I apologise unconditionally - Shivambu

2012-04-24 18:06

Johannesburg - Calling a journalist a "white bitch" was unprofessional, suspended ANCYL spokesperson Floyd Shivambu said on Tuesday in an apology attached to a settlement he reached in the hate speech case against him.

"I want to apologise unconditionally for referring to [journalist Carien] du Plessis, as 'stupid' and 'white bitch' in these SMSes," he said in the statement.

"Not only was it unprofessional of me to respond in such a way, I also accept that she experienced it as an affront to her dignity as a fellow human being and as a woman."

Du Plessis brought hate speech charges against Shivambu after an SMS exchange between them in May 2010.

In the SMS he wrote: "You must learn to respect people. I don't comment on ANCYL issues and please stop being stupid... I wouldn't want to earn respect from white bitches... so dream on."

Contrary to ANC values

After the settlement was announced at the Johannesburg Equality Court, Du Plessis expressed her satisfaction with the outcome.

"I am glad he has apologised and relieved that it's come to an end. It is a vindication for the profession of journalism," she said.

In the settlement statement, Shivambu said his behaviour in sending the SMSes was contrary to the values of the African National Congress, which had fought hard to establish the principles of non-sexism in society.

He also withdrew "defamatory allegations made explicitly or by implication about Du Plessis" in press statements last year.

The settlement did not have a monetary component, but Shivambu would have to pay the taxed party and party costs incurred by Du Plessis in the matter.

Within moments of the magistrate announcing that the settlement had been reached, Shivambu issued a statement.

Waste of time

"I signed the settlement because I did not deem it valuable to continue with court cases that have no bearing or influence in the struggle for economic freedom in our lifetime," he said.

"My legal representatives advised that I sign the settlement agreement, and I complied because the court proceedings are a waste of time on a non-issue."

Shivambu previously said he had "no recollection" of using the words "white bitch" and claimed the words were not part of his vocabulary.

For the same reasons, he said he would not entertain any media enquiries on the matter.

A journalist at the court asked Shivambu if he would shake Du Plessis's hand for a photo opportunity, but he declined.

Earlier this month, Shivambu was found guilty by the ANC's national disciplinary committee of sowing division and bringing the party into disrepute.

He was suspended from the ANC for three years for swearing at a journalist and for issuing a statement calling for a change of government in Botswana.

On Tuesday, there were reports that he and suspended ANCYL president Julius Malema would receive feedback from the national disciplinary committee of appeals later in the day on whether the sanctions against them would be upheld.

  • Piet - 2012-04-24 18:16

    I SMELL A F@CKEN big LIE..... Never trust him or turn your back on him....

      Morne - 2012-04-24 18:44

      They should dig into his accounts as well, he is just as guilty as JM and just as communistic!

      shooshyu.tu - 2012-04-24 19:54

      How can anyone trust these liars, make a statement then dispute the reasons for making it. So he in fact is not sorry therefore has not apologised!

  • zaatheist - 2012-04-24 18:16

    Eat crow, poephol!

  • Alex - 2012-04-24 18:18

    Dont lie floyd...

  • siyadyosiba - 2012-04-24 18:21

    Shivambu's comments in the part of article before the title "Waste of time" are contradicting the ones in part under the title. Does this young have to be this stupid? These boys are exposing their carelessness, disrespect and low intellect every day.

      Gestoffle - 2012-04-24 18:58

      V-o-e-t - s-e---k Golo

      Squeegee - 2012-04-24 19:06

      Tsotsi the Troll has crept out of his hole. Ignore him.

  • Grant - 2012-04-24 18:21 if you call someone a stupid white b!tch, its an attack n intelligence and is sexist. I wonder if I called someone a stupid black b!tch if the same applies??

      shooshyu.tu - 2012-04-24 19:56

      all hell would break out & you will be banished to Brrrritain, where supposedly all whites in Africa are from irrespective of where you were born.

  • CharlesDumbwin - 2012-04-24 18:21


      Gestoffle - 2012-04-24 19:08


      Bobby - 2012-04-24 21:23

      They would make great stand up comedians or talk show hosts, though!

