Cyril Ramaphosa with his wife, Tshepo Motsepe
AN email with questions about the private life of Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa went viral last night. In it are salacious details about eight women with whom he’s said to have a romantic relationship. The email circulating on social media is from Sunday Independent’s editor Steve Motale to the deputy president. The full email is attached below.
Look, it’s juicy stuff – the kind that you find in the American style of politics. It’s the type if found to be true warrants the immediate resignation of the presidential candidate in question.
The deputy president’s office has come out quickly in response to the email calling it “a deliberate campaign to smear the person of the Deputy President. They are a transparent attempt to distort personal email correspondence that could only have been obtained through criminal means”. The full response is attached below.
From the response it would seem the correspondence between the deputy president and the people named exists but it is “distorted” to create a perception that is false.
But would these emails, if true, apart from bruising the deputy president’s integrity and exposing his hypocrisy make any difference to the outcome of the ANC National Conference in December? Would these emails persuade his preferred running mates otherwise? Methinks not.
The branches have on the main, decided on their preferred presidential candidates. The usual manipulation of membership to favour one slate over another has been done. The national audit of membership to determine which branches will be represented at the national conference is complete. What’s left is lobbying for candidates who will occupy the rest of the positions on the National Executive Committee.
The world doesn’t actually care if a president is a womaniser. Americans pretend they do but they have had a number of presidents who were womanisers including the current President Donald Trump. Bill Clinton and JF Kennedy also come to mind. The French have a litany of presidents who had affairs. Former French President Francois Mitterand had a mistress, Anne Pingeot, who was 27 years younger than he and was pregnant by him. It is said he lived with his wife, Danielle, and her lover, and Anne lived 10 minutes away. Francois Hollande also had stories of infidelity. He left the mother of his four children for another woman, Valerie Trierweiler. He was later linked to a romantic relationship with actress Julie Gayet. Former Italian Silvio Berlusconi was involved in sex scandals which even included allegations that he paid under-age girls for sex and his infamous bunga-bunga sex parties.
Here’s the full email making the rounds
“Honourable Deputy President
The Sunday Independent intends publishing a series of stories based on
dozens of emails in its possession that link you to extramarital
relationships with several young women. It would give me a pleasure if
you can respond to the questions below before our 5pm deadline
tomorrow(Friday 1 September 2017).
1. Following my sms communication with you last night (Wednesday 30
August), you confirmed ownership of two alternative email addresses:
email@example.com and firstname.lastname@example.org both of which were
used in your communication with the several women. Can you confirm
whether email@example.com is another of your private emails?
2. Can you confirm whether you have or had any romantic and sexual
relationship with the women listed below as suggested by the emails in
* Sebendzile Mdhluli
* Natasha Theledi
* Reabetswe Matseleng Seakeco
* Nokuzola Nongo
* Nonhlanhla Radebe
* Miranda Thulisile Kamanga
* Dr Nozizwe Olga Nkuna
* Maroleng Ramokgopa
3. The emails in our possession suggest you have and are currently
financially supporting some of the women listed above(We are in
possession of deposit slips). Can you confirm this?
4. One of your email communication with Dr Nkuna suggests that she
alternated as both your lover and medical practitioner. Can you
5. Many of the emails suggest you’ve had unprotected sex with some of
the women. Don’t you think your conduct undermines what the South
African National Aids Council, of which you are the chairperson stands
6. You are an outspoken critic of sugar daddies and blesser
phenomenon, however the emails in our possession show that some of the
women you have targeted are university students e.g. Miranda
Kamanga (Monash University). Does this not make you a sugar daddy and a
“blesser” and isn’t your criticism of this practice hypocritical?
7.The emails also confirm that one of the women(Sebendzile) miscarried
your child. Can you confirm if this was a planned pregnancy in the
light of you being a married man?
8. The emails show that even after the miscarriage, you continued
planing fathering love children with her and Natasha. Both Sebendzile
and Natasha emailed you details of their ovulation dates. Do you have
kid/s with either or both these women?
8. One of the emails suggests that you bought a ring for one of the
women (Sebendzile). Are you at liberty to share with us why you bought
her the ring?
9. The emails suggest that one of the women (Natasha) whom you met when
she was pregnant with another man’s child has been sending you, at
your request, her naked pictures and videos(all of which we are in
possession of) for your sexual pleasure. Can you confirm having
received such material?
The Sunday Independent
011 633 2183
083 784 0719″
The Deputy President’s Response
TO : ALL MEDIA
ATTENTION : NEWS EDITORS/NEWS AGENCIES
DATE : 01 SEPTEMBER 2017
STATEMENT ON SOCIAL MEDIA SMEAR CAMPAIGN
The Office of the Deputy President is aware of social media messages, which take the form of media enquiries from a Sunday newspaper, that make various claims about Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa’s personal life.
There is no doubt that these messages have been circulated as part of a deliberate campaign to smear the person of the Deputy President. They are a transparent attempt to distort personal email correspondence that could only have been obtained through criminal means.
The Deputy President will in due course release a detailed statement on the allegations contained in the messages.
Tyrone Seale – 083 5757 440
Acting Spokesperson for the Deputy President
ISSUED BY THE PRESIDENCY
01 September 2017