Fikile Mbalula Apologises to NDZ, Ready for Mkhwebane in Court

Fikile Mbalula Apologises to NDZ, Ready for Mkhwebane in Court

- Transport Minister Fikile Mbalula has apologised to Minister Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma for comments he made

- Mbalula went on to retract his comments but further down the statement he mentioned Public Protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane

- Mbalula's statement revealed that he would not retract what he said about Mkhwebane and will meet her in court

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Minister of Transport Fikile Mbalula has been sharing his thoughts through Twitter for a while now. Recently he made comments about Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma and Public Protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane.

Mbalula has now released a statement retracting his comments about NDZ and apologising. He added that it was never his intention to attack or question the integrating of Dlamini-Zuma.

Further down the statement, Mbalula made mention of his tweet in which he referred to Mkhwebane as a 'hired gun'. Mbalula stated that he stands by his comments and is ready to meet Mkhwebane in court to defend his statements.

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Mbalula apologises to NDZ, ready for Mkhwebane in court
Minister Mbalula has apologised to Minister Dlamini-Zuma but has not retracted his statements made against PP Busisiwe Mkhwebane. Image: Waldo Swiegers, GIANLUIGI GUERCIA and PHILL MAGAKOE/AFP
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Take a look at Mbalula's statement below:

Below are just a few of the responses the statement received:

@JohnMphatsoe said:

"That is leadership right there. You have political maturity Cde. Aluta continua! Fight for the truth. Speak truth to power."

@MahlodiJR wrote:

"Deactivate your Twitter account!! Simple!!"

@MtwanaXabiso stated:

"NDZ has no time for games. You apologize immediately or face the consequences."

@michaelmbatha tweeted:

"On behalf of the WHOLE COUNTRY (also including RET, EFF etc), Apology accepted. Move on with your fine work minister."

@lotlis responded with:

"Was it necessary to include the PP in the apology? Shouldn't it have been a separate statement for that as it clouds the apology."

Briefly.co.za previously reported on Mbalula after Mkhwebane opened a case of crimen injuria against him. This follows Mbalula's tweet where he referred to Mkhwebane as a 'hired gun'.

Through Mkhwebane's office, it was revealed that the case was opened at the Brooklyn police station. Mkhwebane is at the heart of infighting in the ruling party as a Parliamentary vote on her fitness to hold office is coming up.

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Reports say there needs to be a two-thirds majority vote in favour of removing Mkhwebane for her to be impeached. This equates to 267 votes.

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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