Watty Watson MP
DA Chief Whip
In the Mpumalanga Section of the New Age of this past Tuesday, it is reported that members of the ANC Youth League were prevented by the DA from using the facilities at the Community Hall in Kameelrivier in the Dr JS Moroka Municipality on Saturday, 29 September 2012, because it was alleged that the DA had occupied the Community Hall illegally and had obtained a court order to prevent the ANCYL from using the hall.
The truth is that the DA councillor in that area, Prince Joseph Mahlangu had booked and paid for the rental as well as the deposit on behalf of the DA as far back as 19 September 2012, and in terms of the Municipal Rules also obtained a permit to enter the premises on Friday, 28 September 2012.
We have the official receipt and permit available to prove this.
Furthermore, the facts are that the DA decided to hold their Heritage Day celebrations on the last Saturday of Heritage Month and more than 600 supporters from the Ndebele, Tswana, Tsonga and Pedi people were represented – together with their Traditional Leaders – including the Dzunza king, King JS Mahlangu.
The accusation that the DA had obtained a court order preventing the ANCYL to use the facilities is devoid of all truth. The real truth is that the ANCYL had organised their rally at the adjoining sport stadium where ANCYL Deputy President Ronald Lamola and ANC Deputy Secretary General Thandi Modisi were to address the crowds – and the ANCYL organisers were loud hailing in the streets from early that morning.
However, by the end of the day only about 30 people had gathered at the stadium and it is obvious that the event could not take place with such a poor attendance.
The ANC and the ANCYL must heed the signs that they have lost the support of the community of Dr JS Moroka and must not hide their demise by blaming the DA.