13 June 2017

South Africa: The Voice of the Youth League Is Deafeningly Silent


Collen Maine seems to have forgotten that he is not the President of President Zuma but the President of the ANC Youth League.

I was shocked to come across an article in Business Day online of 3 May 2017, in which President Collen Maine of the ANC Youth League is quoted to have , among other things,

"We are going to boo Ramaphosa back and it won't be nice. We are going to make life difficult for him. We are going to boo him in an ANC meeting before we boo in a rally." (Maine, 2017)

What is potentially interesting here is who he means by "we". Is he saying he will stand up alone in ANC NEC or NWC meetings and boo the Deputy President, Cyril Ramaphosa? President Maine forgets how he was booed at an ANCYL rally as the newly elected president of the ANCYL in 2015 in Soshanguve, north of Pretoria at the Giant Stadium.

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