We have seen quite a few South African politicians making headlines for being in sexual relationships with women other than their wives.
Some, such as Minister of Sports and Recreation Fikile Mbalula and Home Affairs Minister Malusi Gigaba, got out of their affairs without having a kid – though the woman Mbaks had an affair with claimed she was carrying his child at the time.
Others, though, have a little more to show for their efforts.
Read more: She was just a one-night stand, says Mbalula
Here is a list of politicians who have either had children with women before they got married, then went on to get married with a different woman, or those who fathered children with other women while still being married.
1. EFF CIC Julius Malema
Malema has a son, Ratanang, whose mother is reportedly from Sunnyside, Pretoria. The few details we (might) know about his child were mostly revealed by the intensely private Malema’s former friend, Gayton McKenzie, who alleged that the only reason Malema was supporting his child was because the mother had threatened to go public and demand a paternity test. At the time, McKenzie further alleged that Ratanang was not his only child.
Ratanang was also the name given to the family trust that got Malema into so much trouble with the taxman and saw him dragged to court on corruption and racketeering charges.
Since the open letter, Malema has been open about his son, even recently sharing the young man’s picture on Instagram. Check out his post below:
2. President Jacob Zuma
The president made headlines in 2011 after reports that he had impregnated his friend and Orlando Pirates boss Irvin Khoza’s daughter.
In a statement, Zuma confirmed the relationship with the then 39-year-old Sonono Khoza. He said he had taken responsibility for his actions by doing “the necessary cultural imperatives in a situation of this nature, for example the formal acknowledgment of paternity and responsibility, including the payment of inhlawulo to the family”.
Their child together was baby No 20 for the president.
3. Steve Hofmeyr
Although Afrikaans musician Steve Hofmeyr does not belong to a specific political party, he has always been vocal about politics, often being labelled a racist for his views.
He spoke at the launch of the National Conservative Party of South Africa, formed on 16 April 2016 in Pretoria.
The musician married actress Natasha Sutherland in 1998. They had two sons. The couple’s divorce was plagued by reports of several affairs by Hofmeyr. He reportedly also has three other children, all by different women.
There is a standard joke that many young Afrikaans people look up to him because they’re not entirely sure he isn’t their father.
In 2014, he married Janine van der Vyver, who in 2008 reportedly revealed they had been dating for 10 years, around the same time Hofmeyr married his first wife.
4. EFF deputy president Floyd Shivambu
Shivambu made headlines last year in July after a Johannesburg model dragged him to the Randburg Maintenance Court to get him to pay R2 000 a month for the maintenance of her then five-year-old son. Before the court case, Shivambu denied being the father of the child. In fact, he declared he had never even met the woman.
Following this, a paternity test was presented in court proving he was the father. He’s had to cough up the papgeld each month ever since.
Taking to Facebook, he wrote: “I insisted on the paternity test because the existence of the child was brought to my attention through a publicity-seeking stunt. This involved sending letters to parliament while other forms of communication were available. I will never take media interviews and enquiries about this matter because it is a private and personal matter.”
5. Patriotic Alliance (PA) leader Gayton McKenzie
In his open letter to ex-friend and now sworn enemy Julius Malema, McKenzie slammed Malema for talking about McKenzie’s children behind his back. He said that it was true and that the good thing was that all these kids know each other.
There are apparently no secrets among all the McKenzie baby mamas and babies.
“They play together and go on holiday together. They are family,” he said. He also wrote about his many children from different women in his book about dating called The Uncomfortable Truth.
McKenzie told Malema he had never kept his many children a secret, as that would have constituted abuse for a child not to know its father.
McKenzie has seven children, two of them born to his now ex-wife, Nicolett, and one of them full-grown. In his biography about his time as a criminal and seven years in prison, The Choice, McKenzie revealed that his first-born son, Calvin, was born while McKenzie was in prison.
His other kids are the products of three different women, meaning there are five McKenzie mamas in total.
6. Former president Nelson Mandela
Three women have come forward claiming to be late former president Nelson Mandela’s children. The first, Mpho Pule, born in 1945, came to light in 2010 and claimed she had spent almost 12 years trying to see Mandela, the man she believed was her father.
She reportedly died in 2009, months before Mandela’s office wrote to say they were close to confirming her claim.
The second one, Onica Nyembezi Mothoa, 63, of Soshanguve, north of Pretoria, also claimed in 2010 that she was the former president’s love child, but said efforts to meet him were in vain.
The latest alleged love child, 70-year-old Thabi Lydia Mahakoe, came forward earlier this year, claiming that the former president’s widow, Graça Machel, did not allow her to meet the man she believed was her father in 2008, when Madiba was still alive and well.
At the time, she told The Citizen she would not have closure until she could visit the final Qunu resting place of the former president.
She had hoped to go for a paternity test to prove that Mandela was her father, but that did not happen, as Machel allegedly did not live up to her promise.
Mahakoe today lives in a Midvaal suburb in the Vaal with her children.
Read more: 70-year-old: I’m Mandela’s daughter
7. Founder of the Black Consciousness Movement Steve Biko
Biko met the mother of his children, Mamphela Ramphele, at the University of the North in 1966 when she became involved in student politics. Ramphele became one of the founders of the Black Consciousness Movement (BCM).
From 1970, the two became a force to be reckoned with, ultimately having children together. They had two: Lerato Biko, born in 1974, and Hlumelo Biko, born in 1978 after Biko’s death.
When he died in custody after being fatally beaten by police, Ramphele was five months pregnant, according to The Sowetan.
During this time, Biko was married to Ntsiki Mashalaba from 1970 to 1977 and they had three children together: Samora Biko, Motlatsi Biko and Nkosinathi Biko.
8. Former leader of the SACP Chris Hani
Chris Hani reportedly fathered two daughters, Cleopatra Tunyiswa Hani and Vanessa Hani, who are not his wife Limpho Hani’s children. Tunyiswa has claimed that her mother, whom she did not want to name, was already in a relationship with Chris Hani before Limpho came along in 1980.
However, the woman and her stepmother were in 2013 reported to have been at each other’s throats over Chris Hani’s legacy.
Though Tunyiswa said she did not hate Limpho at the time, she said Limpho was doing all she could to wipe her late husband’s other children out of history.
Their reported fight at the time stemmed from Tunyiswa accusing Limpho of stealing her idea of commemorating the 20th anniversary of her father’s death, calling her “heartless”.
She further alleged that Limpho always wanted to portray the look of a grieving widow, when all she ever really cared about was smiling for the cameras, reported City Press.