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Malema apologises to Zille

2012-06-14 18:30

Johannesburg - Expelled ANC Youth League leader Julius Malema and suspended spokesperson Floyd Shivambu have apologised to Western Cape Premier Helen Zille for calling her names during the 2009 election campaign.

In a statement by Zille’s office on Thursday afternoon, Zille said in a settlement reached between the parties, Malema and Shivambu had retracted “various defamatory statements” they made about her at the time.

Zille went to court after they called her a “racist girl” and they accused her of appointing “boyfriends” and “concubines” to her all-male executive.

They also called her executive council a “group of racist Helen Zille garden boys” and referred to her as “racist”, “colonialist” and “imperialist” during the general elections campaign.

Zille went to the Western Cape High Court after she asked them to apologised and they failed to do so.

According to the court order, Malema and Shivambu agreed to “unreservedly apologise” for the defamatory statements they made, and to “unequivocally retract” these.

They also agreed to pay Zille’s taxed legal costs.

After failing to file papers in the case, Malema did so in April after a judge ordered him to do so.

Zille said “these court orders are a victory for constitutional democracy and the norms that the law sets out in terms of defamation.

“There is no room for unfounded defamatory statements in our society,” she said, adding that politics should be about issues, not “baseless insults”.

Shivambu and Malema couldn’t immediately be reached for comment.

Comments
  • dennis.vermaak.5 - 2012-06-14 14:35

    Zille ft constitutional democracy 1 Malema ft Shivambu 0 !! A good score indeed !!!

      grootrot.vanzyl - 2012-06-14 18:58

      Nope, Zille 1239 Malema 0

      Squeegee - 2012-06-14 18:59

      I was wrong. I did not think Juju would apologize.

      sean.carbutt - 2012-06-14 21:07

      All together now, sing along: One Republic [ironic name, isn't it] I'm holding on your rope, Got me ten feet off the ground I'm hearin what you say but I just can't make a sound You tell me that you need me Then you go and cut me down, but wait You tell me that you're sorry Didn't think I'd turn around, and say... It's too late to apologize, it's too late I said it's too late to apologize, it's too late I'd take another chance, take a fall Take a shot for you And I need you like a heart needs a beat But it's nothin new I loved you with a fire red- Now it's turning blue, and you say... "Sorry" like the angel heaven let me think was you But I'm afraid... It's too late to apologize, it's too late I said it's too late to apologize, it's too late

      Janice - 2012-06-15 09:39

      All Malema is is one big clever boy!!! As if he is genuine about it!!!

      Smell - 2012-06-16 07:06

      I do not care whether Mr. Malema and Shivambu were forced to apologize to Mrs. Zille. What is importnat is that they did apologize. So this Afrikaner would like to thank Mr. Malema and Mr. Shivambu. And also Mrs. Zille for apologizing for the "refugee" issue. This is part of the growing up process in South Africa. This is how we are going to build the best country on the planet. Real leaders and grown-ups say "I am sorry" when they screw up. This is a good start.

      anthonycharles.williams - 2012-06-16 14:33

      good boy,now go do the garden..

  • mattjohnbass - 2012-06-14 15:28

    I would have demanded money in damages... instead of "ah me I am sorry"

      John - 2012-06-14 20:13

      No, I think it's fine. The purpose wasn't to make a profit out of this, the purpose was to set a precedent and reemphasise the expected code of conduct from political leaders. Else, it becomes a circus of insults and real issues are never addresses. This case is closed, now we can move to more pressing issues.

      Kevin - 2012-06-14 20:54

      The taxed legal costs will make their fillings ache and their wallets quake.

  • rendy.nevondo - 2012-06-14 16:54

    It is very cold outside da ANC....nuff said

  • jean.tredoux.5 - 2012-06-14 18:47

    Is it just me or has there been a lot of good news lately!!! Wahahaha!

  • cliff.slabbert - 2012-06-14 18:48

    Go Helen, well done!

