- Julius Malema has extended an apology to President Cyril Ramaphosa over abuse allegations
- The EFF leader has vowed that if a shred of evidence can be produced against him, he will throw in the towel as a politician
- This comes after ANC MP Boy Mamabolo got a stern public telling off from Ramaphosa over using GBV to settle a personal score
After Julius Malema was accused of abuse in Parliament, President Cyril Ramaphosa extended an apology.
Briefly.co.za reported that ANC MP Boy Mamabolo had earned himself a telling off and the EFF leader has responded to the situation in a statement.
Malema revealed that he had intended to extend an apology to Ramaphosa, his late wife and family, but had been overruled:
"Following President Ramaphosa's apology to my wife and family, I stood in parliament to return the same hand to him, his departed wife, Nomazizi and his entire family. I was however, drowned down by ruling party benches without any protection from presiding officers."
While Malema was apologetic, he felt that the onslaught could have been stopped at any time:
"On all these occasions the ANC, in particular, the president did nothing, despite the fact that when the ANC member concerned fired at me and my wife, he stood, on all occasions, right next to the president and ANC Chief Whip. Each time we avoided the question because of its sensitivity, members of the ANC confused this to mean cowardice or worse, that I had something to hide."
Malema is willing to put his political career on the line if Mamabolo can produce evidence that he had harmed his wife or any other woman:
"If there should be evidence produced to dispute my claim, even as minute as a molecule, I will be prepared to resign as an MP and President of the EFF. This I will do before the matter can serve in a competent court of law."
While the EFF leader feels the ANC used Gender-Based Violence allegations, to settle a political score, he apologised to Ramaphosa for lowering himself to the same level:
"I hope the president can accept my apology, together with his family, which I offer sincerely. I also hope that such a degeneration never occurs again where ANC MPs use personal matters, masquerading in false and malicious accusations to score political points."
Malema says he gave Ramaphosa an apology over the phone in addition to the statement, but the EFF leader extended the same to South Africans:
"I also would like to apologize to all South Africans who were offended in the process, in particular victims of Gender-Based Violence."
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