- ANC MP Boy Mamabolo was central to the controversial way in which Gender-Based Violence was used as a political weapon this week
- Mamabolo previously refused to retract his allegation that Julius Malema abuses his wife Mantwa
- But after a public lashing from President Cyril Ramaphosa, the politician has apologised
Boy Mamabolo had been singing a more defiant tune earlier this week when he felt his party was behind his effort to discredit EFF Julius Malema.
Briefly.co.za reported that the ANC MP had refused to cave into legal pressure demanding an apology over abuse claims levied against the Red Beret boss.
After President Cyril Ramaphosa denounced the comments as 'improper' and 'immoral', Mamabolo has started singing another song.
The politician claims he had provoked Malema due to a call on MPs to expose gender-based violence by the president.
In a statement issued in response to Ramaphosa's lashing, Mamabolo claims he had been flooded with messages from 'jealous' individuals allegedly linked to Malema's wife Mantwa, detailing the alleged abuse:
“I was therefore actually wrong to raise the matter in public without consulting with you as my former family friends to verify these false allegations from jealous friends of Mantoa. I would like to take this opportunity to apologise and retract the insensitive statements that I have made in Parliament and outside regarding gender-based violence which was allegedly happening in your household. I humbly request you to accept my sincere apology, I wish you a Happy Malema Family (as I’ve always did) jealous must never break you, Stay strong my Comrades (sic).”
Meanwhile, Malema has stood by his denial of the allegations and vowed to resign from the EFF if any evidence could be brought forward:
“I would like to reiterate that I have never laid a hand on my wife or any other woman in my life. If there should be evidence produced to dispute my claim, even as minute as a molecule, I will be prepared to resign an an MP and president of the EFF. This I will do before the matter can serve in a competent court of law.”
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