Malema's allies run for their lives
AT LEAST seven people, including three councillors, have been arrested in connection with the violence that erupted at Motetema, Limpopo, at an event organised by the "Friends of the Youth League".
The suspects are facing charges that include malicious damage to property after they allegedly smashed cars belonging to ANC Youth League provincial secretary Jacob Lebogo and the league's Peter Mokaba regional chairman Josie Buthane.
Lebogo and Buthane are staunch supporters of expelled league president Julius Malema, who was supposed to have spoken at the event at the local CS Barlow Hall at the weekend.
Angry youths, who were opposed to Malema speaking, started throwing stones to stop the event from taking place after they had noticed that the event had been branded with ANC colours, while Malema had been barred from addressing any event under the name of the party, its structures or alliance partners.
Lebogo and Buthane were forced to run for their lives and sought refuge at Motetema police station, leaving their cars behind.
Fortunately for Malema, he had not arrived at the venue when the violence started.
"I can confirm that we have arrested six men and a woman in connection with a scene where two cars were smashed during a commotion in Motetema on Friday," police spokesman Brigadier Hangwani Mulaudzi said yesterday.
They appeared in the Nebo Magistrate's Court yesterday and were granted R1,000 bail each.
Their case was postponed to September 8.
According to Richard Maabane, ANC chairman in the Tsoaledi-Maila branch, they did not approve of the "Friends of the Youth League" because they did not recognise "that structure".
"As custodians of the organisation in our area, we were supposed to be involved when the event was being coordinated."
Maabane said they were worried that each time Malema was given a platform he would hurl insults at President Jacob Zuma "in a disrespectful manner".