African National Congress Youth League President Collen Maine as hit out at Julius Malema and the EFF on the weekend saying that they must not be allowed to turn South Africa in to a banana republic.
Maine was addressing a crowd at a national rally in Soshanguve, outside Pretoria. He said that the Youth League would defend president Jacob Zuma.
“If you fight with Zuma you are fighting with the youth league, and South Africans who have voted for him, and the ANC with more than 60% majority. The country will be defended. We cannot allow Julius Malema and his monkeys to run our country amok and turn this country into a banana republic.”
Maine also warned the EFF not to disrupt the State of the Nation address (SONA) set to take place on Thursday.
It follows threats from Malema, who said that the EFF would disrupt SONA if Zuma did not explain why he sacked Nhlanhla Nene as Finance Minister.
“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 of address to defend the nation and the revolution. We wish to inform the Speaker of the parliament not to organise security on that day. The youth league will physically remove wood workers from parliament,” said Maine.
The EFF, meanwhile, said on Sunday that it aims to win the upcoming local elections as a first step to taking over national government by 2019.
“The Economic Freedom Fighters will contest the local government elections with the view to win them – as a step towards total takeover in the 2019 general elections,” said spokesperson Mbuyiseni Ndlozi.
Municipal elections are due to take place between May and August this year.