Siyanda Ndlovu
Digital Journalist
1 minute read
7 Jan 2022
3:37 pm

Ramaphosa address delayed due to chaos at Peter Mokaba memorial lecture venue

Siyanda Ndlovu

On Thursday Ramaphosa was forced to abandon the address of the Lillian Ngoyi memorial lecture due to non-compliance with Covid-19 protocols.

The memorial lecture was cancelled after President Cyril Ramaphosa and ANCWL President Bathabile Dlamini had arrived. Photo by Gallo Images / Sowetan / Thulani Mbele

Chaos erupted outside the venue where African National Congress (ANC) President Cyril Ramaphosa is expected to address the Peter Mokaba memorial lecture on Friday.

Some ANC Youth League (ANCYL) members blocked the entrance to the venue, complaining that only a selected few received tags that would allow them to enter the venue to listen to Ramaphosa.

Due to the chaos, the lecture, which was meant to kick off at 2pm, was delayed, with Ramaphosa only arriving at the venue at 4pm.

ANCYL co-ordinator Joy Memela said the chaos was a result of Covid protocols that had to be followed, especially in the wake of Thursday’s cancellation of the ANCWL Lillian Ngoyi memorial lecture due to Covid regulations not being adhered to.

“The problem is because of the Covid-19 regulations… we have a strict number of people that must be inside the hall.”

“There is no biased distribution of tags just that the numbers outside is more and the number that can only get inside is less, we are trying to speak to the ANC to try and find an alternative move so that the president can address young people. All young people that are outside are members of the ANC, and the only thing they want is to listen to the president of the ANC.”

This is a developing story more information will be updated as it becomes available.