Top ANCYL man 'organised riot'

2011-09-04 10:26

Johannesburg - Here he is - the ANC Youth League’s “general” who orchestrated last week’s march on the ­ruling party’s headquarters.

His name is Jacob Lebogo, the youth league’s Limpopo secretary and a trusted ally of league president Julius Malema.

City Press can reveal that ­Lebogo was the ringleader and chief organiser of the most violent ANC protest since 1994. 

Lebogo ordered hundreds of young lions to storm the ruling party’s head office as part of the youth league’s revolt against the ANC’s decision to charge Malema and his colleagues with misconduct.

City Press interviewed nine sources who either attended the march or were briefed about developments afterwards.

Running battles

All nine confirmed that Lebogo was the “general” who marshalled the youth league “troops” that fought running battles with the ­police and tried to stone their way into Luthuli House.

They claimed he also co-ordinated funding from politicians and businesspeople sympathetic to Malema to pay for buses that ­ferried thousands of league members to Johannesburg. 

Malema and his colleagues have consistently attempted to distance themselves from the protests. 

Lebogo has vehemently denied ordering the young lions to cause chaos. “These [eyewitnesses] are malicious. We are the ones who were telling people that they must behave. We were working with the police,” he said.

- A youth league Limpopo ­subregional leader said Lebogo’s strategy was revealed during the league’s emergency meeting in Polokwane last Tuesday. 

Save Malema

There, he urged members to stage a counter-march against ­Cosatu’s recent ­protest in Polokwane and to do everything in their power to save Malema when they arrived in Johannesburg.

“He [Lebogo] said Cosatu would be marching against our government and, as members of the league, we must ensure that the march does not happen. He said members of the league who were employed should take leave for the days of Julius’ disciplinary hearing and the march.” 

- A Capricorn ANC regional leader who was briefed by youth leaders who took part in the march, said some of the stones hurled had been collected from Botlokwa ­village outside Polokwane. 

“People told us the bus left Botlokwa at 03:00 for Johannesburg. The stones were collected from GaMasubelele,” the leader said. 

- An eyewitness at the march said: “At 08:55 he [Lebogo] addressed [youth league] members [at Beyers Naude Square]. 


He said, ‘We have parks where we all come from. We did not come to Jozi to sit in the park. We don’t know why we are being separated from our leadership. We are going to push the police back. We are going to Luthuli House.’ Shortly after, the chaos started.”

- A Johannesburg-based league member said: “[Lebogo] said: Let us go to Luthuli House. Obviously, he provoked them. Two minutes after his statement, people started fighting with the police.”

- Said a league leader from the Northern Cape: “Of course he will deny it, but he is the one who said we must go there.”

- A Limpopo regional leader confirmed Lebogo gave orders, but says she agreed with him: “He said ‘let’s march to Luthuli House’. He was right. I think it was a powerful statement.” 

Police crime intelligence has opened a formal investigation into who organised the march and whether the violence was preplanned. Charges of incitement of violence may follow if the culprits are identified.

Criminal charges

The Gauteng provincial government has laid criminal charges against the league for vandalising its roads and transport building. Eighteen windows were broken.

The police said they had ­identified rioters through video footage and that arrests were ­imminent. 

The ANC is probing who funded the protest, including at least R1.2m allegedly spent on transporting Malema’s supporters on 54 taxis and buses, and has called on provinces to act against the culprits involved in Tuesday’s fracas. 

The Eastern Cape ANC said they were identifying members who participated in the protest and would take disciplinary steps against them. 

Malema lost his battle to quash the charges against him and the ANC announced that his hearing would resume next week Sunday.  

  • debrakayestylist - 2011-09-04 10:39

    Like "Moeletsi Mbeki for President" on facebook if you want to work towards real leadership. This nonesense has got to stop!

      René Müller - 2011-09-04 12:11

      Ok, can these businesses who are supporting Malema now please pay for the R30 million damage caused?

      The Wonderer - 2011-09-04 13:24

      One should always post this link for everyone to read before commenting.

