- Carl Niehaus is accusing transport minister Fikile Mbalula of defamation and he wants R8 million in compensation
- Niehaus claims that he suffered serious reputational damage from Mbalula's tweet
- In a tweet posted months ago Mbalula allegedly called Niehaus and MKMVA president Kebby Maphatsoe criminals
Carl Niehaus has served transport minister Fikile Mbalula with an R8 million defamation lawsuit. The Umkhonto we Sizwe Military Veterans Association (MKMVA) spokesperson claims that Mbalula's 'thug' post damaged his reputation.
The Twitter post dates back a couple of months when Mbalula went online to allegedly attack Niehaus and MKMVA president Kebby Maphatsoe. Mbalula called them criminals according to Times Live.
Niehaus accuses Mbalula of telling the whole country that he is corrupt. Niehaus said that the message of the tweet was amplified when Newzroom Afrika posted a story about it.
Niehaus wants R8 million in damages with an annual interest of 10.25%. He also wants Mbalula to pay his legal fees according to Sowetan Live.
Earlier, Briefly News reported that uMkhonto weSizwe Military Veterans Association spokesperson Carl Niehaus stated that claims that the Radical Economic Transformation (RET) forces were seeking to divide the African National Congress were simply not true.
Niehaus stated that the RET faction actually supports the ANC's policy of economic transformation in South Africa. This follows various reports of an alleged national shutdown in support of ANC Secretary-General Ace Magashule.
These protests were to be done in opposition to ANC National Executive Committee’s (NEC) step-aside resolution, which impacts not only Magashule but also Zuma, former eThekwini Mayor Zandile Gumede and others.
In other news, a short recorded clip of Transport Minister Fikile Mbalula jumping down a taxi boss's throat for branding his taxis with "Hands off Ace Magashule" stickers has been shared online. In the recording, Mbalula can be heard telling the man that he is creating trouble for himself with the taxi branding.
"I don't know what I've done to you. I don't remember doing something wrong," the taxi boss can be heard telling Mbalula in the clip.
South Africans were soon in the comment section of the clip criticising Mbalula for what they called intimidating the taxi boss. Many of them even called on the taxi boss to open a case of intimidation.
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