ANCYL members across the country mobilised on Sunday in support of league president Julius Malema and national spokesman Floyd Shivambu, who will face an ANC disciplinary committee this week.
The league's members across the country were asked to gather in front of Luthuli House in solidarity, to show their support for Malema.
“We want our members to know that this is a peaceful march and is not against the ANC,” said Ayanda Kasa, ANCYL Gauteng secretary.
“We think of ourselves as disciplined, and we are appointing marshals to ensure that there are no troublemakers,” she said.
Over 350 representatives from branches around Gauteng gathered at a league meeting in Braamfontein to discuss the charges. Members danced sung songs in support of the two.
“Julius Malema… Floyd Shivambu… There is no one like you… Juju is coming back,” members sang and stamped their feet in unison.
“This is not a disciplinary matter, it is a political matter,” said Kasa.
She said the decision to support their leadership was unanimous.
Free State ANC Youth League (ANCYL) members were likewise called to join the gathering.
“We say disciplinary charges can never be used to settle political issues,” ANCYL national executive committee member Lerato Mofokeng said, addressing members at the FET Motheo College campus.
Malema and Shivambu were charged with bringing the ANC into disrepute and sowing division, related to comments on helping to bring about regime change in Botswana.
Malema recently said the ANCYL would send a team to Botswana to consolidate local opposition parties and help bring about regime change, as it believed the government there was “in full co-operation with imperialists” and was undermining the “African agenda”.
On Sunday, Mofokeng explained how the ANCYL got to their view point on Botswana and reiterated that “Botswana was a security threat” in Africa for collaborating with imperialists.
“The interest of the US was not our interests,” she said after referring to the US building air force base in Botswana.
Mofokeng said the ANCYL called for a freer and more democratic society in Botswana and not a regime change.
She indicated that the ANC youth movement's apology in this regard was more for the “media” and that the movement stood by its statement.
Mofokeng said the gathering should not be seen as a march against the ANC. She urged members for “high discipline and order” during the gathering and that “no burning of T-shirts” and “pamphlets against leaders” would be allowed.
Mofokeng said the ANC was the youth's “home” and the movement would support Julius Malema with or without charges.
“They want a fight, let them come,” said Mofokeng referring to individuals within the ANC, in closing the meeting.
One of the members said that the charges were a way for the ANC to “get back” at the youth league.
“Botswana isn't the issue. The ANC is not respecting the autonomy of the youth league,” Kabelo Matsepe said.
“This is all about what will happen (at the ANC national conference) in 2012.”
Meanwhile, the SACP welcomed the move by the ANC, to reaffirm “respect for organisational democracy and discipline”.
SACP secretary general Blade Nzimande emphasised that the statement was not directed at ANC Youth League (ANCYL) president Julius Malema.
“Our statement is not talking about the individual. Whether it is a particular case about the individual, we are just welcoming the reaffirmation,” Nzimande told journalists in Braamfontein, Johannesburg on Sunday..
SACP deputy secretary general Jeremy Cronin said “a very clear line” needed to be drawn between the majority of the alliance and all those “who are reckless and negligent of our constitution and the key principles of our alliance”.
Cronin said problems of ill discipline recently had created a door for people to pose as “a defender of our democracy.”
On Friday Malema said he was ready to face his disciplinary hearing.
“Whatever happens to us, we are ready for that... People should know that even if we are fired tomorrow, our blood will remain black, green and gold,” he said.
Malema and Shivambu are due before the ANC disciplinary committee on Tuesday and Wednesday.
The ANCYL's national leadership was not immediately available for comment. - Sapa
@ Tshifhiwa Maxwell Mashau....You mention freedom of speech, what do you say about the government passing a law that will send people to prison who say some thing about corruption, or is that not considered "speech"? There is a big difference between freedom of speech and saying things that have noting to do with you. Botswana is of no concern to ANCYL. If you come into my house and tell me I can't do as I what that is wrong. If I want to watch TV and not listen to the radio, I will do that. ANCYL, take the log out of your own eye, before removing the splinter from others.
Not so dumb, wrote
Hey! Ju Ju. Does the colour green refer to the land that you want to steal and the gold refers to the mines?
This peceful marches end up being intimidation at work.
Graham F, wrote
When will people stop referring to Malema and his cronies as youngsters? They are in their early thirties and should have been adults for over 10 years, they are not youths!! I agree with a correspondent saying that the Children, Vavi & SACP should campaign under 3 parties and see what support they would get outside ANC.
When will these clowns(both the ANCYL and the NEC of the ANC)stop this nonsense and get on with running the country, reducing unemployment, better health services and lower crime. All what I see are a crowd of obese, designer clad clowns looking after their own selves. How much longer are voters going to tolerate this ineptness...and why? Are they so blindly loyal to an organization led my glutton shaped dandys?
The youth league is learning it double talk from its parent body well, "its not against the ANC" OK so its the ANC who started the investigation, so who are you actually protestinmg against.....ooh thats right apartheid, because everything is the white mans fault hey!?
