Boy Mamabolo

Boy Mamabolo (centre) / Image via Twitter

Mamabolo ordered to apologise to Malema for ‘wife beater’ claims

The ANC MP has 24 hours to apologise to his friend-turned-foe.

Boy Mamabolo

Boy Mamabolo (centre) / Image via Twitter

The beef between Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) leader Julius Malema and African National Congress (ANC) MP Boy Mamabolo has seen it’s latest plot development, and this time there may be some olive branches exchanged.

Mamabolo has been ordered by the Polokwane high court to apologise to both Malema and his wife, Mantoa, for calling the former a “wife beater”, with the two parties having allegedly reached an “agreement”. 

Mamabolo has been ordered to apologise to the couple within 24 hours, and undertake not to make the allegations again. Each party will pay its legal costs.

President Cyril Ramaphosa had also apologised to Malema in Parliament for Mamabolo’s accusations.

This could be a watershed moment for Mamabolo and Malema, who have a complicated history together.

Bitter feud 

All hell broke loose between the pair, who have engaged in several battles both in and out of the National Assembly since they grew up together on the streets of Seshego. 

Their bitter feud reached tipping point in February though when Mamabolo said that Malema had no right to speak out against gender-based violence (GBV) because the CIC himself was guilty of domestic violence. 

The accusation sparked a furious response from Malema, who stormed out of the house after being ejected by deputy speaker Solomon Tsenoli and swiftly had his lawyer, Advocate Thembeka Ngcukaitobi, draft a letter to Mamabolo, demanding a contrite apology or suffer the wrath of a R1 million lawsuit. 

Mantoa followed suit the next day, also demanding a R1 million defamation settlement. 

The court earlier dismissed Mamabolo’s application to be given more time to file an answering affidavit to Julius and Mantoa’s letter’s. It found that Mamabolo’s reasons for not filing answering papers in time were not satisfactory.

They have serious priors

Malema and Mamabolo have been feuding for years. Once comrades at the Congress of African Students (Cosas) and the ANC Youth League, they have since severed ties after Mamabolo made inappropriate remarks to Malema’s late grandmother, among other indiscretions.