MBETE APOLOGISES TO JULIUS MALEMA
JOHANNESBURG — The Economic Freedom Fighters yesterday welcomed an apology to its leader Julius Malema by National Assembly Speaker and ANC chairperson Baleka Mbete.
“The EFF welcomes this apology as a step forward and hopes indeed that the unfortunate events of February 12 will be reviewed with the same sincerity expressed in the Speaker’s apology,” the organisation said in a statement.
Earlier Mbete said, “I apologise unconditionally, to South Africans, to Parliament and Honourable Julius Malema for any hurt or harm I may have caused.”
“If we don’t work we will continue to have cockroaches like Malema roaming all over the place,” the Mail & Guardian online quoted her as saying at an African National Congress North West congress on the weekend.
Yesterday Mbete said she had thought long and hard about her words.
“I have concluded that my remarks, all offending statements I made, were inappropriate. The manner in which they came across was unfortunate and regrettable.”
She withdrew the remarks unreservedly.