African National Congress Youth League (ANCYL) spokesperson, Mlondi Mkhize, says the organisation is ready to rally behind its president, Collen Maine.
In a video that has gone viral, Maine confessed to attendees at a memorial service for the late Winnie Madikizela-Mandela in the Free State, that he had met with the controversial Gupta family.
Maine said North West Premier, Supra Mahumapelo, had introduced him to the family. Maine also said that he is ready to face the courts should he have to.
The Gupta family stands accused of being involved in corrupt activities including “capturing the state.”
Mkhize told Political Analysis South Africa on Thursday, 12 April 2018 that the ANCYL is ready to rally behind Maine should he be summoned to court to account for his alleged meetings with the family. He did say, however, that the organisation would have to take his own words into account before making that decision.
Mkhize said he was unaware of any other Youth League member who has also met with the Gupta family.
“The Youth League is in no position to say we can expect more or less. We were not aware of the fact that he had gone there, who took him there and when was he taken there,” he said.
“We don’t know to what extent nor to what was it that was discussed in their meetings or what was the nature of their relationship,” he added.
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