Gigaba To Take Legal Action Against Redi Tlhabi

Home Affairs Minister, Malusi Gigaba. PICTURE: Parliament

JOHANNESBURG: Home Affairs Minister Malusi Gigaba says he will take legal action against former radio host Redi Tlhabi.

A statement released by the Home Affairs Department on Thursday night says Gigaba has instructed attorneys to institute legal action against Tlhabi for defamation of character.

The legal action follows a dispute between the two earlier this week when Tlhabi tweeted about the minister’s decision to change visa regulations, claiming that it was based on personal circumstances.

She alleged on Tuesday that Gigaba was livid after a relative of his ex-wife took his child on holiday without his permission. The laws were then tightened. 

The new rule stated that all children needed an unabridged birth certificate along with their passport before being allowed to pass customs. Written consent was also needed from the child’s parents if they were not traveling together.

“YOU had a personal issue of your ex-wife making travel arrangements with your daughter without your consent‚ so you decided ‘I’ll sort this problem out?’ You implemented untested regulations‚ claiming to address child trafficking? Have your regulations brought child trafficking down‚” Tlhabi tweeted.

The tweets followed shortly after Gigaba announced that the visa regulations‚ which have been blamed for having a negative effect on tourism in South Africa‚ were being relaxed.