The Star Early Edition

‘I tried to calm crowd at ser­vice’

- BER­NADETTE WOL­HUTER

KWAZULU-Na­tal ANC Youth League sec­re­tary Than­dux­olo Sa­belo says he did every­thing within his power to try to re­store or­der at the memo­rial ser­vice for Strug­gle stal­wart Ahmed Kathrada ear­lier this year.

“In the pre­vail­ing cir­cum­stances I did my best to main­tain and dis­suade un­ruly el­e­ments in at­ten­dance at the memo­rial ser­vice,” Sa­belo said in pa­pers filed in the Dur­ban High Court last week.

“I ad­mit Dr Zweli Mkhize was in­ter­rupted but I dis­pute that I did ab­so­lutely noth­ing to calm and con­trol the sit­u­a­tion. As far as I’m con­cerned I did every­thing within my power.”

Sa­belo was re­spond­ing to a bid by the or­gan­is­ers of the memo­rial, the Ac­tive Cit­i­zens Move­ment (ACM), to have him and the league found in con­tempt of court.

In March, Judge Rashid Va­hed granted the ACM an ur­gent in­ter­dict pre­vent­ing league mem­bers from dis­rupt­ing the pro­ceed­ings.

On the day of the ser­vice, a rowdy crowd in ANCYL T-shirts heck­led and booed sev­eral speak­ers, in­clud­ing former fi­nance min­is­ter Pravin Gord­han and Mkhize.

The ACM wants Sa­belo and the league fined R150000, payable to char­ity, and pub­lic apolo­gies.

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