Juju, Shivambu must apologise to Zille

Helen Zille welcomed a court ruling ordering two ANCYL officials to apologise to her.

Helen Zille. Picture: EWN

CAPE TOWN - Western Cape Premier Helen Zille on Thursday welcomed a court ruling ordering two ANC Youth League (ANCYL) officials to apologise for comments they made about her.

The case stems from defamatory comments made by expelled ANCYL leader Julius Malema and spokesperson Floyd Shivambu.

The comments were made back in 2009.

Zille was called a racist girl and she was accused of having affairs with her all-male provincial cabinet.

Malema and Shivambu were also ordered to pay her legal fees.

The Western Cape premier initially wanted to sue them for R1.4 million.

Zille said she was pleased with the outcome.

"The court decision sets a very important precedent. It moves us away from the politics of insults and toward the politics of dealing with the real issues."