ANC veterans denounce the seeds of "civil war"
Military veterans of the ruling African National Congress on Tuesday lashed out at youth leader Julius Malema supporters who clashed with police saying their actions were "meant to plant the seed of a civil war".
"Their actions are clearly meant to divide our communities and ultimately the South African society. Their deliberate actions are clearly meant to plant the seed of a civil war in our country," said Umkhonto we Sizwe Military Veterans' Association (MKVA) chairman Kebby Maphatsoe said in Johannesburg.
Maphatsoe made the comments outside Luthuli House, the ANC headquarters after thousands of Malema's supporters clashed with police in central Johannesburg, in a demonstration of support to the firebrand leader ahead of his disciplinary hearing.
"We are calling on all members of the MKVA and the ANC to defend the ANC, we are not armed, we can't fight our own people
"These protests we see here are not innocent, these people have got handlers who are orchestrating this," Maphatsoe said.
Malema is facing charges of "bringing the ANC into disrepute" and "sowing divisions" in the ruling party.
Malema, who is charged along with five other youth league officials, could be expelled from the ANC at the closed-door hearing, after being found guilty of criticising President Jacob Zuma by the party's disciplinary committee last year.
© 2011 AFP