President Cyril Ramaphosa has apologised to Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) leader Julius Malema and his wife Mantoa for the utterances made by African National Congress (ANC) MP Boy Mamabolo during the State of the Nation Adress (Sona) and subsequent debate.
Ramaphosa says the allegations made against Malema were uncalled for and it was not correct for it to be raised.
On Tuesday, Parliament degenerated into chaotic scenes when Mamabolo accused Malema of beating his wife.
Honourable Malema, as the allegation was made against you, I felt for Mantoa, your wife. Because it was uncalled for, I must say. It was improper, it was not correct for it to be raised and if I can offer an apology to you, about this, I would like to because it was uncalled for.— President Cyril Ramaphosa
The statements made and the purpose they were intended to serve were not really good. They undermine the resolve of this House that we demonstrated in the joint sitting in September.— President Cyril Ramaphosa
We must apologise to South Africans about the way in which this matter was debated. We should never again allow such an important issue to be used in this way.— President Cyril Ramaphosa
Listen to some of the issues the president raised here: