Cope LogoCongress of the People is incensed at the double standard of this corrupt government when it comes to applying the law. Where rule of law applies, nobody is above the law. This is patently not the case in our country at present.

The Sunday Times reported today that the minister of State Security has now taken charge of the case against Julius Malema. Malema is being charged for treason by the ANC. The ruling party is pushing to have him arrested.

We wish to remind the country that COPE laid a charge against the President of ANCYL, Collen Maine, at the Brooklyn Police station ( CAS 269/2/2016 ) on 10 February 2016. We charged him for inciting violence. When Maine addressed an ANC rally in Soshanguve on 7th February 2016, he said “those who seek to disrupt the State of the Nation address must prepare themselves for a civil war. The youth league will physically remove woodworkers from Parliament”.

The Minister of Police and the Minister of State Security must explain why the ANC was prioritising the case against Malema and leaving the case against Maine on the backburner.

COPE will not tolerate this blatant abuse of state power any longer. We will embark on a sustained sit-ins at the Brooklyn Police station to demand the arrest of Collen Maine. We will expose to the world how the ruling party is abusing state machinery by applying the law unevenly and selectively.

Nobody is above the law and that includes Mr Maine and Mr Zuma.

By Dennis Bloem

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