Boy Mamabolo's legal woes increase as Mantoa Malema sues

Mantoa Malema née Matlala, the wife of EFF leader Julius Malema, has compounded ANC MP Boy Mamabolo’s legal woes after she filed a defamation lawsuit against him following his allegations that she was being abused by her husband.

Matlala is demanding that Mamabolo publicly apologise that she was being abused by her husband and that he lied when he made those allegations.

On Tuesday, the EFF leader also filed a defamation lawsuit via his lawyers, Ian Levitt Attorneys. He claimed that Mamabolo's comments were deliberately meant to "impugn the integrity and good name" of their client.

"Your allegations are vexatious, misplaced, spurious and untrue," the lawsuit document says.

In a lawyer’s letter written by Ian Levitt Attorneys, Matlala describes  the claims that the EFF leader abused her as vexatious, misplaced, spurious and untrue.

“Your defamatory statements referred to herein above gravely disappoint our client. To proceed to mock victims of Gender Based Violence, especially in the current climate our country is facing, by accusing innocent people of it just to tarnish their image or 'settle a score' is unacceptable of a person in our current society, most especially a person who is a member of parliament,” the letter reads.

“For any avoidance of doubt, we hereby repeat that your allegations are vexatious, misplaced, spurious and untrue. We are further instructed that you have no evidence of any of your allegations. Selfevidently, therefore, there is no factual basis to your claims. The importance of this admission regarding your liability to our client for such defamatory statements cannot be overstated.”

Matlala has ordered Mamabolo to make a public statement that he will share on all of his social media accounts and that it must be sent to all media houses.

“Should you fail to do so, we hold instructions to institute further legal action against you which action we will institute damages against our client in the amount of R1,000, 000,00 (One Million Rand) and seek punitive costs against you.”

Last week during the State of the Nation Address, Mamabolo, accused Malema of abusing his wife.

"Mantoa (Malema's wife) was abused at home by the honourable Malema… They won't deny it because it's true," said Mamabolo last week.

The matter came to a head once again on Tuesday during a joint sitting of the National Assembly, where Mamabolo quizzed Malema on the matter.

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