The Maines’ mar­riage ap­pears to be on the rocks, as Kele­bogile waves good­bye

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ANC Youth League pres­i­dent Collen Maine’s mar­riage is said to be on the rocks.

Sev­eral well-placed sources claimed that Maine’s wife, Kele­bogile (33), has moved out of the house they shared, af­ter she dis­cov­ered that Maine (35) was al­legedly en­ter­tain­ing him­self with other women out­side his mar­riage.

Two sources told City Press this week that Maine and Kele­bogile are go­ing through a very dif­fi­cult time, but they are try­ing to keep it un­der wraps be­cause they don’t like air­ing their dirty laun­dry in pub­lic.

City Press has learnt that things got ugly in two fam­ily meet­ings. Kele­bogile al­legedly told the fam­ily el­ders that she had tried so many times to give Maine a sec­ond chance, but that she was tired of his in­fi­delity.

“Even Maine’s par­ents tried to save their son’s mar­riage, but it seems both fam­i­lies have failed. As a re­sult, Kele­bogile has since de­cided to pack her bags and leave the opu­lent dou­ble-storey man­sion they shared in Tsh­wane,” said sources close to Maine.

An­other source said that, even af­ter the two fam­ily meet­ings, there was lit­tle the rel­a­tives could do to help fix their mar­riage. “It is clear that Kele­bogile has made up her mind. Maine has hurt her so many times,” said the source.

Asked for comment, Maine laughed. “This is a joke,” he said. “Even if this was the case, I don’t dis­cuss my pri­vate life with the me­dia. Your source is very un­re­li­able and des­per­ate. He does not know any­thing about my fam­ily.”

This week City Press tried to track down Kele­bogile who has a num­ber of ac­counts on so­cial me­dia. She used to work for the Na­tional Youth De­vel­op­ment Agency, as well as a con­struc­tion com­pany. But aside from those de­tails, she ap­pears to have man­aged to keep her pri­vate life very pri­vate.

The two, both of whom are from North West, have been to­gether for more than eight years.

Sev­eral at­tempts to con­tact Kele­bogile this week were fruit­less. She did not re­spond to mes­sages or emails.

But this is not the first time Maine has al­legedly cheated on his wife.

Three years ago, when he was still North West MEC for lo­cal govern­ment and hu­man set­tle­ments, Sun­day Sun re­ported that he cheated on Kele­bogile with an­other woman.

It was al­leged he had been caught red-handed with an­other woman in Mahikeng.

The tabloid al­leged that an an­gry Kele­bogile broke all the win­dows of their house us­ing rocks and a steel pipe.

At the time Maine com­plained about the story to the press om­buds­man, but the com­plaint was dis­missed.

Maine is serv­ing his last term as the leader of the ANC Youth League which is pre­par­ing to go to its 26th elec­tive congress to elect new lead­ers in December.

Those in the know say the con­fer­ence might sit only af­ter next year’s elec­tions.

The house Kele­bogile moved out of could well have been the swanky golf es­tate home in Pre­to­ria for which Maine re­ceived a cushy loan from the Gupta fam­ily.

City Press and amaBhun­gane re­ported two years ago that Maine and Kele­bogile bought the R5.4 mil­lion prop­erty – with a R140 000 a month bond – east of Pre­to­ria in 2015, six weeks af­ter he was elected youth league pres­i­dent.

The dou­ble-storey, triple-garage home on a large erf in the Wood­hill Res­i­den­tial Es­tate and Coun­try Club backed on to the greens of an 18hole cham­pi­onship golf course.

Maine orig­i­nally sub­mit­ted a cash of­fer and the Gup­tas’ lawyer re­mit­ted the en­tire amount from the Bank of In­dia.

In re­sponse at the time, Maine said: “I don’t know who is dis­cussing those things with you. I have gone to the bank. I have got an agree­ment with the bank on how I pay the house for 20 years, so I would not then dis­cuss my pri­vate is­sues in pub­lic any more.”

In April Maine ad­mit­ted for the first time to meet­ing the con­tro­ver­sial Gupta fam­ily.

“We must be hon­est about this com­rades. Some of us did not take our­selves there, we were taken there.

“And I must con­fess that I was not taken to the Gup­tas by for­mer pres­i­dent Ja­cob Zuma, but by Supra Mahumapelo, [the for­mer North West premier]. And this is the truth,” he claimed.

Even Maine’s par­ents tried to save their son’s mar­riage, but it seems both fam­i­lies have failed. As a re­sult, Kele­bogile has since de­cided to pack her bags and left the opu­lent dou­ble-storey man­sion they shared in Tsh­wane


NO MORE MAR­RIED BLISS Collen Maine and his wife, Kele­bogile

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