Opposition parties condemn Zuma

2010-02-02 12:57

The opposition parties came out in full force against President

Jacob Zuma, all making statements condemning the allegations of his having an

illegitimate child with Sonono Khoza, daughter of Orlando Pirates soccer boss,

Irvin Khoza.

DA leader and Western Cape premier, Helen Zille,

accused Zuma of acting contrary to his party’s stance on Aids. “President Jacob

Zuma’s behaviour directly contradicts the government’s campaign against multiple

sexual partners, and the inherent Aids risk in having unprotected sex,” she

said, adding that he was “sending the wrong message to the South African


Mosioua ‘Terror’ Lekota, president of Cope, likened

Zuma to a “gigolo” and blasted “his continued use of African custom as a


“Polygamy is not promiscuity and his behaviour is not justifiable

under any circumstances,” said Lekota.

“He is the one who is always preaching responsible sexual

behaviour, but it seems he is sending a message which says “Don’t do as I do, do

as I say’,” said Patricia de Lille of the Independent


Not to be outdone, the Gauteng leader of Cope Women, Clara Motau, said, “His outdated and baseless customary affection to

making love to every woman, and without protection nogal, is blatantly demeaning

to women and making our beloved country and its good people the laughing stock

of the human race.”

Reverend Theunis Botha, leader of the Christian

Democratic Party, pleaded: “Mr President, please resign for the good of the


He continued, “Our country needs a leader acting as a moral

compass, not a president imitating Tiger Woods, Bill Clinton and King Henry VIII

all in one, and all for the wrong reasons.”

Reverend Kenneth Meshoe, leader of the African

Christian Democratic Party, suggested that Zuma might be a sex addict, and

advised that he seek help at a sex clinic. “The report is shocking and

unfortunately it exposes that South Africans are not concerned about the moral

foundation of this country because if they were they would challenge the

president to straighten out his life.”

On the other side of the fence, ANC Women’s League deputy

president, Nosipho Dorothy Ntwanambi, said that while it was

generally “not right” to have an extramarital affair, “many men are known to

have these relationships.”

ANC Youth League president Julius Malema declined to

comment, saying it would be “disrespectful” to discuss the alleged incident.

“Zuma is our father so we are not qualified to talk about that,” he said.

Likewise, the South African Students Congress president, Mbulelo Mandlana, said, ““As students we view the public discussion

of such aspects of old people’s lives as embarrassing and un-African.”

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