Beware the bunga-bunga culture

2011-11-05 08:21

When government adopted the campaign of Abstain, Be Faithful and Condomise, it put itself right into the private lives of citizens because it is in the public interest to do so.

So did the ANC Youth League with its One Partner campaign to encourage safe sex and stall the still-high rate of youth HIV infection.

Now the defenders of sports minister Fikile Mbalula say that politicians’ sex lives (when they impact on national campaigns) are absolutely none of our business.

Who decided that? Who ­decided what our sexual mores are, who decided that we are Italian in our sensibilities and appreciate the culture of bunga-bunga that has come to define youth politics?

This culture ties high office to licentious ways of living where male politicians interpret public office to mean a high life of fast cars, fast women and fast fortunes.

There is a vast difference between a society that respects traditional customs like polygamy (and polyandry) and one that suggests we are a kind of free-for-all, do-what you-like nation that embarks on grand campaigns and movements only to promptly forget them in the heat of the moment.

This is not to be moralistic but to insist on the old adage that we practise what we preach. It’s been a week of rumours and innuendo, one of which was that City Press paid for the story of the minister’s mistress. We did not, and have never had, a policy of paying for stories.

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