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Zuma wants to meet paper over MaNtuli affair claims

The newspaper that first published allegations of infidelity inside Jacob Zuma’s family on Friday...

President Jacob Zuma accompanied by First Lady MaNtuli Zuma exit the Taj Palace Hotel in Mumbai on June 2, 2010. Picture: AFP.

The newspaper that first published allegations of infidelity inside Jacob Zuma’s family on Friday said the president has called them from India to request a meeting.

Durban-based Ilanga newspaper says it stands by its story, which claimed Zuma’s second wife Nompumelelo Ntuli cheated on him with a bodyguard.

The Presidency says it will not dignify the gossip with a response, while the ANC and its alliance partners are also saying they will not comment on the family’s private matters.

Content editor of the Zulu-language newspaper Thobile Nqumalo said Zuma, or at least someone from his office, called them on Thursday to request a meeting.

"There has been a response from the president himself from India," the editor said.

She said she was not at the office and is waiting for further word from the president’s representatives about when, of if, the meeting will take place.

Nqumalo said after receiving the anonymous letter carrying the allegations the newspaper spoke to its own sources to verify the information.

The story made headlines on Friday, with various new allegations about MaNtuli’s troubles within the family.

But the Presidency, the ANC and its alliance partners are all declining to speak about the allegations, which include a claim the bodyguard killed himself.

Zuma is due to return from a state visit to India on Saturday.