The speaker of the legislature in the Free State, Zanele Sifuba, has reportedly opened a civil case after an explicit sexual video of her was leaked on social media.
The ANC parliamentary caucus in the Free State on Wednesday issued a statement, saying it had noted the issue of the video, received a briefing from Sifuba and discouraged the continued circulation of any material related to the issue.
“Cde Sifuba has henceforth indicated to have opened a civil claim and as a result advises all to respect her decision in dealing with this matter. The ANC caucus wishes to state that it has full confidence in Cde Zanele and supports her in what seems to be an attack to her integrity. We wish Cde Zanele strength, wisdom and courage to carry out her responsibilities,” said ANC chief whip Thabo Meeko.
Unverified social media claims were that the video was leaked after Sifuba refused to pay a bribe to keep it secret.
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“Ntombizanele Beauty Sifuba is a South African politician and educator who has been the speaker of the Free State Provincial Legislature since May 2019. She was elected to the legislature in the same month. Sifuba is a member of the African National Congress.
In 1988, Sifuba obtained a bachelor of arts in education from Vista University. From the Central University of Technology, she holds a bachelor of psychology. In 2017, Sifuba attained a postgraduate diploma in governance and political transformation from the University of the Free State. She is currently pursuing a master’s degree in the same field.
Sifuba worked as a teacher from 1999 to 2019. She also worked as the deputy director responsible for monitoring and evaluation at the provincial Department of Social Development.
In 1995, she was elected deputy secretary of the African National Congress in the party’s President Steyn region.She also held leadership positions in the South African Democratic Teachers Union.Sifuba was the deputy provincial chairperson
Sifuba is currently a member of the ANC’s subcommittees on economic development and gender and equity.
In March 2019, Sifuba was placed twelfth on the ANC’s provincial list.She was elected as the ANC won 19 seats in the Free State Provincial Legislature. Sifuba was sworn in as an MPL on 22 May 2019. On the same day, she was elected speaker.