Gossip that former Eskom CEO Brian Molefe has a secret love child with a woman who used to be his domestic worker is said to doing the rounds in a small village in Limpopo.
Sunday World reports that Shirley Bapela is claiming that Molefe is the father of her 14-month-old child, and also the one who paid for her car and lavish house in GaRakgoatha village.
According to the tabloid, Bapela worked for Molefe between 2008 and 2016, and the two started having an affair in this time.
Bapela’s neighbours reportedly say that she claims Molefe bought her four bedroom and is paying maintenance for the child they have together.
Speaking to the paper, Bapela’s mother apparently said Molefe embarked on his affair with her daughter while he was still married to his first wife.
Molefe incidentally married his second wife, Arethur Moagi, this week.
Happy couple, Brian and Arethur Molefe ❤️ pic.twitter.com/6aVXanW4W7
— MELODY MOLALE (@MelodyMolale) December 15, 2016
Molefe has, however, denied fathering Bapela’s child, saying he suspects that these rumours are being spread by people who want to extort money from him.
“Did you conduct a DNA test with your eyes?” Molefe apparently retorted when approached for comment.
He did, however, say that he’s “heard” Bapela has a house in GaRakgoatha, and that he knows it “has a swimming pool”.
Molefe also made headlines a few months ago, when he resigned from his position as CEO of Eskom in November, after he was implicated in former Public Protector Thuli Madonsela’s report on allegations of state capture.
The report alleged that he and the power utility’s board failed to follow regular tender procedures by favouring a contract for coal from a company owned by the Gupta family, who have been directly linked to the state capture claims.
Addressing the findings in the report, which stated that his cellphone records showed that he was at or near the Guptas’ Saxonwold compound 19 times in four months, he hinted that the reason for these visits to the upmarket Joburg suburb was to go have a few drinks at a nearby shebeen.
Molefe faced widespread mocking from social media users over this statement, from which he later backtracked by saying that he never said he goes to this alleged shebeen to drink, but was just mentioning the fact that his colleague once told him that there was one.