The Witness - Wheels - - NEWS - — Sapa.

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.

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