#OccupyLuthuliHouse to go ahead, but with less numbers

Security is tight around Luthuli House and MKVA members lined up outside. (Tshidi Madia, News24)
Security is tight around Luthuli House and MKVA members lined up outside. (Tshidi Madia, News24)

Johannesburg - Organisers of the #OccupyLuthuliHouse movement have denied reports that they have called off their demonstration at the ANC's headquarters on Monday morning. 

"We are definitely going ahead. We will go to Luthuli and make our demands heard," one of the organisers Gugu Ndima told News24. 

However,Ndima said they are scaling down on numbers due to fears of threats against them by some in the ANC. Both the Youth League and ANC Women's league have vowed to fight for the party, even calling those behind the idea cowards.

Security is tight at Luthuli House on Monday morning, with police nyalas on standby. Vehicles loaded with barb wire and water tankers were also on the scene.

The #OccupyLuthuliHouse movement is demanding that President Jacob Zuma and his national executive committee step down.

On Friday, Tshwane Youth League chairperson Lesego Makhubela, his deputy Ezra Letsoalo and regional secretary Ratshi Mashamba stormed a briefing by the movement claiming supporters had no permission to speak under the banner of the ANC.

The Gauteng ANC's provincial executive committee also discouraged its members from participating in the demonstration.  

The PEC instead called on its members to wait for a possible "special national consultative conference". 

Provincial secretary Hope Papo said in a statement that the PEC believed the challenges facing the ANC could only be resolved through proper and structured organisational processes.

He said party members should "remain disciplined". 

Meanwhile, a letter purportedly written by the secretary general’s office of the ANC to managers and Luthuli House staff made the rounds on social media at the weekend. 

The letter requested for staff members to report for duty as normal.  

"We also request that no meetings be called for Monday with any outside person or groups. Staff members coming in on Monday are required to be at work on Monday before 08:00. Please note that no visitor shall be allowed into the building on Monday," read the letter.  

News24 could not verify if the letter was legitimate.

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