Johannesburg prepares for Youth League protests
By Khanyisa Tabata
29 Augusy 2011
Johannesburg Metro Police plan to deploy a huge contingent of members around Luthuli House from this evening in preparation for Julius Malema and Floyd Shivambu’s appearance before an ANC disciplinary committee.
It is understood that more than 20 buses have been arranged to ferry young people to Johannesburg from around the country.
They plan to stage an unprecedented protest outside the ANC headquarters in support of the Youth League leaders. Some supporters want to hold a night vigil there this evening.
Meanwhile, the SA Communist Party has welcomed the move by the ANC to, as secretary general Blade Nzimande put it, “reaffirm respect for organisational democracy and discipline".
Speaking to journalists in Braamfontein, Johannesburg, Nzimande said they were not referring to any individual, merely welcoming the reaffirmation. ANC stalwart Winnie Madikizela-Mandela last week openly declared her support for Malema, calling him “my grandson”.
When asked about his rebelliousness, she said he was a rebel who was on a learning curve and would be a great leader in the future.