Cosatu disagrees with ANCYL threats

Cosatu has distanced itself from ANCYL threats to make the City of Cape Town ungovernable.

ANCYL members march to the Western Cape legislature on 27 August 2012. Picture: Nathan Adams/EWN

CAPE TOWN - Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu) Provincial Secretary Tony Ehrenreich said on Monday he doesn't necessarily agree with the African National Congress Youth League's (ANCYL) calls to make the province ungovernable.

Hundreds of ANCYL members marched to the Provincial Legislature on Monday to highlight service delivery issues.

Ehrenreich said the ANCYL's campaign for improved services in poorer areas is being overshadowed by those remarks.

"I think the threat about making the city ungovernable was just young people getting emotional about important issues. They've said there's going to be no violence in the protests over ten times, they said they were going to make the sitting ungovernable once - I think people are latching on to that. I think that's the wrong thing."

The ANCYL's Khaya Yozi lashed Western Cape Premier Helen Zille for not personally receiving a memorandum of demands during Mondays march.

"She's not anywhere else. She's hiding behind her desk and laughing because the majority of the marchers are black people."