- ANCYL secretary-general Njabulo Nzuza has apologised to EFF leader Julius Malema for accusing him of corruption back in 2018
- Nzuza had accused Malema for alleged bribery during his time as the ANCYL president
- Nzuza said he had pronounced impulsively the accusations that Malema had bribed International Union of Socialist Youth officials
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ANC Youth League secretary-general Njabulo Nzuza has apologised for accusing EFF leader Julius Malema of corruption during a 2018 radio interview.
Nzuza, who is also the current deputy minister of Home Affairs, had accused Malema of corruption during his time as the president of the league.
Nzuza was speaking to Power FM on 18 September, 2018 when he vowed to expose Malema for alleged bribery.
When Malema threatened to file a lawsuit against Nzuza and the ANCYL over the accusations, Nzuza initially said, "bring it on", claiming he would be able to back up the allegations in court, reports The Citizen.
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At the time, Nzuza reportedly insisted that there was truth his claim that Malema had once tried to bribe officials at the International Union of Socialist Youth in a bid to secure a senior position there.
Nzuza reportedly further claimed that Malema’s "bribery ploy" had failed and had resulted in the league’s expulsion from the global body.
Malema then reportedly sued Nzuza and the league for R1 million.
In a letter sent to The Citizen on Thursday, Nzuza says:
I would like to apologise for accusing Mr J Malema on the International Union of Socialist Youth (IUSY) bribery accusation. The accusations that Mr Malema bribed officials of the IUSY were pronounced impulsively by me based on reports I received in a formal meeting. I should have taken precarious action by firstly verifying these reports before they were said in public. It is against these basis I would like to unreservedly apologise for the statements made on Power FM and subsequently the publication made to the City Press."
Nzuza says he has always conducted himself in the spirit of mutual respect and maintaining cordial political relations despite their different political views.
"That is why I take this opportunity to unreservedly withdraw the statements that were made in this regard."
Towards the end of the letter Nzuza promises to forward a copy of "this apology" to the two publications cited in the letter so they could also register the apology.
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