Trou­ble brews at ANC birth­day cel­e­bra­tions

Weekend Argus (Saturday Edition) - - FRONT PAGE - CAIPHUS KGOSANA and CARIEN DU PLESSIS

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.

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