Sex, politics are like oil and water

2011-10-29 08:06

Abstain. Be faithful. Condomise. This week we write about Sports Minister Fikile Mbalula, who did not stick to any of his ABCs – a preventive campaign of which he has been a vocal disciple.

Instead, he met a beautiful woman and slept with her. Neither insisted on protection. The woman is pregnant and Mbalula is now ensnared in a typical sex ­scandal: an alleged abortion date; money allegedly changing hands.

A series of text messages between the consenting adults suggests a relationship gone awry, but also that ours is a sports minister who does not practise what he preaches.

The between-the-sheets matters of consenting adults is none of our business, but the public ­interest in this issue is palpable.

If ABC is a ­government policy and homily, then those who lecture must do as they say. Is this policy and a safe-sex, anti-Aids ­campaign but a hollow set of promises? Who will follow if leaders don’t lead?

Sex and politics, as we know from the experiences of our first citizen, mix as well as oil and water. It’s generally not anybody’s business unless there is a public interest, and in this instance we believe there is.

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