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Gugu Mtshali, a 47-year-old businesswoman, is officially Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe’s consort – after having been involved in an extra-marital relationship with him for years.
Mtshali was seen in public this week at the notoriously private Motlanthe’s side, when the deputy president hosted Britain’s Prince Charles and his wife, the Duchess of Cornwall, at a dinner in Pretoria on Thursday night.
Motlanthe’s spokesman, Thabo Masebe, confirmed that Mtshali, who once worked as Mathews Phosa’s personal assistant at Luthuli House was in a relationship with the deputy president and was his “official partner”.
“This is not the first time she has been at his side in public,” he added, “she was with him when he went on his recent trip to the Nordic countries.”
Motlanthe has been estranged from his wife, Mapula, with whom he has three adult children, for many years. Masebe said the deputy president was in the process of finalising a divorce.
Independent Newspapers revealed two years ago when Motlanthe was the country’s acting president, that he had been in a relationship with Mtshali for a number of years, which had been an open secret among ANC insiders, culminating in the break-up of her 17-year-long marriage in 2008.
Mtshali left her family house in Sydenham in August that year, moving to a house in Norwood and was divorced by December.
She was in the news last year as one of the handful of black economic empowerment beneficiaries known as Imperial Crown Trading, linked to President Jacob Zuma who stood to share a total of R9 billion from a controversial mining deal in Sishen in the Northern Cape. To this day, the deal has not been finalised. - Independent on Saturday
The Bible says...."Remember the wife of your youth....."
Why is it that everytime politicians rise to higher positions, would divorce the women who stood by their sides through thick and thin and marry their mistresses who would have never loved them if they were not occupying those positions in the first place? Surely i never thought Deputy President Motlanthe would be one of them. He has this image of a man who is faithfull to his family and now this, i rest my case. Surely you cannot blame the youth for doing things they were not suppose to be doing when their so called role models are doing them. It looks like these days, becoming successful and then divorce the woman or the man who supported you throughout is in fashion. In most cases, we don't even consider how it will affects our kids. However, when we hit hard times, we want to go back to the ladies we rejected to find comfort. I hope Motlanthe don't live to regret his decision, especially that the lady is involved with was married to another man and he was married to another woman. Vavi did the same as well, marrying another man's wife.
Their rotten!!! Supposed to be leaders setting an example. From Bill Clinton and Arnold Swartzenegger to Zuma why do dum idiots vote them in to use tax payers money and treat themselves to these extra marital affairs. With AIDS so rife in SA and a global problem one would think leaders set examples. Well unlike me and very few people the world is filled with morons that vote the wrong people in. Ramaposa for SA president
From personal assistant to "businesswoman" to BEE millionaire in record time. If there is such a thing as reincarnation, I want to come back as an ANC struggle buddy!
@ joe public - your attitude is part of the reason south Africa is struggling with violence and violent sexual crime against women. A woman can't be stolen, she doesn't belong to anybody. She is a human being with a mind of her own, and she chooses who she wants to be with. We need to get rid of the idea that we can possess a woman. We need to treat them with respect.
Jerusalem Jet, wrote
It's accepted that you can change your looks with a wig (disguise)etc. but you will not be judged for your looks , but rather your actions .
Consort? Is Motlanthe a king or a prince? Or did Gugu hook up with Prince Charles? I don't understand.
Joe Public, wrote
So the ANC, not content with stealing our money, are now stealing our women ?
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