New ANCYL president defected in 2007 - Cope

2015-09-08 15:30
Collen Maine (ANCYL)

Collen Maine (ANCYL)

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Johannesburg - Newly elected ANC Youth League president Collen Maine has apparently not always been a loyal cadre of the movement, if the opposition Congress of the People is to be believed.

Cope spokesperson Dennis Bloem told News24 on Tuesday that Maine was a member of the breakaway party. He was apparently one of those disgruntled ANC members who jumped ship to Cope in 2007 after the Polokwane congress. 

"After the Polokwane conference he broke away from the ANC, he was a member of Cope. After the 2009 elections he went back to the ANC," he 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 has told SAfm he had "never been 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.

During his maiden address at the congress on Sunday, Maine said that 13 years ago he was a full-time organiser in the ANCYL.

News24 requested his biography from the ANC, but the party could not immediately make it available.

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 now North West Premier Supra Mahumapelo.

Mahumapelo 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.

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

"Remember Cope at that time preferred working underground and not being seen. Most of them were not courageous [enough] to come out."



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