      Spyker May - 2011-09-04 13:29

      This no doubt already a prima facie case. I do however need to understand how this is any different to the (as dubbed) “Boeremag Trial”. It was premeditated, constructively orchestrated, to overthrow the government – as much as the “Boeremag” had ‘orchestrated’ their action/s. The use of primitive “weapons” (as expected) has no bearing on the legal substance. If this case is tried under the superfluous charge of “inciting violence” – it will lend further credence to the notion that SA is being governed under two separate ‘laws’ - viz prejudicial discrimination, iow no legal egalitarianism. NOTE: Article 7 of the UN Universal Declaration of Human Rights states that "All are equal before the law and are entitled without any discrimination to equal protection of the law." If the SAcan "law" treats certain groups 'differently' then "...all are NOT equal before the law..." The ANC is already skirting dangerously close to the limits of equality before law for ALL its citizens - it is a short hop for Nato aircraft, from north- to south Africa...

      pawsaw - 2011-09-08 12:06

      Presumably these businesses who are funding the ANCYL are owned and run by ANC members i.e. BEE owned businesses. Pres. Zuma needs to know who they are as he believes that there are no black owned factories and mines in South Africa. He should ask Malema who is funding his Trust and which businesses are funding the ANCYL. Obviously he is totally out of touch but too many women, jetlag and lack of educational skills will do that. Ah well I guess the ANC is reaping what they sowed not so? They forgot to throw the baby out with the bathwater i.e. the ANCYL leaders. Mr Zuma should ask his Eastern allies how they deal with riotous youth, no water cannons, rubber bullets for rioters in Tianenmen Square. Julius is eager to be an actor in a Wild West throwdown so why not give him the opportunity to be the star? And a martyr too by gunning him down for real by accident. Revolution before evolution ek se.

  • scipio - 2011-09-04 10:40

    please stop calling this lot young lions, or troops. they are just uneducated fools who were given a bus ride away from the hell holes they live in. fed on kfc and given sweet drinks like little children. an order to throw stones and riot would have gone down well as this a natural passtime amongst these people. young lions my ass!

      Sir Eidolon - 2011-09-04 10:45

      "Young lions" seems to be Cedric and Piet's party line. LOL. Since when are a flock of uncouth youth baby lions? All these yobs will grow up to be are criminals and rapists.

      cliffarc - 2011-09-04 11:30

      - Any difference between this And Zuma bussing in the mobs for his corruption hearing ? Possibly a bit more unruly , but same principle. Clearly these individuals cannot face any disciplinary/legal charges without their army of rampaging supporters.

      Warren - 2011-09-04 12:00

      Yesterday it was a "Criminal Element"... Today it is "Young Lions". Ja nê???

      Sage - 2011-09-04 12:08

      The league and its supporters represent the unemployable dregs of society.

      Cheech - 2011-09-04 12:25

      Young fools more like it! Rent a rabble.....T Shirt & some pocket money for a walkie talkie & coke....freedom comes at a price! lol

      Powering Africa - 2011-09-04 12:30

      "hundreds of young lions" my ass - more like hundreds of jackals & hyenas! Lions are majestic & noble creatures - these Limpopo ANCYL goon squads have all the dignity of a rabid bunch of scavengers & freeloaders

      johan van hoff - 2011-09-04 12:30


      Dal68 - 2011-09-04 13:01

      Tsotsi's, that is what they are.....uneduacted scum of the earth

  • Janine - 2011-09-04 10:42

    I suspect that this whole thing was a set-up from the start. Julius got his buddy to organise the rioting so that he could come out at the end of the day - speak "wisely" (haha) and calm them down, thereby making himself look "good" (fat chance)

      Netherlander - 2011-09-04 10:52

      Malema ORGANISED that whole FIASCO... HE must get prosecuted for all the Damages PLUS face the charges AGAINST HIM!!!!! Looks like the PLUMP one "overstepped the mark" once to often!!! Now lets see if the ANC has the balls to get rid of the VIRUS!!!

      scipio - 2011-09-04 11:20

      i think old sausage fingers will struggle to get out of this hole he has dug for himself. he isnt as smart as he likes to think he is. im sure the cia and other organisations will be watching him closely now. his days are numbered. jail time or a bullet will be coming his way.

      scipio - 2011-09-04 11:50

      Something for the ancyl so called leaders to mull over.Better to remain silent and be thought a fool, than to speak out and remove all doubt. Will they get that??? maybe i ask too much of them.

      anfield - 2011-09-04 19:15

      look good in his beret (lol) che gevara who was also a mad man, who rented himself out in south america, wherever there was a fight and masses to follow him. but that beret, gorra larf aint yer!!!! :)

  • edalsg - 2011-09-04 10:44

    treason : Hang the sod publicly.

