Julius Malema apologises for spousal abuse slurs


- all4women.co.za | a month ago

Economic Freedom Fighters leader Julius Malema on Thursday night apologised to President Cyril Ramaphosa and the rest of the country for alleging in the National Assembly that the president physically abused his late ex-wife… In a statement, Malema said he had called Ramaphosa to convey his regret and hoped that they could put behind them an unseemly exchange in the chamber earlier this week, where Malema made the accusation against the president after he was accused by an African National Congress (ANC) member of Parliament (MP) of abusing his wife Mantoa.

Malema issued the statement a few hours after Ramaphosa had apologised to the EFF leader’s family and berated his colleague, Boy Mamabolo, for his slur against the EFF leader in the course of the debate on the state of the nation address. Ramaphosa dwelled on the issue at length in his reply to the debate and said the row that broke out between the ANC and EFF on Tuesday during the debate was an outrage given the real struggle to stop the scourge of gender-based violence (GBV) in South Africa.

“We must not politicise the issue of gender-based violence,” he said, before quoting from the letter of a citizen he had received.

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