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'We blurred sexy videos': Kunene defends actions in Cyril scandal

13 September 2017 - 07:09 By Neo Goba
Kenny Kunene.
Kenny Kunene.
Image: Veli Nhlapo/Sowetan

Controversial businessman Kenny Kunene claims his website Weekly Xposé did enough to protect a woman who allegedly had a relationship with Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa.

Kunene and Weekly Xposé were taken to the Johannesburg High Court on Tuesday by the woman allegedly linked to Ramaphosa.

The Weekly Xposé published graphic sexual videos which the woman allegedly sent to Ramaphosa, who is not in the videos.

She applied on Monday to interdict Weekly Xposé from publishing the videos.

The matter was postponed to Wednesday.

Attorney Nomaswazi Maseko, representing the applicant, said the woman had since been embarrassed by people approaching her.

"We are here on an urgent basis to try and prevent people viewing this video on Weekly Xposé. What we are alleging is she is identifiable and she's been approached by people she doesn't know who say: 'Oh, you are the porn star'," said Maseko.

Kunene said he could not comment on the editorial decision taken to publish the videos.

"I don't want to go into the details of the case yet. We believe this matter is not urgent. We believe it is in the interest of the public that these videos be left on the website," Kunene said outside court.

"We blurred them out of respect, but at the end of the day, as you may well know, people want proof," added Kunene.

The Sunday Independent, which published allegations of Ramaphosa's affairs two weeks ago, said it would not publish any more pictures or videos relating to the alleged sex scandal.

But editor Steven Motale said he would not be backing down, saying the newspaper would use "all material in our possession" to continue with stories into Ramaphosa's alleged extramarital affairs.

Motale and the Sunday Independent were initially listed in the application but told reporters the publication had reached an agreement with the woman.