But despite this, Niehaus said on Thursday as the clock was ticking for Magashule that he would not be apologising any time soon due the imminent court action against his suspension.
“I think the legal process must now proceed and that will determine the outcome of all these issues, including this demand for an apology,” Niehaus said.
Magashule could not be reached for comment.
His aide, Chris Ackeer, told TimesLIVE that he was in a staff meeting and would be able to speak only later. He declined to immediately comment on Niehaus’s remarks.
Magashule stunned many last week when he issued a public letter announcing his suspension of Ramaphosa in retaliation for his own suspension.
Duarte on Tuesday said she was confident Magashule would comply with the party's demand of an apology for his stunt.
The ANC announced on Monday that its highest decision-making body between national conferences, the national executive committee (NEC), had decided Magashule should apologise publicly for his role in the matter and that disciplinary proceedings be instituted against him should he refuse to do so.
Duarte said the NEC had found that Magashule's letter suspending Ramaphosa had not been at the behest of any ANC structure.
This developing story will be updated with comment from Magashule and his aide as soon as it is obtained.