Cope slams NPA decision not to prosecute Maine

2016-11-09 21:02
Collen Maine (Felix Dlangamandla, Netwerk24)

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Johannesburg - The NPA's decision not to prosecute ANC Youth League president Collen Maine for "inciting violence" is disgraceful, Cope said on Wednesday.

It was politically motivated and an abuse of state power, the party said in a statement.

"We are utterly shocked by this disgraceful decision by Shaun Abrahams, head of NPA, to decline to prosecute Maine for such a serious case."

The party had laid a charge against Maine for comments he made ahead of President Jacob Zuma's State of the Nation speech on February 11.

He told ANCYL members in Soshanguve that there would be civil war if Zuma's speech was interrupted.

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

"The Youth League will physically remove woodworkers from Parliament. We cannot allow [EFF leader] Julius Malema and his monkeys to run our country amok and turn this country into a banana republic."

"Woodworkers", or EFF members, was a reference to Malema getting a G in woodwork, on the standard grade, in matric.

Cope said it was informed on October 30 that the NPA would not prosecute Maine.

"No explanation was provided for this decision, so Maine won't have his day in court," spokesperson Dennis Bloem said.

Bloem questioned why Maine was not prosecuted, yet Malema was facing criminal charges under the apartheid-era Riotous Assemblies Act of 1956 for allegedly urging his supporters to invade vacant land.

"Collen Maine threatens the country with civil war. The lives and the stability of the country were threatened by this dangerous and reckless statement, and Shaun Abrahams sees nothing wrong in that," Bloem said.

Cope said its president, Mosiuoa Lekota, would take the matter up with the ministers of justice and police. 

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