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ANCYL supporters booed President Zuma

By Thabo Mokone | Feb 24, 2012 | COMMENTS [ 27 ]

UNRULY ANC Youth League president Julius Malema's supporters booed and heckled President Jacob Zuma when he delivered the African National Congress Centenary Lecture in honour of the ruling party's second president, Sefako Makgatho.

A small but vocally powerful section of the audience, some clad in ANCYL colours, burst into a confrontational song as Zuma entered the hall: "Jacob Zuma Uphi u Juju, as'phelelanga" (Where is Julius Malema? We are incomplete without him).

The song was accompanied by hand gestures similar to those used by soccer supporters when they want a player replaced.

Malema, who is facing a five-year suspension from the ANC, has been leading youth league efforts to replace Zuma at the party's elective conference in Mangaung in December.

They also want secretary-general Gwede Mantashe to be replaced by Sports Minister Fikile Mbalula.

All hell broke loose halfway Zuma's speech when local youth league leader Loyiso Nkohla tried to plead with his comrades to stop interrupting the ANC president's lecture.

An SABC cameraman - Rudi le Roux - lay bleeding after being hit by a flying chair during the fracas.

He was rushed to the local Christian Barnard Memorial Hospital.

Police and Zuma's security personnel entered the fray and police frogmarched one of the rowdy Malema supporters out of the hall.

Zuma tried to ignore the fracas and carried on with his lecture.

Minister in the Presidency Trevor Manuel and his defence counterpart Lindiwe Sisulu tried to diffuse the stand-off between the police and the rowdy crowd to no avail.

Western Cape ANC provincial secretary Songezo Mjongile, ANC spokesman Jackson Mthembu and Keith Khoza also pleaded for calm, but their pleas fell on deaf ears.

At the end of his address, a red-faced Zuma apologised to members of the Makgatho family who were inside the hall for the lecture.

Addressing the unruly youths, Zuma said their conduct had revealed their true colours.

An angry Mthembu said: "We have got footage ... and cameras don't lie. If they are members of the ANC, working together with the provincial leadership we will be able to deal decisively with these scoundrels. "

Mthembu said it was "regrettable" that an SABC newsman had been injured during the commotion.

COMMENTS [ 27 ]

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what goes around comes around,you were happy when youth attack mbeki now is your turn shower man,this is nothing the big stage is still coming for you

Feb 24, 2012 7:44 | 0 replies

Malema is Zuma's own making. h e has got only himself to blame. He kept quite while Malema publicly embarrased former Prsedint Mbeki. What goes around comes around. This is so true.

Feb 24, 2012 11:21 | 0 replies

"Jacob Zuma Uphi u Juju, as'phelelanga" (Where is Julius Malema? We are incomplete without him).

ZUMA LISTEN TO THOSE VOICES CAREFULLY SIR. THAT MIGHT BE A TICKING TIME BOMB, THAT MIGHT BE THE BEGINING OF THE WORST TO COME.

"Jacob Zuma Uphi u Juju, as'phelelanga" (Where is Julius Malema? We are incomplete without him).

WHERE IS OUR LEADER? ARE YOU AWARE WE ELECTED HIM UNOPPOSED? ARE YOU AWARE THAT YOUR PREFERED CANDIDATE WAS BEATEN DOWN DURING CONFERENCE?

"Jacob Zuma Uphi u Juju, as'phelelanga" (Where is Julius Malema? We are incomplete without him).

WE ARE NOT COMPLETE PRESIDENT, CAN'T YOU SEE? WHERE IS THE ANC WE KNOW? WAS MALEMA NOT RADICAL? WAS MANDELA NOT REGARDED AS DISRESPECTFUL. YOU GUYS THINK WE ARE MAD.

"Jacob Zuma Uphi u Juju, as'phelelanga" (Where is Julius Malema? We are incomplete without him).

jackson mthembu CAN YOU HEAR US?

