African National Congress (ANC) Member of Parliament, Boy Mamabolo has denied being relegated to the backbencher in Parliament, following the squabble between him and the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) leader on Tuesday.
This follows a day in which Mamabolo took on Julius Malema on allegations of Gender-based violence against his wife, Mantwa Matlala.
On Day 2 of the SONA debate in Parliament, Mamabolo was seen occupying one of the backbenches, fuelling rumours that he had been relegated to the backbenches due to his conduct in the House te previous day.
But Mamabolo has denied this. “I was a duty whip for SONA and yesterday only … today is somebody else and tomorrow, next week and so on and so on. We rotate duty whips.”
Asked if he was in trouble for having ‘thrown the President under the bus’ he responded: “No, not at all.” He adds he’s still allowed to rise on a point of order if he wants to.
“Aowa, any member can raise a point of order in terms of rule 14L(a) of the joint sitting. You can do it from anywhere in the House, hence, there are mics everywhere,” Mamabolo explains.
Watch as the SONA Debate descends into chaos:
Lawsuit against Mamabolo
Earlier, it emerged that the wife of Malema, Mantwa had joined her husband in the R1 million lawsuit against Mamabolo for defamation of character. The Malemas had given him until the end of Wednesday to apologise or face the lawsuit.
Asked about this, he refused to go into the matter referring SABC Digital News to his twitter account.
In a post published on Wednesday afternoon, Mamabolo dares them, saying, “I will NOT retract/Withdraw any statement made in Parly ystday bcos there is facts and evidence to all these matters…..bring it on let’s meet in Court.”
i will NOT retract/Withdraw any statement made in Parly ystday bcos there is facts and evidence to all these matters…..bring it on let’s meet in Court.
N.B. We all took an undertaking to expose any form of GBV during Special Joint Sitting last year
— Boy Mamabolo (@BoyMamabolo) February 19, 2020
Watch the entire Day 2 of the SONA Debate below: