ANC Youth League President, Collen Maine has apologized for his call for ANC supporters to pick up their guns and protect Mr. Zuma and the ANC.
Although he insisted that his remark was a call to protect the country’s democracy, he begged South Africans to forgive him.
It was on Monday that the ANC instructed the ANC Youth League President to retract his comments.
The ruling party described Maine’s utterances as unfortunate, irresponsible and reckless saying the freedom, peace and stability South Africa enjoy came at a price.
ANC further asserted that the current challenges facing the country require “reasoned, cogent and decisive leadership, not provocative and demagogic talk.”
“Challenges facing society should at all times be resolved on the basis of platforms of co-existence agreed to by South Africans, which include amongst them the checks and balances between the branches of government, our Chapter 9 institutions which support constitutional democracy, law enforcement agencies…,” ANC stated.
Maine’s apology came after a meeting with ANC leaders at the party’s headquarters. The ANCYL President said Zuma gave him a stern talk at the gathering.
“The president gave me a stern talking to…I am not like that popcorn Malema,” he remarked as he pleaded with South Africans to forgive him.
He, however, referred to a statement the Youth League’s spokesperson Mondi Mkhiz gave on the issue and maintained that his comment wasn’t an instigation of violence, but an urge to defend South Africa’s democracy.
Speaking for the Youth League, Mondi Mkhiz said: “We are saying this democracy was fought for and anyone who wants to undermine this democracy for narrow interests of capital accumulation, we are not going to agree with that.
“…We are not speaking about defending an individual, it’s about defending democracy,” he emphasized.
Congress of the People (Cope) and the Democratic Alliance (DA) party have already laid criminal charges against the ANC Youth League President.