Suspended MKMVA spokesperson Carl Niehaus has given Sports Minister, Fikile Mbalula no later than Friday 15:00 to retract the statement he made during his interview with the BBC and to apologise unconditionally to Niehaus or the two will face off in court.

In an interview with BBC HARDtalk’s Stephen Sackur, Transport Minister, Fikile Mbalula pointed to Carl Niehaus as an instigator of the violence that swept across KwaZulu-Natal and Gauteng.

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The interview focused on the latest developments in the country, including the aftermath of the recent riots, the Phoenix deaths and Cape Town taxi violence. The host of the programme, Stephen Sackur did not hold back and grilled the minister – particularly on the contradictory messages coming from government. TheSouthAfrican was in consultation with the BBC ahead of this interview, providing context about the situation to the UK-based broadcaster.

During the interview, Mbalula accused Carl Niehaus of instigating the violence that engulfed South Africa in the past two weeks.

“There are those we know at a political level are Carl Niehaus who was at the forefront and some other people around him who were basically in the forefront of undermining the rule of law,” Mbalula said.

Mbalula went on to describe the unrest in the country as “a high up accumulation of anarchy, at the highest level”.

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The staunch Zuma supporter’s lawyers say Mbalula’s statements are false, malicious and misleading.

“They mean that Mr Niehaus led or was part of the people who led or orchestrated the civil unrests, which is false. Mr Niehaus did not lead or orchestrate the civil unrests…

“Given the seriousness and urgency of the matter, we expect your retraction and apology by no later than 15:00 on Friday, 22 July.”

Mabuza Attorneys

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Presh JM Reporter

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