ANCYL accused of trashing Bushman’s River picnic spot

Updated with response from ANC Youth League below:

Bushman’s River Mouth resident Ference Toth provided this video of the aftermath of an ANC Youth League party at the picnic spot in the coastal village last weekend. He said residents were appalled by the trashing of the place. Liquor bottles left everywhere, as well as other litter. Braai places and benches were damaged. Some surrounding bush was chopped out for firewood. Residents want the ANC and its Youth League to be held accountable for the damage and trashing of the place.

Photos of the party were shared on Facebook.

ANC regional chairperson Scara Njadayi was contacted for comment.

In response to TotT’s queries, he provided a statement from ANCYL sub-regional coordinator Maradona Swaartbooi on Tuesday afternoon.

“The ANCYL would like to put it categorically clear that the ANC never arranged any party in Bushman’s, nor did the ANCYL arrange such a party in Bushman’s,” Swaartbooi said.

“The ANCYL cannot be held liable [for] any party which [it] is not aware off and cannot account for individuals who organised and attended such a party, even those who are members of the ANC and the ANCYL who volunteer to attend such a party.”

But he said the ANCYL was “willing to volunteer itself help the municipality by cleaning that open space, hence it believes in [a] clean and green environment”.

He said the ANCYL had assembled its branches on Saturday October 17 in Marselle Community Hall, and the workshop had taken place under strict Covid-19 regulations and precautionary measures such as social distancing, provision of sanitisers, less than 250 people and wearing of masks.

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