Embattled SABC chair denies affair with Zuma

2014-11-17 15:48
Ellen Tshabalala (City Press)

Ellen Tshabalala (City Press)

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Johanesburg - SABC board chair Ellen Tshabalala has angrily responded to the Sunday Sun's front page story, which alleged that she had had an affair with President Jacob Zuma, City Press reports.

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

“SABC chairperson 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 - first exposed in City Press in July - was refused by the Western Cape High Court last week.

According to the Sunday Sun, who quote four unnamed sources, the alleged tryst between the president and the board chair 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 unavailable for comment but Tshabalala was unequivocal. “I have no relationship with the President,” she told us.

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