South African socialite turned author and motivational speaker, Jackie Phamotse is one of the most talked-about South African personalities at the moment.
The writer and speaker has been in and out of the headlines for much of the past year.
If you’re not up to date with the latest trending South Africans, you can be forgiven for not knowing much about her, despite the fact that her name appears on social media at least once a day.
Luckily, we’re here to help out: here are a few interesting things to know about Jackie Phamotse…
1. She is the author of Bare: The Blesser Game
Arguably one of the most-discussed books in recent times, Bare is a tell-all fictional novel that exposes the “blessed life”. In the book, which is based on her own experiences as a ‘slay-queen’, Jackie opens up about transactional sex and the way society covers it up.
So, @JackiePhamotse is on her way to Kenya, to launch her book BARE: A best seller from South Africa about Rape, death threats from ‘powerful people’, how she is still alive and what she is doing to end the Rape Culture and more…#Bare #TheBlessersGame pic.twitter.com/Lt5UCQosFf
— Chris Mukasa (@ChrisMukasa) May 21, 2018
2. She was once homeless and gang raped
After leaving home as a young girl, following growing tension with her father, Jackie moved to Johannesburg in search of a better life. There, she was exposed to completely different opportunities that would have their own consequences. It was a difficult time in her life which forced her to reflect on her options and make serious changes. At the age of 17, Jackie was gang raped by a number of men, one of whom is a well-known politician.
Think fancy dinners and overseas trips are the only things that come with being a blessee? Think again. Former blessee-turned-businesswoman @JackiePhamotse says she experienced rape, depression & emotional abuse at the hands of a blesser. #AfternoonExpress pic.twitter.com/Vw65TWlk1p
— Afternoon Express (@AfternoonChat) March 7, 2018
3. She’s been implicated in a blackmail plot
Jackie somehow found herself in the heart of Basetsana and Romeo Khumalo’s recent blackmail saga. Jackie suggested that the couple was trying to stop a damaging sextape from being leaked. Although she didn’t name the couple, many on social media believe her hints were a dead giveaway.
Romeo Kumalo and his wife Basetsana are laying criminal charges against novelist Jackie Phamotse over a controversial tweet about allegations related to a rimming sex tape that Phamotse shared https://t.co/hmJoQ0lNHn pic.twitter.com/UPE80zPduR
— City Press newspaper (@City_Press) June 17, 2018
4. She claims her rapist is now a ‘deputy minister’
While Jackie began to rise to fame, it looks as if the main attacker in the group that gang-raped her was rising up the political ranks. According to Jackie, the unnamed politician tried to block the release of her book last year and was named as a deputy minister in Jacob Zuma’s cabinet.
FULL VIDEO: https://t.co/XQUInCG909
Social Media of the Author: @JackiePhamotse
— Pholoho Selebano (@Pholoho) June 5, 2018
5. She’s a self-confessed ‘slay-queen’
The 29-year-old admits that at one stage she was a ‘blessee’ who engaged in transactional sex with wealthy men in Johannesburg. Much of her book details the situations in which she found herself, as a result of this lifestyle.
People who @JackiePhamotse slept with during the events of #DurbanJuly #VDJ2018 for money its funny how she bashed @_Sithelo on ukhozi because shes mad she doesnt have the juice anymore pic.twitter.com/bJpH4LKCIo
— mother of slay queens (@MamaTerressa) June 15, 2018
6. She’s on a mission to expose the goings-on in the sex industry
The “blessed life” might have its financial benefits, but those are largely outweighed by the long-term consequences. Jackie is now dedicating her life to exposing these practices and helping other women in similar situations.
Speaking to young people fills my heart ❤️ pic.twitter.com/hASckA8l2s
— Jackie Phamotse (@JackiePhamotse) June 9, 2018
7. She’s been accused of shaming a former blessee
Jackie was accused of deviating from her mission last week when she was on Ukhozi FM. While on air, it looked as if she was shaming one of the guests who is currently a blessee. Social media didn’t take too kindly to Jackie’s judgement.
Sithelo walking out on a Radio interview on Ukhozi Fm after being ambushed by an ex Slay Queen Jackie Phatose pic.twitter.com/Qyl8dBczV4
— #Nangu_PeeCee (@Nangu_PeeCee) June 14, 2018
8. She was once endorsed by Ma Winnie Mandela
Jackie’s revealing tales caught the attention of uMa Winnie Madikizela Mandela last year, who praised her for the fresh offering. She described it as a “phenomenal story”
— Jackie Phamotse (@JackiePhamotse) April 14, 2018
9. Thanks to her, we know about #HockeyClub
Without Jackie, many of us wouldn’t know just how deep the transactional sex trade has become. Her exposé on Johannesburg ‘Hockey Clubs’ was eye-opening.
10. She definitely divides opinion
Love her or hate her, there’s no denying that Jackie Phamotse is one of the most influential women in South Africa right now.
— POWER 98.7 (@Powerfm987) June 8, 2018
– People Magazine