  • tobydt - 2012-06-14 18:48

    Legal costs: R200,000 Potensial lawsuit: R1.4 million Damage to ego: Priceless

      cliff.slabbert - 2012-06-14 18:56

      Well said Sinueity !

      Kevin - 2012-06-14 20:57

      They should be so lucky to get away with legal costs of R200,000. The problem with their egos is that their constituency doesn't read the newspapers or internet, hence they can simply deny the apology.

      mundu.olewega - 2012-06-14 21:43

      Another helping of crow Mr. Malema?

      ngoako.mathekga - 2012-06-15 13:38

      I don't think this was about money, at leadership level Zile scored lots of points as this expose the two of lack of leadership skills.

      Jellyarse - 2012-06-15 16:54

      So much cheaper and easier - Now, an apology to the HAWKS, SARS, nice cheap option!

  • Bra Tebzaah Sibilanga - 2012-06-14 18:51

    Malema just make them happy,you and I knows its not a sincere ''apology''.I know deep down you still mean what u said and to the many of the voiceless you will always be a hero to them.Amandla

      cyprianm1 - 2012-06-14 19:06

      Marl my words malema wil rule anc oneday

      grootrot.vanzyl - 2012-06-14 19:09

      Whatever "marl" is, we will do it!

      tobydt - 2012-06-14 19:11

      cyprianm1 - By the time Julius is eligible, the DA would govern the country, or the ANC would have imploded. Marl my words :P

      Sam - 2012-06-14 19:42

      Bra, you need to reconsider your views. He steals from the poor, he commits fraud et etc.

      Sharon - 2012-06-14 20:45

      hey BRA - you got a big mouth for someone who doesnt have 1.4 mil - fat boy only appologised because his funds are running low

      Kevin - 2012-06-14 20:58

      The payment of the legal fees will be "sincere", maybe you should offer to pay them?

      Paul - 2012-06-14 22:22

      Hahahaha dude you're like a kid in a school yard. Great entertainment for the educated and civilized. Thank you and keep it up.

      Phelamanga - 2012-06-15 07:31

      Maybe after a long stint in jail, a bit of introspection and learning to be humble and human will Malema be ready to head up the ANC, but by that time the ANC will have moved on and a new order will exist. Hopefully by then he won't hold the views he now has as he would have learnt what life looks like from the bottom up (No pun intended!).

      Jacqui - 2012-06-15 12:23

      Bra, shame, and now he is voiceless too.

  • mastersvoice - 2012-06-14 18:51

    Who is Julius Malema?

      Mike - 2012-06-14 19:59

      If my memory serves correctly he was a little chubby bully that got beaten down by an old woman

  • Sekwati - 2012-06-14 18:53

    thank you Malema and Shivambu....you made us and Madiba proud...spirit of ubuntu...the legacy continues...we apologise,forgive and forget....you learned the hard way...keep your head up..

      Jacqui - 2012-06-15 12:27

      Sekwati, Poor Madiba, to think you think so little of him.

  • Ditoa-re - 2012-06-14 18:55

    Just learn to say I'm sorry won't take you aut in the cold

  • Ditoa-re - 2012-06-14 18:57

    Just learn to say I'm SORRY while you can. It won't take you out in the cold

  • konanani.rachicoper - 2012-06-14 18:58

    Fake apology

  • Xulu.Thulany.Xaba - 2012-06-14 18:59

    Heh MADODA Really? wow!!

  • Henry - 2012-06-14 19:01

    Malema looking to join the DA?

      Burtfred - 2012-06-14 19:10

      Interesting thought. Just imagine all the brainless voting fodder he could bring with him.

  • lownabester - 2012-06-14 19:08

    She should have taken all the money off them, Well done Ms, Zille, stand for what you believe in, They are 2 hooligans. No education.

      Sharon - 2012-06-14 20:49

      i agree,she should have taken the money and donated it to the homeless,she could have scored a few extra points

  • JohnDough - 2012-06-14 19:09

    It took these arrogant buffoons 3 years to apologise and only after a court case. Thank goodness they have been sidelined, even the SANC aka SABC is more pleasant to watch now.

