Mantoa Malema has responded to President Cyril Ramaphosa’s public apology after her name was dragged into Parliamentary chaos this week.
African National Congrsss (ANC) MP Boy Mamabolo claimed the EFF leader’s wife had been suffering at the hands of her husband.
While Mantoa accepted the apology, she voiced her dismay at the entire situation.
President Cyril Ramaphosa issued a public apology to Mantoa Malema, her husband Julius and their family.
After being shoved into the public spotlight over ANC MP Boy Mamabolo’s allegations of abuse, Mantoa has spoken out about the issue in a statement released by the EFF: “I write 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.”
However, Mantoa isn’t so willing to forget the way the sensitive subject was used for political point-scoring, continuing to say: “Mr President, it is important to place on record that in a country where women continue to wear black outfits, either mourning the death of their girl children or in solidarity with women who are victims of gender-based violence, Parliament should never be used to humiliate women, particularly using false and malicious accusations.
“It should never be a platform where women are a weapon in an attempt to neutralise political opponents in a general masculine, toxic exchange. As I’m sure you would agree, this is an insult to all women, especially those who are victims of this scourge.”
Briefly.co.za reported that Julius had issued a statement of his own, apologising to Ramaphosa for accusing him of abuse. While the EFF leader feels the ANC used gender-based violence allegations to settle a political score, he apologised to Ramaphosa for lowering himself to the same level: “I hope the president can accept my apology, together with his family, which I offer sincerely. I also hope that such a degeneration never occurs again where ANC MPs use personal matters, masquerading in false and malicious accusations to score political points.”