Kola Boof: Zuma’s fancy or a spoof?

2012-01-07 15:40

In the early hours of Monday morning, Kola Boof was tweeting her friends about a so-called offer of a “sex weekend” from South African President Jacob Zuma in 2009.

Within minutes, the 41-year-old Sudanese-American, who describes herself as an “accomplished writer” and a former mistress of Osama bin Laden, was besieged by angry tweets from South Africans calling her a “whore” and other, less printable names.

The Twitter game was on and Boof’s increasingly lurid comments went viral.

By the weekend, however, little she said could be verified, leaving South Africans to wonder whether Boof was for real or just another attention-seeking cyber-psycho.

Certainly, this was the view of Zuma’s office.

Spokesperson Mac Maharaj, who Boof claimed in an email to City Press had called her at home to “curse me out”, was dismissive.

“I don’t think this deserves any comment,” said Maharaj, calling Boof a professional liar. “It’s pure gossip.”

In a series of emails to City Press this week, Boof was on an emotional rollercoaster.

First she expressed astonishment (that South Africans had even seen her tweets); then regret (that she might have “embarrassed” Zuma) and, finally, injured pride (when someone she called “Maharaji” from the president’s office allegedly phoned up and “insulted” her.)

By Thursday Boof had gone uncharacteristically quiet on the social networks, emailing City Press to say: “I will not speak on this any more.”
But here are selected highlights – or lowlights – of her statements before she went to ground.

» On Monday on Twitter, a buoyant Kola talks “to my friends about all the famous men I have dated”:

“People would never believe it ... but the President of South Africa sent me roses & invited me for a ‘weekend’

“I am NOT flying off to South Africa to be f****d for an entire weekend...

“The good thing that came out of being with OSAMA ... is that many famous men want to HIT what Osama hit. Beneficial.”

» On Tuesday a polite and contrite Kola sends City Press a formal “statement”:

“I am very sorry that comments I made about President Zuma to friends on Twitter have now become global news. I have much respect for President Zuma’s family and did not mean to harm him. But now that the facts have been revealed, I cannot deny what is true. As requested, I have sent 3 copies of my newest book, The Sexy Part of the Bible, to both Mr Zuma and a government friend of his. Despite the lurid title, this is an award-winning and much acclaimed novel in the United States and this gift to Mr Zuma is innocent and intellectual.”

» On Wednesday an indignant Kola tries to explain her side of the story in an email to City Press as matters escalate:
“The reporters in South Africa took my comments off Twitter and created this big scandalous story. Two months (after sending Zuma
her book) he told me it was the sexiest book he has ever read. I have never come to see him in South Africa. I consider him to be a nice man, he just likes too many women.”

» On Thursday the gloves came off:
“I have just been cursed out by someone from the SA government by the name of Maharaji.

“I feel very insulted and disrespected.

“I wish to reveal that Zuma has naked photos of me.
When I asked him in 2009 to please send the photos to Thabo Mbeki (because I’m attracted to Mbeki) Zuma became extremely angry at me.

I had to change my telephone number.

“In May 2011, Zuma made contact with me using my new phone number. I did not give it to him – he told me that like James Bond, he has his ways. He said that he liked my naked photo on the cover of the book and that he was proud of me becoming a major author in the USA with such good reviews. He said he was sorry for insulting me in the past.

“In July 2011 he asked me to send new naked photos but I declined. I never sent him the first set of nude photos. He got those pics from Arab businessmen who back then worked for Khadafi (for whom I had worked in 1995).

“Zuma never did ask me about Osama Bin Laden.”

» On Thursday, later that day, Kola sends her last email to City Press:

“I do not have the telephone number (of Mac Maharaj). The screen said RESTRICTED. But a female secretary put him through saying ‘Mr Maharaji wants to speak with Kola Boof’.

“When he came on, he berated me viciously for talking to the press. He accused me of being PAID by enemies to slander Zuma. He was furious.

“I feel very angry that I’m being attacked this way and made to be a whore. I have done nothing wrong. Zuma is the one who flirted with me...

“This is all I can share. I will not speak of this any more.”

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