      Kevin - 2012-06-14 21:02

      Think what it has cost them in legal fees with more to come.

  • sifiso.wisey - 2012-06-14 19:12

    Hahaha, were they intimidated by Zille because this isn't like the Julius I know!!!

      Sharon - 2012-06-14 20:50

      i wouldnt advertise it on the net if iknew him

  • sipho.nene1 - 2012-06-14 19:19

    Should have done that long time ago boys..now little too late.time to taste your own medicine.

      somikazi.pita - 2012-06-15 18:07

      Too late for whom? The one who the apology was meant for has accepted it.

  • johnnie.vercuil - 2012-06-14 19:20

    They made those insults from a platform, let them do the apologising from a platform too.

      Mike - 2012-06-14 20:04

      That is truly a great suggestion

  • sipho.nene1 - 2012-06-14 19:20

    Should have done that long time ago boys..now little too late.time to taste your own medicine.

  • Grant - 2012-06-14 19:28

    Sorry, I didn't quite hear that Juju. Could you repeat that in my good ear please!

  • Irvin Howard - 2012-06-14 19:38

    I'm amazed that we celebrate Zille for defending herself in court yet we crit Zuma for doing the same. We call Julius a fool & Brett a hero but both expresses their views. South Africans... keep me guessing, so I bought a pair of Guess jeans...

      Tankiso Mogoje - 2012-06-14 20:16

      Well said Irvin,maybe some do not have rights in SA.Hope i am not going to be labelled an uneducated racist.

      John - 2012-06-14 20:19

      Expressing Differing opinions to handling issues is one thing, hurling insults without impunity is another. I think you missed the point, and you're probably unclear on principles as well.

      angel.mukhwantheli - 2012-06-14 23:49

      @ john u r right there's a big different between what malema said to zille and what Brett did, what Brett did was more than an insults.

      John - 2012-06-15 05:19

      No TankMoegoe, you've just done that all on your own, well done.

      Jacqui - 2012-06-15 12:29

      Irvin, we are not perfect.

      Jacqui - 2012-06-15 12:32

      Angel so calling Zille a low moral human being is not as bad as painting?. Oh give me strength.

  • sizwe.bwana - 2012-06-14 19:39

    Maybe he can apologize to SARS for the R15 million he didn't pay them

  • lynn.syme.1 - 2012-06-14 19:41

    Good boys - apologise to the Madam and tea girl.

  • martin.gee.godfrey - 2012-06-14 19:43

    He may have apologized but I very much doubt that it came with any sincerity, especially as he was ordered to. No point really.

      John - 2012-06-14 20:25

      I think everyone knows it was not sincere, but that wasn't the point. Hurling insults without impunity is unbecoming of any political leader. This sends a clear message that it is extremely unacceptable behaviour , as concurred by the judiciary. More must be expected and demanded from our leaders. Especially if issues are going to be addressed. .

      John - 2012-06-15 05:35

      5cents, absolutely correct, however I have to agree with what Johnnie Vercuil said earlier in this thread. He made the insults on a platform for his followers and should apologize on a public platform, because 90% of his uneducated DoDo's don't or can't read the news or have access to the internet. He will just blow smoke at them if asked why he did it.

  • Chris - 2012-06-14 19:46

    Too Late Too Late said the actress to the Bishop, you both are flawed for ever , bad luck old chaps.

  • WitWolf - 2012-06-14 19:48

    Malema. Stop blabbering and pay her already....

  • Mtshezi Yonk'insipho Iyawasha Mkhize - 2012-06-14 19:49

    N Zuma was labeled dramatic when he defended what seemed as a violation of his rights, South Africa is a Black n White Country. A lot boils down to race, I'm cool with that fact its what we have chosen. A lot of Blacks don't like Whites visa versa. M just disgusted when we try to deny how our comments on these forums are just a reflection of our skin colours n a window to the hatred we harbor for one another as a South Africans. Anyway I still love my Country...

      raymond.dick.12 - 2012-06-14 20:13

      I agree sir. It bothers me to see the amount of racial hatred emmenating from many of the (white) comments. However, many come across with apparent racist undertones but they really are a scream of frustration at the ANC and their complicent cadres.

