ANCYL slams Malema's remarks on removing government

2016-04-26 21:11
(Karabo Ngoepe, News24)

(Karabo Ngoepe, News24)

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Johannesburg – The ANC Youth League has said it would block any attempts by individuals wanting to brew civil war in South Africa.

In a statement released shortly after a media briefing at Luthuli House on Tuesday afternoon, the ANCYL criticised EFF leader Julius Malema for comments he made to international broadcaster Al Jazeera last week.

Malema told the interviewer the EFF would "remove this government through the barrel of a gun" if continued to treat protesters violently.

The ANCYL labelled Malema a hypocrite. "It is amazing that those who yesterday [Monday] paraded the Constitution and the rule of law are now mobilising for violence and senseless killing of people in the country," it said.

It claimed the EFF was being funded and instructed to bring a civil war to South Africa by "imperialist business" in London.

"The ANC Youth League will never allow hooligans and war lords [sic] to bring this country into violence.

"The ANC Youth League will fight tirelessly to block any attempts that seek to brew civil war to this country of peace and democracy."

Run out of patience

The youth league called on all South Africans to distance themselves from the EFF, describing them as "blood thirsty [sic]".

During an episode of Talk To Al Jazeera last week, Malema told interviewer, Jonah Hull, that if the ruling ANC continued to respond violently to peaceful protests, "we will run out of patience very soon and we will remove this government through the barrel of a gun".

Malema was asked what this meant and if he was literally saying people should take up arms against the government.

Malema responded: "Yeah, literally. I mean it literally. We are not scared. We are not going to have a government that disrespects us."

The ANC on Monday evening opened a case of treason against Malema based on these statements and called on the police to investigate him. The party's spokesperson, Zizi Kodwa, told News24 at the time they were doing this on behalf of all South Africans.

But earlier this year at a rally in Soshanguve, ANCYL president Collen Maine warned the EFF ahead of the state of the nation address that if they disrupted it, they should prepare for a civil war.

Removed 'woodworkers' from Parliament

"Those who seek to disrupt the State of the Nation (Address) must prepare themselves for a civil war," he was quoted as saying.

"We want to assure the country that the youth league will attend the State of the Nation address to defend the nation and the revolution.

"We wish to inform the speaker of the Parliament not to organise security on that day. The youth league will physically remove woodworkers from Parliament," Maine said.

The ANC later described Maine's comments as undesirable.

At the time, Kodwa said Maine's threats were the result of frustration with the "theatrics" seen in Parliament.

"The decorum and the dignity of Parliament has almost gone into thin air. And people are beginning to feel that they need to protect their democracy and the liberation, and the Youth League must be understood in that context," he said.

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