Shock! Horror! The Young Thug wing of the ANC forcibly prevented a suburban book launch of which they did not approve.
The Sandton launch for Pieter-Louis Myburgh’s expose of ANC secretary-general Ace Magashule’s dirty dealings during his tenure as Free State premier had to be abandoned in the face of book-ripping, customer-jostling crowd of threatening ANC Youth League supporters. The police stood by, either inept or complicit. Why is anyone surprised? This is a political environment where xenophobic attacks go unpunished, where a veiled call for genocide gets the blessing of the Human Rights Commission.
This is where political opponents are defamed, abused and threatened, while the IEC sits with folded hands. The most notable aspect of the incident is that it just provides more evidence of the obvious: the ANCYL and the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) share the same DNA.
It is, after all, the EFF leader, Julius Malema, who when former president Jacob Zuma was under fire like Ace is now, threatened to “kill for Zuma”. It is admittedly admirable that the old-guard ANC stalwarts have expressed their disapproval over the ANCYL’s undemocratic behaviour.
As a result, in response to instructions from above, the Free State book burning has been cancelled or at least – much like Julius’s threatened genocide – postponed, for now.