- ANC MP Boy Mamabolo has issued an apology after threatening to shoot a journalist
- Sunday World reported Ngwako Malatji managed to record the threats made by the politician during a phone call
- The ruling party has taken disciplinary action against Mamabolo, who will now have to attend anger management classes
Boy Mamabolo has apologised for threatening journalist Ngwako Malatji during an interview that quickly became heated.
The ANC instituted an internal probe over the matter, with the Member of Parliament pleading guilty to the charges.
Mamabolo will now also be compelled to attend anger management classes over the incident that was recorded by the journalist, reports SowetanLIVE. Malatji pressed charges against the politician over the incident.
News24 reports that, in the written apology, Mamabolo explains that there had been 'points of contention and disagreements' during the interview:
"Unfortunately, ours deteriorated when I utter (sic) profanities unbefitting of a public representative who occupies a position of responsibility in the People's Assembly of the Republic, Parliament."
Apologizing to South Africans, the SA National Editors' Forum, Sunday World and the ANC, Mamabolo continued:
"I have violated the rights of Mr Malatjie (sic) and in the process, have brought shame to the integrity of our democracy."
Earlier, Briefly.co.za reported that the African National Congress had addressed the scandal and condemned the politician in a statement.
The ruling party used the 'strongest possible terms' to distance itself from Mamabolo's behaviour:
“The ANC finds this conduct unacceptable and inconsistent with the values of the organisation. This behaviour is also not in keeping with what is expected of a public representative."
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