Feb 24, 2012 11:35 | 0 replies

Don't worry, Floyd already posted a statement on ANCYL w3bpage.
The ANC YL is not opposed to ANC efforts to follow up on the disruptions and take requisite actions on those who have erred.

"erred" .

Feb 24, 2012 11:50 | 0 replies

Both Zuma and malema deserve all this,they thought they were all that, and a bag of potato chips,especially this air head called malema,a two faced cow who thought he owns south africa but thanks to mr president we will no longer see his ugly face again with his cheap english.

Feb 24, 2012 12:52 | 0 replies

It is clear we no longer want zuma, so we must recall him before his term end, like we did with Mbeki.

Feb 24, 2012 1:17 | 0 replies

Jackson "Molomowantja" Mthembu
Gwede "Dogbreath" Mantashe
Lindiwe "Mophead" Sizulu
Jacob "Nyobinyobi" Zuma

should all step aside

Feb 24, 2012 1:30 | 0 replies

@tsayaya Jacob "Nyobinyobi" Zuma mh that is very funny , anyway ke samanyobinyobi o a nyobisana madala o ga a tshameke ijoo!!! o mpotse ke tla go bolelela.

Feb 24, 2012 1:44 | 0 replies

@ RealAfricanDemocrat & Kutsukuyi: i fully understand and respect your opinions guys, we can argue till the sunset but as a an African Child i believe thta you know you cannot talk back to your elder no matter the wrong things he/she says to you, when i grew up , i was tought that Respect for the elders is very much important that money or material things, i know what happend in Polokwane, the Burning of the former President's T-shirts and all, i fully agree that Mr. Zuma is tasting his from his own Medicene, i fully agree that he difiled his elders by 'completely ignoring ANC veterans when they asked him to withdraw before Polokwane' but if it was you and they tell you to stop what you believe will be a breakthrough to your future, what would you do? would you listen to them and take their advise or would you do it anyway? correct me if i am wrong, Mr President, our President has never answered Arch Bishop Tutu when he verbally attacked him, when he was also attacked by Zille he did not retailate i don' t remember him talking back to his attackers, as i have said before, correct me if i am wrong,as for NEC i know quite well what their responsiblities are within the ANC Structures, to me NEC and all its' disciplinary structures falls within the ANC-hence i say ' he claims to be suffering from the ANC!! no matter what the situation may be between me and my Parents respect goes a long way, we as South African need to teach our Youth Respect and bring back an African Ubuntu amongst our Youth. in order for us to enjoy the Benefits of our democracy, we need to go back to our Roots, an African Roots, we need to show the whole world that in South Africa we have the power to speak and be listened- if we let our youth to continue to disrespect our elders the way the do then we will all find ourselves in deep trouble within the next 20 years, if the President of the Country does not support the opinions of the youth, does that mean that the whole country should suffer? no. this means if your kids do not agree with you then they should set the house on fire so that they can be heard? i also do not think so, Mbeki had his 2 terms he had the chance to change the Country around, he was lucky to have succeded the Wise President of all the time Mr. R Mandela, but what did he do with that opportunity? He pushed our mother Madikizela Mandela in front of thousands of People in FNB stadiums and wanted to beat her, he refused many HIV Petients an ARV's because he denied the fact that the HIV virus does not couse an AIDS maybe guys you were not affected by that, but many people whom i know died because of that, he passed laws abou gays, abortions-the list is endless, i know that before the law comes to effect it needs to be discussed and made public first and then the dicision be made there after, but were we listened? no!! Mr President at least is trying by all means to turn the Department of Health and other department around (given a chance this will work despite the Courrupted system that we live in) a preacher once said ' if you can blame someone about anything when he does something wrong-then you can still praise the person, we need to learn to give credit to our leaders where it is due, we have the right to blame him and also to congratulate him when he des something good for the Country. THANKS

Feb 24, 2012 2:9 | 0 replies

come mangaung real leaders of ANC will be chosen not this puppets

Feb 24, 2012 2:37 | 0 replies

Malema is a stupid. Setlaela sa leshoboro.

Feb 24, 2012 4:25 | 0 replies