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
Things are have turned for worst lowest standard in South Africa. Parents, schools and community organisations have to teach their children about MOrals, Ethics, Standards, Norms and Values. Why do children have to rebel and march when they have to be reprimanded? Why do we have to oppose hearing by calling a March? Is Julius Malema the best that this YOuth can have? You deserve the best Youth! Don't drag yourselves to the lowest poorest standard ever! Focus on your studies, attain tertiary qualifications...Not all of you will make it through Tenders and corruption. Education First! Allow yourselves to be disciplined and criticised. Leadership without morals and character is dead, doomed for failure.
The youth league is calling for it's members to march to show support. Doesn't anyone in the youth league work or are they all unemployed? I do not mean to be bad here but why would someone risk a days pay or leave in these trying times to go march
Evan Cullum, wrote
How long will the "disciplined gatherers" refrain from rioting if the hearing does not go the way the ANCYL wants it to go? This is just the way of the New South Africa... If something doesn't go your way, throw a tantrum and start breaking things!
Yip - sounds about right, none have them have jobs, they all expect everything for free.... so they have time to march on Monday instead of pitching for work.
Naked Eyes, wrote
Guess all these kids that joined the march are those that determine success by how many handouts they can get rather than how much they can work for. This incidentally is what the ANC has preached since the days of "exile" :Freedom before Education" Now the mantra is being practiced and the ANC cries foul. Strange how what you preach cums back to haunt u in one way or the other. The new generation is one of thuggery, drugs, alcohol, disrespect and corruption amazingly they did not create this they simply learnt it from their masters.
Coming-Up, one very interesting week in the history of South Africa ...