Reacting to former president Thabo Mbeki’s letter about the motion of no confidence in Zuma, ANC Youth League President, Collen Maine warned Mr Mbeki to leave President Zuma alone.
Mbeki in his letter contended that ANC should uphold the interest of South Africans while they cast their votes in the motion to remove Zuma as South Africa’s president.
Mbeki’s sentiment got the ANC Youth League President wailing that old ANC members want to take ANC to grave with them. He agitated that it is ideal for former leaders of the party to allow the present leaders the space to lead.
Maine was quoted to have said: “We are just appealing to this man Thabo Mbeki to give the elected leadership an opportunity to interact with the current challenges facing the ANC, including the view on the motion of no confidence.”
Speaking further on the motion of no confidence in President Zuma, the ANC Youth League President asserted that ANC MPs must respect ANC’s decision and reject voting based on “their so-called conscience.”
“Our electoral system in the country is the party one. People go there, in Parliament, to represent the ANC and the ANC is led by President Jacob Zuma,” Maine argued.
Maine’s “appeal” to Mbeki ought not to be surprising. The league recently promised to “tackle head on anybody that thinks that they can willy-nilly attack the President.”
They proclaimed that they will continue to rally behind President Zuma until the ANC Conference in December 2017 and the 2019 General Elections.
To them, President Zuma is a struggle icon and it’s just uncool that “even washed up pensioned politicians who are still to recover from Mangaung hangover have found themselves unable to contain their hatred for the President.”
“We want to state it categorically that the ANC Youth League will remain the Family of President Zuma. He is welcomed all the time as a father figure and a struggle icon who played a big role to liberate this country in the ANC Youth League.
“It was the ANC Youth League that protected and shielded Cde Jacob Zuma from those who sought to use state power to frustrate his rise to the office of the President. It was the ANC Youth League that played a pivotal role in the election of President Zuma.
“We reiterate our support for the President fully and unconditionally…We are calling on the President to continue discharging his duties unabated,” ANCYL stated.