Recently appointed African National Congress secretary-general Ace Magashule accepted a memorandum from Black First Land First members in support of Jacob Zuma outside party headquarters Luthuli House on Monday .
BLF marched to Luthuli House calling for Zuma to be allowed to serve out his term, this as demands increase for him to step down or be recalled and to not deliver the state of the nation address in parliament on Thursday.
“I’m happy that people can raise issues without fear. I’m happy that you are so disciplined, and we will talk about the things you have mentioned … I’ll hand over the report and brief them about your discipline,” Magashule, a staunch ally of Zuma, said as he addressed BLF members.
ANC members who had gathered at the party headquarters, appeared displeased at Magashule for receiving the memorandum. They jeered while some screamed profanity words at him.
“Magushule is a sellout, he’s a thief,” they shouted.
The members of the ruling party had been gathered outside Luthuli House since the morning and had earlier chased away BLF members with sticks and stones when they tried to come close to the building.
Deputy national coordinator for BLF Thandiswa Yaphi said they would not be intimidated by people who supported white monopoly capital.
“We are against the black ANC people who are in the pockets of white people.”
“Cyril Ramaphosa, even after the elective conference, hasn’t touched on the resolutions of the ANC which means this man doesn’t have the interest of black South Africans in this country, because the man is rich, he is black outside, but white inside,” Yaphi said.
“We are saying, as black South Africans in this country, we are not going to let him do as he pleases just because he wants to fill his pockets.”
This notion was dismissed by ANC members who support Ramaphosa, the country deputy president but AANC president. They said BLF is meddling in the internal structures of the ruling party.
“You will realise that in the ANC we are a rainbow nation and that what Mandela has been talking about. Now, when you say Cyril is a white monopoly capital, you are insulting the intelligence of the former leaders of the ANC,” said ANC member Lazarus Maumela.
– African News Agency (ANA)