Sex, sugar daddies and politics – the novel

2014-12-28 15:00

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The release of a book containing a first-hand fictionalised account about sex, sugar daddies and politics has been keenly watched by some of Gauteng’s high-flyers.

Among them are ANC spokesperson Keith Khoza and ANC provincial chairperson Paul Mashatile.

Khoza placed an order even before the publication of the book Shattered Innocence by first-time writer, former Miss Personality SA and brand ambassador Jackie Phamotse.

“I heard there was a book coming out and I wanted to read it, like I normally do when there are young writers [publishing their work],” he said.

Khoza said although he had met Phamotse before, he did not know her well.

Mashatile was believed to have been at the launch of the book at a party in Westonaria last Friday night, although he denied it when City Press spoke to him.

He also denied knowing who Phamotse was, although he had previously posed for a picture in his ANC T-shirt alongside her and businessman Patrick Banda.

Phamotse, who now works in media and public relations, said she received 200 orders for the book before its release. She also sold 150 at the launch.

Shattered Innocence reveals the secrets of Sandton’s sugar daddy and side-chick world.

Phamotse has first-hand knowledge of it, having had an affair with a millionaire businessman for four years before she

left him.

“For me to get out of that life, I was hospitalised. I was drinking every day. I was in tears every day because that person didn’t love me. You become a sex object,” she said.

Shattered Innocence is not so much a novel as it is a self-published, self-marketed semi-autobiography based on her own and others’ experiences.

Phamotse said when sugar daddies find their younger women, popularity is key.

“They will never choose a girl who doesn’t have a huge following. They will date someone who is connected to somebody else and they won’t choose a girl who doesn’t look good. They go for looks at all costs. They do have wives and will go for a trophy girlfriend.”

The girls have to be socialites who are always available to travel or attend events, perform their boyfriends’ personal administration, and help with posters and flyers for political campaigns.

Phamotse said some of these women ended up as secretaries or in PR agencies with government contracts.

“In a way, you are a girlfriend, but you are also an employee,” she said.

The women can be as much the hunters as the rich and powerful men.

Phamotse said “a flock of girls” went to the ANC’s past conference in Mangaung with no accreditation. They ensured they booked into hotels where the politicians they wanted were staying, so they could “bump into them” at breakfast.

Phamotse said she had written the book as a warning to other women about the lifestyle, because many of her friends had envied her.

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