True all those who will be going to JHB are not working, are not schooling, dropouts, criminals who will be going there to fullfill their desire by making more trouble. And worse they will be going there for fun instead of thinking of their future. Maleme and his buddies are multi millionairse and them....less said. If they can use their minds and stop this emotional hype that they are being fed.
@Tshifiwa Maxwell Mashau, wrote
You are a prime example of all that is wrong in Africa. The fact that the Youth League SHOULD be held accountable for it's actions and it's policies which threaten the very fabric of our society and worse affect the perception of how the rest of the world sees us goes totally unnoticed by you? In your typically blinkered approach you would rather have the Youth League damage our credibility and discourage foreign investment that we so desperately need than look at the real problem here. Malema is a moron with little schooling and militant policies, who, if he ever came to real power would destroy this country.....and you would support THIS....as long as this fool has "freedom of speech"..??? The ANCYL has become the "snake" in the Garden of Eden - the faster the ANC cuts its head off the better and safer it is for all South Africans!!
Advice to the ANC: Kick out the Youth League, and let them see hom much support they actually have when they are not under the skirts of the mother body.
Maxwell......point taken. The only thing that we surely will agree on is the absolute disgracefull manner in which the ANCYL has been conducting itself. Malema is a disrespectfull youngster and he insults all and sundry. One would probably even analyse him as being self loathing. Surely he could have gat ALL his points(a lot of relevant important one's) across without this attitude that makes people both black and white despise him. He is doing himself no favours; and he surely cannot think he has that amount of support to topple the democraticaklly elected leadership. That would amount to treason; but he simply does not have that support. The youngster wants to be disliked by many. It is a pity, as the points he raises are not all nonsense.
This is one time I have to disagree with the sentiments that the action against YL executive is "not a disciplinary, but a political matter" -NO, I don't agree. Would this mean that the ANC NEC are so stupid that they can't differentiate or if they felt that they needed to solve it "politically" what wuold have stopped them? Each member is facing the DC in their own capacity as a member of the ANCYL not a "collective!". As for the crowds to support the YL leaders, they can do it, provided they have permission or they can't just block the street without attracting reaction from police! But then you have the call to open the "Arms deal probe" - this is merely posturing and an attempt to deflect attention, and hoping to put heat on president Zuma. I'm not too sure if statements by other League provincial leaders are not tantamount to defying the ANC, thus possibly making themselves candidates for further DC action..or even by Malema himself continue commenting about his DC case, isn't that a sub-judice as it were, or how clever is that when you may even incriminate yourself?
A case of "Rent a Crowd" again. These marchers get paid with money or food or favours. If Malema's policy differs from that of the ANC, let him start his own political party so we can see how far he gets on his own. The same goes for Vavi and the communists.
graham f, wrote
If the Botswana electorate wants the Karma family as leaders what concern is to the Children. Likewise if Botswana does not have a problem with US military aircraft in Botswana why should the children. They have a presence in Botswana for many years.
@Nomathemba you are the type of person who should be leading the youth, a shame there aren't more people like yourself. There is widespread disrespect and lack of morals among youths. I highly doubt this march will be peaceful. Frankly I blame the ANCYL youth behaviour on Malema's bad example as a role model. He's done nothing constructive and only enticed anger, hatred and chaos.
Lets hope the ANC has the guts to stand firm
Tshifhiwa Maxwell Mashau, wrote
This is sheer politics at its best. The ANCYL should not be seen and perceived as traffic lights that only operate under certain programme. The Youth League should not be intimidated to utter their thoughts about certain things. I’m glad Mr Malema has vowed that despite the outcome of the disciplinary hearing, he’ll remain a loyal member of the ANC. Again if the ANC decide to withdraw its membership from Mr Malema they’ll be withdrawing a right of freedom of speech, and utterly decapitate their right to express themselves. I believe the ANC is the mother body of the Youth League and not a rival to the Youth League, therefore they should not take any decision to please the oppositions by “eating its own kids” like a pig.
My greatest wish for S.A.is for our Govt to run the country effeciently, without fear or favour. Root out corruption, racism, pump billions into housing and education (which should have been done more purposefully 17 years ago)and job creation. It is a disgrace that a country with such enormous infrastructure and potential is seemingly being slowly run into the ground, with fingers pointing everywhere. What gives me hope, however, is that large mass of people between the left wing and the right wing who just want to get the hell on with it amidst seemingly insurmountable odds.At least we are keeping the economy going. Malema and other corrupt 'leaders' should be in jail or at the very least step down. They DON'T own S.A. We can all just pray that logic will prevail over the coming week. I have my doubts.
And the showerhead is fleeing to Norway. How do the do it's planning? Is he not supposed to be here?
The rot in The ANC runs deep. This is just the beginning of a a long drama leading up to Mangaung 2012.It a re-written of the events leading up to Polokwane in 2007,only this time the gang is split!
Kyle V N, wrote
To me it sounds like the ANCYL is having a PANIC ATTACK. They should take a deep breath and realise that they have got EVERYTHING to lose ... get off the sinking ship now and re-organise!!!