Oros to stal­warts: We could have done bet­ter

CityPress - - Voices - PADDY HARPER paddy.harper@city­press.co.za

ANC Youth League (ANCYL) pres­i­dent Collen Maine be­lieves his gen­er­a­tion might have done a bet­ter job than the party’s stal­warts if they had been there in the 1960s.

Maine, who is pop­u­larly known as Oros, yes­ter­day at­tacked the ANC veter­ans who have spo­ken out against Pres­i­dent Jacob Zuma, say­ing they were owed noth­ing.

Maine and eThek­wini chair­per­son Zandile Gumede both used the ANCYL eThek­wini re­gional con­fer­ence in Dur­ban to call on ANC mem­bers to close ranks around Zuma.

Turn­ing to the ANC stal­warts who have called for Zuma demo­cratic rev­o­lu­tion”.

Say­ing that Madon­sela should “rest in peace”, Maine told del­e­gates that they should de­fend Zuma, not be­cause “I like him” but be­cause “he is the pres­i­dent of the ANC”.

Maine tore into Madon­sela, say­ing he had been “re­li­ably told that she is join­ing the DA” . He chal­lenged why the ANC govern­ment should fund a com­mis­sion of in­quiry for her when it would be aimed at “bring­ing the ANC down”.

Gumede also ral­lied to Zuma’s defence, say­ing the “real veter­ans must rise to de­fend the ANC, not amafake”.

Among the “fake” veter­ans who have spo­ken out are Rivo­nia tri­al­ists Andrew Mlan­geni, Ahmed Kathrada and De­nis Gold­berg

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