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ANCYL, ANCWL and MKMVA rally behind President Zuma

The leaders of the association and the two leagues say President Jacob Zuma will finish his term.

ANC Secretary General Gwede Mantashe at Luthuli House on 05 September, 2016. Picture: Christa Eybers/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - The leaders of the uMkhonto we Sizwe Military Veterans Association (MKMVA), the African National Congress Youth League (ANCYL) and the African National Congress Women's League (ANCWL) all say President Jacob Zuma will finish his term whether people like it or not, and that no amount of protesting will change that.

The leaders addressed hundreds of ANC members who gathered outside Luthuli House earlier, calling themselves the 'defenders of the ANC and President Jacob Zuma'.

They assembled to oppose supporters of the 'Occupy Luthuli House' group who handed over a memorandum to the party's secretary general Gwede Mantashe, demanding Zuma step down.

Just after the 'Occupy Luthuli House' supporters dispersed, the ANCYL, MKMVA and ANCWL gathered the defenders of Luthuli House together and addressed them.

The supporters cheered and sang songs praising Zuma.

Some supporters in the 'Defenders of Luthuli House' camp came all the way from the Free State, and others from KwaZulu-Natal.

ANCYL General Secretary Njabulo Nzuza says calls by the 'Occupy Luthuli House' supporters for the president to step down are just dreams.

"This is a counterrevolutionary attempt to bring disunity to the ANC, unfortunately they are not going to succeed."

Occupy Luthuli House organiser Bonolo Ramokhele says while they were intimidated and insulted, they are satisfied that their message has been sent.

"We are more than satisfied as to how things turned out because we were able to register our message."

He says they will be watching the party closely to ensure it responds to their demands.

Meanwhile, the ANCYL claims the people that were part of the occupy Luthuli House campaign are non-ANC members and that most of them were even foreign nationals.

The league's Jabulani Nzuza says, "Some of those people are not even known within the organisation, some of them are foreign nationals from Swaziland who are clearly here to cause disunity within the organisations."

WATCH: Tensions run high at #OccupyLuthuliHouse

Organisers of the occupy Luthuli House campaign say though they felt their lives were in danger today, they are glad the debate about the president's suitability for office is back on the agenda.

In their memorandum, the group calls for the entire ANC National Executive Committee to step down; saying they failed to hold the president to account.

Police had their hands full separating the opposing groups earlier this afternoon.

The MKMVA had threatened to assault members of the occupy Luthuli House group, if they came anywhere close to the party's headquarters.

Ramokhele claims they were abused by some members.

"Threats of intimidation, violence and the hurling of vulgarities and insults from the MKMVA."

He says all they are happy about is that their message has been sent, and ANC leaders have been warned to ignore it at their own peril.

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