BREAKING: Zuma’s wife had affair – report

2010-06-03 11:36

First Lady Nompumelelo Ntuli Zuma, who is currently in India with

President Jacob Zuma, has been thrust into a sex scandal.

Durban newspaper Ilanga this morning reported on various

unconfirmed allegations contained in a letter sent to the newspaper. Ilanga

suspects that the letter was written by members of the president’s family.

The letter included allegations of infidelity, cuckolding, suicide

and even false qualifications.

City Press is in possession of the unsigned letter.

The most serious claim in the letter was that MaNtuli, as she is

popularly known, had an affair with her bodyguard, Phinda Thomo from

Dobsonville, Soweto, and that the paternity of her unborn child was being


The First Lady’s pregnancy was confirmed last week.

The anonymous authors claimed that Thomo allegedly took his own

life when the affair was discovered.

The contents of the letter will add to recent media speculation

about marital difficulties between Zuma and his second wife. They were married

in 2008.

Media reports claim that there has been mounting friction between

the president’s three wives. The new scandal threatens to fan the flames of

controversy surrounding Zuma’s polygamous lifestyle.

Ilanga carried extracts from the letter that paint a picture of a

divided Zuma clan and bitter infighting between wives, and launch an

extraordinary attack on MaNtuli, accusing her of infidelity.

The letter is unsigned and merely says it was sent by “concerned

family members”.

The letter quotes a former employee of a charity run by the First

Lady, alleging that MaNtuli had secret trysts with a lover at her Innes Road,

Morningside, home.

Ilanga also published reports from documents purportedly

questioning MaNtuli’s credentials as a nurse, saying she worked as a cleaner at

a Durban hotel.

The two-page letter was faxed to the Ilanga offices on


According to the newspaper’s sources, several of the president’s

children may be responsible for the letter.

Responding to a request for comment, presidential spokesperson Vincent Magwenya said: "We are not going to discuss private family matters. I hope you can respect that."

Family spokesperson Michael Zuma refused to comment about the latest allegations, referring City Press to

his brother, President Zuma.

"She is his wife. The issue is sensitive. As family members we respect a married man and

we cannot speak about issues pertaining to them (Zuma and MaNtuli)," he



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