It’s now known to all that ANCYL’s Maine called on some guys to pick up their guns and protect Mr. Zuma and the ANC.
If you missed it, the Youth League President, Collen Maine called on uMkontho weSizwe Military Veterans Association (MKMVA) to take up arms in defense of President Zuma.
“Comrades from Umkhonto we Sizwe, bring your guns. Now is the time to defend the revolution… We must do it. Generations that came before did it. They sacrificed their lives.”
ANC condemned Maine’s utterances as unfortunate, irresponsible and reckless saying the freedom, peace, and stability South Africa enjoys came at a price.
The ruling party asserted that the current challenges facing the country requires “reasoned, cogent and decisive leadership, not provocative and demagogic talk.”
Thus, it instructed the ANC Youth League President to retract his comments.
However, Congress of the People (Cope) said ANC’s condemnation of its Youth League leader is hypocritical, and wouldn’t make them have a rethink about their decision to discipline Maine.
Already, the party has laid criminal charges against the ANC Youth League President.
Speaking, Cope’s Dennis Bloem affirmed that “the call by ANC is one of hypocrisy. We are saying these kind of utterances are very dangerous, reckless and irresponsible. We have asked the police to investigate this case to lock Mr. Maine up. He must have his day in court,” Bloem remarked.
Meanwhile, the DA welcomed ANC’s decision to instruct ANCYL President to withdraw his irresponsible comments.
However, that party indicated that it does not negate the criminality of his conduct. As such, DA announced that it will proceed with laying criminal charges against Mr. Maine.
“Incitement of violence is a very serious crime that goes against the spirit and intent of our Constitution, and the principle of the Rule of Law. In keeping with these key constitutional principles, it is essential that this results in a full investigation. It cannot be wished away or undone,” DA maintained.