Maine requests media houses to stop “character assassinations”

Maine requests media houses to stop
SLANDERED: ANCYL leader Collen Maine spoke during an NDZ rally in Mpumalanga. PICTURE BY MfisoDIGITAL/MLM.

He said as the league they stand firm with their candidates and will not seek the permission of newspapers who want to “dictate” to them who they should choose as their leaders in December.

ANCYL national leader Collen Maine is requesting all South African media houses to stop rubbishing the characters of the leaders they have nominated for the top 6.

He said he has been told about a certain book coming to attack one of their candidates and that the book is called ‘Flying Wing’ or ‘Women for Flying Wing’ “or whatever”.

Maine was speaking at the Mpumalanga ANCWL’s Molo Makhelwane rally, addressed by Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, in KwaMhlanga on Saturday.

“We want to request the media to report fairly about our candidates,” he said.

“Don’t character assassinate,” Maine said while on stage at KwaMhlanga’s Solomon Mahlangu stadium.

“But we don’t need permission of Mail & Guardian, City Press, Sunday Times and anybody else to dictate to us who we must elect.

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“Standard Bank can make their own analysis but we know that we are on the right side of history,” Maine told the scores who had come to listen to Dlamini-Zuma.

He read out the list of the candidates they want in December –  with Dlamini-Zuma as their preferred candidate for the position of president, deputised by DD Mabuza and Ace Magashule as secretary.

He also announced Nathi Mthethwa as their favoured candidate for the position of chairman and said they want Jessie Duarte to return her post as deputy secretary and Phumulo Mashuale or Nomvula Mokonyane as 2nd deputy secretary.

“This leadership comrades that will represent the renewal and unity of the ANC will have to do certain things. We are not apologetic about radical economic transformation. We are not apologetic about free education and I know where I’m seated that the ANC government will implement so that we go to school for free and we are not apologetic about taking back our land,” Maine said.

The rally was attended by key regional ANC leaders in provincial leader DD Mabuza’s circles – like Nkangala leader Speedy Mashilo, Bohlabela’s Gillion Mashego and Hlanzeni’s Ngrayi Ngwenya.

ANC spokeswoman Sasekani Manzini on Saturday said the entire ANC Mpumalanga leadership was at the NDZ rally. But Mabuza didn’t come.

(edited by MLM)

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