- After losing a defamation case against two journalists, the EFF has issued what has to be the shortest apology
- Thandeka Gqubule-Mbeki and Anton Harber recently won their case against the Red Berets
- In addition to this short and not so sweet apology, the EFF has been ordered to pay each R40 000 and cover the journalist's legal costs
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The Economic Freedom Fighters have issued a minimalist apology in line with a recent court ruling.
Briefly.co.za reported that Thandeka Gqubule-Mbeki and Anton Harber had emerged victorious after being accused of working with the apartheid regime by the party.
National spokesperson Mbuyiseni Ndlozi kept the statement to a minimum, opting to put the punishment behind the party without stirring the pot:
"In terms of the court order, we unconditionally retract and apologize for the allegations made against Mrs. Thandeka Gqubule-Mbeki and Mr. Anton Harber."
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The case against the Red Berets came after the party released a statement condemning the pair after the late Winnie Madikizela-Mandela accused them of being Stratcom agents.
However, Judge Lebogang Modiba wrote in the judgment that the party had failed to substantiate their subsequent allegations:
“The respondents have not presented any evidence before this court of the truthfulness of the allegations. They clearly did not have such evidence when they published the statements. They have not taken the court into their confidence regarding the steps they took prior to publishing the statements to verify their truth."
Mzansi found the brief apology amusing, with citizens taking to social media to have a laugh at the situation. Take a look at just a few of their responses below:
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