The ANC has confirmed that staff members based at their Johannesburg HQ have been evacuated on Tuesday evening, after members of a protest group entered the building and occupied rooms in Luthuli House.
Luthuli House evacuated on Tuesday 12 October – latest news and updates
According to a recent statement issued by the ANC, a group known as the Liberation Struggle War Veterans were allowed into a meeting at the building on Monday, and received permission to stay overnight. However, late on Tuesday, a ‘breach of the headquarters’ was reported by the party – and details still remain sketchy at this point.
Amongst the demonstrators’ demands, an audience with David Mabuza topped the list. He duly attended a meeting with the group, but it seems this did little to appease the LSWV – and a serious security threat was raised later in the day.
ANC statement on alleged ‘security breach’
In response, the ANC asked its staff to exit Luthuli House, and they were duly evacuated. The situation remains delicately poised, and given that this is a developing story, we’ll provide more updates as we get them.
“Protesters representing the Liberation Struggle War Veterans marched to Luthuli House on Monday 11 October, regarding their grievances. The group demanded to see officials, Deputy President David Mabuza.”
“The LSWV comprimises of military veterans from Umkhunto we Sizwe, Apla, and AZANLA. The group was allowed to sleep in the offices on Monday night, so as not to contravene the COVID-19 regulations.”
“On Tuesday, while discussions between delegations about practical arrangements were in progress, a breach of Luthuli House took place. We have ordered the immediate evacuation of our offices, so that this breach can be dealt with.”
- You can read the ANC’s full statement on the Luthuli House evacuation here
— #VoteANC (@MYANC) October 12, 2021