Premier Zille and Mayor De Lille lay charges against ANCYL
01 August 2012
This afternoon, Premier Helen Zille and I formally laid criminal complaints against the ANCYL (African National Congress Youth League), the African National Congress, the African National Congress Women's League, the Cape Amalgamated Taxi Association, Congress of Democratic Taxi Associations in relation to offences that have been committed, as outlined in the Intimidation Act of 1982.
On Friday, 27 July 2012, a memorandum issued by the ANCYL (Dullah Omar Region) was delivered to the Office of the Premier on behalf of the five organisations mentioned above. The memorandum contains, amongst other things, the following threat on the fifth page of their memorandum: "We demand that the abovementioned demands be positively responded to within 7 working days. Failure to do so the young people and the abovementioned stakeholders will make this city and province ungovernable! Amandla!"
This threat comes against the backdrop of a number violent service delivery protests that have taken place in the City in recent days. It is already clear that there is an element of political stoking involved and there is mounting evidence that these protests are being coordinated and controlled.
Just this morning I viewed video footage of a protest in the early hours of Monday morning, on the corner of Landsdowne Road and Duinefontein Road, near Sweet Homes Farm. The footage clearly shows how the actions of protestors are being carefully marshalled and controlled by certain identifiable individuals.