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Apologies, Mr President - ANCYL hecklers

Julius Malema's supporters apologised to the president for verbally abusing him in public.

File: President Jacob Zuma.

CAPE TOWN - Three Western Cape African National Congress Youth League (ANCYL) members apologised for disrupting President Jacob Zuma at a memorial lecture on Wednesday.

The members were suspended after verblly abusing Zuma while he was addressing a crowd at the Good Hope Centre earlier this year.

They were believed to be supporters of the suspended youth league president Julius Malema.

One of the men, Sibusiso Nkomiyahlaba, said he had no bad intentions.

"It was a mistake because we didn't plan it. It's a mistake because it was an accident.

"It was anger in a moment. We are not usually so arrogant or so brutal."

The men tried to storm the stage while Zuma was addressing the crowd on 23 February.

Zuma had been speaking for while when the group started taunting him. They were waving a United Democratic Front (UDF) banner.

An estimated 300 people joined in, booing and singing, which resulted in violent conflict when police stepped in.

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