Congress of the People (Cope) party is ready to charge African National Congress Youth League (ANCYL) leader to court.
COPE spokesperson Dennis Bloem said this in a statement, released on Wednesday,
“Please note that Cope will be laying a charge of incitement of violence against ANCYL president Collen Maine at Brooklyn Police Station in Pretoria this afternoon”.
Maine, who had addressed thousands of members at the “Kgalemela lenyatso” rally in Soshanguve, north of Pretoria, told the crowd they must watch out for the organisation and also stay focused as the forthcoming local government elections draw near.
Maine went ahead to pour abuses on rival parties. He said, “If you fight with Zuma you are fighting with the youth league, and South Africans who have voted for him, and the ANC with more than 60 % majority. The country will be defended. We can’t permit Julius Malema and his monkeys to run our nation amok and switch this nation right into a banana republic.”
He did not stop at that anyway, he also threatened to unleash a civil war on any individual or groups of individuals that may dare to disrupt 2016 SONA.
“Those who seek to disrupt the State of the Nation must prepare themselves for a civil war. We want to assure the country that the youth league will attend the State of the Nation of address to defend the nation and the revolution. We wish to inform the Speaker of the parliament not to organise security on that day. The youth league will physically remove wood workers from parliament,” said Maine.
Following Maine’s speech, various parties and organizations have heavily criticized his remarks. On Monday, the Congress of the People via its spokesman said,
“We are seriously alarmed at the war talk emanating from the ANC.”
“On Sunday evening‚ Collen Maine was on television threatening civil war if the EFF (Economic Freedom Fighters) continued with its action against President (Jacob) Zuma.”
“Such bellicose war talk from a political leader is inflammatory and extremely dangerous.”
As expected, Economic Freedom Fighters spokesperson Mbuyseni Ndlozi described Collen Maine as a failed leader. Ndlozi said,
“Any conscious South African, anybody that claims to be a revolutionary would never borrow the tools of white racists to describe black South Africans. Maine is a house slave.
“He has adopted the language of the master. To refer to black South Africans as monkeys is to participate in a language of racists and that disqualifies him as a revolutionary.”
ANC spokesperson Zizi Kodwa has also reprimanded Maine, he maintained that his remarks were apparently unacceptable to the party and South Africa.
“It’s offensive to describe a people, because you don’t agree with them, [as] monkeys, especially in the context of South Africa where monkeys were used to describe certain groups of people based on racial expression,”
“Any description of people as any animal, we don’t believe is correct,” Zizi said.
On Monday, the Democratic Alliance Students Organisation (Daso) also indicated interest in considering criminal charges against Maine for his threats. Not only that, the organization promised to take the matter to South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) “for its consideration for remarks that we contend rise to the level of inciting violence”.
Daso leader Yusuf Cassim also called on SAHRC chairperson advocate Lawrence Mushwana make “an example of Maine” to show “that this sort of conduct will not be tolerated in a democratic South Africa”.