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#OccupyLuthuliHouse: Organisers to now submit memorandum of demands

Demonstrators have started gathering at Beyers Naude Square before making their way to Luthuli House.

#OccupyLuthuliHouse supporters and #DefendLuthuliHouse supporters march at Luthuli House in Johannesburg on 05 September, 2016. Picture: Christa Eybers/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - Organisers of the #OccupyLuthuliHouse campaign now say they will not stage a sit-in at the African National Congress (ANC)'s headquarters but will instead deliver a memorandum of demands.

Demonstrators have started gathering at Beyers Naude Square in the Johannesburg CBD before making their way to Luthuli House.

They are calling for the immediate resignation of President Jacob Zuma and the entire ANC National Executive Committee (NEC).



Another group has also arrived at the ANC's headquarters, saying they are at Luthuli House to protect Zuma from non-ANC members who want to impose their will on the party.



They say they have travelled from as far as the Free State, while others are from branches around Johannesburg.



They say they are here to defend President Jacob Zuma.

Occupy Luthuli House supporters, gathered on Beyers Naude Drive, are singing struggle songs and preparing to make their way to the party's headquarters to deliver their memorandum.

ANC JUSTIFIES HEIGHTENED SECURITY

The ANC says its decision to heighten security outside its headquarters in anticipation of the demonstration today is not unreasonable.

Organisers have urged members of the public not to join today's demonstration due to safety concerns.

The ANC's Khusela Sangoni says initially the protest was not presented as a peaceful movement, prompting the deployment of more security.

"It was about occupying Luthuli House. It was not a peaceful demonstration to Luthuli House to just present their grievances and obviously with the threat of occupation like have been made. It's not unreasonable for the ANC to seek to protect Luthuli House in the sense."

But she says the party hopes for peaceful proceedings.

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."

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