Zuma takes time out

2010-02-04 09:10

PRESIDENT Jacob Zuma has cancelled his public engagements over the

next two days so he can rest following a “hectic” schedule, his office said

today.

“The President of the Republic, President Jacob Zuma, will today

and tomorrow, take time off to rest following a hectic

schedule,” a presidency statement said.

In the last week Zuma has travelled to the World Economic Forum in

Switzerland and an African Union meeting in Ethiopia and on his return, walked

into a controversy over a child he fathered with a woman not his wife.

The president, who has three wives and a fiancee, confirmed he had

a relationship with Sonono Khoza, daughter of World Cup local organising

committee chairman Irvin Khoza and they had had a child together last

year.

The presidency and the ruling party had at first said it was a

private matter, but Zuma then issued a statement confirming the Sunday Times

report.

“I said during World Aids Day that we must all take personal

responsibility for our actions. I have done so,” a statement issued on his

behalf said.

“I have done the necessary cultural imperatives in a situation of

this nature, for example the formal acknowledgement of paternity and

responsibility, including the payment of inhlawulo to the family.”

The gist of the criticism levelled at him was that his actions did

not appear to be in line with government’s HIV/Aids policies – a suggestion he

disagrees with.

Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe will deliver Zuma’s opening

address at the inaugural meeting of the Broad-Based Black Economic Empowerment

Council in Pretoria today and tomorrow’s credentials ceremony for new

ambassadors has been moved to next week.


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