Redi Tlhabi drags troll who accused her of offering sex to Jacob Zuma

Redi Tlhabi said the tweep had a 'vile mind' and, in any event, she would not go for Jacob Zuma as she preferred 'tall, lean, athletic and educated men'.
Redi Tlhabi said the tweep had a 'vile mind' and, in any event, she would not go for Jacob Zuma as she preferred 'tall, lean, athletic and educated men'.
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Veteran broadcaster Redi Tlhabi has laughed off a claim that she offered former president Jacob Zuma “sexual favours”, which he rejected.

Twitter user @BIzwelethu asked her if she was going to ask Zuma why he “rejected” her “advances” when she cross-examined him at the state capture inquiry.

Tlhabi submitted an application to cross-examine Zuma at the Zondo commission earlier this year after Zuma accused her of being a “spy” and part of a group that “co-ordinated [an] attempt to assassinate” his character, including branding him a rapist.

She said she had received death threats after the former president's testimony.

Zuma has until Monday to submit comments on Tlabi's application.

Responding to the question, Tlhabi said the “52-year-old” had a vile mind for posing it.

In a separate tweet, she said accusations about women wanting politicians after writing books about them wasn't new.

Tlhabi wrote a book in 2017, Khwezi, which looks at the life of Aids activist Fezekile Ntsukela Kuzway, who Zuma was acquitted of raping in 2005.

She also joked that if people were going to accuse her of “wanting” a certain politician, the least they could do was get it right.

“I think if you are going to go there, get the spec right at least. I like tall, lean, athletic and educated men,” she said.

Tlhabi's response saw her top the trends list on Twitter, as many took to the platform to commend her.

Here are some of the reactions.


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