- Jomo Sibiya, an ANC politician in KwaZulu-Natal, stands accused by his alleged one-time lover, Snokwanda Ndlovu, of denying his child.
- The 22-year-old woman wants Sibiya to do a DNA test to prove that the child is his
- Sibiya sought a protection order for harassment and the alleged baby mama was arrested for breaking the rules of the order
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By Lungani Zungu - Freelance Journalist
A prominent ANC MPL in the KwaZulu-Natal legislature found himself embroiled in a messy war of words with a woman who alleges she is his baby mama and accused him of denying his child.
It all started when Jomo Sibiya, also a member of the ANC’s provincial executive committee, posted on Facebook about a TV programme, Utatakho, a show that links people with their biological dads.
He penned his post in Zulu which, when freely translated, meant the show was a reminder of the importance of doing a DNA test when a child is born.
Evidently, this raised the ire of the child-bearer, Snokwanda Ndlovu, who swiftly launched a broadside at Sibiya, accusing him of rejecting his offspring.
The 22-year-old woman also dared Sibiya to do a DNA test so that he would see that the baby was his.
Calling Sibiya by all his indigenous names, Jomo, Ntuthuko and Mbongiseni, Ndlovu said she is waiting for him so that they could do the DNA procedure.
Briefly.co.za understands that in retaliation, Sibiya roped in his attorney to aid him in dealing with Ndlovu.
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Subsequently, she was arrested for allegedly breaking the rules of a protection order for harassment that Sibiya had sought against her before last week's dramatic episode.
She is, however, adamant that Sibiya, who also chairs the education committee in the KZN legislature, is the father of her child. Her daughter is less than a year old.
She flatly refused to talk to Briefly.co.za. However, a relative, who spoke to Briefly.co.za strictly on condition of anonymity, confirmed the pair had had an intimate relationship.
But the blossoming relationship, as the relative put it, ended abruptly during her pregnancy. According to the relative, Sibiya gifted Ndlovu with an iPhone 6s for her birthday in June last year.
“Things were still good between them,” said the relative.
Ndlovu flaunted the gift on Facebook with a caption that read,
"A happy birthday gift, thank you Sotobe (Sibiya's clan name)."
The relative added:
"It is known that they had an affair. But things have turned sour between them. It’s really sad."
When asked whether the child was Sibiya’s, the relative steered clear from commenting, only saying:
“That question can only be answered by both of them. I honestly don’t know.”
Sibiya’s attorney, Mondli Thusini of BM Thusini Attorneys, confirmed the harassment case against Ndlovu but wouldn’t be drawn into commenting further.
KwaZulu-Natal police confirmed the arrest of Ndlovu and her appearance in court. She is expected to appear in court in August.
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