Former Eskom CEO Matshela Koko could have the tables turned on him by the high court in Johannesburg after his attempt to extract damages for defamation from a 72-year-old nursery school principal in an alleged “Slapp suit” ran aground.

The case to claim R500,000 from Barbara Tanton, principal of the Little Academy Preschool in Centurion, was heard last week. It centres on a tweet she made, which Koko said effectively called him a thief. Tanton closed her Twitter account but refused to apologise...

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