Malema says ‘sorry’ for sexist remarks

2011-06-23 07:07

ANC Youth League president Julius Malema has apologised to “all women”, particularly President Jacob Zuma’s rape accuser for his sexist remarks, The Star reported this morning.

“I am sorry, sorry and very sorry about that. And commit not to repeat the similar mistake again. Issues of women are sensitive, and once a person says ‘I’m offended’, it doesn’t matter whether you are right or not, you must have the capacity to say sorry.

“I want to say sorry to the lady and to the Sonke Gender [sic], and I commit to pay them that R50 000 and pay legal fees for that case,” he said.

According to The Star, Malema yesterday instructed his attorney to withdraw his appeal against the Equality Court case in which he was found guilty of hate speech and harassment.

The case was brought by Sonke Gender Justice Network after Malema told students in 2009 that Zuma’s accuser had had a “nice time” because “those who had a nice time will wait until the sun comes out, request breakfast and ask for taxi money”.

Malema also told the daily newspaper he would obey the March 2010 court verdict and pay the R50 000 fine to a centre for abused women, and pay Sonke Gender’s legal fees.

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