Youth league not pressing charges over scuffle

2012-07-11 17:02

Polokwane - ANC Youth League Limpopo leaders have decided against pressing charges after a scuffle at a lecture by President Jacob Zuma on Tuesday.

"We are not going to open a case against anybody - they have declared a war and we are ready to fight," provincial league secretary Jacob Lebogo said on Wednesday.

He was one of the leaders who emerged with some bruises from the scuffle.

Media reports ahead of the event had predicted problems, given the party's recent expulsion of ANCYL president Julius Malema, who hails from Limpopo.

Provincial police spokesperson Brigadier Hangwani Mulaudzi said a group of people began blocking roads in the vicinity of the Holy Worship Church hall on Tuesday afternoon, ahead of Zuma's arrival.

About 300 people converged outside the church hall. Some carried banners with Malema's picture, singing: "Zuma is troubling us".


They became involved in a fight with security guards when they entered the hall at 16:00.

"Those people are anti-Zuma and came inside the venue and started singing anti-Zuma songs. Then the ANC security inside the hall contained them and assaulted them," said Mulaudzi, adding that the police were called in to defuse the situation.

"Five of them, who were among those singing anti-Zuma songs, were bundled into a police van and taken away from the venue. We then gave them a serious warning to refrain from causing problems in the area. They complied and were released on a warning," said Mulaudzi.

Zuma began speaking after 17:00 but violence continued outside the hall during his address.

League provincial chairperson Rudzani Ludere and Lebogo said they were "harassed" by people dressed up as members of the Umkhonto weSizwe Military Veterans Association, who were specifically targeting them.

"The 'black painting' was done deliberately, as intentions were to find a way of sourcing hooligans from other provinces to come to the province wearing MKMVA combat [gear] to harass delegates and eye marked [keep an eye on] the leadership of the ANCYL..." said Ludere.

Zuma and delegates from the ANC's national executive committee had converged at the church for an address by Zuma on the life of former president Nelson Mandela as part of the party's centenary celebrations.

Assault pre-orchestrated

Delegates heard Mandela described as a selfless leader, who did not harbour ambitions to serve two terms in the ruling ANC.

Lebogo and Ludere said Zuma had discredited Limpopo Premier Cassel Mathale because he did not support Zuma's re-election.

He was "always threatening removal based on unfounded and unproved allegations [against Cassel]".

"Clearly, the assault to the ANCYL was pre-orchestrated, there was no point at any instance that their movements were not video-taped, even at the registration point," said Ludere.

The league in the province re-affirmed its view that Zuma would not be re-elected by their members, saying he had failed to develop other areas, but focused on "building New York City" in Nkandla, his hometown.

The league also apologised to the Mandela family over disruptions to the lecture.

"The ANC Youth League in Limpopo wishes to take forward our sincere and heartfelt apologies to [former] president Nelson Mandela and his family on the unfortunate circumstances that nearly disorganised the lecture in his honour," said Ludere.

Anarchists in its ranks

"We are further disappointed that the Mandela family was undermined in the lecture."

The presidency said it had no comment and the ANC has not responded to a request for comment.

The Congress of SA Trade Unions in Limpopo said it was shocked by the "criminal activities" intended to disrupt the lecture.

"We... call upon the ANC in the province to act decisively as part of rooting criminals out of our beloved movement, by taking immediate disciplinary actions against individuals involved...," Cosatu said in a statement.

"Such individuals should in fact not be allowed anywhere near the Mangaung ANC elective congress in December."

If action was not taken, the ANC in Limpopo would be living with "anarchists in its ranks" which would "cause disaster", it said.

  • Sharon - 2012-07-11 17:26

    ha ha ha they probably dont know how to fill in the complaint form

  • indianajohn - 2012-07-11 17:32

    Somebody just remind me... the ANC pays for ANCYL to exist right? It's like running a business and then starting another one who's aim is to destroy the first. Um...

  • allan.clacher.7 - 2012-07-11 17:32

    I am flabergasted : How can a ruling party afford to let their YL disrespect them in such a manner : this aint freedom of speech or action this is plain mutiny against the HAND that feeds you - Daft I Call it ..... - 2012-07-11 19:05

      Majority rules, no matter how stupid they are

  • lynn.syme.1 - 2012-07-11 17:35

    Animal Farm

  • mundu.olewega - 2012-07-11 17:49

    This is great!! Watch as the ANC implodes. I wanted to start out by saying this new ANCYL numbnut was causing trouble for the country but realized it was against another ANC numbnut, so have at it. Pass the popcorn...

  • Rob - 2012-07-11 17:55

    They deserved that klap

      sean.lambie.3 - 2012-07-11 18:12

      It`s a pitty no tear gas and rubber bullets were used !!

  • terry.burne - 2012-07-11 17:56

    OK - a war between the ANC and ANCYL! Where can I buy tickets to watch this? Maybe now we know why showerhead keeps singing about his bloody machine gun!

  • Provence - 2012-07-11 17:57

    Eish...another ANC concert in the bush.

  • thulanit3 - 2012-07-11 18:07

    The beating wasnt enough...!

  • carl.debeer.33 - 2012-07-11 18:15

    Shame, they look clueless, all "big talk no action" just like the ANC. Don't worry South Africa let the politians carry on with the show...ignore their mentality, carry on working and make money for ourselves.

  • J.A.Rademan - 2012-07-11 18:15

    Malema is playing the long Game, and building a future following of cockroaches. Loboga being the main Peanut. Just hope they divide the ANC to such and expent that the Moderate Political parties gain more momentum.

  • Millos Mpofu - 2012-07-11 18:47

    War! in S.A declare by the ancyl of limpompo .War is not as easily as Tender award and War is not like attacking innocent Farmers .Civilwar even your hero can loose the metion house in Sandton that is the meaning of War

  • Ntuthuko M Simelane - 2012-07-11 18:50

    Wemabhunu, bondlebe zikhanya ilanga, ake ninake i FF,ne DA niyeke amaqembu endlu emnyama phansi. Lunye olwenu usuku,koba khona ukukhala nokugedla kwamazinyo.

  • vuyani.zondi - 2012-07-11 19:52

    Zuma must voluntarly step down as anc pres to avoid being embarras more and more bcoz its clear that anc is divided than ever before and if he is being re-elected in mangaung anc will be more divided and that will lead to instability in the organisation.

  • vuyani.zondi - 2012-07-11 19:53

    Zuma must voluntarly step down as anc pres to avoid being embarras more and more bcoz its clear that anc is divided than ever before and if he is being re-elected in mangaung anc will be more divided and that will lead to instability in the organisation.

      ron.wale.3 - 2012-07-11 20:52

      This would be a good thing!

  • ThaboShakuNews24 - 2012-07-11 22:19

    It was for the first time I saw Zuma crying!

  • Brad - 2012-07-12 07:11


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