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#OccupyLuthuliHouse: Organisers expect over 2,000 people to join march

The Occupy Luthuli House campaign says the ANC NEC has failed to hold the president to account.

FILE: ANC supporters march through the streets of Johannesburg. Picture: Reinart Toerien/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - Organisers of the Occupy Luthuli House campaign say they expect over 2,000 people to join them today to demand the immediate resignation of President Jacob Zuma and the entire African National Congress (ANC) National Executive Committee (NEC).

But there are safety concerns as some ANC members have vowed that the group will not be allowed to continue with the demonstration.

On Friday, a briefing by organisers was halted by Tshwane ANC Youth League leaders who said they would not allow fake ANC members to address the media.

The Occupy Luthuli House Campaign says the ANC NEC has failed to hold the president to account.

They want a task team comprising struggle stalwarts to be formed and take the ANC to a consultative conference for renewal.

One of the organizers Bonolo Ramokhele says the demonstration is open for anyone who loves the ANC.

"We shall be convening at the Beyers Naude Square next to the Provincial Legislature of Gauteng at 8am."

He says some ANC stalwarts have agreed to be part of the campaign.

Meanwhile, the ANC Youth League and women's league have warned those planning to protest, saying if they continue with the demonstration, they will find real ANC members waiting for them.

The ANC Women's League says those who are planning to occupy Luthuli House today are cowards.

The ANCWL's Moekgo Matuba says this is a cheap political stunt and their members will be at Luthuli House to defend the ANC.

"We'll not allow them because they will find us there in Luthuli House waiting to defend the African National Congress. I don't want to be misquoted, defending the African National Congress and defending our revolution."

SECURITY TIGHTENED

Security has been stepped up outside the party's headquarters in the Johannesburg CBD.

It seems to be business as usual outside the ANC headquarters with traffic flowing so far and people going about their business.

But security has been stepped up.

There are men who appear to the private security, wearing military clothing, standing around the building.

Scores of metro police and South African Police Service officials are also present.

Several police nyalas are also parked along the street. There is also a strong media contingency.

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