Cope to lay charges over ‘take up arms for Zuma’ call

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JO­HAN­NES­BURG — Cope will lay charges of in­cit­ing vi­o­lence against the African Na­tional Congress Youth League’s Collen Maine over his call to MK vet­er­ans to take up arms to de­fend the Pres­i­dent.

“Maine’s ut­ter­ances may just spark the coun­try into anar­chy. His ut­ter­ances are also in vi­o­la­tion of sec­tion 16. 2.a & b of the 1996 Con­sti­tu­tion,” said the po­lit­i­cal party’s spokesper­son Den­nis Bloem.

“Statements like those of Maine be­long to the past and they must be left there.”

Mean­while, Afrifo­rum Youth said it was con­sult­ing with lawyers to de­cide whether to also lodge a com­plaint against him.

“We want to be sure that if we do it, ev­ery­thing will be right and rea­son­able,” its spokesper­son Morne Mostert said.

On Satur­day, ANCYL Chair­per­son Collen Maine made his call at a “Hands off Zuma” march in Dur­ban.

“Com­rades from Umkhonto we Sizwe, bring your guns. Now is the time to de­fend the rev­o­lu­tion. We must do it. Gen­er­a­tions that came be­fore did it. They sac­ri­ficed their lives,” he told the ap­prox­i­mately 4 000 peace­fully gath­ered at the event.

The ANC Ethek­wini Re­gion or­gan­ised the event, be­liev­ing Zuma was be­ing tar­geted.

The march comes in the wake of drama around out­go­ing Pub­lic Pro­tec­tor Thuli Madon­sela’s “state cap­ture” re­port.

On Fri­day, Black First Land First (BFLF) pro­test­ers marched to the Pub­lic Pro­tec­tor’s of­fice in Pretoria to de­fend the pres­i­dent.

They car­ried posters read­ing “hamba Madon­sela” and “hands off Zuma” as they rushed up to the gates of the of­fice com­plex.

Oth­ers held signs ac­cus­ing Madon­sela of be­ing in ca­hoots with the wealthy Ru­pert fam­ily and act­ing in the in­ter­ests of white mo­nop­oly cap­i­tal.

Mean­while, this week, Eco­nomic Free­dom Fight­ers leader Julius Malema was handed a sum­mons by po­lice in­di­cat­ing that he was be­ing charged for con­tra­ven­ing the Ri­otous As­sem­blies Act.

The two charges are for con­tra­ven­tion of sec­tion 18 (2) (b) of the Ri­otous As­sem­blies Act. The sum­mons al­leges that on De­cem­ber 16 2014, dur­ing the party’s elec­tive con­fer­ence, Malema in­cited party mem­bers to com­mit a crime, by oc­cu­py­ing any va­cant land they came across.

A sec­ond sum­mons in­di­cated that he has been charged a sec­ond time for a sim­i­lar trans­gres­sion for mak­ing the same call in New­cas­tle on June 26.

It was widely re­ported in 2014 that Afrifo­rum had laid charges against Malema for the land in­va­sion speech at UFS.

In re­act­ing to the sum­mons, EFF deputy pres­i­dent Floyd Shivambu called the move an “apartheid era tac­tic”.

He said the gov­ern­ment was us­ing a 1956 law to go af­ter Malema. — Sapa

Peter Mutharika

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