African National Congress Youth League president Julius Malema has apologised to Education Minister Naledi Pandor for comments he made about her "fake accent".
In a copy of the letter addressed to Pandor, Malema said on Thursday: "I acknowledge that the remarks I made against you were uncalled for and might have disappointed and hurt you.
"I write this letter to unconditionally apologise for those remarks."
Malema's apologies come a day after he addressed hordes of protesters at the Tshwane University of Technology where he accused Pandor of not intervening in the teachers' and later the students' grievances with management.
"She must use her fake accent to address our problems," Malema told the crowd, who later became violent and threw stones at police officers.
Malema's comments were slammed by the ANC's leadership, who said they suggested a lack of respect and dignity for the individual concerned.
"The ANCYL is entitled to express its own positions and views. However, this should be done within the norms and culture of the ANC," said spokesperson Jesse Duarte on Wednesday afternoon.
"There can be no excuse for the kind of utterances attributed to Malema."
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