South Africa: Eastern Cape MEC Loses Court Battle Over COVID-19 Guesthouse Tweet - As Judge Slams Govt Corruption in SA

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The Eastern Cape MEC for Transport, Safety and Liaison, Weziwe Tikana-Gxotiwe has lost an urgent application in the Makhanda High Court to compel the leader of the United Democratic Movement, Bantu Holomisa, to retract a tweet about corruption and calling for her to be fired.

The tweet referred to questions asked by the Sakhisizwe Civil Society Forum after a guest house, allegedly owned by her daughter, was identified by the Eastern Cape government as a potential isolation facility for Covid-19 patients. The court found it likely that the MEC had a direct interest in the business.

The Eastern Cape MEC for Transport, Safety and Liaison, Weziwe Tikana-Gxotiwe, will not be fired over "rumours and gossip", the spokesperson for Eastern Cape Premier Oscar Mabuyane said on Monday night. The MEC lost a court case in which she wanted UDM leader Bantu Holomisa to retract a tweet raising concerns over the use of a guest house, which is in her daughter's name, as a government Covid-19 isolation facility.

In his judgement Judge Gerald Bloem found it probable that Tikana-Gxotiwe was either the owner or held a substantial benefit in the Mioca Lodge in Cala, which the Eastern Cape government had decided to...

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