ANCYL president Collen Maine has retracted the call he made at the weekend for the MKMVA to take up arms in defence of Pres. Zuma.

Maine made the about-turn following a meeting with ANC leaders, including Zuma, at the party’s headquarters on Monday. He apologised to all South Africans and the opposition parties for his comments.

“The president gave me a stern talking to,” Maine said on Tuesday.

He said he did not believe his comments were inciting violence, he listened to his leaders and was unconditionally apologising to South Africans.

He said when ANC leaders talked, he listened, unlike expelled ANCYL president and current EFF leader Julius Malema.

“I am not like that popcorn Malema.”

 

During a pro-Zuma march in eThekwini at the weekend, Maine made a plea to the Umkhonto weSizwe Military Veterans Association (MKMVA) to defend the party and the country’s leader.

“Comrades from Umkhonto weSizwe, bring your guns. Now is the time to defend the revolution,” he said.

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