- EFF leader Julius Malema and his wife Mantoa Matlala will be facing off against ANC MP Boy Mamabolo in the Limpopo High Court
- This comes after Mamabolo accused Malema of being abusive towards Mantoa, prompting a presidential telling-off
- The Malemas have rejected the MP's apology and have called upon the court to act
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ANC MP Boy Mamabolo's self-inflicted EFF headache is not going to let up any time soon.
EFF leader Julius Malema and his wife Mantoa Matlala are pursuing their legal battle against him, asking the Limpopo High Court to intervene.
The couple is expected to file their application in the court during the course of this week.
City Press reportedly has seen a 97-page affidavit calling for the court to find Mamabolo's utterances unlawful and defamatory.
In addition to this, the pair want the ANC politician to make a public apology and fork over R2 million in damages.
But the couple has given an alternative. The Malemas want to court to agree to hear testimony from their legal representatives and allow them to cross-examine Mamabolo.
Mamabolo has paid R15 000 in legal costs to the couple, but they have nevertheless rejected his apologies.
Matlala has slammed Mamabolo for assuming that she is too weak to defend herself, saying that:
“The statements also imply that I am weak, powerless and unable to speak for myself on a matter as serious as violence against me personally. They imply that I am unable to report a crime of abuse to the police and that I need the likes of the respondent to speak on my behalf."
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In her affidavit, Matlala says the incident forced her into the spotlight without consultation:
“I live a private life. If I have a contribution to make publicly, I will do so on my terms and at a time of my choosing. Yet the stunt pulled by the respondent thrust me into the public space on a topic and timing of his choice, without my consent and without any attempt at consulting me. This is a gross invasion of my rights to equality, privacy and dignity. In supporting this application, I do so in order to safeguard my constitutionally protected rights."
Briefly.co.za reported that Mamabolo had first made the allegation that Matlala was being abused by Malema at the State of the Nation address.
This was reiterated once more at the SONA debate, where the MP had demanded that Malema responded to the allegations.
Malema had denied ever laying a hand on his wife, accusing President Cyril Ramaphosa of abusing his wife instead.
This had prompted Ramaphosa to denounce the politicisation of gender-based violence, a very public telling-off for Mamabolo, who quickly issued an apology.
But this has failed to impress Matlala, who called on the court to take action against Mamabolo:
“Beyond the falsity of the comments, the statements themselves are disgusting, to say the least. The respondent admits that he was willing to objectify women – and the issue of gender-based violence – to ‘beat’ my husband. The irony should not be lost on the court."
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