      Dave - 2012-06-15 08:24

      @Mtshezi: What you are saying is especially prevalent on this site... this place is a playground for haters.

  • Phillip - 2012-06-14 20:01

    Daarsy Helen.. gee hom gas...

  • sizwe.bwana - 2012-06-14 20:05

    The Madam and the Tea Girl rock xxxxxxxx

  • Johan - 2012-06-14 20:08

    Mooi so,Moenie met Koekie Loekie rond Foekie.

      John - 2012-06-15 05:44

      Damn it Johan, 1000kudo's, thanks for making me homesick. I love and miss Afrikaans humour.

  • Neil - 2012-06-14 20:18

    The ANC will never retake the Western Cape. And as for the Eastern Cape? Many Easterners have already voted with their feet, and moved there. The ANC just better keep closing down those schools and wishing that the mass of the people remain ignorant. We strive to educate the ANC out of existence.

      somikazi.pita - 2012-06-15 18:20

      Here we go again, and you are sure you're better than Malema...calling people ignorant for having different political view from your own. Western Cape belong to each and every South African that choose to move there.

  • Phae - 2012-06-14 20:39

    This all went a little too smoothly. I suspect JM and FS are being fed advice, and paid for by a rich politician waiting to use them for votes in the future. I wonder who he can be?

      danny.archer.589 - 2012-06-14 20:51

      Phae as in Phaedioux?

      Phae - 2012-06-14 20:57

      ? Nope.

      Sharon - 2012-06-14 21:02

      maybe his white plaything that he has been hanging around with gave him the advice,under normal circumstances he would have been too dumb to say sorry and would have had to pay up

  • sdumobraboss.ngcezu - 2012-06-14 20:40

    he was not supposed 2 apologise, murray he is the one who should go 2 president zuma

      Phae - 2012-06-14 20:52

      Oh dear how do we explain the difference between the two situations? Not sure it can be done, but try to understand not everything that happens in life is related.

      Sharon - 2012-06-14 21:03

      he would normally,but he fears the spear

      angel.mukhwantheli - 2012-06-14 23:31

      Maybe when time goes by he will but malema did the right thing and Sharon How old are you? Ain't you ashamed of saying such a thing about ur elder :o

  • johann.visser.98 - 2012-06-14 20:50

    Ha ha ha,ooooo this feels so good,C Malema you cant call people racist for nothing the days of the ANC using apartyd to scare people is falling apart in parlement,elections,and at the work place.C poletitions you need to work for your money Listen to MADAM ZILLE she will show you the right path to freedom.HAHAHA!!!!

  • tshwanecyberworks - 2012-06-14 20:59

    once again juju proved his incompetence he is not a man of his words at first he kicked out mbeki den came an said he's de wisest president we've ever had, now its zille we as de youth we do not want someone lik dat, soon he'll be saying nationalising of natural resources was a bad idea:)! he is confused so we should not b confused wit him

      angel.mukhwantheli - 2012-06-14 23:24

      Ey, malema did what he was suppose to do long time ago, being a grownup. If not of his childish behavior he still be with ANC. This is what we the youth league wanted as our leader.

      angel.mukhwantheli - 2012-06-14 23:24

      Ey, malema did what he was suppose to do long time ago, being a grownup. If not of his childish behavior he still be with ANC. This is what we the youth league wanted as our leader.

  • thomas.w.reid.77 - 2012-06-14 21:13

    Why do we still see so many black and white comments??????? It has NOTHING to do with race! Can we please become open minded and not just side with anyone because they are a specific race or from a specific party?

      somikazi.pita - 2012-06-15 18:01

      Wake Up! It is always about Back and White.

