Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) leader Julius Malema and his wife Manota have reached a settlement in their defamation case against African National Congress (ANC) MP Boy Mamabolo.
They were suing Mamabolo for R2 million after he made claims in February that Malema was abusing Mantoa.
The matter was set to be heard at the Limpopo High Court on Wednesday, but the parties reached a settlement before arguing the merits of the case.
Mamabolo to apologise, pay legal costs
According to the settlement that was turned into a court order, Mamabolo will issue a public apology to the Malemas on social media.
The apology will also be published in The Sowetan, where Mamabolo repeated his claims after first making them in Parliament.
Acting Judge Thogomela Cautious Tshidada also ordered Mamabolo not to repeat his claims and to pay Malema’s legal costs.
Tshidada said, “The parties were able to find one another. I perused the draft order, and I find no issues that could warrant court intervention. The parties reached the settlement voluntarily. The draft order is therefore made an order of the court.”
Mamabolo’s deleted apology
Malema and Mantoa were not present in court, but Mamabolo was. He was represented by advocate H Phukubje while advocate Thembeka Ngcukaitobi acted for the Malemas.
In the wake of the controversy last month, Mamabolo posted an apology to the Malemas on his Facebook page, but deleted it a day later.
In his apology, he blamed “jealous Friends of Mantoa” for influencing him to make the “false allegations.”
It was unclear at the time why he deleted the apology, but the EFF leader and Mantoa pushed ahead with their defamation case.
Mamabolo came under heavy criticism for “weaponising” issues of gender-based violence to score political points.
Malema faced similar criticism after he claimed President Cyril Ramaphosa had abused his late ex-wife, Nomazizi Mtshotshisa. He later apologised to the President.