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Malusi Gi­gaba

An apol­ogy from an apol­o­gist?

- Crime · Society · Malusi Gigaba

The prob­lem with so­cial me­dia is that it’s un­fil­tered and un­reg­u­lated. Al­le­ga­tions are some­times an­noy­ing and of­ten un­sub­stan­ti­ated. Few peo­ple have time to get worked up about them. Home af­fairs min­is­ter Malusi Gi­gaba, how­ever, does. He has in­structed lawyers to sum­mons ra­dio host Redi Tl­habi, de­mand­ing an apol­ogy af­ter she claimed he en­acted ab­surd reg­u­la­tions to com­bat child traf­fick­ing af­ter his daugh­ter was taken by a cousin of his for­mer wife with­out per­mis­sion. In his mampara-wor­thy tirade in re­sponse, he la­belled Tl­habi an apol­o­gist for racists and threat­ened her with hell­fire. Whether Tl­habi was right to drag his daugh­ter into the mat­ter is de­bat­able, but as a smart observer re­marked, cit­i­zens have the right to an­noy their pub­lic rep­re­sen­ta­tives.

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