      Kevin - 2011-09-04 11:30

      At least hold hom responsible for the injured and the 30 million Rand damage

      unknwnartist - 2011-09-04 12:03

      Hopefully Lebogo will soon be banished from the ANCYL and can start a club where others will soon join him in the mortuary of enchanted Youth.

  • AceOfSpades - 2011-09-04 10:45

    This proves that steps can be taken against violent protesters. We must keep this in mind when it happens again.

      Kevin - 2011-09-04 11:31

      Learn from the Brits. We teach them Rugby but they know how to prosecute riot thugs

  • Theo - 2011-09-04 10:50

    Protests and marches for collective bargaining is allowed according to the constitution. But when last did you see a protest or march with no damage to property or even injuries or death? I suggest that a (refundable) deposit must be paid by the organizers of a rally to cover any damages or uninsured property. For a local protest, like in Paarl or other towns by municipal workers for instance, I think R50 000 will be fine but for a march about national issues or where more than 1 000 people is expected, R100 000 to R250 000 will be better. That will make sure that a) the organizers keep tight control over the rally and b) there is money to pay people for instance to remove rubbish strewn or fix property. I'm sure if an organization loses R100 000 from forfeiting deposit, they will think twice to mobilize people just for the heck of it.

      Grayman - 2011-09-04 11:03

      That is a good idea Theo, but you are being too leniant. R500k minimum! Then they need to pass legislation to be able to charge the organising committee for damages. That way, if a union organises a protest march, they have to put down the deposit, then if the damages run up to more than the deposit, the municipality or the business effected can sue them for compensation. This compensation should also be extended to insurance companies. It is about time that the organisers start being held accountable for their members.

      PB - 2011-09-05 10:28

      Theo + Grayman I've been saying that for a long time too! It just makes sense. It is not as if the ANC (and it's subsidiaries) are known for actually paying their debt after the fact (the Polokwane p'ss'up where zuma got elected has still not been paid as far as I know). Whenever a march takes place, they ALWAYS cause damage and require huge police presence (which costs the taxpayer money). But was the official OK given for this march, I seem to remember that it was not.

  • kilo39 - 2011-09-04 10:50

    and they were supplied with tik to get their aggression levels up.

      jbjoe - 2011-09-04 12:43

      jakkals, as hulle dagga gerook het sou hulle net bly chil het in die parkie!!

  • Squirly - 2011-09-04 11:04

    Well, it looks like they have their fall-guy. Now Malema can wash his hands of the whole matter and the ANC has someone other than him to blame.

      Warren - 2011-09-04 23:07

      Well, the fall guy is perfectly trained (by the cANCer) what to do in the event of the fit striking the shan...  Deny deny deny deny deny deny deny deny deny deny deny deny deny deny deny deny deny.......... "But Jacob Lebogo, is that not you on camera throwing rocks at the police?". "Eish, that is witchcraft!"............ Deny deny deny deny deny deny deny deny deny deny deny deny deny deny deny deny deny!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! @ News 24... nice try.

  • Sinudeity - 2011-09-04 11:05

    Tell the man how this makes you feel:

  • letsee - 2011-09-04 11:12

    And Malema is part of it.

  • Atholl - 2011-09-04 11:13

    City Press have been good in publishing the photo of the 'little general Lebogo'. I'm sure that the crack, co-ordinated and incorruptible Botswana marines will be making a detail study of the 'force' that intends invading their land .... they need to prepare for the invasion.

  • Jacqueline - 2011-09-04 11:20

    This same "young straat kat" called for a boycott of all media24 publications and subsidiaries, thinking they(ANCYL) can cripple a media giant. Goes to evidence that his thinking is not the most logical or well planned.

  • YALO - 2011-09-04 11:23

    Who is the BLOODY agent now???

  • CK - 2011-09-04 11:25

    mmmm, wonder where Lebogo gets all his money from to fund and organise riots??

      umhlopo - 2011-09-04 11:41

      read the article

  • Kevin - 2011-09-04 11:29

    Jail the ars#

  • Zenzele - 2011-09-04 11:29

    Lock the barstuds away, they are a pain.

