We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again; you don’t mess with Redi Tlhabi and expect to come away from the encounter unscathed!
The broadcast journalist has one of the sharpest minds in South Africa and is never shy to speak her mind.
Her fearless intellectual commentary has drawn its critics and detractors but Redi has never had an issue with putting a hater (or a group of haters) in their place.
Here are just a few occasions when she demonstrated her ability to bring someone to size using her words, mind and sheer bravado…
When she breastfed her baby on-air
Back in 2014, Redi caused a stir when she chose to breastfeed her own child on live radio.
Many bewildered critics took to social media to slam her for the act, but she hit back and firmly stood her ground. She reflected on the situation in a recent tweet.
I HAD to bring my 3 month old daughter to work whilst standing in for John Robbie.😂😂. If WOMAN manager could not see that it was unreasonable to ask a breastfeeding mom to do 4am to 9am then she’d have to put up with my situation..Priorities! 🤣 https://t.co/swK0ds00yy
— Redi Tlhabi (@RediTlhabi) April 1, 2018
Redi vs Malusi Gigaba
Redi and Malusi Gigaba are not the best of friends and she has had no difficulty in calling out some of his more questionable behaviour in recent years.
Her criticism reached boiling point in 2018 when the then-minister tried to press charges. Redi, who is well-versed on South African law, put him in his place when she reminded him that he didn’t have a legal leg to stand on.
Before I respond to you @mgigaba . let me just assist your fans who may not be aware of the PUBLIC action you took & in placing your family on a public platform. Reference is therefore not victimization. I will return to you.
https://t.co/ZGZ9tpCQAh via @SowetanLIVE https://t.co/TzZF8ct1rb
— Redi Tlhabi (@RediTlhabi) September 26, 2018