Sunday World

MEC in abuse scan­dal

- AUBREY MOTHOMBENI

GAUT­ENG education MEC Panyaza Le­sufi started 2016 with a scan­dal of al­leged sex­ual abuse hov­er­ing over his head.

Le­sufi was lam­basted by two of his al­leged mis­tresses on Twit­ter for what they claimed was abu­sive re­la­tion­ship and call­ing him a liar and a cheat”.

One of the women claimed she dated the MEC who promised to marry her but af­ter fall­ing preg­nant, the politi­cian made a run for it.

But Le­sufi’s spokes­woman Phumla Sekho­nyane down­played the al­le­ga­tions and la­belled them cy­ber bul­ly­ing.

The MEC re­fuses to be dragged in un­founded insults by face­less peo­ple. He be­lieves this is cy­ber bul­ly­ing by his en­e­mies who do not ap­pre­ci­ate his work. He re­futes all the al­le­ga­tions and feels un­com­fort­able that he should re­spond to peo­ple who in­sult him from nowhere... He is cur­rently busy pre­par­ing for the school re­open­ing on Wed­nes­day and doesn’t want to lose fo­cus. It is just un­for­tu­nate that some­one can open a fake ac­count and in­sult you and then you are ex­pected to com­ment.”

Sekho­nyane later added: On mon­i­tor­ing the Twit­ter ac­count, we see that @khan­le­suf has posted an apol­ogy ... This is clear ev­i­dence of cy­ber bul­ly­ing and we feel vin­di­cated that there is now an apol­ogy. Again, we would like to re­it­er­ate that the MEC will not be de­terred by face­less peo­ple who seek di­vert at­ten­tion from fo­cussing on his num­ber 1 pri­or­ity, that is, im­prov­ing the qual­ity of education in the prov­ince.”

The Twit­ter storm started when poet and Twit­ter ac­tivist Nt­siki Mazwai tweeted about ab­sent fa­thers and an­other tweet in which she asked if kids were safe in Panyaza Le­sufi’s hands.

So speak­ing of ma­tric re­sults and con­grat­u­lat­ing panyaza le­sufi... r our lit­tle girls safe from him?” Mazwai asked.

One of Le­sufi’s al­leged mis­tresses, only known as Khanyi, then claimed to have been hurt by Le­sufi.

Tweet­ing as Khan­Le­suf, she posted: Panyaza le­sufi is a dog who can’t keep his pants down.”

Can I use this op­por­tu­nity to wish the MEC all the best with the re­sults, on the other side I want to use this plat­form to let the world know what a hor­ri­ble per­son you are be­hind the scenes... how you go around im­preg­nat­ing and mis­car­ry­ing woman and us­ing your power and money to keep their mouth shut... As we speak, one of your girl­friends is preg­nant and you don’t even give a damn. You even pushed her to the floor hop­ing she will mis­carry, what kind of a leader are you?, Khanyi added on an­other tweet.

Then the storm gained mo­men­tum when busi­ness­woman Bon­tle Makgwa joined the de­bate, also claim­ing to be one of Le­sufi s vic­tims of an abu­sive re­la­tion­ship.

Makgwa, owner of Le­booa En­gi­neer­ing So­lu­tions and Hla­malane Min­ing Re­sources, tweeted: What goes around comes around. I’ve never pub­li­cised my re­la­tion­ship with this man or es­pe­cially when he hurt me but I can tell you one thing, he turned me into some­thing I am not, I hated him and this girl... My last email to him I told him that one day soon, he will suf­fer from the same woman and worse. Makgwa also took a swipe at Khanyi, say­ing she was do­ing the same to oth­ers... She made my life mis­er­able with this man... Women must learn what you do to oth­ers will hit 10 times more.”

Speak­ing from her hol­i­day in Dubai, Makgwa con­firmed to Sun­day World that she wrote the tweets but said she later re­alised that it was not nec­es­sary and deleted them.

I just re­ally re­sponded to it which was just my mis­take. Khanyi is the one who started the whole thing and it had noth­ing to do with me,” she said.

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