Zuma stays put on women

2012-09-12 00:00

PRESIDENT Jacob Zuma stuck to his guns yesterday about single women who remained childless and said the church should have supported him when he came under attack for his view.

Zuma was speaking at the funeral of struggle cleric Elliot Mgojo in Gamalakhe on the South Coast yesterday. Mgojo played an important role in bringing an end to political violence in KZN.

Referring to the storm of criticism about his remarks made during a television interview, Zuma said his comments still held true and had everything to do with strengthening the family.

“I recently made comments and I was ruthlessly attacked, I think the church needed to defend me on that.”

“But we cannot dispute that children raised in the family are much better than others,” he said.

During the controversial interview with Dali Tambo, Zuma spoke of how pleased he was when his daughter married, as “being single is not right” and “kids are important to a woman because they actually give extra training to a woman, to be a mother”.

Zuma also urged religious leaders to take a leading role in the fight against the country’s social ills.

The call was in response to concerns raised by Archbishop Desmond Tutu, who was reacting to the rape of childen and the Marikana tragedy.

Tutu was quoted as saying: “What is wrong with us? Grown man rape young children … and we find the police who have killed protesters … we need to ask what is happening with us.”

Zuma said the question asked by Tutu was pertinent.

“This is the question that needs to be asked, but what we need more is to determine what more can we do beyond asking the question.”

“It is not only that we find grown men raping children, we also find young men raping 94-year-old women, we need to ask why the police killing of the protesters and more over, why people protest carrying spears.”

The funeral attracted religious and political leaders including the premier of the province Zweli Mkhize, Minister of State Security Siya­bonga Cwele, Minister of Correctional Services Sbu Ndebele, KZN Human Settlements MEC Ravi Pillay and UDM leader Bantu Holomisa.

Religious leaders present included Tutu, former PAC president and Methodist Bishop of Southern Africa Stanley Mogoba, and the Reverend Mavume Dandala, who served briefly as Cope’s parliamentary leader.

• thamsanqam@witness.co.za

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