ANCYL FACING CONTEMPT OF COURT CHARGE
DURBAN — KwaZuluNatal African National Congress Youth League leader Thanduxolo Sabelo and the organisation are formally facing a contempt of court charge, relating to disruptions at an April memorial service for ANC stalwart Ahmed Kathrada in Durban.
The organiser of the event, the Active Citizens Movement (ACM), has filed papers in the KwaZuluNatal High Court in Durban asking a judge to rule that Sabelo pay R50 000, and the league R100 000, to a charitable organisation.
The ACM also wants the court to order that the youth league place a paidfor advert apologising for their behaviour in four newspapers, including the Zulu publication Isolezwe.
It has supplied a transcript of the proposed apology, which includes an undertaking to en sure that similar “unfortunate and disrespectful” conduct will never be repeated.
If the order is granted, noncompliance would mean that Sabelo can be imprisoned for 90 days and that the ACM can attach league assets, to the value of R100 000, for sale at auction. The ACM has turned back to the court after the ANCYL ignored a demand, issued shortly after the memori al, to apologise through newspaper advertisements. The matter has been set down for August 14.
The respondents have five days in which to note an intention to oppose and 15 days to file affidavits.
In previous media reports, Sabelo denied contravening the interdict the ACM obtained, and said he acted according to its conditions. — News24.