Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) leader Julius Malema’s wife, Mantoa Malema, has accepted President Cyril Ramaphosa’s apology.
On Thursday, Ramaphosa apologised to Malema and Mantoa after African National Congress (ANC) MP Boy Mamabolo accused Malema of abusing Mantoa.
He said, “And Honourable Malema, as the allegation was made against you, I felt for Mantoa, your wife, because it was uncalled for, I must say. It was improper, it was not correct for it to be raised, and if I can offer an apology to you about this, I would like to because it was uncalled for and Mantoa responded.”
‘Assault under your watch’
Following Malema’s statement on Thursday accepting Ramaphosa’s apology, Mantoa also issued her own statement on Friday morning.
She said, “I wish to acknowledge and confirm acceptance of your apology, on behalf of myself, my husband and my children. I also want to assure you that I am willing to put this matter aside and dismiss it as a thing of the past.”
Nevertheless, she still had some critical words for Ramaphosa. She said Mamabolo made his claims against Malema, which she termed as an “assault” against her, “under your watch.”
“Thus, the assault on me, under your watch in Parliament, was, in essence, an assault on your daughter, your wife, your mother and all the women in the country,” Mantoa said.
‘I cannot conceal violence in my own home’
Mantoa added that she’s raising three boys to be gentlemen and she cannot do so by “concealing violence in my own home.”
However, both she and Malema have not yet reacted to Mamabolo’s apology contained in a statement he issued late on Thursday.
Mamabolo said he had been influenced by messages he received from a “jealous” group known as “Friends of Mantoa” to make the claims.
Earlier this week, Malema and Mantoa gave Mamabolo until close of business on Wednesday to retract and apologise for the claims or face two separate R1 million defamation lawsuits.
The ANC MP initially rejected the demand and said he had evidence to back up his claims. He therefore missed the deadline.
However, his apology on Thursday came soon after Ramaphosa’s apology to Malema and appeal for MPs not to use issues of gender-based violence to score political points.