hotel...some of them are homeless and malema is breaking down a mansion of 5million rand.let us all wake up and stop helping malema to actualize his selfish interest.if malema really have the interest of poor at heart,he should sell those his expensive wrist watches and jackets and provide home for all these homeless people that litter all over our streets,or provide shelter for one of those schools that children study under the trees in limpopo....opra winfrey built a modern school for the orphanage,those are people who had the interest of poor at heart.not the likes of malema and anc in general.

  • Angela - 2012-01-23 16:29

    I honestly don't understand why this is even newsworthy??

  • Mlungisi - 2012-01-23 16:36

    ok WTF going on here? Roads blocked as ANCYL marches - Marchers at Luthuli House not for Malema

  • Sinudeity - 2012-01-23 16:37

    Oh, sneaky news24, changed the headline and story. Supporters were not there for julius :P

  • braamc - 2012-01-23 17:18

    Good for nothing

  • MakaNyawuzenkukhu - 2012-01-24 08:17

    these ppl must just go back, influence, build and shape their own country without involving SA which has its own problems as we speak. they must go and protest in their own soil!!!

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