South Africa Speaker sorry for calling lawmaker 'cockroach'

February 18, 2015 3:35 PM

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South Africa Speaker sorry for calling lawmaker 'cockroach'

JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - South Africa's parliamentary Speaker Baleka Mbete said on Wednesday she was sorry for calling a firebrand opposition lawmaker a "cockroach" in the aftermath of a chaotic State Of The Nation address by President Jacob Zuma.

South Africa's main opposition party, the Democratic Alliance, said this week that Mbete's comments proved that she was unfit to lead parliament and political analysts said her position was under threat.

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