A four-hour stand-off between #OccupyLuthuliHouse and members of the Umkhonto we Sizwe Military Veterans’ Association (MKMVA) prompted ANC secretary-general Gwede Mantashe to emerge from Luthuli House to receive a memorandum yesterday.
MK veterans shoved and pushed as they tried to prevent the #OccupyLuthuliHouse members from handing over their memorandum to Mantashe.
The EFF’s Dali Mpofu denied ANC Youth League secretary Njabulo Nzuza’s assertion on a local radio station that Mpofu gave R5 million sourced from the US to the organisers calling for President Jacob Zuma and the entire ANC National Executive Committee to resign.
Accepting the memorandum, Mantashe warned the MK veterans not to give “hooligans publicity”, but also warned against stifling dissenting voices.
“Don’t do something that will give them publicity,” said Mantashe. “There must be no bloodshed; you have done what you were supposed to do (defend the ANC).”
Earlier, Sasabona Manganye, of #OccupyLuthuliHouse, said apart from the disappointing election results, the “current ANC” was not what it was supposed to be. He said the leadership did not subscribe to the core values of the party.
“We are fighting for the ANC to be what it is supposed to be, not something foreign,” said Manganye.
In the streets near Luthuli House, ANC members in yellow party T-shirts were vociferous in their intent to “defend the ANC”.
The ANC has a meeting every Monday at Luthuli House, but Zuma was away in China at the G20 Summit. Deputy ANC president and acting President Cyril Ramaphosa attended the meeting.
Mpofu said the ANC was “applying repression” as it was a failing liberation movement.
“I have never even heard of that man called (ANCYL) secretary Njabulo Nzuza until this morning. The ANC should stop looking for scapegoats, third forces and ghosts.
“The problem is within the ANC; it has been rejected, not by us but by the people of South Africa,” Mpofu told reporters in Johannesburg.
He said the ANC was at war with itself.
“Every single day, its leaders condemn each other’s statements. Its a complete disarray. Liberation movements die the same way the ANC is dying by using propaganda tools, proclaiming to rule until Jesus comes and so on. Then they move into capturing the state and go into a massive repression state where you now see MK members assaulting the party members.”