Sello Theletsane and Solly Makganoto
Deputy President and presidential hopeful Cyril Ramaphosa, who is also the Chairperson of the SA National Aids Council (Sanac) and an outspoken critic of sugar daddies’ and “blessers”, did not see anything wrong in using events of SANAC to target young women for his own sexual pleasure, leaked emails reveal.
WeeklyXpose has seen hundreds of emails linking Ramaphosa to at least eight women, many of whom he maintains financially by paying their tuition fees, accommodation and other expenses. Documents in WeeklyXpose’s possession reveal how Ramaphosa holds three alternative e-mail accounts under fake names, which he uses to communicate with the women.
The e-mails go by the names of Mambo Dimbanyika, Mambo Velelambeu and Singo Maberemisa. In one of the emails, Ramaphosa tells one of the women that Maberemisa is one of his ancestor’s names. WeeklyXpose has since established that Ramaphosa has shut down all these email accounts after The Sunday Independent and WeeklyXpose published the scandal last month.
Two of the eight women have also followed suit, shutting down their email accounts they used to communicate with their sugar daddy. WeeklyXpose can reveal that Ramaphosa met one of the women, a photographer whose identity cannot be revealed at a World AIDS Day event in December 2015 when the woman was 21-years old.
The emails reveal that the woman, who at the time was pursuing a degree in Drama and Therapy at Wits University, started communicating seriously with Ramaphosa since early 2016 after their meeting at World Aids Day event in December 2015.
In one of the emails dated 16 July 2016 using his Mambo Dimbanyika email account, Ramaphosa wrote to the woman whom he called Ntombazane(Young Woman): “you touch my heart Happy birthday to you in advance. I adore you and think am lucky to have met you on that most important day..” the following day the woman responded: “Happy birthday 4 months in advance. What a special man. I’m lucky to have you in my life. Even knowing you is a pure pleasure.”
The same day Ramaphosa, who was attending a UN conference overseas responded: “Thank you. Will be thinking of you. We met on World AIDS Day, remember. That historic day. I will be asking the Secretary General of the UN who I’m meeting in minutes to have it declared as an international holiday.” The following day the woman responded: “I hope all goes well and you enjoy the conference.”
Click here to see the emails: SKMBT_C224e17101712210 SKMBT_C224e17101810270
WeeklyXpose sent a list of questions to the woman. Instead of responding to questions asked, the woman’s lawyers sent a letter threatening to interdict us if we published the story. Like her sugar daddy, she tried preventing the story of her emails being published – claiming through her lawyers that the emails in our possession were private and were obtained illegally. In a letter to WeeklyXpose’s lawyers, the woman’s lawyers, Mosomane Incorporated said “our client will not permit the application of private emails in any form or shape whatsoever, even if your client does not mention her by name.”
They added: “We were instructed that your client acted in violation of the provisions of the Regulation of Interception of Communication and Provision of Communication – Related Act 70 of 2002(Interception Act). WeeklyXpose wishes to place it on record that we did not intercept the emails of Ramaphosa or those of the eight women he allegedly has extramarital affairs with. These were supplied to us by a source, whom we are ethically bound to protect.
WeeklyXpose also sent questions to the South African National AIDS Council in which among others demanded to know whether Ramaphosa was fit and proper to be the chairperson of SANAC, in the light of his alleged romantic relationships with a string of women some of who he allegedly had unprotected sex with.
Despite the questions being emailed on Wednesday 11 October to SANAC spokesperson Khanya Ndaki, there has to date not been a response. Yesterday WeeklyXpose called her on her landline. Her only response was: “No comment.”
Questions were also emailed to Ramaphosa’s spokesman Tyrone Seale also on Tuesday 3 October to which there has also not been a response. When called on his mobile this morning, Seale acknowledged receipt of our emailed question but indicated that he was unable to comment.
Ramaphosa is a known fierce critic of the sugar daddy and “blesser” phenomenon (older men who entice young women with financial rewards). In June last year, during the launch of the national campaign for girls and young women, Ramaphosa warned young women to stay away from “blessers” because they were spreading HIV/Aids. Even the blessers and the sugar daddy’s and the Mavuso’s this campaign is aimed at them. Phansi ngo Blesser phansi, Phansi ngo sugar daddy phansi.” he exhorted.