President Zuma to father his 20th child


South Africa's ruling party has dismissed a storm over President Jacob Zuma's lovechild, as political opponents told him to stop behaving like a "gigolo" and get sex addiction therapy.

"Our view is that the matter between any two consenting adults remains their own personal affair," the African National Congress (ANC) said in a statement.
"This unjustified attack to the president is disingenuous. There is nothing wrong that the president had done. There is nothing 'shameful' when two adults have a relationship."

Opposition parties reacted angrily to a weekend media report that Zuma had fathered a child with the daughter of one of his close friends, a top organiser of the 2010 World Cup.The main opposition Democratic Alliance (DA) said Zuma had weakened the country's messages of safe sex. "We believe President Zuma needs counselling and sex addiction therapy, as was recommended for Tiger Woods who has a similar problem of sleeping around." "His personal behaviour has profound public consequences," said DA leader Helen Zille.

The girl, born in October, is the 20th to be fathered by 67-year-old Zuma who is a practising polygamist with three current wives, the Sunday Times reported.
The ANC breakaway Congress of the People (COPE) said the report was "scandalous" after Zuma's marriage last month, accusing him of "highly irresponsible" behaviour in one of the world's most AIDS affected countries. "His continued use of African custom as a smokescreen is also no longer acceptable. Polygamy is not promiscuity and his behaviour is not justifiable under any circumstances," said leader Mosiuoa "Terror" Lekota.

"The South African public must make its voice heard and tell President Zuma to start behaving like a president and not a gigolo." The small African Christian Democratic Party accused Zuma of undermining South Africa's anti-AIDS fight and "increasingly unbecoming behavior that brings shame to our nation".

"A man who already has three wives living with him has no moral right to continue sleeping around with women he is not married to," said party leader Kenneth Meshoe.
The ANC said it did not see a link between the ANC's HIV policies and the Zuma's personal relationships.

Zuma's new baby is just the latest scandal to erupt around the president's sex life. In 2006, during a trial that acquitted him of rape, Zuma admitted to having sex without a condom and then said he had showered to ward off the risk of infection.
He was the head of the National AIDS Council at the time.


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Dear Mr President Jacob Zuma

After having read the front page story of the Sunday Times (31/01/2010), I feel compelled to write to you as this ordinary citizen that I am. Because I am a commoner, my judgement of your actions could be regarded as disrespect. Equally you might be indulging in all these sordid acts because you feel that you cannot be questioned and brought to book.

As a young man I have an interest in the way in which those in power are behaving, so as to ensure that we have good, moral and ethical leaders to look upon. A public figure who does not inspire confidence or does not conduct themselves in a manner that seek to inspire development of society, should be eliminated from the limelight and sent into the deepest of corners so that their misleading acts are shunned. To me you happen to be such an individual.

In your address during your inauguration and also in your first State of the Nation address, you emphasised greatly on moral regeneration. The reason why religion has seemingly failed to produce members that embody the values taught in religious institutions is because the preachers themselves are failing to be upright leaders who live out what they preach. You are such a preacher to me.

Given your past record that displays you as a man who is easily tempted by indulging in sexual intercourse, it is very difficult for me to throw water over the claims made by the Sunday Times. To me it is irrelevant that the person you impregnated is the daughter of Dr Irvin "The Iron Duke" Khoza, I would still feel the same way even if it was just yet another woman. If this baby was born under normal circumstances, it means that you must have slept with this lady around January 2009. During the same time you had already paid Lobola for Thobeka Madiba-Zuma and you were planning your wedding day with her. At the same time you were already having the pleasure of being attended to by two wives. I suppose given that you were busy campaigning for the 2009 General Elections, the challenges that you faced couldn't be accommodated by your wives, you needed to find solace and release your masculine energy on another woman outside wedlock.

What nauseates me the most is the fact that this lady got pregnant, meaning you had unprotected sex yet again. To me it is clear that you have unprotected sex with your wives, because you do it so easily with "omakhwapheni". It means you are a risk to your wives, because you seem to be fishing for HIV, so that you can take the catch home and distribute it evenly amongst them. Unless there is preventive medication for HIV that you have and we the ordinary people do not have access to.

