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ANCYL forced to abandon intervention at Oakbay

An angry group of 'New Age' and ANN7 employees jeered ANCYL president Collen Maine.

Oakbay Investments logo. Picture: Facebook.

JOHANNESBURG - The African National Congress Youth League (ANCYL) were forced to abandon their intervention at Gupta-owned companies on Wednesday evening after being chased away by employees in Midrand.

The workers are angry that they weren't consulted before a letter went out, allegedly on behalf of all Oakbay employees.

The document appeals to South Africa's four major banks to restore relations with the company.

However, Oakbay employees are demanding the authors retract the letter.

New Age and ANN7 employees have accused the ANCYL of defending the interests of the controversial Gupta family at the expense workers, who say they have been left in the lurch.

The league's president Collen Maine attempted to address the employees last night but he was rudely jeered.

The workers have distanced themselves from the letter sent out under the Oakbay name, adding that they do care about mounting allegations on the Gupta family and state capture.

But they say they were not consulted on the Oakbay letter, which said employees didn't care about the allegations of state capture against the Gupta family.

They refused to engage with Maine, saying this was not his battle, and that he was never there when they raised concerns of poor working conditions and low salaries.

The workers have demanded that Phuti Mosomane and Robbie Rousseau, who signed the document, retract the letter.