Trouble brews at ANC birthday celebrations
THE ANC’s 98th birthday celebrations in Kimberley today could see “constipated anarchists” pitted against determined communists as the political in-fighting within the tripartite alliance continues.
Senior SACP sources claim the ANC Youth League is planning to bus in supporters – mainly youngsters – to heckle communist leaders during the event.
A member of the SACP’s central committee said they were aware of a plot by the youth league to embarrass communist leaders such as Blade Nzimande hardly a month after youth league president Julius Malema was booed at the SACP’s special congress in Polokwane. But the league has denied this, while the ANC has vowed to deal with “constipated anarchists”.
Malema’s booing sparked a furious row between the youth league and the SACP, heightening tension between the so-called nationalists in the governing party and its leftist ally.
The central committee member, who declined to be named, said this was part of the “dirty tricks campaign” that was being applied to discredit the SACP.
ANC head of elections and Deputy Police Minister Fikile Mbalula also warned that the party would not tolerate any disruption of its rally today.
“If anybody comes with ill-intentions of the constipation of anarchy he will be met by decisive force of our people first and foremost and the marshals who will take them out of this area. So if you are constipated and you are looking at relieving your constipation, stay where you are,” Mbalula warned.