WATCH: Maine responds to Mthembu's resignation call

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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.

JOHANNEBURG - ANC Youth League president Collen Maine says if the party’s chief whip in Parliament wants to resign, then he can do so alone.

Maine was speaking to eNCA in response to Jackson Mthembu’s call for the NEC to resign as a collective. Mthembu also reportedly told City Press newspaper that the governing party, with its current leadership, was worse than its apartheid predecessors.

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“The ANC has taken the decision to introspect and self-correct after it suffered losses at the polls after August’s election… We all agree that the organisation is facing challenges and we need to self-correct, but self-correcting does not mean that I must be happy with making a newspaper headline, that doesn’t assist the ANC,” Maine said, emphasising that internal matters of the party need to be addressed internally.

Maine said it was unfortunate that a senior member like Mthembu would grandstand instead of following party processes. He also said that the governing party was looking into the possibility that their members could be paid by “external agents and enemies of the ANC.” 

“We will continue to be critical of anybody who defines [themselves] outside the ANC, even comrade Mthembu but we will do it within the structures of the ANC.“

Earlier, ANC spokesperson Zizi Kodwa said "it would be extremely irresponsible and cowardly for the NEC to resign", in response to Mthembu's statements.

Catch the full interview in the gallery above.