#OccupyLuthuliCampaign – At Worst a Waste Of Time!
Organisers of the planned peaceful demonstration – #OccupyLuthuliHouse – will not achieve what they demanded. Not today, tomorrow or in the coming few months after calling upon stalwarts of the ANC to take the party to a consultative conference by December 2016.
They were threatened and intimidated by another group of aggrieved ANC members, youth league, SASCO members and irritated members of the Umkhonto we Sizwe. Resistance was the order of the day when they wanted to hand over a memorandum of their demands to the ANC leadership at Luthuli House.
In their list of demands the #OccupyLuthuliHouse wanted the ANC to do the following for its own survival;
- That the ANC immediately recall President Jacob Gedleyehlekisa Zuma as President of the Republic of South Africa
- The entire NEC to resign
- The immediate implementation of conference Resolutions which will revive the ANC
- Disbanding the fees commission as it undermines conference resolutions of free and quality education by 2014
A group that defended Luthuli House carried the following placards:
Tensions rose when the ANC secretary general Gwede Mantashe came out to receive the memorandum of disgruntled ANC members, some defenders of Luthuli House were ordering the ANC national leadership, not to accept the memorandum arguing that this will legitimize an illegal structure of unhappy ANC members. Mantashe was under heavy security, he literally surrounded by MKMVA members who were dressed up in their military uniforms waiting for any eventuality. A scuffle broke out as the mob started to trade insults to the extent that police who were stationed outside the governing party’s building were battling to cope with skirmishes. As soon as Mantashe accepted the memorandum, he was whisked to address the defenders of Luthuli House where he called for calm, saying ANC members have done their part by participating in a demonstration, which also draw a number of local and international journalists to cover the event.