OUT IN THE COLD: Andile Lungisa. PHOTO: PEGGY NKOMO
“It is a witch hunt [but] we are respecting the court process. You will hear the truth on the 30th [of January],” he told reporters after his appearance in the Johannesburg Specialised Commercial Crime Court.
The matter was postponed to January 30 as the State only received representations on the matter on Friday.
Lungisa said he disliked being branded a thief.
“When I was young I never stole a cent. I don’t like being branded as a person who steals money,” he said.
“I have hosted the biggest festival in the country in 2010 that some refer to as the ‘kissing festival’.”
The World Federation of Democratic Youth Festival cost the NYDA over R100 million.
Lungisa said he would attend the next festival, to be hosted by Ecuador, in December.
It was unclear whether the court had given him permission to travel outside the country as the group had handed in their passports as part of their bail conditions.
Lungisa said he would also be going back to the Eastern Cape to campaign for the African National Congress in preparation for the 2014 general elections.
“I am going back to my region in Port Elizabeth. I will be campaigning to make sure young people vote for the ANC,” he said.