Controversial ANCYL president Julius Malema has now changed his tune about the Nando's advertisements which poke fun at him.
He now says the adverts are racist and in bad taste.
The youth league yesterday called for the immediate withdrawal of Nando's "disgusting" TV and radio ads about Malema.
Malema pictured, admitted that at first he took no offence but after the Youth League convinced him that the ads were racially motivated and undermined the youth league he had changed his mind.
"I now fully support the decision of the ANCYL for Nando's to withdraw the advertisements with immediate effect. It undermines me, my organisation and the African political leadership. If it was innocent as they claim why did they not use a white person, somebody like Helen Zille?" Malema asked.
Questioned why it had taken the ANCYL to convince him of the negative impact of the ads Malema said: "What I told Sowetan on Monday was my view of the situation.
"You must remember that I belong to the ANCYL.
"When it makes a decision and it is valid I have to abide by it. Nando's must withdraw the ads because if they don't they will provoke the militant youth of this country."
Nando's marketing manager Sylvester Chauke said: "Our advertisements are not meant to undermine Malema at all.
"We have spoken to the ANC treasurer Mathews Phosa who expressed his concerns about the advertisements and we are meeting with his team on Thursday [tomorrow]."
Chauke declined to say whether the ads would be withdrawn or not.