Woods should have gone the Zuma route

2010-01-09 00:00

IF I had asked people a couple of months ago what Tiger Woods and Jacob Zuma have in common, most would have said that they are both black, a fact that Woods disputes, but it seems that they have more in common than mere race.

There has been extensive global media coverage of Woods’s promiscuous ways with the 20-odd women who he has been servicing in the United States.

Men have always claimed to be the heads of households who look after women and children. They have gone to war for women and over women. In the past, when victorious in war, the men would kill the enemy men and take the women and children to make them their own.

As studies have shown, many men choose as wives women who are similar to their mothers. This is a way of recreating that mother figure in their lives. Needless to say, women have consistently provided motivation for men to be their best.

While watching Woods’s woes unfolding, I could not help but think: what if Tiger, or this cheetah, were a Zulu? Even better, what if he were a Zuma?

He certainly would not be grappling with the challenges he is now facing. On the contrary, he would be working on his putt rather than on his marriage.

Western culture is strict about monogamy, theoretically that is. Most males grow up, get married and live “happily ever after”.

But theory is removed from reality, a lot of the time anyway, as there is much infidelity and promiscuity going on, contrary to Catholic Church beliefs. This comes in the form of regular visits to men’s lounges, which are on an NSA basis [no strings attached].

Most Zulu men ask a woman out and make their intentions clear by paying ilobolo, which is followed by various processes which culminate in umgcagco [a white wedding].

This process is repeated when a Zulu man takes a second wife, except that the first or newest wife would ask out a potential wife for the husband, should they feel that she is a good candidate.

Woods’s so-called acts of infidelity are by no means a mistake. Maybe if one woman had been involved, then maybe it would have been a mistake.

Clearly, Woods has an insatiable thirst for lots of women, something that Zuma has addressed head-on.

Woods’s hunger for women is directly proportional to his hunger for golf majors and should he stop seeing these women, he is doomed not to break Jack Nicklaus’s record of 18 majors.

I am not advocating promiscuity but Woods should have gone the polygamous route as opposed to living a lie. Zuma did and it is working out for him. Woods’s wife may be mad at him but, to be fair, I doubt she would have stomached his insatiable thirst for all the women he has been stroking, pun intended. A lot of men, European and African, are in the same predicament but won’t come out of the closet.

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