The situation at Beyers Naude Square near Luthuli House intensified as Umkhonto WeSizwe Military Veterans Association (MKMVA) members tried to prevent African National Congress (ANC) secretary-general Gwede Mantashe from receiving a memorandum of demands from #OccupyLuthuliHouse protesters.
MKMVA chairperson Kenny Maphatsoe intervened and ordered his members to allow Mantashe to take delivery of the demands.
But one member of the MKMVA described those military veterans who created a guard of honour for Mantashe are “sell-outs”.
“If the SG comes here‚ we will tell him to go back to the office. We are not intimidating anyone‚ we are defending the revolution and this movement has protocol. If you are unhappy with a particular leader‚ you must go to the branches and they must pronounce on what they want to done‚” said the member.
Skirmishes broke out amongst MKMVA members‚ and with SAPS officers and other protesters as they tried to engage Mantashe and the #OccupyLuthuliHouse demonstrators.
Reporters found themselves in between the blows being exchanged between the parties.
“These members must wait for the 2017 elective conference of the ANC and that’s the only time they can take out President Jacob Zuma. Whether we agree or disagree with Zuma is not an issue. The issue is that procedurally‚ they must follow the right processes of the African National Congress‚” the vocal MKMVA member said.
Shortly after Mantashe received the memorandum‚ he was whisked through the disgruntled MKMVA members.
The#OccupyLuthuliHouse protesters‚ who have described themselves as “children of the ANC”‚ have demanded that Zuma must step down as president of the ANC and the country‚ and the resignation of the current top six National Executive Committee members of the party.