In a statement released on Thursday evening, Malema said his utterances were a desperate act of personal defence, which he regretted.
“In retrospect, I accept that I should have known better not to indulge myself in the same degeneration that the ANC caucus visited upon my person and that of my wife. It was therefore in a desperate act of personal defence, which I now regret because of how critical the matter of Gender-Based Violence is for all of us as a country.”
Malema also extended his apology to the Ramaphosa family and South Africans at large.
“I also hope that such a degeneration never occurs again where ANC MPs use personal matters, masquerading in false and malicious accusations to score political points. I also would like to apologise to all South Africans who were offended in the process, in particular victims of Gender-Based Violence”
He said he hoped the apology meant the matter would be put to rest.