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Springbok team dietician Zeenat Simjee. Image: Gallo Images.

‘She’s a liar’: Backlash following Zeenat’s ‘mistaken identity’ claim

No one seems to be buying Zeenat Simjee’s claims that it was a woman who looks like her who was spotted with Elton Jantjies.

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Springbok team dietician Zeenat Simjee. Image: Gallo Images.

Springboks dietician Zeenat Simjee’s decision to suddenly become Shaggy with her “it wasn’t me” claim in the Elton Jantjies cheating scandal is not doing the damage control she was hoping it would.

Zeenat Simjee, through her lawyer Frikkie Erasmus, said the whole scandal that has rocked her life and that of the Jantjies family was nothing but a case of “mistaken identity” — according to Afrikaans publication Netwerk24.

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According to the publication, Erasmus claimed that it was not Zeenat who was seen with the Springboks flyhalf in Mbombela, Mpumalanga, in September, but someone who looks like her.

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Erasmus further claimed that they know who the rumoured side chick is, but won’t make it public because it will cause a “bigger problem”.

“It was a case of mistaken identity. She was not there,” said Erasmus.

“There is many similarities between her and Zeenat. However, it wasn’t her,” Erasmus added.

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In addition, Zeenat was adamant that she was not in Mbombela the week various sources claimed she was spotted her with the rugby player, saying there was a death in the family that week.

“The weekend ahead of the test week in Mbombela, I had been with my parents dealing with family bereavement. So, the allegations of me spending time with Elton Jantjies at a guesthouse is devoid of any truth,” she continued.

“This has cast an extremely negative aspersion and disgraceful perspective on my character to which other media houses have also added their perspective. I appeal to the original publisher to retract and apologise for the negative sentiment cast on me,” she added.


The dietician’s claims come a week after Janjtie’s soon-to-be-ex-wife and mother of his three boys Iva Ristic told News24 that he confessed to having the affair.

“I’m grateful that Elton admitted the affair to me,” Iva Ristic had told the outlet.

Following Zeenat’s latest claims of “mistaken identity”, Iva shared her thoughts by posting a screenshot of the Netwerk24 article featuring a picture of Zeenat Simjee but with a clown emoji in place of her face. That was an indication that she is buying the claims.

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Iva also told Netwerk24 that she is going ahead with the divorce plans

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Elton Jantjies continues to post loved-up pics of his wife Iva Ristic, despite her wish to get a divorce. Images via Instagram @eltonjantjies


Tweeps have also weighed in, and they are not buying Zeemat’s story.