  • Nicholas - 2012-04-24 18:24

    Unprofessional? I call it racist. I wonder what big mouth Shivambu would say if a young white guy called a black woman a "black bitch"?

  • The-madKing - 2012-04-24 18:25

    How much is the settlement?

  • Pushka - 2012-04-24 18:26

    He should now be sued for contempt of court, he apologised "unconditionally" and moments later issued a statement saying the court proceedings "are a waste of time on a non issue" the arrogance of these youth league clowns knows no bounds, are there no other "youths" with integrity and intelligence in this country who can step forward and take a leadership role, or are we destined to be governed in the future by thuggish buffoons whose sole reason for being in politics is to line their own and their friends pockets. we are being governed by gangsters in this country, God help us all.

  • Cameron - 2012-04-24 18:30

    Die Floyd!! U racist PIG! If this had been white on black South Africa would have gone wild!! SICKENING double standards!!

  • Shirley - 2012-04-24 18:33

    Now dissapear unconditionally! You lying hypocrite!

  • boby.mafi - 2012-04-24 18:45

    Is this the best ANCYL has on offer? I fear for the future of SA.

      Bobby - 2012-04-24 21:35

      I don't think so.. The problem in the greater ANC-affiliates is that people are "helped" into positions because of reasons that should not be part of the process to emply them. They are not streaming slowly to leadership positions because of their capabilities. That is taking the ANCYL down now, is busy taking the ANC down, and is also hampering our country severely, hence the potholes, lack of schools, health care, etc, etc. The system implemented by the ANC is foolish and wrong. It will backfire badly if ANC doesn't address this NOW.

  • Silvia - 2012-04-24 18:56

    hang the fat pig by his ears!!and Tsotsi by his nose!!

  • michael.e.bowery - 2012-04-24 19:13

    Shivambu had no other recourse except to apologise, but the true nature and character of the man remains unchanged - quite simply racist, ignorant and intending to offend.

  • Boy Bana - 2012-04-24 19:14

    @tsotsi. grow up man. u got the country. now please do something useful with it. help your fellow citizens with your grand ideas. unless u can only blow hot hair. carry on waiting........................while the doers do it.

  • clinton.bowden1 - 2012-04-24 19:15

    But he is not actually apologising is he? He is just doing the formalities to brush it underneath the carpet. But it is Du Plessis choice to accept it and so be it. If it were me, it would have been a different.

  • Zenzele - 2012-04-24 19:27

    These looters , low-lifers don't want to be challenged. They are full of such hate , I wonder how at the first place how they were elected to lead our youth.They are not community builders only "WOOD WORK BUILDERS" thus what they are.

  • Johan - 2012-04-24 19:28

    A snake

  • jomardl - 2012-04-24 20:22

    I don't understand why ANCYL has degenerated into such a sideshow, run by evil clowns. The state of leadership in this country is lamentable. I think young South Africans with brains and, more importantly, integrity are too disillusioned to bother with politics. Can't say I blame them.

      Pushka - 2012-04-24 21:05

      @ Omnivore I couldn't agree more with you, from the top to the bottom, even people who we thought were trustworthy and had integrity, Tokyo Sexwale, Cyril Ramaphosa, Kgalema Motlanthe, all are proving themselves to be money and power crazy and aligning themselves with the likes of Malema in order to gain access to the "pot of gold" I am not by nature a pessimist but, I truly believe that if the voters in SA do not wake up soon then we are in for a very bumpy ride in this beautiful country of ours.

  • Wayne - 2012-04-25 07:34

    Aha, so Honest Floyd did call her a white bitch after all. Funny how he couldnt recall saying that a while ago. Floyd, your an embarrasment. Now go away!

  • Karin - 2012-04-25 13:05

    I wonder how much influence Floyd has over Malema? Was it always Ju Ju's words and ideas or was it little seeds planted by our Floyd here?

  • Colin - 2012-04-26 10:53

    why a "White Bitch"? are you racist or or something? these a**holes are so quick to pull the race card cause they are too stupid to ralise that they are the ones who are racist. dumb scum. go play with your lego and leave the adults to talk..

  • Sidney - 2012-04-26 14:29

    Good to see that the black c#nt has come to his senses.

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