  • stanley.marries - 2012-06-14 21:26

    LMAO...and the untouchables are touched!!

  • braamc - 2012-06-14 21:44

    Tired, so last season

  • pvtshenry - 2012-06-15 00:06

    Imagine our brilliant country if some blackfolks and some white folks can embrase each other! WINNER

  • BulletProof - 2012-06-15 00:44

    The arrogance is coming to a mosquito size until one day, it will disapear.

  • BulletProof - 2012-06-15 00:48

    Actually they should apologise to all South Africa for the damage they did to this country.

  • rossdesouza - 2012-06-15 01:44

    Malema is a savage and has no place in politics.. No professionals conduct themselves like that... In my opinion, slinging around hurtful, ridiculous words and comments like that are testament to an uneducated and stupid individual. To think that he wasn't even tactful enough to find other "intelligent" ways of achieving his goals and beliefs.

      lily.molatsi - 2012-06-15 16:38

      Rossdesouza,I want to comment on the issue of singing around hurtful ridiculous ,all those song Julius was singinging are revulitionary songs and is not only Julius singing such songs and I dont think it will not be correct to select wht to say about our History is not wrong to know &understand our history ,thts how our laborators ancestors went through and by stopping such song is like u want to select wht suits u from the history,for example the dubula song as most disturbed people labelled it it was when This song has its place in history, it’s got to be respected as such.” “The intention of the song was never literal. Rather, it merely echoes the anger and frustration of the black majority robbed of all rights and dignity under the inhumane apartheid system and all legal recourse through which to challenge the system.” The song had also not been directed at individual white South Africans, but “rather a class of land barons who brutally exploited black workers and immensely benefited from their subjugation under apartheid rule.We cannot affort to loose our history to accomodate certains indivuduals feelings.History cant be changed if this song was a movable or an object was supposed to be kept in a meseaum for the coming generations so we cant the only way is to sing it gereneration to gereration.

      maylani.bezuidenhout - 2012-06-15 19:03

      Oh please, it wasn't even such a well-known song until recent times. Its against the law to incite others to violence. Finish and klaar! As long as farmers (black and white) are being killed in their homes this is really in bad taste and just plain wrong. Show some respect.

  • Aubrey - 2012-06-15 06:01

    You did well my future President , bravo .

  • Wayne - 2012-06-15 07:24

    Pity it takes repeated court actions to get the desired result. These two "gentlemen" are hardly likley to have apologised without being forced into it. Well done Zille. (please, just dont try a victory toi-toi again. You just cant dance, lady!)

  • Stephen - 2012-06-15 07:45

    He want's the job as the Madam's & Lindiwe's tea boy cos nobody else will have him, thats why he's apologised.

  • Chumscrubber1 - 2012-06-15 07:52

    Gotta give credit for the apology, I was not expecting it. I wonder if it would have happened if the little oke had not being expelled from the yoof leeg though? Anyway, I hope it was sincere, if it was it is a positive thing. A forced apology actually means nothing.

  • devenjoey.theron - 2012-06-15 08:51

    This is not a victory! this is plain basic rights! you cannot represent people, if you insult others. as if your lies, julies, will make your followers to respect you more... one cannot write a biography, where you start by saying how disrespectful you had been, and that your power was build on how much you insulted the opposition....and how successful you are now. ...but you can start a biography on a sincere apology, and build your successes on what you represent as an individual. these cheap lies, these criminal content, associated with common understanding, of which the courts ruled as our correct and collective understanding and judgment, only boost our confidence that julius malema is wrong, and the way we feel is right! your challenge, will be to overcome all obstacles, and to win over the respect of the opposition, in such a way, that they would leave the DA in their millions, and join your organization, because they will feel it is the right thing to do. this is your youth day message from me. all success a quick fix, would be to say sorry, then join the "tannie" and fight the real struggle. Is it not better to climb a higher mountain to obtain victory, than the "little one" the ANC is fabricating? be a winner, ju"lies";)

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