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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.

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