The African National Congress Youth League (ANCYL) staged a revolting drama today at the Court Clasique Hotel in Tshwane after members of a new anti-Zuma movement – OccupyLuthuliHouse – tried to hold a press briefing.
Among the ANCYL Tshwane leaders who ensured that the incipient group gets frustrated were regional Secretary Ratshi Masahamba, deputy chairperson Ezra Letsoalo and councilor and youth league regional chairperson Lesego Makhubela.
As gathered, the OccupyLuthuliHouse had organised the brief meeting with the intention of leading a massive protest to the ANC’s headquarters on Monday, September 5, where the would submit their demands.
BuzzSouthAfrica also learnt that the group intended to present the following demands on the day of the demonstration: immediate resignation of the President; immediate resignation of the whole ANC NEC; forming a task team comprising stalwarts to take the ANC to a consultative conference for renewal; and immediate implementation of free and quality education and disbandment of the Fees Commission.
However, the presence of a faction of the ANCYL – who, evidently are Zuma’s buddies – caused the media briefing to hit the rocks.
Speaking after the face-off, ANCYL spokesperson Mlondi Mkhize, described organizers of the movement as a bunch of “overzealous fellows” with the sole intention of causing disunity in the organisation.
Mkhize warned the so-called bogus ANC members to apply caution in the matter because the ANC is an organisation of 104 years with a lucid culture and tradition on how it conducts its business.
He slammed the movement harder, saying:
“These stooges…have gone to the extent of mobilising non-South Africans to fraudulently join the organisation in order to (fan) disorder and chaos. We alert all those that will attempt to occupy Luthuli House that this will not happen. People can demonstrate but to occupy Luthuli House will never happen.”
Knocking off the perceived ‘foreigners’ who were part of the OccupyLuthuliHouse, the ANCYL spokesperson reminded them that downloading membership on the internet or living in South Africa doesn’t make them a member of the ANC or ANCYL.
Meanwhile, reactions have continued to trail the fracas that erupted within the ANCYL. Many asserted that what happened today showed that the seed of discord and division has already been planted in the Youth League, which accounts for the self-destruction.