  • GraemeBB - 2011-09-04 11:32

    Malema and the ANCYL reminds me of BOB, Hitler, Stalin, Adi Amin and so on. The one thing all these type of leaders have in common is that they all failed. They all ended up destroying their own countries. And all their people suffered. This issue will be SA's biggest challenge since apartheid. It has the potential of bringing a country with unlimited potential to it's knees - but will our people be wise enough to put a stop to it?

  • OZNOB - 2011-09-04 11:40

    THESE YOUNG RATS ought to be brought to book and charged for vandalis and disturbing the peace also the person whp organised it ought to have his property/possessions seized to pay for all the damage caused. and yes i agree with the comment stating that if people want tp march protest they ought to pay a deposit against which the cost of any damages be deducted

  • George - 2011-09-04 11:43

    Where are the young successful black leaders who want to make SA a better place for all? The time is now to step up and bring some respectability to the postion of youth league president. Any takers? And why don't our youth stand up and voice criticism of Malema? I seriously doubt that the majority of the black youth feel proud of having Malema as their representative. Why is Nelson Mandela silent on this issue? Tokyo Sexwale say something already! ANC:Julius Malema is a disgrace but you have disgraced yourselves by empowering him in the first place. Congratulations on what was obviously a deliberate and well planned investment into the future of your party. Cue the violins so we can burn down the country already,why wait?

  • umhlopo - 2011-09-04 11:47

    They now have witnesses as to who is responsible for the crime that was commited at lootfreely house,they know who organised the whole thing so why is this prick still walking the streets,what he did was criminal and the damage amounted to millions,we must demand action from the police and those responsible must be prosecuted and face prison time.No one in this country is above the law including that fat goat shagger

  • Greg - 2011-09-04 12:03

    I trust that Lebogo will face criminal charges - or will that depend on which hat Cele is wearing this week????

  • LBS - 2011-09-04 12:22

    A Well written article.

  • Guy Tait - 2011-09-04 12:23

    ANCYL Needs to be disbanned / Shutdown and start from scratch not allowing anyone older than 25 to be a member. After 25 you join ANC where you can act like a big boy

  • crackerr - 2011-09-04 12:27

    If it required of all legal gun owners in South Africa to obtain and hold a certificate of competence in order to hold a valid fire-arm license there should be no reason why all political and other organisations should not be required to qualify for a similar kind of certificate to hold or take part in public protests or demonstrations. The details of the parties or persons responsible will be reflected in some record as well as a pre-permission to allow the state or any other person adversely affected to take some form of simplified legal step to expropriate the funds from that organisation if necessary. Variation always possible. The main requirement will be that the certificate of competency or whatever will be subject to withdrawal or cancellation in the event of certain misconduct. The privilege of being allowed to disrupt everybody else's lives will be cancelled or suspended in the case of misconduct. It will not be unconstitutional. In any event, this demonstrating at court and disciplinary hearings should not be allowed under any circumstances. They are intimidating and aimed at manipulating an outcome contrary to the legal process. In fact, one should condemn them as unconstitutional. Your likes or dislikes of certain things can be equally demonstrated through other means. You don't have to to your circus or dumb act at court or where the hearing takes place.

  • Perplexed24 - 2011-09-04 12:36

    Errrm if the stones were collected from elsewhere then indeed the violence was planned! Those who organised such incidents heads must hit the chopping block! anc are we a banana republic or will you lock this down? This will perhaps be a defining moment on which way we will go!

  • wbs777 - 2011-09-04 12:50

    Someone should tell Julius the fact that he struggled at school does not make him part of the struggle

  • v3 - 2011-09-04 13:11

    I suppose the Whoreks, who go ballistic over a "racist photo" published years later will "not respond to news reports" over this - unless the Jacob 783 faction tells them to get the rioters.

  • - 2011-09-04 13:12 This is his future.

  • sphiwe.sibanyoni - 2011-09-04 13:18

    This ppl Jacob Lebogo & others they use us only to benefit them self

  • ClarkeJulia - 2011-09-04 13:31

    My message to the ANC and the ANC Disaplinary Commitee is as follows: It is time for some serious pruning to take place, start with the dead branches, then the branches that growing skew and finally the branches that clearly will not bear fruit. The secret of a healthy tree is to prune, the first pruning has to be severe if the tree has been neglected.

  • burtfred - 2011-09-04 13:43

    So arrest him and charge him with public disorder and incitement to violence. Hello - SAPS - are you listening?

