The fate of Collen Maine’s leadership as the president of the African National Congress Youth League (ANCYL) is currently hanging on the thread, according to reports making the round.
This comes after two respected former leaders of the ANC Youth League wrote a petition against him via a lawyer. The letter was reportedly delivered to the ANC’s headquarters Luthuli House in Johannesburg,
Expressing themselves in the said letter, the undisclosed persons questioned Maine’s age and fitness to hold office.
According to the men, who reportedly served as Gauteng and North West leaders, Collen is very old and unfit to lead the league and in addition, has violated the constitution which clearly stipulated that the position of the ANCYL president is strictly open to people between the ages of 14 and 35.
Furthermore, they urged Maine, who is estimated to be 38-years-old, to provide authentic birth certificate and other relevant details if he feels people overestimated or inflated his age.
“The correct position is that he should surrender his membership of the ANC Youth League and resign from the position of President. To the extent that there is any dispute about his age, we request that he provide us with his correct date of birth and any evidence to this effect.
“We specifically require that he provide us with either a copy of his birth certificate or his identification document. Failure to provide this information will lead us to the inevitable conclusion that our clients’ estimation about age is in fact correct,” the aggrieved ANC members stated.
The men, in addition, called on the leadership of the ANC to weigh in on the matter and treat it as a priority and equally ensure that Maine relinquishes his post for violating the constitution of the movement.
Remarkably, this is not the first time Collen Maine’s age and fitness to hold office have made the headlines. In 2015, when he elected as the league’s president, there were concerns and tension over his age. Most discontented people went as far as dubbing him Mr 34.9 and subsequently “Oros” due to his body stature.