SABC’s Ellen Tshabalala denies that she had an affair with Zuma

2014-11-18 00:00

SABC board chairperson Ellen Tshabalala has angrily responded to a Sunday Sun front page story that alleged she had an affair with President Jacob Zuma.

She told City Press she is still considering whether she will take action against the “people’s paper”.

“SABC chairwomen by day — president’s pet by night” read the story, titled “Meet Zuma’s nyatsi” (a derogatory term for “mistress”).

“I don’t know why people do things like this,” said an audibly angry Tshabalala.

“Do people realise when they do things like this, the people they talk about have families who are affected by what they say?”

Tshabalala has had a tough two weeks. Her bid to halt a parliamentary inquiry about whether she lied about her qualifications was refused by the Western Cape High Court last week.

According to the Sunday Sun, which quoted four unnamed sources, the alleged tryst between the president and Tshabalala is “a well-known secret”.

Presidential spokesperson Mac Maharaj is quoted in the paper as saying: “Did they see them in the bedroom? Do those people have a dress or semen or condoms, like in the Monica Lewinsky saga? Have they seen them smooching?”

The presidency was not available for comment, but Tshabalala was unequivocal.

“I have no relationship with the president,” she told City Press.

— City Press.

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