The DA is the second party to announce on Sunday that it would lay charges of inciting violence against the ANC Youth League’s Collen Maine over his call to MK veterans to take up arms to defend the president.

“Maine’s statements are dangerous, callous and irresponsible. They are in direct contravention with the Constitution… and an insult to our constitutional democracy” said the Democratic Alliance’s Student Organisation leader Yusuf Cassim in a statement.


Cassim described the ANCYL as “an irrelevant organisation, existing only as a lobby group for ANC factions that are unethical enough to call on their support when it suits them”.

Earlier, Cope announced that it would open a criminal case against Maine.

Cope’s spokesperson Dennis Bloem on Sunday said that “Maine’s utterances may just spark the country into anarchy”.

Bloem said that he would lay the charges at the Garsfontein police station on Sunday afternoon.

“Statements like those of Maine belong to the past and they must be left there.”

Meanwhile, AfriForum Youth said it was consulting lawyers to decide whether to also lodge a complaint against him.

“We want to be sure that if we do it, everything will be right and reasonable,” its spokesperson Morne Mostert said.

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