DA’s March for Change is scheduled for Friday 7 April 2017 and the ANC Youth League has vowed to sjambok and use all weapons they can get on the protesters.
According to the Democratic Alliance party, the essence of it’s March for Change is to unite South Africans across race, culture, religion and political affiliation in calling for Jacob Zuma to be removed as President.
But the ANC Youth League wouldn’t have any of that. Earlier, ANCYL proclaimed that they will continue to rally behind President Zuma until the ANC Conference in December 2017 and the 2019 General Elections.
To them, President Zuma is a father figure and a struggle icon. Thus, they will unconditionally protect him from the outrage against his leadership and wouldn’t think twice about attacking anybody who’s against him.
“We want to state it categorically that the ANC Youth League will remain the Family of President Zuma. He is welcomed all the time as a father figure and a struggle icon who played a big role to liberate this country in the ANC Youth League.
“We reiterate our support for the President fully and unconditionally… (We will tackle head on anybody that thinks that they can willy-nilly attack the President.”
Now, ANCYL is warning against DA’s March for Change. The Youth League’s Sifiso Mtsweni was quoted to have said:
“…The President of the African National Congress and the country will serve the remainder of his term as President of the ANC, and President of South Africa
We want to say to Mmusi Maimane, and his DA friends, we are waiting for you, on Friday, you will find the ANC youth league with sjamboks, and all weapons available at our disposal.”
Meanwhile, DA said the South African Police Service (SAPS) has indicated that it won’t protect those taking part in the Friday March for Change from ANC Youth League’s threats of violence.
DA leader, Mmusi Maimane related that the route for the March for Change has been amended due to the threats of violence.
“Following a meeting held this morning with members of the South African Police Service, we have been informed that the SAPS will be unable to protect our marchers and ensure their safety from threats of violence from the ANC,” Maimane disclosed.
“…In order to ensure a safe, inclusive and non-partisan march which caters for all South Africans, the DA has taken a decision to amend the route and gathering point of our March for Change this Friday 7 April 2017.
“The March for Change will now begin at the Westgate Transport Hub at 10h00 on Friday morning, and will end at Mary Fitzgerald Square, Johannesburg,” Maimane related.