New ANCYL president 'never a member of Cope'

2015-09-08 19:09
ANC Youth League president Collen Maine (Amanda Khoza, News24)

ANC Youth League president Collen Maine (Amanda Khoza, News24)

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Johannesburg - Former ANC North West secretary Kabelo Mataboge has claimed that newly elected ANC Youth League president Collen Maine has never been a member of breakaway party Congress of the People.

"We have noted the release of falsified claims about the political profile of Collen Maine, including that he was a member of Cope - a claim I dismiss with the contempt it deserves," Mataboge said in a statement.

"Collen Maine has since 2009 held various responsibilities in the ANC, ranging from MP, MPL, MEC and chairperson of the ANCYL to date, and at no stage has this matter been raised. Why now?"

Cope spokesperson Dennis Bloem told News24 on Tuesday that Maine was a member of the party.

"After the Polokwane conference [in 2007] he broke away from the ANC; he was a member of Cope. After the 2009 elections he went back to the ANC," Bloem said.

When asked by News24 for official documents confirming this, Bloem said it was when the party was launched and it did not have documents going that far back.

But Maine told SAfm he had "never been a member of Cope".

Mataboge said allegations that Maine and other ANC leaders collaborated with Cope was dismissed by the ANC as a "political concoction".

"It is therefore untrue that Collen Maine - to the best of my knowledge - was ever a member of Cope."

Maine was nominated unopposed for the position of ANCYL president at its 25th national congress held in Midrand, Johannesburg, at the weekend.

In his first address as leader on Sunday, Maine said that 13 years ago he was a full-time organiser in the ANCYL.

Members in the North West and KwaZulu-Natal have also told News24 that Maine left the ANC to join Cope.

A highly placed ANCYL source in KwaZulu-Natal, who did not want to be named, said Maine was brought back to the ANC by North West Premier Supra Mahumapelo.

He allegedly offered Maine a position in the party if he returned, according to the source.

An ANCYL former branch leader in the North West - part of a group that tried to stop the ANCYL elective congress from going ahead - claimed that Maine had left the governing party to join Cope.

"Most of these people did not resign their membership of the ANC. Instead... they were used to empower Cope to try to overthrow the ANC government. So they operated from within," he claimed.

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