Malema, EFF leader, wanted to respond on Thursday after Ramaphosa apologized for the accusation against Malema on Wednesday, in which an ANC member of parliament claimed that Malema assaults his wife.
“It was unsolicited, it was improper, it wasn’t right, and I will apologize,” Ramaphosa told Malema as part of his response to the debate over his State of the Nation address.
Ramaphosa also mentioned that Malema had already claimed in 2017 that he assaulted his former wife, Hope. She denied it herself. Malema also accused the president on Wednesday of assaulting his late wife, Nomazizi Mtshotshisa.
Ramaphosa said Thursday she was not here to make her case.
“We should not politicize and embarrass an important issue such as gender violence. I am a father of daughters and a grandfather of granddaughters, I am a spouse, a brother of a sister, 50% of the people in the cabinet are women, the majority of South Africans are women. ”
“It is these people that we must serve, we must end gender violence in our lifetime, and have respect for each other and for the women in our country, and we must do so with great sensitivity,” he said.
“My heart goes out to Mantoa and your family,” Ramaphosa told Malema as the EFF leader bowed his head for a moment and held his hand over his eyes.
“All men must stand up against gender violence,” Ramaphosa said with standing ovation.