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ONE OF SA PRES. JACOB ZUMA'S THREE WIVES CHEATS HIM WITH BODYGUARD.

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South African president Jacob Zuma was today facing fresh speculation over his personal life amid claims he had been cheated on by one of his wives. Mr Zuma's second wife Nompumelelo, 35, allegedly had an extra-marital relationship with one of her bodyguards. The claims were first made in South Africa's Ilanga newspaper and come as Mr Zuma prepares to play the global statesman when his country hosts the World Cup. Today Presidency spokesman Vincent Magwenya said the leader's officer would be making no comment on the matter. Mr Zuma is currently on state visit to India with his second wife, one of his three spouses and official First Ladies. But after the couple left South Africa on Wednesday Illanga published details of a letter in which it was claimed she had cheated on him with Soweto-born security guard Phinda Thomo. The Zulu-language newspaper claimed the document had been sent to its office anonymously and signed by 'concerned family members'. It reported that Thoma had committed suicide after the affair was revealed. The claims about Mrs Zuma's alleged infidelity come a week after it was reported she was expecting a baby, believed to be Mr Zuma's 21st. But Ilanga claimed the paternity of the baby was now in question. A statement apparently issued by Zuma family spokesman Khulubuse Zuma last night denied the anonymous letter had been sent from any of the president's relatives and attributed the claims to unnamed political opponents. The document, which was faxed to South Africa's Press Association, said: ‘The president's family is united in distancing itself from these malicious reports about the first lady Mama Nompumelelo MaNtuli. ‘No member of the family could have been the source of this misinformation. Zulu Mr Zuma married Nompumelelo Ntuli, known affectionately as MaNutila, in 2008. The couple have two children together and she is one of his three current spouses.

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