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PODCAST | Taking the Rams by the Horns: A DA march that wasn't

DA marching from Mary Fitzgerald Square in Newtown to the governing party ANC's headquarters Luthuli House to highlight the country's load-shedding crisis.
DA marching from Mary Fitzgerald Square in Newtown to the governing party ANC's headquarters Luthuli House to highlight the country's load-shedding crisis.
Image: Thulani Mbele

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The DA marched past Luthuli House and the ANC Youth League members did not whip them into line, so says our podcaster Rams Mabote as he chews on this week’s main political event in Johannesburg.

About 5,000 DA members marched to the ANC’s headquarters Luthuli House in the Johannesburg CBD on Wednesday over rolling blackouts in the country.

In this latest episode of Taking The Rams By The Horns on SowetanLIVE, Rams unpacks drama, chaos and comedy that unfolded during the march.

 ‘’The DA was not actually marching to Luthuli House but past Luthuli house. That’s a first. The march was redirected and it turns out the members of the ANC Youth League, those toothless young lions, were waiting and ready for the DA, sjamboks in hand, to defend Luthuli House. Why carry whips you ask? They said the whips were to direct the DA members to the megawatt park,  offices of Eskom…”

DA’s Natasha Mazzone was not deterred by the sjamboks.

‘’I would like to see the person who sjamboks me. They won’t reach me. That I know for sure…”

ANC national spokesperson Pule Mabe accused the DA of being provocative Mzi 

“ How do you march to a political party to take a memorandum on electricity? Do you see a power station here at Luthuli house? There is no Kusile [power station] here. There is no power station here. They [DA] are opportunistic, provocative and grandstanding...”