South Africa’s Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa has admitted having an extra-marital affair, but denied reports of multiple affairs.
Speaking after allegations about his private life were published in newspapers, he accused political opponents of trying to smear him.
Mr Ramaphosa is planning to contest the leadership of the governing African National Congress (ANC).
President Jacob Zuma steps down from the post later this year.
Mr Ramaphosa’s private emails were apparently hacked into to prove an affair between him and a medical doctor.
The emails reportedly suggest he also had a series of affairs with young women, and had unprotected sex.