A former aide to ex-president Jacob Zuma has denied that he is “the blesser” who is entangled in the drama involving “slay queens” and a R37 000 nightclub bill.
Siyabulela Sintwa, who was Zuma’s Luthuli House personal assistant, was named on social media as the man who left a group of women stranded with the bill at Zero13 Lifestyle Club in Mbombela (Nelspruit), Mpumalanga, on May 27.
But yesterday, Sintwa said he was nowhere near Mbombela on that day.
“I don’t know who the person they were with was but it is not me. On the 27th I was at Meat Lounge in Sunninghill, Johannesburg, and then I came to Cape Town on Wednesday and I have been here for two weeks. I don’t know who put my pictures up.”
Sintwa’s picture began making the rounds on social media following the circulation of a video of a group of scantily dressed and stranded women allegedly dumped by a “blesser” without settling the R37 340 booze and food bill.
The bill, which also circulated widely, shows the table ordered expensive alcohol including a bottle of champagne costing R25 200, a bottle of Glenfiddich whisky for R3 200, Hennessy brandy for R1 000, while R5 000 was spent on ciders and R950 on food platters.
Zero13 Lifestyle, a restaurant in Nelspruit, Mpumalanga, says it is true the women downed drinks worth Ksh282, 000 at the entertainment joint; and that they managed to settle the bill, contrary to viral online posts.
Zero13 Lifestyle made the clarification on its official Facebook page Tuesday, June 12.