- Veteran news broadcaster Redi Tlhabi has thrown a little shade at her industry colleague, Piet Rampedi
- The clap-back comes amidst claims that Rampedi was reporting fake news, which have since been proven insubstantial
- Mzansi social media users were not impressed by the tacky response and took to the comments section to share their thoughts
Local journalist, Redi Tlhabi is throwing a few shots at fellow newsperson, Piet Rampedi.
The news anchor was left unimpressed by social media users who've insinuated she may be trying to mess with Rampedi's reputation.
Sabotaging Rampedi's career
The clap-back follows allegations by social media users that the Thuma Mina Media Group may be trying to sabotage Rampedi's career, after widespread claims that he was reporting fake news.
To all of Piets protective fans, Thlabi had this to say:
"That's why nna I just laugh every time he insults me. But even more hilarious are his fans camping on TLs with "Ja, they are scared of him." Scared of a self-made joke?"
Social media reactions
Social media users were definitely not impressed at the newscaster's response. Check out some of their mixed reactions below:
@katishimatlala commented on the editors choice of words:
"Nna is I. I is Nna. So if you say nna I am jajarag. It is like " I I am jajarag or Nna Nna am jajarag. Repetition of words unnecessary. National editor in chief"
"Is this why you have camped around Piet stories perfect of #ThumaMinaMediaGroup? Why are you always ready to jump when Piet is mentioned?"
"You had two options, to keep quiet or to embarrass yourself. Well it seems like you chose the second option"
"Jealous will kill you shem. Piet is a face of journalism success"
Some background on the situation
In more news surrounding the journalist, Briefly News previously reported that Piet Rampedi, the veteran journalist who broke this week's top story about a Pretoria woman giving birth to 10 children, is trending on social media. The investigative reporter is being accused of fabricating the incredible story.
Although the journalist has not yet responded to the claims, it's clear social media users definitely have Rampedi's back. Many users took to sharing snaps of Rampedi and the pregnant woman's family, proving once and for all the validity of his breaking story.
Social media reactions
Many social media users have highlighted Rampedi's reputable reputation as a journalist. The editor of Pretoria News and receipt of many prestigious awards, including the CNN Journalist of the Year award, Ramepedi has definitely built enough credibility to not be taken lightly.
Mzansi tweeps certainly came through to defend the journalist. Check out some of their comments below:
"I'd sell my own mother before I doubt Piet."
"Piet Rampedi never publishes anything without receipts!!!"
"Piet Rampedi is one of the best journalists in South Africa. Keep on dribbling them Mr Putin. He brings groundbreaking news and haters get exposed trying to discredit his work."
"Piet Rampedi understands the assignment. He gave the family the privacy and respect they needed and still managed to pull off world-class journalism"
"Do people hate Piet Rampedi so much they are praying and wishing he got his story wrong? It's no longer about a woman giving birth to many children at once, it's now about their hatred and jealousy of Rampedi. Andisadikwanga!"
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