Zumas ‘won’t sue’

2010-06-07 00:00

THE family of President Jacob Zuma are not planning to take any legal action against the media or person(s) responsible for allegations that First Lady Nompumelelo MaNtuli Zuma had an extramarital affair with her bodyguard “as that will dignify these allegations”.

In an interview with The Witness yesterday at the Zumas’ Inkandla homestead, a Zuma family spokesperson and President Zuma’s nephew, Khulubuse Zuma, denied reports that the family had planned to hold an urgent family meeting to discuss the Ma­Ntuli matter yesterday.

Media had camped outside Zuma’s homestead yesterday in anticipation of a family meeting that never materialised. Things were going on normally inside Zuma’s home.

There were about six cars parked at Zuma’s KwaDunusa homestead, but no signs of a meeting could be detected.

At another branch of the homestead at Mpinda near the president’s home, Khulubuse was hosting a party with Durban guests which was attended by local Inkosi Bheki Zuma who is also part of the Zuma family.

Last week the Durban-based Ilanga newspaper broke a story about an anonymous two-page letter that alleged MaNtuli had an extamarital affair with her bodyguard, Phinda Thomo.

Thomo was said to have committed suicide in December last year after being quizzed about the alleged affair. However, in an interview with Sunday newspapers, Thomo’s family denied the allegations.

The letter further alleged that MaNtuli, who is said to be six months pregnant, might be carrying the body­guard’s child.

Khulubuse said there is no crisis facing the Zuma family over the matter and they are planning no family meeting.

“I am sure members of the media who are here could see that there is no crisis in the Zuma family. We are partying and everyone is enjoying themselves,” Khulubuse said.

Asked whether the family are planning to take any legal action against the media who reported about the allegations, or against the person(s) responsible for circulating the letter, Khulubuse said the family intend taking no action.

“We will leave this to die naturally. We would be in and out of courts if we were to entertain all the allegations levelled against the Zuma family …” Khulubuse said.

He complained that some journalists were “pestering” him with questions following yesterday’s Sunday World report that award-winning comic actor Joe Mafela, affectionately known as Sdumo, claimed that he had a fling with MaNtuli before she met the president.

“They are now taking this issue too far. How many people are married to people who had previous relationships?’ Khulubuse asked.

The Witness was reliably informed that Zuma is expected home this afternoon, but there is no family crisis meeting planned during his stay. He was at an event with Fifa president Sepp Blatter in Pretoria while the media besieged the family homestead yesterday.

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