Arrest ANCYL's Maine before Malema - Cope

2016-05-02 11:08

Pretoria - Cope has threatened to stage sit-ins at the Brooklyn police station to demand the arrest of ANC Youth League president Collen Maine, accusing government of corruption and double standards when it comes to applying the law.

"[We] are incensed at the double standard of this corrupt government when it comes to applying the law. Where rule of law applies, nobody is above the law. This is patently not the case in our country at present," Congress of the People spokesperson Dennis Bloem said on Monday.

This, the party said, follows reports that State Security Minister David Mahlobo has now taken charge of the case against Economic Freedom Fighters leader Julius Malema. 

Last week Police Minister Nathi Nhleko confirmed a case had been opened over his threat to remove the government "through the barrel of a gun".

Bloem said the ANC was pushing to have Malema arrested.

"[But] when Maine addressed an ANC rally in Soshanguve on February 7, he said: 'Those who seek to disrupt the State of the Nation address must prepare themselves for a civil war. The youth league will physically remove woodworkers from Parliament’'

"We wish to remind the country that Cope laid a charge against Maine at the Brooklyn Police station on February 10… for inciting violence."

The party demanded an explanation why the ANC was "prioritising the case against Malema and leaving the case against Maine on the backburner". 

"Cope will not tolerate this blatant abuse of state power any longer. We will embark on sustained sit-ins at the Brooklyn Police station to demand the arrest of Maine. We will expose to the world how the ruling party is abusing state machinery by applying the law unevenly and selectively.

"Nobody is above the law and that includes Maine and [President Jacob] Zuma."

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