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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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”

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.

– People Magazine


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