Mbalula model speaks: ‘I’m still standing’

2011-11-05 19:11

Joyce Omphemetse Molamu is only 27 years old, but she has already lived a full life.

Married and divorced, with a child from a married man, she has bedded two of the country’s most senior politicians and possibly numerous others too.

As we spoke, she displayed multiple identities. She was the scared girl child with her full Angelina Jolie lips quivering nervously as our questions became progressively tougher.

Then she was the businesswoman, the part-owner of Crystal Concierge, which provides virtual personal assistants (PAs) to wealthy individuals.

What is a virtual PA, we asked?

“We run errands, provide a dry-cleaning service, provide a temp if your PA does not pitch. We also do functions and conferencing.”

She was also the Jezebel with a styled weave, long red nails and blouse of black lace from which a sexy bra peeped out.

She wore a Jenni Button skirt suit and heels so high she towers over most people. She suggested that when they went out, the minister came up to her waist when they walked together.

Until the concierge service, the most senior job that Omphemetse held was as a shop assistant at Jenni Button. But now she’s so infamous, she can have a reality show. So what’s it like being one of the most disliked women in South Africa?

“It’s hard, especially with the ‘burn the bitch’ campaign. I feel like the whole of South Africa is against me. But with the support of my family and friends, I’m still standing,” says Omphemetse.

And standing she is – against the “country”, as her friend warned when referring to Mbalula. The friend she refers to is Kabelo Mataboge, North West provincial secretary of the ANC and the man she believes is now saying she accused him of rape.

“He’s a very good friend of mine – well, I thought he was . . . He called on Sunday to say: ‘Are you well?’ He said: ‘You are threatening to expose and it’s his (Mbalula’s) name that is at stake. He’s gonna fight.’

He said that I will be charged with treason. I asked someone what’s treason . . .” she recalls, then stutters through an explanation of betraying the country.

So Mbalula is the country, we ask? Her voice rings out ìn nervous laughter, the only time she would laugh throughout the interview.

So who is Joyce Omphemetse Molamu? There are two versions of her out there. One is the whistle-blower, the person who wants “ministers to behave”. The other is the Jezebel, “the ’ho, the slut”, she adds defiantly. So which of these are you, we ask? Tell us about you and your lovers.

“I was married at 21 to a guy called George Gill, that’s why I went to Botswana a lot. He now works at North West FM. We were married for two years.”

Her next major lover was former presidential spokesperson Zizi Kodwa, whom she says she met on Facebook.

“He sent me a friend request, then inboxed me, inviting me to lunch at Kream restaurant in Brooklyn in Pretoria.”

Omphemetse says they went out for about eight months before an incident at Taboo night club in Sandton marked the end for them.

“We had a fight and he dodged me and went home with two girls. I went to his house in Sandton with his friend who was staying there and had a key. I tried to open his bedroom door, but it was locked.

“I walked around the garden to the sliding door and screamed ‘I know you’re in there with your girls. I’m going to break this window’.

He came out and said: ‘Yes, I am, Permy. Please go home.’ So I left. I didn’t break any windows. It was an eight-month relationship and I thought we were getting somewhere.”

She started studying for a Communications degree at Unisa but put her studies aside when she met a married dentist from Pretoria, Dr Oscar Mashishi, in June last year.

“He was 38 years old. I never knew he was married. He said he was divorced. I got pregnant. When I was three months pregnant, his wife called me.

“Things became messy. I left him and moved from Pretoria to Johannesburg to start a fresh life. Now I hear the papers have interviewed his wife, Zodwa Mashishi. She phoned me twice. You should have heard her insults.”

Omphemetse claims she and the dentist discussed marriage, where she would be the second wife. She considered it and says she was willing – for a while.

“He told me he’s a Pedi man and he can marry two wives. But after Zodwa came (with her husband) and bumped the boom gates, we broke up.”
According to the model, Zodwa demanded a DNA test and paternity was proven.

In August, she had a “drunken” two-night stand with Mbalula. We know the story. When asked if she was pregnant, she replied: “I have a history of miscarriages.”

But where does the “extortion” come in?

“When I told him I was pregnant, he asked how much I needed for an abortion. I said R2 900, but he offered R10 000.

“Then I asked for R40 000 because I was going to go home to Mafikeng to heal for two months. I wanted to hire a car for two months, pay my rent for three months, pay the medical costs and use the rest for other things I would have needed at home.

He said: ‘I’ll sort you out tomorrow.’ But he never did.”

This week, Omphemetse has been accused of being a Jezebel with fast and loose morals. Yet she claims to respect the sanctity of marriage.

“He didn’t wear a ring and never spoke about his wife. I know it’s wrong to date married men and it’s a sin. It ends marriages, hurts children, breaks up homes. It’s all bad and I have learnt from all this,” she says.

While this has undoubtedly been the worst week for Omphemetse, save for visiting ZAR with her sister on Thursday night, she says she wouldn’t change a thing.

“This is not about money. (I hate) Fikile’s attitude of ‘I slept with you, so what?’ and ‘Go to the papers, so what?’. Hard as it is, I have no regrets.

Everything in life happens for a reason. I hope ministers will behave better. I have stepped up and admitted to my mistakes. I just hope this is over soon. I’m tired now,” she says.

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