The strange claims SA politi­cians made

. . . af­ter be­ing caught with their pants down

Lesotho Times - - Africa -

JOHANNESBURG — Un­like South African Deputy Pres­i­dent Cyril Ramaphosa, who swiftly at­tended to al­le­ga­tions of mul­ti­ple ex­tra­mar­i­tal af­fairs, some South African politi­cians who’ve been caught with their pants down have not been so swift or so PRready with their re­sponses.

On Sun­day, sev­eral news­pa­pers car­ried the news of Ramaphosa’s al­leged af­fairs — with a rel­a­tively quick re­sponse from the pres­i­den­tial hope­ful. Ramaphosa dis­missed the claims, ad­mit­ting to only one af­fair eight years ago. He also promised to “take full re­spon­si­bil­ity” where he had erred.

If only some South African politi­cians would take a leaf out of the pres­i­den­tial hope­ful’s PRready book.

From out­right de­nials, de­layed ad­mis­sions and strange de­fences, such as “brief in­ter­course while stand­ing” and “this thing was a one-night stand” — some re­sponses have been weird, ey­e­rais­ing and down­right funny.

Here are our top six: Kebby Maphat­soe: ‘I have thick skin...i’m a Chris­tian... not vin­dic­tive.” A pic­ture of the deputy min­is­ter of de­fence and mil­i­tary vet­er­ans — in his full glory — made the rounds on so­cial me­dia in Oc­to­ber 2016.

The nude pic­ture ap­peared to have been taken by a per­son — as­sumed to be a woman, whose legs are in the im­age.

Maphat­soe told Sun­day World: “I started re­ceiv­ing calls from com­rades, ask­ing ‘did you see this thing on so­cial me­dia plat­forms?’“

“For­tu­nately, I have thick skin,” he said.

“I will not sue or press crim­i­nal charges. I’m a Chris­tian and I’m from a Chris­tian back­ground, so I’m not vin­dic­tive.”

Malusi Gi­gaba: ‘This per­son had sin­is­ter mo­tives’ The news of Gi­gaba’s af­fair with New York-based stylist, Buhle Mkhize, came out in 2015 — re- sult­ing in pub­lic spats be­tween Mkhize and Gi­gaba’s wife No­machule.

In a state­ment, Gi­gaba, who was then the min­is­ter of home af­fairs, said: “The source of this defama­tion has de­vel­oped an un­healthy ob­ses­sion with my fam­ily. I can only blame my­self for be­friend­ing a per­son who had sin­is­ter mo­tives.”

Ear­lier this year, Mkhize took to Twit­ter to re­spond to No­machule’s in­ter­view with ENCA, and threat­ened to re­lease more “files” about the af­fair.

Zwelinz­ima Vavi: ‘Brief in­ter­course took place while stand­ing’ In 2013, then gen­eral sec­re­tary of Cosatu, Vavi, was ac­cused of rape by Jacque­line Phooko, who worked at the fed­er­a­tion’s head­quar­ters.

Vavi de­nied the claims, say­ing the sex with Phooko was con­sen­sual.

He de­scribes one such en­counter: “I did lock her of­fice door but only to en­sure that no one else could come in. Brief in­ter­course took place whilst we were stand­ing. At no stage did she ask me to stop.”

Asked by Carte Blanche why he hadn’t deleted texts he shared with Phooko, he said: “I thought I had deleted them for some rea­son, but I didn’t.”

Fik­ile Mbalula: ‘This thing was a one-night stand’ In 2011, the then sports min­is­ter re­port­edly had an af­fair with model Joyce Mo­lamu — who later claimed Mbalula im­preg­nated her.

Af­ter ini­tially deny­ing the af­fair, Mbalula later ad­mit­ted to it and apol­o­gised.

He re­sponded: “I have been try­ing to deal with this mat­ter in a pri­vate man­ner for the past three months and when it be­came clear to me that this woman was pre­pared to ex­tort money from me, I then de­cided to cease all com­mu­ni­ca­tion with her as I was not pre­pared to be black­mailed.”

Speak­ing on SABC3’S “Real Talk With Anele” re­cently, Mbalula said of the af­fair: “It is al­ways re­ported that she is my girl­friend. [Do] you know a girl­friend? It is some­one who is steady‚ you go out with‚ you go to the movies‚ and even if you cheat‚ you are al­ways loyal to her. And then you get caught.”

He added: “This thing was a one- night stand‚ and it hap­pened just like that. It so hap­pens that I re­gret that.”

Jeff Radebe: ‘Let me see there’ In May, the min­is­ter in the pres­i­dency is said to have re­quested nude pic­tures from gov­ern­ment photographer Siyasanga Mbam­bani.

The Sun­day Times re­port­edly had in its pos­ses­sion ex­plicit texts from the pres­i­den­tial hope­ful to Mbam­bani, say­ing “C.L.I.T is re­quested” — which some be­lieved ref­er­enced her cli­toris.

“Let me see there,” Radebe stated in an­other text, fur­ther ask­ing her to “take one [pic­ture] down [there].”

Through his spokesper­son, Radebe said he “deeply re­grets that the ex­changes took place in the first place”.

He also told The Star: “Be­yond those ex­changes, there was never a re­la­tion­ship and the com­mu­ni­ca­tion was never ac­ri­mo­nious.”

Pres­i­dent Ja­cob Zuma: ‘I deeply re­gret the pain I caused’ In 2005, Zuma faced a le­gal bat­tle af­ter he was ac­cused of rap­ing the late Fezek­ile “Kh­wezi” Kuzwayo. He was ac­quit­ted in 2006. Two years later, he was elected pres­i­dent of the ANC.

In 2010, it emerged that Zuma had fa­thered a child with his friend Irvin Khoza’s daugh­ter, Sonono. Sonono was 39 at the time.

Zuma apol­o­gised, say­ing he deeply re­gret­ted his ac­tions that put a lot of pres­sure on his fam­ily and the ANC.

“I have over the past week taken time to con­sider and re­flect on the is­sues re­lat­ing to a re­la­tion­ship I had out­side of wed­lock,” he said in a state­ment. “...I also ac­knowl­edge and un­der­stand the re­ac­tion of many South Africans. I deeply re­gret the pain that I have caused to my fam­ily, the ANC, the al­liance and South Africans in gen­eral.”

— Huff­in­g­ton­post

SA Pres­i­dent Ja­cob Zuma (right) and Deputy Pres­i­dent Cyril Ramaphosa.

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