Sisulu branded an 'opportunist': Presses charges over viral video

Sisulu branded an 'opportunist': Presses charges over viral video

- KhayelitshaCan has responded to Minister Lindiwe Sisulu's controversial reaction to being called out by an activist

- A video of an altercation between the Minister and the activist recently went viral

- Now, the Minister has signalled that she plans to take legal action over the ordeal

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Minister Lindiwe Sisulu has now opted to take activist and member of Khayelitsha Can Nkosikhona Swatbooi to court over a video of an altercation that recently went viral.

Sisulu branded an 'opportunist': Presses charges over viral video

Sisulu has opted to press criminal charges against the activist that called her out. Image: GCIS/ Flickr
Source: UGC

The community action group has responded with fury, questioning why Sisulu would 'bully' the activist instead of apologising:

Minister Lindiwe Sisulu instead of apologising to Swartbooi and to the public this was your only resort? Wouldn’t the legal fees be of help to communities in need?"

The group has labelled the Minister as an 'opportunist of note' after she responded to the incident which prompted outrage:

Video: Sisulu, bodyguards, in controversial altercation with activist
"We note the statement released by Minister Lindiwe Sisulu accusing us of being opportunists. The Minister is an opportunist of note."

The Minister had visited the community of eMpolweni after residents had been evicted by the City of Cape Town, something the activists have slammed:

"The Minister's appearance on this day was opportunistic. She had never condemned the City of Cape Town from illegally evicting the residents of eMpolweni into homelessness."

In her responding statement to the altercation, Sisulu had accused the activist of being rude after she had warned him not to record her.

Sisulu intends to open a criminal case against the man and is currently in consultation with her legal team, who had encouraged legal action.

Earlier, reported that Human Settlements Minister Lindiwe Sisulu is front and centre in controversy after an altercation with an activist.

While the activist in question is known only by his handle @NSwartbooi, his situation quickly went viral.

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The man's crime was apparently to confront the Minister during a visit in Khayelitsha according to Axolile Notywala:

"This happened today when Minister Sisulu visited the fire victims in Site C, Khayelitsha. @NSwartbooi has been in that community with the Khayelitsha every day since the fire. He says when his phone was taken he was threatened with arrest and they wanted him to open his phone."

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