Home affairs minister Malusi Gigaba is suing journalist and author Redi Tlhabi for alleged defamation after a series of tweets this week. The home affairs department confirmed the legal action in a short statement on Thursday. Gigaba issued an ultimatum to Tlhabi to withdraw her comments on Wednesday night — this after she alleged that the minister had amended visa regulations on travelling with children because of a personal vendetta. When she didn’t withdraw, the legal action was instituted. But Tlhabi seemed unfazed on Thursday evening, tweeting: “Relax. Asseblief.”

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 iss...

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