The Zulu Kingdom should be ashamed at how you have paraded their culture of polygamy, a culture that is in fact to me very demeaning of women. To me it symbolises true qualities of chauvinism and patriarchy, whereby if a man is not satisfied with one woman, then they can go get another. Meanwhile society would vilify a woman who would take a second man. Polygamy also promotes cheating on your wife, because you must first know the second wife, well in your case sixth, intimately on stolen moments away from your wife. So during that time you are lying to your wife or wives claiming to be seeing no one besides them and even to God, whom you made such a pact with when getting married.

Polygamy reduces women to objects that are used to just satisfy the egos of many men out there, who see having many women as a sense of superiority and achievement. To me this is a very small minded sense of thinking.

I cannot have you preach morality to me when you partake in such disgusting acts that make me feel if only I was not a South African. When a sex scandal broke off about Mr Bill Clinton, he had to step down as President of the USA. The President of the World Bank stepped down after such allegations were tabled against him. However to you it is just yet another day another dollar and nothing will happen, because you are hiding behind tradition and using it to camouflage your helpless sexuality.

You are a man who does not respect women clearly, a man who does not believe in treating your wives with the best respect they deserve. I doubt maKhumalo is happily married to you, but she is probably fearful of what shall become of her if she were to leave you. It is unfortunate that the majority of the people in your organisation find your acts acceptable; it goes to show how the morals of the ANC have become fragmented over the years.

You occupy the highest seat in our land and many people will find a way of using your acts to justify their mistakes and atrocious behaviours which resemble yours. You are not a beacon of hope to me, but rather that one of disaster.

It is impossible that you could raise all your 20 children, so it means that you promote unstructured families whereby kids grow up with single parents. You promote and justify cheating. You promote for society to discredit the three pillars of fighting HIV, because you do not Abstain, you do not get to Be Faithful, you do not Condomize.

What are you good for? Absolutely nothing. You are shaming our country and making it seem as if we are unable to be led by principled leaders.

You are a health risk to your wives, you are a financial risk to the taxpayers who must pay for your opulence and you still pledge your support to communists.

I ask of you to step down as President, before you turn South Africa into a quagmire that resembles your sexual life and its animalistic behaviours.

Written by: Lukhona Mnguni
COPE and COPESM member, in his personal capacity


Zuma regrets pain amid fury at sex scandal February 7, 2010
As the controversy surrounding his latest sex scandal refuses to die, South Africa's polygamous President, Jacob Zuma, has issued a statement saying he regrets the ''pain'' caused by the revelation that he has fathered a love child.

Mr Zuma, who has three wives, said the matter had put a lot of pressure on his family and the ruling African National Congress after it was reported in local media last Sunday.

''I deeply regret the pain that I have caused to my family, the ANC, the alliance and South Africans in general,'' Mr Zuma said on Saturday, referring also to his party's alliance partners. ''I also acknowledge and understand the reaction of many South Africans.''

Details of the 67-year-old President's sex life contradict the government's HIV/AIDS campaign, an important element of which is reducing promiscuity. But the scandal appears to have hit a deeper nerve: a sense Mr Zuma crossed an invisible line.

The birth of his latest child unsettled his core supporters, traditionalists who accept polygamy but regard having a child outside those multiple marriages as improper. Many other South Africans, particularly urbanites, are disquieted by polygamy. The practice sits awkwardly with the country's stated commitment to gender equality.

Mr Zuma initially ignored the latest revelations, then issued a brief statement on Wednesday acknowledging paternity and attacking the media. However, critics attacked his view that the media had no right to probe his private life.

After the blaring headlines (''Shame of a Nation'') and cartoons (''The Sex-President''), Mr Zuma cancelled public engagements for two days, citing his workload. One of his sons, Duduzane, released a statement on Friday saying Mr Zuma's children were content, and asking the media to leave his father alone.

''We, as a family, are content with the polygamous nature of our household. We are content to have 20 siblings or more,'' the statement said.

But some South Africans are angry that the country accepted Mr Zuma's polygamy and his macho cultural pride - only to see him slip into bed with girlfriends and daughters of friends.

The mother of his latest child is Sonono Khoza, a bank official and daughter of an old friend of Mr Zuma, Irvin Khoza, the head of South Africa's soccer World Cup organising committee.

A Mail & Guardian columnist, Charlotte Bauer, said: ''I think the reason Jacob Zuma took three days to respond was that it caught him completely by surprise, this outpouring of fury and condemnation.''

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