Malema to discuss polygamy with king

2010-09-17 14:03

Johannesburg - ANC Youth League president Julius Malema will meet King Goodwill Zwelithini on Friday to discuss "misperceptions around the league's position on polygamy", it said in a statement.

The visit to the polygamously married monarch was expected to take place on Friday at the King's palace in Nongoma, northern KwaZulu-Natal.

Last Sunday Malema raised the topic of monogamy at a rally in the Free State, recommending that a husband only has one wife, or that singles only have one partner. This forms part of their one partner campaign to raise awareness on ways of staying free of HIV/Aids.

However, they issued a statement on Monday saying the SABC had reported that Malema had criticised President Jacob Zuma, who is also betrothed in this ancient multi-partner system. The league said Malema had not mentioned Zuma at all.

The SABC denied referring to Zuma in the report.

Friday's royal visit was intended to: "explain the ANC Youth League’s one partner campaign and many other programmes the organisation is involved in, but also clarify the misperceptions that were spread around the youth league’s position on polygamy".

League spokesperson Floyd Shivambu was not immediately available to indicate their position on polygamy.

On Thursday The Sowetan reported that Malema's comments had raised the ire of KwaZulu-Natal's Nazareth Baptist Church, who said the church endorsed polygamy, which was mentioned in the Bible.