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While the #Gup­taLeaks saga has ex­posed an un­fold­ing po­lit­i­cal scan­dal, it has also shed light on a “scan­dal” of a dif­fer­ent kind: Duduzane Zuma’s com­pli­cated love life. The leaked emails re­veal how sev­eral women had the hots for the pres­i­dent’s hand­some son. Sev­eral raunchy emails, in­tended for Duduzane, were sent to Pres­i­dent Ja­cob Zuma’s pri­vate email ac­count in 2015 – the same year Duduzane mar­ried Shan­ice Stork at a lav­ish wed­ding at the fives­tar Zim­bali Lodge in Bal­lito. We now know the Gupta family helped to pay for the nup­tials and that their com­pany chief ex­ec­u­tives were in­volved in ar­rang­ing it.

On March 3 2015, two months be­fore his wed­ding, he re­ceived four emails from Cape Town-based for­mer fash­ion editor and free­lance stylist Ma­likah Ha­jee. The sub­ject line of one of her emails is, “Re­mem­ber what you miss­ing! (sic)”

When City Press called Ha­jee, she con­firmed that she had re­ceived an email with ques­tions from our re­porter, but didn’t wish to com­ment.

An­other woman who sent risqué pic­tures to the first son was French­woman Nadège dos Reis, who sent him a num­ber of self­ies on Oc­to­ber 30 and 31 2015 – five months af­ter his wed­ding – which in­cluded one of her in front of the Eif­fel Tower in Paris.

Ac­cord­ing to her Linkedin pro­file, Dos Reis comes from the French coastal city of Mar­seilles and stud­ied busi­ness and en­vi­ron­men­tal law.

In an­other email with a sub­ject line that reads, “That makes u flight to paris? (sic)”, she at­taches a pic­ture of her­self in a sk­intight, low-slung pink minidress, and an­other of her shapely, lin­gerie-clad bot­tom, while ly­ing on a bed. Emails and Face­book mes­sages sent to Dos Reis also went unan­swered this week.

The emails pro­vide a win­dow into Zuma’s com­pli­cated love life. One, from a family lawyer, de­tails how his lawyers and those of the mother of his son, who was born in 2015, quib­bled over till slips, credit card bills and “start-up costs” for the baby.

It shows that the child’s mother wanted R30 000 per month in main­te­nance for the baby, and also wanted Duduzane to pay his share of the costs for a night nurse, as well as an­te­na­tal classes.

An email the lawyer sent to him in Septem­ber 2015 said: “Nanny must be in­cluded in monthly main­te­nance claims as re­ferred to above and, if she has done any other work, such as house­hold help, or will be do­ing so, this must be stated, as your client will then bear a por­tion of her cost for her­self too.”

Baby items the mother had bought and at­tached in­voices for were also listed, in­clud­ing a pram set, cot and cot linen, a breast pump, a bounc­ing chair and a baby gym. But some of the costs didn’t sit too well with Duduzane’s lawyer. “A con­tri­bu­tion to start-up nap­pies, wipes and ba­sic med­i­ca­tions of R2 000 (the chemist and other slips are not all for the child, and some ap­pear to be post-birth),” the lawyer wrote.

“A con­tri­bu­tion to a rock­ing chair as the one bought was ex­ces­sive: R1 000.” The rock­ing chair the mother bought cost R3 689. She also took is­sue with the amount of main­te­nance asked for. “Re­gret­tably, your client’s claim for R30 000 per month (which means that the child re­quires R60 000 per month) is ab­surd and can­not be ac­cepted. On your client’s own fig­ures sent to us in July, the child’s ap­prox­i­mate costs were R37 011.79, and your client now asks my client to pay 50%. On her own ver­sion, that would be some R18 500, and those costs were ex­ces­sive...”

Be­fore this let­ter was sent, Duduzane’s lawyer had made an over­ture to pay her a lump sum in­stead of main­te­nance ev­ery month. AmaBhun­gane and Daily Mav­er­ick re­ported this week that Gupta lawyer Gert van der Merwe ad­vised Duduzane, who paid the woman R3.5 mil­lion.

Her lawyer wrote: “It is my in­struc­tion that an ac­tu­ary has to be ap­pointed, at your client’s ex­pense, to de­ter­mine what the fi­nan­cial needs of the mi­nor child will be un­til the age of mi­nor­ity, and to use his/her find­ings as a start­ing point to cal­cu­late the once-off lump sum pay­ment (sic).”

Duduzane’s lawyer re­sponded: “We can then look at my client’s monthly main­te­nance con­tri­bu­tion and the pos­si­bil­ity of hav­ing this ac­tu­ar­i­ally cal­cu­lated to a lump sum pay­ment (my client will make a lump sum of­fer and your client is welcome, at her ex­pense, to em­ploy an ac­tu­ary to as­cer­tain if it suf­fices).”

On Thurs­day morn­ing, City Press ap­proached Duduzane for com­ment on a list of ques­tions about his per­sonal life, via email and text mes­sage. The ques­tions were also sent to Gupta family spokesper­son Gary Naidoo to whom City Press had ear­lier spo­ken to by tele­phone.

How­ever, no re­sponses were forth­com­ing.

A re­veal­ing pic­ture Ma­likah Ha­jee sent to the pres­i­dent’s son with the cap­tion, ‘Right now WET!!’

A pic­ture Ma­likah Ha­jee sent to Duduzane Zuma in March 2015

‘That makes u flight to paris? (sic)’ wrote Nadège dos Reis in a mes­sage to which this pic­ture was at­tached, sent in Oc­to­ber 2015

An­other pic­ture Nadège dos Reis sent to Duduzane Zuma in Oc­to­ber 2015

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