Cape Town – Nigeria’s Consulate in Johannesburg has condemned the sharing of a video in which the Speaker of the Free State Legislature, Ntombizanele “Zanele” Beauty Sifuba can be seen partaking in online sexual activities.
The video was leaked on social media and has since spread across Twitter, sparking conversation on the platform.
According to The South African, the tape was allegedly leaked by a young man after he reportedly attempted to extort R300 000 from Sifuba who refused to pay.
Nigeria’s Consulate in Johannesburg labelled the leaking and sharing of the video that features Sifuba as an invasion of her privacy.
“The Mission unequivocally condemns and distances all law-abiding Nigerians from the egregious and reprehensible violation of Hon Sifuba’s privacy by anyone, whether Nigerian or not,” the Consulate said.
“We note that the alleged act is a flagrant violation of South Africa’s legislation on combating gender-based violence (GBV) and cyber abuse, and join all well-meaning members of the public to empathise with Hon Sifuba and her family over the regrettable incident.
“While awaiting the outcome of investigations into the real identity of the perpetrator of this heinous crime, the Mission wishes to call on the media to refrain from hasty and definitive conclusions on the nationality of the suspect as this may put the lives and property of law-abiding Nigerians in South Africa at risk.
“The Consulate General, therefore, reassures host authorities of its full support and co-operation towards the identification, tracking, arrest and prosecution of any Nigerian believed to be responsible or complicit in the mindless circulation of the sex video,” said the Consulate.
Speaking to IOL, ANC Women’s League National Working Task Team, spokesperson Dina Pule described the act of sharing the leaked video as “a violation of somebody’s privacy”.
“Well, it does not take us to have seen and established who it is in the video, we condemn acts of sharing of such videos. It does not matter who is in that video, we fight for the rights of women. Every woman deserves dignity and their privacy.
“That is a violation of somebody’s privacy. We can’t do that. Who would want to go out and record such? It is wrong,” Pule said.
Reactions from the users of Twitter were mixed, with some condemning Sifuba’s participation in online sexual activity, while others sympathised with her.
All adults ingage in sexual activities, we all have sexual desires, we all want to please our partners. She can do anything she wants with her phone and body. zanele sifuba only crime was trusting that Man. Judging her for being human is unfair. pic.twitter.com/kHFrxr9MwN
— ◢◤We Create Websites (@MikeZA__) November 8, 2022
When I look at the Zanele Sifuba unfortunate incident I remember being on the phone with my mother for over an hour after my Dick was doing rounds. Had never heard her so disappointed, she cried throughout the call and I haven’t been able to forgive myself….
— K A B I L L I O N (@PrinceKaybee_SA) November 9, 2022
What happened to mam Zanele Sifuba is really unfortunate and it can happen to any of us, can we please refrain from reposting and sharing that video. If anything let’s report it in numbers. No woman deserves this.
— M A D L A M I N I (@Bongiiwe_Ntseto) November 8, 2022
We apologize to the family of Zanele Sifuba but adults engage is intimacy with their partners and there’s nothing distasteful with that
The only distasteful thing is sharing it on social media knowing very well she has a family that is gonna be traumatized! May she keep her job
— I Am Not Chief Justice Mogoeng (@CMogoeng) November 9, 2022
I stand with Mama Zanele Sifuba she is a victim im not going to be part of the people who have lost their morals who are busy circulating the video, some are acting all holier than thou,strength to her and her family naleyo izodlula we love you 💚🖤💛 pic.twitter.com/rycJQmRLp1
— SIR Calvin Bright DESCENDANT OF KING SOSHANGANE (@Calvinbrytty16) November 9, 2022
I stand by Mam Zanele Sifuba. She can feel embarrassed naturally but never ashamed about what has unfolded. She did what all adults do with their intimate partners in privacy, unaware that her intimate partner was a con artist that is after her money.
Salute mama. pic.twitter.com/9fosW4ggu4
— Oom Ray. (@chiefmringo) November 10, 2022
Picture: Facebook/ Tau Mafabatho
Compiled by Junaid Benjamin