The African National Congress Youth League (ANCYL) has been divided into two factions with a battle line drawn. The league staged a revolting drama on Friday at the Court Classic Hotel in Tshwane after members of a new anti-Zuma movement, OccupyLuthuliHouse group, tried to hold a press briefing.
While one faction calls for the head of President Jacob Zuma, the other rallies around the president in support.
The press conference was used as an avenue to announce plans to invade and occupy the ANC headquarters on Monday morning.
The group, which calls itself Concerned ANC Members, warned that the occupation could lead to violent clashes. Members of the group include Wits SRC president Mcebo Dlamini, Johannesburg ANC member Sasa Manganye, former ANCYL national executive Ntibi Modise and Gugu Ndima from the ANCYL in Ekurhuleni.
Meanwhile, as Ndima started reading out the group’s press statement, three ANCYL members disrupted the process. The members include ANCYL Tshwane chairperson Lesego Makhubela, his deputy Ratshi Masahamba and ANCYL chairperson Ezra Letsoalo. The trio reiterated that anyone attempting to demonstrate at Luthuli House is an outlaw and such act will not be condoned.
“We are the ANCYL in Tshwane and we are not going to allow any form of shenanigans. This briefing is off. If you want a briefing you will have it with relevant structures with the ANC, where it is authorised.”
The OccupyLuthuliHouse group had organised the briefing with the intention of leading a massive protest to the ANC’s headquarters on Monday, September 5, where they would submit their demands.
The demands of OccupyLuthuliHouse group include;
- The immediate resignation of President Jacob Zuma as ANC president and as president of South Africa
- The immediate resignation of all current NEC members
- ANC stalwarts must consult with them and they want all logistics by December 2016
- The implementation of the 53rd National Conference Resolution, which will revive the ANC
- Stalwarts appointed will ensure an accelerated programme on political education, especially for ANCYL
- The immediate disbandment of the Fees Commission
- Immediate implementation of free education.