Minister Jeff Radebe is not the first politician in South Africa to have details of his sexual ‘text’ affair made embarrassingly public by the media. In recent years a few powerful men within the ruling ANC have not been lucky either. In light of the recent expose, we take a look at some of the prominent ‘sex scandals’ that have rocked the SA political scene over the years.
1. Jeff Radebe
It emerged on Sunday that Minister in the Presidency Jeff Radebe is embroiled in sex scandal that, according to the Sunday Times, could harm his ambitions ‘for higher office” ahead of the African National Congress elective conference in December.
Radebe is said to have requested nude pictures from an official government photographer Siyasanga Mbambani. (read full story)
The nude pictures Radebe is alleged to have requested are very specific. The 64 year-old is said to have sent an explicit text in which he allegedly requests Mbambani to send him a picture of her “c.l.i.t” believed to be reference to her clitoris.
Here is what the former reserve bank governor Tito Mboweni twitted after the Sunday Times story on Minister Jeff Radebe’s alleged sex scandal became a trending topic.
Please do not be surprised by dirty political games from now till December. It’s going to be dirty! The stakes are high, be careful.
— Tito Mboweni (@tito_mboweni) May 21, 2017
Good people’s names will be tarnished! Why? It’s dirty politics. Raw!! That was NOT what Freedom was about. Be careful on social media!
— Tito Mboweni (@tito_mboweni) May 21, 2017
According to Mboweni, South Africans can expect similar stories to come up as the ruling party prepares to elect its new leadership in a few months.
2. Fikile Mbalula
During his time as the Sports Minister, the now Police Minister Fikile Mbalula was embroiled in a sex scandal that attracted a lot of attention.
Mbalula had an affair with Joyce Omphemetse Molamu a 27 year-old model whom he denied was his girlfriend because they did not enjoy privileges like going out to movies among others. Talking to Anele Mdoda on Real Talk in 2016, Mbalula said “This thing was a one-night stand and it happened just like that and so it happens that I regret that.” (read full story)
3. Malusi Gigaba
It emerged in 2015 that Malusi Gigaba had an affair with the now famous Buhle Mkhize.
The alleged affair saw the two women, Buhle and Gigaba’s wife Noma, at each other’s necks on social media. Mkhize brought the allegations to light in December claiming that she met Gigaba on Instagram in July, 2015.
Gigaba released a statement saying that he regretted “befriending a person who had sinister motives”. In the message he also stated that although he had tried to ignore the story around his family and Buhle there was an “unhealthy obsession” with his family. He said that they have moved on as a family. (read full story)
The then Minister of Public Enterprise Malusi Gigaba was also hit with a R1.7million suit by Luka Sandhlane after the minister allegedly admitted to sleeping with his wife, Gugu, when the ANC deployee was doing party work in Nelspruit.
SundayWorld reported in 2011 that Gigaba had accepted responsibility “for his actions” and has apologised to Sandhlana for “his improper sexual conduct”. (read full story)
4. Zwelinzima Vavi
Vavi’s sex life was laid bare in 2013 when he was accused of rape. The allegations were made public by a lady named Jacqueline Phooko.
The then general secretary of Cosatu denied the allegations saying that the two had consensual sex.
Phooko, who worked at the Cosatu headquarters, claimed that Vavi went into her office, started grabbing, fondling her private parts and eventually had sex with her.
Vavi admitted to going into her office and locking door which he said was to ensure that no one would walk in on them in compromising position during an intercourse which he described as ‘brief’. “At no stage did she ask me to stop” he said.
5. President Jacob Zuma
A couple of years before he was elected president of the ANC and subsequently that of the country, Jacob Zuma was involved in a long legal battle where he was charged with raping the now late Fezekile ‘Khwezi’ Kuzwayo. Zuma was acquited in 2006.
Although Zuma denied the rape allegations, he admitted to having sex with Khwezi. He shocked the nation when he said that he took a shower after having sex with Khwezi whom he knew was HIV positive.
Zuma faced a lot of criticism in 2010 when it emerged he had fathered his 20th child with his friend, Irvin Khoza’s daughter, Sonono, out of wedlock.
Zuma apologised, saying that his actions had put a lot of pressure on his family and his organisation, 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,” President Zuma was quoted on The Guardian.
Although Sonono denied having a child with Zuma, it was reported that a an alleged birth certificate application document signed by both Zuma and Khoza answered “yes” to question “are the parents of the child married to each other”.
6. Marius Fransman
ANC Western Cape chairman Marius Fransman was accused of sexually assaulting his subordinate, Louisa Wynand who had accompanied him on a trip to an ANC birthday celebration in January 2016.
The ANC suspended Fransman’s membership for five years after finding him guilty on two counts of misconduct. “abusing his office for the purpose of attempting to obtain a sexual favour from Louisa Wynand, and for making public statements which brought the ANC into disrepute”, the party said.
7. Kebby Maphatsoe
South Africans were shocked by a naked picture that went viral social media in October 2016 of a man resembling the deputy minister of defence and military veterans, Kebby Maphatsoe.
Although it was never proven whether the picture is indeed that of him, Maphotsoe said his family was traumatised and that he will be taking them for counselling.
“My wife and daughter, who is at the university, are both traumatised by this picture. I’m a family man with kids and you can imagine what the picture might have done to them. I will obviously have to take them for counselling,” he said.
At this rate, we should all expect more sex scandals from the ruling elite.