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2 Sep 2016
12:34 pm

Occupy Luthuli House protesters ‘paid to destabilise’ ANC

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FILE PICTURE: Luthuli House. Picture: Ziphozonke Lushaba.

2:00 The media briefing has been halted.

1:28 “I saw a video clip of Amateurs disrupting a press conference of Amateurs in Defence of a sinking zANC. It’s fun to witness last kicks,” says former ANCYL spokesperson, now Deputy President of the EFF, Floyd Shivambu.

1:26 Police are still negotiating with both parties.

1:12 People can demonstrate but occupying Luthuli House is a No No

2 September 2016

The ANC Youth League notes the call and mobilization by some citizens and non South Africans who are purporting to be members of the ANCYL and the ANC. These overzealous fellows are mobilizing people with the sole intention of causing disunity in the organization. The ANC is an organization of 104 years with a lucid culture and tradition on how it conducts its business. We can never allow a situation where our organization is left leaderless because of some people who purport to be concerned members.

The ANC subsequent to the calls made by the Youth League has mapped out a clear plan to unify the organization and bring about its re-generation. The approach they seeked by these lose canons goes against traditions of the movement. The current NEC must convene the next conference and account to the membership. We are particularly disappointed at the level of desperation of these stooges that have been sent to cause disorder in the organization. They have gone to the extent of mobilizing non South Africans to fraudulently join the organization in order to fern disorder and chaos.

The ANCYL would like to unmask lies that are being spread. We can confirm that the Constitution of the ANCYL and the ANC only allows membership for South Africans. Those who are not South Africans must know that the forms they downloaded from the internet and filled them does not make them members. We caution all our members not to be misled by agent provocateurs who have been paid to destabilize the organization.

Inline with the need for an organisational reflection, we have been the first to call for an early conference, which is currently part of the internal discussions in the organization as the ANC NEC engages structures. True members of the ANC will know that they should attend the Mass Meetings being called through out the country to air their views. Concerned members should participate in structures instead of venturing into populist adventures that would have no impact.

The ANCYL will defend the ANC from uncultured behavior including those that may be tempted to destroy its property. We alert all those that will attempt to occupy Luthuli House that this will not happen. People can demonstrate but occupying Luthuli House will never happen. Don`t Try This at Luthuli House.



Mlondi Mkhize
National Spokesperson
African National Congress Youth League


1:08 Members of ANCYL are still protesting outside Luthuli House.

1:03 Police are still negotiating with both parties. ANCYL members are singing about former freedom fighter Oliver Thambo.

1:00 Now members of the ANCYL sing struggle songs. They sing Asinavalo, si sebenza ka nzima.

12:59 “If they want a press briefing, they must ask for permission for the ANC leadership.” says the ANCYL.


12:56 “We were sent by the ANC to come and stop this media briefing of people who a masquerading as leaders of the ANC,” says Makhubela.

12:55 The members of the ANCYL say no one can decide to recall President Jacob Zuma without consulting the party’s structures.

12:53 ANCYL’s Ratshi Mashamba and Lesego Makhubela are said to be the instigators of the protest.

12:51 The men asks the police to remove the protesting ANC members “who forced their way in” Luthuli House.

12:50 A member of Luthuli House says a group of men entered the Luthuli House and disrupted a press briefing. They allege the men also threatened members of the media.


12:45 Lesego Makhubela of the ANC Youth League says they are concerned about people who called for a press briefing. They say they are fighting against people who are “impersonating” as members of the ANC.

12:44 Members of the ANC in general have stormed the party’s headquarters, Luthuli House, in Johannesburb central.