Those were not the exact words of the ANC but an inference to what the party said regarding the recent war-talks of the ANC Youth League President Collen Maine.
Reports have it that the ruling party today, distanced itself from the ANCYL President remarks concerning the EFF disruption of Parliament.
Maine told News24 that it’s time for the ANC to battle EFF.
“If they want a fight, they must be given war, Julius and his people must know no one has monopoly on anarchy. From now on, every sitting of Parliament, the ANCYL is getting in and we will respond accordingly from there in the gallery…The ANC must use our majority in Parliament to do what Parliament’s protection services are doing. We do that one time so we can put an end to those shenanigans,” Maine stated.
Reacting, ANC national spokesperson Zizi Kodwa issued a statement where it warned that war-mongering talk is an antithesis to the type of society ANC envisage to build regardless of who it comes from.
The statement commended the party’s MPs, who remained calm in the “face of extreme provocation” by the EFF.
It further related that the ANC is calling “upon all its members and supporters to refrain using language that is inflammatory and that could undermine our nation’s efforts of promoting and preserving political tolerance.
Our responsibility and duty as the ANC and all Members of Parliament should be to restore the dignity and decorum of Parliament; ensuring that this very important institution is able to discharge its mandate in an environment characterized by political tolerance,” read the statement.
In a previous report Maine said the ANCYL will approach Zuma to unleash soldiers on EFF. “Whoever wants to fight Zuma must do so through the ANCYL. We have never called for a war. We will however, fight any attempts that seek to brew civil war in this country,” he said.