- EFF leader Julius Malema and ANC MP Boy Mamabolo have settled their case out of court
- This comes after Malema and his wife Mantoa had approached the court seeking R2 million in damages
- Mamabolo had accused Malema of being abusive, but later retracted his claim and apologised
It seems that the drama between Julius Malema and Boy Mamabolo has simmered down substantially.
TimesLIVE reports that the two managed to reach a private settlement that was immediately made an order of the court.
This came before the matter could be argued in the Limpopo High Court and saw Mamabolo ordered to issue an apology both on social media and in The Sowetan.
Briefly.co.za reported that Malema and Mantoa had approached the court urgently seeking R2 million in damages from the ANC MP after he had accused Julius of abusive behaviour.
Faced with legal action from the EFF leader, Mamabolo had initially been defiant and refused to retract his statement or apologise.
However, after a public telling-off by President Cyril Ramaphosa, Mamabolo changed his tune and issued an apology.
The Malemas had rejected his apology and sought out the court's assistance in the matter.
In addition to the apology, Mamabolo was ordered to never repeat the allegations and pay for Malema's legal costs.
The settlement was commended by acting Judge Thogomela Cautious Tshidada, who commented before signing off on it:
"Both parties' legal representatives approached me in chambers for permission to engage one another to see if an applicable resolution of this matter can be achieved or not. In this instance, there was no need for mediation for the parties to reach a settlement. The parties were able to find one another. I perused the draft order, and I find no issues that could warrant court intervention. The parties reached the settlement voluntarily. The draft order is therefore made an order of the court."
News24 spoke to Mamabolo after the matter was concluded, with the politician commenting that:
"I'm happy we settled the matter. Life will go on in Parliament. We must not bring personal issues to Parliament. I'll continue to serve the ANC and he [Malema] will continue to serve the EFF."
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