Finance Minister Tito Mboweni is taking legal action against a woman he alleges is attempting to extort money from him.
According to letters by Mboweni's lawyer, Jerome Levitz, which News24 has in its possession, a woman has threatened to divulge WhatsApp and voice-recorded conversations between her and Mboweni.
The woman has reportedly been offered R100 000 to go public with the correspondence. The name of both the woman and the prominent businessman who offered to pay for the correspondence are known to News24.
Mboweni met the woman online, but maintains they never met in person nor had a romantic relationship.
During their correspondence, the woman requested Mboweni pay R7 000 for her rent and registration, which he declined.
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