An­other love child for MEC

Sunday World - - News - SOMAYA STOCKENSTROOM

IT does not rain but pour for Free State MEC for Tourism and Eco­nomic Af­fairs Msebenzi Zwane.

Af­ter Sun­day World re­ported last week that Zwane fa­thered a child with one of his mar­ried se­nior man­agers and al­legedly wrecked her mar­riage, in­sid­ers have told of an­other child Zwane fa­thered with a depart­ment sec­re­tary five years ago.

She works for the Free State Depart­ment of Co-op­er­a­tive Gov­er­nance and Tra­di­tional Af­fairs. Zwane, who is ANC trea­surer in the prov­ince, was MEC of this depart­ment at the time the child was born in 2009.

The 32-year-old woman put down the phone when asked about her re­la­tion­ship with Zwane.

Zwane said: “Last week you pub­lished a story with­out my con­sent. I was in hospi­tal and wasn ’ t go­ing to die there. I would have re­sponded. I will be tak­ing that mat­ter as well as this cur­rent mat­ter to my lawyers.”

Zwane ’ s wife, Topsy, the speaker of Phumelela Lo­cal Muni- cipal­ity in Vrede, said she was be­ing ad­mit­ted to hospi­tal and couldn ’ t com­ment im­me­di­ately on her hus­band ’ s shenani­gans.

A pub­lic ser­vant in Zwane ’ s depart­ment claimed that the MEC and the sec­re­tary are still in a re­la­tion­ship and that Zwane has bought her a new Mercedes CClass with per­son­alised num­ber plates. “Ev­ery­body in the depart­ment knows they are in­volved. That guy is mis­us­ing state re­sources to curry favour with fe­male pub­lic ser­vants.”

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