  • Nfusitjie - 2011-09-04 13:56

    young lions my ass...they are a bunch of jobless, uneducated, stupid, thugs.

      Lofty - 2011-09-05 10:34

      The only "Lion" about them was possibly the beer they were drinking

  • CalamitySA - 2011-09-04 14:26

    The businesses contributing is probably the ones who won tenders. Or the woodwork specialists.

  • Chris - 2011-09-04 14:48

    Here is the rub though! Will any of these people testify in a court against him? More importantly can the Luthuli House Cadre Deploying Committee (LHCDC) allow anyone to testify in a court case that will make them look like fools for deploying these chosen ones? Somehow i believe that it is all just smoke and mirrors to allow for the passage of the Protection of Information bull to be passed.

  • Real_Issue - 2011-09-04 18:21

    Only illiterate person will fall for these IDI-AMIN backward uneducated minded outgoing dictators. First they capitalised on the majority illiterate poverty ridden majarity in 2007 to chase all the educated people Mbeki surrounded himself with through emotioanal dejection of intelligent Mbeki who never allowed them to destroy the South African economy through their stupid utterances and policie which will only allow them to amass wealth to themselves. They preach to serve the poor but each of them spends more than R2000 a day(equal to poor's monthly salary. If ANC leadership doesn't stop this cancer that started in 2007 now by disbanding ANCYL. Its either you are ANC (not ANCYL) or form your own party. How can a person of more than 25yrs, working and having children still claim to be a youth instead of a parent. ANCYL is using youth Unemplyment & illiteracy to cause these confusion in the economy. How can a properly brought up & working person (both at school, home, community, church etc) agree and jump into a bus with promise of bread, fat-cook & juice to come to JHB CBD to hurt other human beings with no provocations, smash shops, distroy & disturb businesses etc. Our leaders should stop the talking and take a step to ensure morals and independent logical thinking/inferences techniques are impacted within 2ndary & tertiary institutions so that politicians don't abuse poeple with false information or promises.

  • Lofty - 2011-09-05 10:32

    Surely he has broken the law. Charge and arrest him.

  • GypseyAnn - 2011-09-05 10:52

    This man should be charged along with his "comrades" for the despicable behaviour and incitement to cause chaos! Looks like a number of the ANCYL followers are just mindless morons who do not have a clue about respect for anyone's (including their own) rights!

  • GypseyAnn - 2011-09-05 11:01

    This man should be charged along with his "comrades" for the despicable behaviour and incitement to cause chaos! Looks like a number of the ANCYL followers are just mindless morons who do not have a clue about respect for anyone's (including their own) rights!

  • BloodRiver - 2011-09-05 11:21

    Why refer to a bunch of hyenas as young lions?

  • Julius - 2011-09-05 12:24

    The ANC has let the youth league be their mothpiece for 3 years, all the blame is on the ANC leadership, or is that an Oxymoron.

  • Rose - 2011-09-05 13:22

    I strongly believe that south africans are narrow minded a few weeks ago SAMWU members attacked people and undressed them in the streets. Vindalised and looted shops only Helen Zille obtained a court interdict, demanding unrealistic 18%. I am sure the damage caused by SAMWU members by far exceed this one. Municipal official could not perform their duties. Human waste was spilled all over municipal offices. We should acknowledge that young people in our country are economically frustrated. And until this issue is addressed robbery, hijackings will never stop. The sad part is that the perpertraitors are educated and very analytical.

  • Becks - 2011-09-05 14:21

    but then i strongly believe that our leaders should stop incouraging us the youth to act in a violent manner and besides violence has never solved anything

  • Morne - 2011-09-05 15:56

    Funny how so many of Lebogo's comrades are uniting against him...sounds like the fallman for "King Julias". Though shall be richly rewarded for your loyalty comrade Lebogo....

  • Morne - 2011-09-05 15:59

    Funny how so many of Lebogo's comrades are uniting against him...sounds like the fallman for "King Julias". Though shall be richly rewarded for your loyalty comrade Lebogo....

  • capetonian - 2011-09-05 16:56

    Where's WeCanAfrica? I miss his informative and intelligent take on issues like this....maybe he hasn't got an answer, so quietly disappears from the scene like so many apologists for these morons!

  • Sisie - 2011-09-08 07:26

    And so the plot thickens. ANCYL & cronies obviously have money to burn. Can i send you my banking details - i can put it to better use.

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