Cape Town - Home Affairs Minister Malusi Gigaba has threatened to sue former radio journalist Redi Thlabi unless she withdraws allegations that a personal vendetta spurred his introduction of restrictive visa regulations three years ago.
Gigaba, in a tweet, said he was giving Thlabi until 5pm on Thursday to retract her comments, which she made after he announced the relaxation of the much-criticised regulations.
"She has until 17h00, tomorrow, to withdraw and apologise for her malicious lies, failing which she will have to start raising money for a hefty damages claim," the tweet posted on Gigaba's official account after 10 pm on Wednesday read.
This followed a tweet by the minister a few hours earlier in which he accused Thlabi, a former presenter on 702 Talk Radio, of pandering to racists.
"For the record, @RediTlhabi, I’m not bothered by your using my name to ingratiate yourself to the band of uninformed incorrigible racists you’ve made a career out of sucking up to. Victimise my daughter again, though, and you’ll discover that I’m capable of sinking to your level."