A sex tape featuring the South African Home Affairs Minister Malusi Gigaba has been leaked online.
Gigaba, who admitted to having filmed the video for private consumption, said he lost control of it to hackers whom he said had been blackmailing him since last year.
The tape was on Sunday released to the public forcing the minister to apologise to his children, extended family and South Africans in general for the embarrassment.
Gigaba said circulation of the video was after failed attempts to extort money from him shortly after he was appointed as Minister for Finance in 2017.
“I take this opportunity to publicly apologise, in advance, to the rest of my family – especially my kids, my mom and my in-laws – and the South African public for the pain and embarrassment the likely wider distribution of this private material will cause,”
he said in a statement.
The minister added that circulating it was in gross violation of his privacy and was not in public interest.
“I hope our nation will, someday, constructively engage with the question of whether it is correct to condone and promote the gross invasion of the privacy of others by distributing such material, more especially in the clear absence of a public interest justification,”