- Julius Malema recently claimed that he was suing Boy Mamabolo for R1 million
- While politicians hurling around empty threats is not a foreign concept in SA, it seems the EFF leader meant business
- Briefly.co.za explores the facts behind the situation to bring Mzansi up to date on this issue
Julius Malema wasn't bluffing when he said ANC MP Boy Mamabolo was in some deep legal trouble.
Briefly.co.za reported that Mamabolo had repeatedly accused Malema of being abusive towards his wife Mantwa, pressing him to address the claims made at the SONA debate.
Malema denied the allegations, revealing that Mamabolo had been sent a letter by his legal team.
Mamabolo confirmed this, posting the legal document to social media with the comment:
"Now we are being sued for raising matters in Parliament."
The legal document claimed the allegations had been in a bid to get back at Malema:
"We are furthermore instructed that your making these defamatory statements is done deliberately to exact political revenge on our client and his reputation, and indirectly on the EFF."
The document lays out the demands, calling on the ANC MP to:
- Retract the statements made in a public statement
- Apologise to Malema for the allegations made
- Retract the statements made as untrue and defamatory
Mamabolo was given until the close of business on Wednesday to carry out the demands, with the document continuing:
"Should you fail to do so, we hold instructions to institute further legal action against you which action we will institute damages against our client in the amount of one million Rand and seek punitive costs against you."
In addition to this, the EFF has announced that Mantwa Malema has taken legal action of her own against Mamabolo. Should the ANC MP fail to retract his statements, he would be facing two lawsuits seeking a total of R2 million in damages.
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