‘Free to be’ cardiologist lays charges over Twitter slur

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Dr Viwe Mtwesi

Dr Viwe Mtwesi, a young cardiologist who was labelled a “prostitute” on Twitter for the dress she wore, has opened a case a case of crimen injuria and defamation, reports The Times.

Mtwesi confirmed that she had opened a case of crimen injuria and defamation of character at the Pretoria West police station against a Twitter user by the name of Warrior Woman Elminie. The account that has since been deleted. This was after a picture of Mtwesi in a lace top was shared by Metro FM’s Breakfast Twitter account. “That woman called me a prostitute. I did not open a case because I have something against prostitutes or am judging them, she just needs to be taught a lesson about cyber bullying,” said Mtwesi.

The report quotes Mtwesi as saying she is a doctor only within the confines of the hospital and during consultations with patients – but outside her profession, she’s “free to be”. “After the tweet I put out, some random person anonymously sent me details of the woman – where she works and even told me she works night shift today. I then called to confirm these details with her manager and my lawyers will serve her with legal papers.”

Mtwesi says a Johannesburg law firm offered to represent her pro bono, following the tweets in which she said she would open a case against the woman who insulted her. “Women must let other women be. How I dress is no one’s business and it doesn’t make me less of a doctor.”

The report says police confirmed that a case had been opened.

The Times report

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