She is perhaps the ultimate role model for thousands of women in South Africa, a spiritual and cultured young woman. Which is why it came as a shock when it was reported that Lerato Zah Moloi was having an affair with former Transet’s married head of marketing, Archie Masebe.
As far as we know Lerato is married to Collen Mashawana. So we wondered, what led this “role model” to infidelity?
But despite the pictures insinuating infidelity that surfaced recently, the actress and television personality says she’s doing just fine,
“I was not unfaithful to my husband,” an unfazed Lerato explains. “I did, however, date Archie for about two months during the time Collen and I were on a break. He was doing his thing, I was doing mine.”
AT THE time of the courtship with Archie, Lerato, who has a two-year-old son Prince with businessman Collen, had not spoken with or seen Collen in over a year.
“Collen and I broke up towards the end of 2012. It was a hurtful break-up caused by us both listening to bad advice from friends and some family,” she says. “I didn’t know whether I would get back with Collen at that time, so in November 2013 I met Archie through a friend and we started dating.”
She explains that things with Archie were not serious at all. In fact, the most intimate the two of them got were SMSes and kisses – they never consummated the affair. “We had a mutual like for each other and that is why we hung out but we both knew it wasn’t going anywhere,” she says. “We were two adults just having fun, we didn’t even sleep together.”
Read more in DRUM – 10 July, 2014.