ANC slams ANCYL 'call to arms'

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Johannesburg, 02 May 2016 - The ANC Youth League president has gone to ground. Collen Maine is refusing to comment on his new home, which allegedly cost 5,4 million rand. The Amabhungane Centre for Investigative Journalism broke the story.

JOHANNESBURG - The African National Congress (ANC) has condemned comments attributed to ANC Youth League President, Comrade Collen Maine, calling on uMkontho weSizwe Military Veterans Association (MKMVA) to take up arms in defence of ANC President, Jacob Zuma.

ANC spokesperson Zizi Kodwa says the ANC views these utterances as unfortunate, irresponsible and reckless.

“The freedom, peace and stability we enjoy in South Africa today came at a price. Amongst those freedoms, is the right to freedom of expression, which does not extend to inflammatory remarks such as those made by the Youth League President and should never be allowed to find space in our democratic society.”

Kodwa added that 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, the Chapter 9 institutions which support constitutional democracy and law enforcement agencies.

The statement read: Current challenges facing South Africa require reasoned, cogent and decisive leadership, not provocative and demagogic talk. Accordingly, the ANC has instructed the ANC Youth League President to retract these comments.

“President Zuma is the democratically elected leader of our country, with more than 11 million South Africans having affirmed him as leader of our government in the recently held General Elections in 2014. He continues to enjoy overwhelming support from the majority of members of the ANC and society at large",added Kodwa.