As the battle to “occupy” the African National Congress’ Luthuli House HQ intensifies, the ANC has warned staff to “expect groups of people to come for a possible protest” and ordered them not to allow any visitors.
According to an internal memo, staff members should report for duty as normal today but ensure they are at work before 8am.
“Please note that the ANC HQ shall prepare for all possible eventualities. As part of these arrangements, all staff are encouraged not to have any activities or meetings in Luthuli House over the weekend. On Monday itself, all ANC managers and Luthuli staff members are requested to report for duty as normal. Please note that no visitors shall be allowed into the building on Monday,” the memo stated.
This comes after calls by “a group of concerned ANC members” for mobilisation and a mass occupation of Luthuli House today.
The group includes ex-Wits University Students Representative Council, president Mcebo Dlamini, Joburg ANC member Sasa Manganye, and ex-ANCYL national executive committee member Ntibi Modise.
The planned occupation was apparently intended to demand that President Jacob Zuma and the ANC NEC resign following the party’s poor elections.
Security is beefed up outside Luthuli House, with at least three SAPS nyalas, and barbed-wire on trailers, seen.