Umkhonto weSizwe veterans yesterday refused to hand over a memorandum to one of Helen Zille's MECs, telling him he was her "boyfriend".
Housing MEC Bonginkosi Madikizela was met by cries of voetsekwhen he came to the steps of the provincial administration building in Cape Town to accept the document.
"Your message is loud and clear," MK Military Veterans Association chairperson Kebby Maphatsoe told the protesters, most of them in camouflage outfits, who marched on Zille's office.
"They have sent over one of their puppets. We are not going to hand over the memo to her boyfriend."
He was referring to a claim by the ANC Youth League that Zille was sleeping with members of her all-male cabinet.
The veterans were marching ostensibly to demand that Zille apologise for saying President Jacob Zuma put his wives at risk when he had casual, unprotected sex with an HIV-positive woman.
Madikizela, the only black person in the cabinet, came to get the memo after the protesters earlier rejected an official from Zille's office and demanded "a politician".
Zille is in Pretoria attending a lekgotla of Zuma's Cabinet.
Maphatsoe said they would not deliver the memo to anyone other than Zille, and would return to do so.
The memo, which he read out, accused Zille of continuing disrespect for, and undermining, Zuma.
"Her attack on President Zuma is an attack on all Africans.
"The president's private life is his own, just as Zille is entitled to her private life," he said. - Sapa