Loving wives equally is ‘equality of women’

2010-01-31 10:04

Zuma favours MaNtuli on travels but none went to either

Switzerland or Ethiopia.

PRESIDENT Jacob Zuma had a ­torrid time at the World Economic Forum

in Davos, Switzerland, ­defending his multiple marriages.

This came during a session Newsweek International editor Fareed

Zakaria chaired on ­Thursday.

Zakaria – who was moderating a panel on Zuma and South Africa –

asked the president about his “many wives”.

Zuma said he believed in the “equality of women”.

That prompted Zakaria to ask if he loved all his wives equally.

­“Absolutely,” Zuma said, drawing laughs from the seated guests.

“There are many people in this audience who find it a challenge to

be married to one person,” Zakaria quipped.

Zuma is married to Sizakele ­Khumalo, Nompumelelo Ntuli and Thobeka


He is divorced from Home Affairs Minister, Dr Nkosazana

Dlamini-Zuma. Another wife, Kate Zuma, died in 2000.

City Press did a quick survey of eight of Zuma’s trips abroad to

see how “fairly” these trips were spread among his spouses.

This not-so-scientific survey shows MaNtuli is ahead of the ­other


She accompanied Zuma to the G8 summit in Italy in July. She also

­escorted him on a state visit to ­Zambia in December and to the G20 Pittsburgh

Summit in Pennsylvania, US, in September.

Zuma’s first wife, MaKhumalo, who is said to prefer staying at

home, appeared to have flown with her husband to the Commonwealth Heads of

Government Meeting in Trinidad and Tobago in November.

City Press could not establish whether KaMadiba had been on an

official trip.

Recent Zuma trips included ­going to the US to address the ­United

­Nation’s General Assembly, ­Copenhagen to attend the Climate Change Summit and

the World ­Economic Forum.

Zuma is currently in Ethiopia for the three-day African Union

­summit in Addis Ababa, which ­begins tomorrow.

His office told City Press yesterday that Zuma did not take any of

his spouses to either Switzerland or Ethiopia.

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