Minister in sex scandal
Cedric Mboyisa and Adriaan Basson
Johannesburg - Sports Minister Fikile Mbalula, a 40-year-old married father, is embroiled in a sex scandal with a 27-year-old Johannesburg model.
City Press can reveal that Mbalula, who preaches safe sex and abstinence, had unprotected sex with the model on at least two occasions in August – the first time a few hours after meeting her at a golf day.
The model now claims she is carrying the minister’s child.
In his response, Mbalula denies that he had sex with the woman, calls her an “extortionist” and says City Press should pay for the model’s pregnancy tests to verify whether she was indeed pregnant.
Mbalula’s behaviour directly contradicts statements made by him at a World Aids Day gathering in December last year.
Told the youth to be faithful
At the public event in Sebokeng, Mbalula appealed to the youth to be faithful to their partners.
“Idle minds breed evil ideas. We want to keep the youth busy with sport so that there is no time for these evil ideas,” Mbalula told the gathering.
City Press is in possession of a series of text messages sent between Mbalula and the model that confirm the minister had cheated on his wife.
The messages also contain details of the bitter fight between Mbalula and his lover over whether or not to abort the unborn baby.
According to the model, who requested anonymity for fear of victimisation, she initially agreed to an abortion but later changed her mind.
The woman has attested in a sworn affidavit about her interactions with Mbalula. City Press is in possession of a copy.
'I am ready for you'
In a strongly worded text message sent by Mbalula, he accuses the woman of “holding me at ransom” and dares her to go to the newspapers.
“I have been discussing with u I did not rape yu yes i was unfaithful to my wife but you cant hold me at ransom i discussed with u and yu agreed to a procedure and i agreed to help now yu holding me at ransom… am ready for yu u cant hold me at gun point what happened shudnt have happened,” reads the message, sent on September 23.
According to both the model and a second source with direct knowledge of events, Mbalula and the woman met on August 26 at the Houghton Golf Club at a golf day hosted by the minister for the 20th anniversary of the South African Students’ Congress.
A prominent businessman invited the model to the event.
Mbalula was wearing a navy-blue fitted suit and an expensive Hublot watch.
The two exchanged cellphone numbers and later that night met again at a party hosted at the five-star Saxon Hotel, attended by politicians and businesspeople.
At around midnight the model left with Mbalula, his driver and his bodyguard in the minister’s official Mercedes-Benz ML vehicle for the woman’s townhouse in a northern Johannesburg suburb.
According to the model, they had their first sexual encounter in her bedroom without using a condom.
An eyewitness who was present in the townhouse confirmed seeing Mbalula leaving the model’s bedroom.
“They were locked in the bedroom for quite some time. When he left the bedroom he just greeted us and we greeted back,” the source said.
Mbalula and his entourage left the townhouse in the early hours of the morning.
According to the model, Mbalula called her later that day (August 27) and asked her to meet him at an upmarket apartment in Sandton.
She agreed and travelled to the flat. They had their second sexual encounter - again without using protection. The woman left the flat early the next morning.