Former public protector Advocate Thuli Madonsela has apologised to the president of the African National Congress Youth League (ANCYL) Collen Maine for calling him “Oros”, a name that has gained much notoriety for its association with the youth leader.
News24 reports that Madonsela made the apology on the sidelines of the 2016 Mahatma Gandhi Awards on Monday evening, where she received an accolade at the ceremony held at the Durban City Hall for her tremendous contribution during her tenure as public protector.
“I admit that his feelings were hurt, and I apologise for that … If he thinks that that gives him the licence to attack me and he will feel better, then so be it,” she said.
Madonsela apparently first compared Maine as Oros, a reference to the orange-flavoured juice’s tubby mascot during an interview with the SABC’s Question Time on October 27.
At the time, she asked the show’s host Mpho Tsedu: “I’m surprised when somebody like Oros … There is a guy that they call Oros. Well I don’t know what is his real name. What is his real name?”
The ANCYL on Monday attacked Madonsela, saying they wished her well in her future endeavors with the country’s official opposition, the Democratic Alliance (DA).
The young lions held a press conference at the party’s Johannesburg headquarters to give their official response to her damning State of Capture report released last week.
“The ANCYL has noted that the drama queen has left the office and therefore remains not busy these days, and as the youth league‚ we want to wish her well in her DA endeavors. Now that she’s resting‚ may she rest in peace‚” said ANCYL national spokesperson Mlondi Mkhize.