Apology accepted, Mr president

2010-02-16 12:18

PRESIDENT Jacob Zuma, your apology to the nation last week is

accepted. The apology confirmed to some of us that you are a genuine


First and foremost, I would like to thank you for standing up for

your children and their mothers.

Though, it worries me and many South Africans,

I suppose, that your marriages are somehow linked to HIV/Aids and other

communicable diseases.

I have tried to understand the link between your

marriages and HIV/Aids and have so far failed to understand all this.

President Zuma, we all know now that you are the father to Sonono

Khoza’s daughter and that a damage has been paid, as our African customs and

traditions allows.

Personally, I appreciate the fact that you are showing respect and

commitment to both women and children.

The culture of paying damages (inhlawulo – an African way of

showing guilt, remorse and responsibility) in our communities is no longer

respected and recognised as life has since taken a distorted route whereby girls

and women get pregnant through rape.

Inhlawulo has totally lost its warm and honest meaning.

In times we

are living in, families of a pregnant girl would fight among themselves over an

inhlawulo; this going to support the statement that the “damage” has become some

sort of a financial relief for the family, and in the process the family loose

sight of the important factor of an “illegitimate child”.

My wish is for all cultured men to not follow in the president’s

footsteps by impregnating women with the knowledge that they won’t marry the

woman, but instead learn the lesson of admitting guilt and responsibility.

On the issue of polygamy and HIV/Aids, the South African National

Aids Council would be in a better position to commission a study and look into

whether there is truth that polygamy does spread HIV.

In conclusion Mr President, many South Africans know and understand

that you impregnated Sonono before you were sworn in as the first citizen.


this in mind, it says that you did nothing to embarrass your office as a sitting


But again, make sure that you don’t do anything that would contradict

the above (impregnating out of wedlock) while you are still a sitting president

of the Republic, otherwise I will be the first to call for your removal.


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