'Infidelity': a triumph for women

2010-06-05 00:00

THE public is divided on reports of trouble in President Jacob Zuma’s marriage to Nompumelelo Ntuli.

Several callers to Talk Radio 702 even declared MaNtuli’s alleged infidelity “a victory for women”. One SMS said: “Viva MaNtuli Viva. If Zuma can get some on the side, why can’t you?”

The Witness asked local women what they think.

“This is a democratic country,” said Thenjiwe Buthelezi from Scottsville. “Any woman can do anything she likes. I don’t care how many partners a woman chooses to have.”

But Hazel Jennings from Townhill disagrees with polygamous arrangements, saying “one wife is to one husband”. Adds Jennings: “In Zuma’s case, too many wives are costing us a lot of money. Who will pay the tax?”

In the same vein, Kerisha Soobramoney of Northdale says conventional norms should always apply in terms of who of the two species should have more partners. “A woman is not supposed to have many husbands. This is because men have always been dogs; it is normal for them to have more than one partner.”

If Zuma has more than one partner, “why can’t she [Ma­Ntuli] do the same?” asked Rachel Simmons of Ashburton. “She has the same right to many partners so long as he enjoys the same privilege,” Simmons added.

Propounding the cultural argument is Sylwia McKenzie, who said that “if having many wives is a cultural thing, and if this is the tradition, then it should not only be applicable to men. The same should be allowed for women.”

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