A Limpopo royal family has accused the ANC of feeding MP Boy Mamabolo to the “hyenas” after failing to rescue him in his sequestration case against EFF president Julius Malema.
In a heartfelt letter to the governing party’s top brass seen by African Times, Kgoshigadi Mphoso Veronica Mamabolo of the Bjatladi Traditional Council in Segopje Village, Ga-Mamabolo, outside Polokwane, pleased with the party to assist Mamabolo to settle the R173 000 legal bill related to the Malemas’ R2 million defamation case in 2020.
Mamabolo, a Malema childhood friend-turned-foe, had claimed during the State of the Nation debate in Parliament and later in a media interview that Malema was abusing his wife, Mantoa.
“We all understand that he took Mr. Malema head on in a bid to protect the ANC and, in particular, the president. It is really saddening that he has to face the music alone. He is being fed to the hyenas.
“Kgoshigadi Mamabolo M.V of Bjatladi Community humbly requests you to intervene on the matter and assist him to settle the required amount of R173 000 owed to Mr. Malema by end of business today 31 August 2023 for the matter to be withdrawn,” pleaded Kgoshigadi Mamabolo, the chieftainess of the Bjatladi Traditional Council.
The lawsuit was withdrawn in 2020 after the couple and Mamabolo reached a settlement agreement outside of court.
However, it was still anticipated that the ANC lawmaker would be responsible for covering legal expenses of R173,000.
In 2021, his failure to pay the amount led to the attachment of his goods, pending a Sheriff’s date.
In a turn of events this year, the Malemas sought a sequestration order against Mamabolo’s estate.
When the application was granted, Mamabolo found himself with a limited window of time, August 31, to settle his dues or face the grave consequences of being officially declared bankrupt.
It’s unclear whether the ANC or any other individual assisted Mamabolo in escaping sequestration, which would have declared him bankrupt. Sequestration would have disqualified Mamabolo from being an MP, opening a bank account and managing his estate alone.
Kgoshigadi Mamabolo’s letter proved to be the saving grace for Mamabolo, as he successfully settled the entire amount in two installments just moments before midnight.
Mamabolo made an installment of R100,000 to the Ian Levitt Attorneys at 11:54 pm on deadline day, according to the proof of payment seen by African Times. The second installment, a sum of R73,854.94, was paid to the same attorneys around 8 am the next morning.
However, the second amount came from Ezra Matlala Incorporated.
When contacted for comment, Mamabolo denied being assisted to settle his bill but acknowledged that his fellow ANC comrades had turned their backs on him.
He further took the opportunity to refute speculations that he had a childhood fling with Malema’s wife.
“How do you know about the letter from Kgoshigadi? That is a confidential letter. I am just happy that this thing is finally over. It has been dragging for too long. We have been trying to ask for installments, but he has been demanding the entire amount. I paid the money myself because I’m a working person. Yes, the amount can disrupt your budget, but it is settled,” said Boy Mamabolo.
“I take this as a lesson, and I move on. You can do things with people, but ultimately, you can be left to face the consequences alone. It is also sad that people, especially my own comrades, are viewing this issue as a personal one, to the extent of alleging that I dated Mantoa before, which is not true.”
ANC spokesperson Mahlengi Bhengu-Motsiri failed to respond to a request for comment on Kgoshigadi Mamabolo’s letter and claims that the governing had turned its back on Mamabolo.