-Mbuyiseni Ndlozi has apologised after making some questionable comments on consent during the EFF protests against Clicks
- The former EFF spokesperson had defended the way party members handled a female reported during the heated demonstrations
- EFF leader Julius Malema applauded Ndlozi for addressing his mistake
Mbuyiseni Ndlozi has publicly apologised after claiming that 'merely touching' a woman without consent is not 'harassment'.
In a post to social media, the former EFF national spokesperson not only repented for his comments but welcomed 'with love' the immense criticism levied against him over the incident:
"When I wrote: “Merely touching her is not Harassment”. It was an irresponsible tweet, giving license to the violent treatment of women. It was also hurtful and made many who've suffered violence relive this pain. I apologize and receive all the robust rebuke you all gave me with love!"
Economic Freedom Fighter leader Julius Malema responded to this comment with applause, clearly approving of this unusual apology.
African Transformation Movement member Mzwanele Manyi weighed in on the apology, saying that:
"Well done for being a real man and apologising for your mistake. It won't hurt to go an extra mile and do something creative. Compose an apology song. Am sure it will be well received."
While numerous citizens accepted the apology, many raised concerns over the number of people who had jumped to Ndlozi's defence over the incident.
Earlier, Briefly.co.za reported that commenting on claims that Economic Freedom Fighters protesters had harassed a journalist attempting to cover their demonstration outside of a local Clicks, Mbuyiseni Ndlozi has attracted severe criticism.
The former Red Beret spokesperson denied any form of harassment against the woman, saying that:
"But they are telling her that she can be here, but not allowed to talk to EFF members. It means she was trying to interview them. I really do not see harassment here. Merely touching her is not harassment. The touch has to be violent, invasive or harmful to become harassment!"
In a video of the incident, shared by the female reporter's employer eNCA, EFF members can be seen shoving the woman towards nearby vehicles with one member snatching a microphone out of her hand.
Numerous citizens were offended that the politician felt it was acceptable for the reporter to be treated in this manner.
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