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ANCYL explains Maine's comments calling for Zuma defence

The league’s president called on military veterans to bring out their guns and defend Zuma.

President of the ANCYL Collen Maine. Picture: @ANCYLhq.

JOHANNESBURG - The African National Congress Youth League (ANCYL) has moved to explain comments made by its president Collen Maine at an ANC march in eThekwini, saying they do not incite violence.

During the "Hands off President Jacob Zuma" demonstration on Sunday, Maine called on military veterans to bring out their guns and defend Zuma.

The youth league has described Maine's comments as patriotism.

Spokesperson Mondi Mkhize says: "We are saying this democracy was fought for and anyone who wants to undermine this democracy for narrow interests of capital accumulation, we are not going to agree with that."

He says the comments cannot be compared to when Julius Malema called for Zuma to be protected when he was head of the youth league.

"Here we are not speaking about defending an individual, it's about defending democracy."

On Sunday, the Democratic Alliance's youth wing said it would lay charges against Maine for inciting violence.

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