Zuma slammed over unprotected sex

2010-01-31 16:24

Johannesburg - President Jacob Zuma had undermined the struggle against HIV/Aids by having unprotected sex again, the Democratic Alliance (DA) said on Sunday.

This, after the Sunday Times reported that he fathered a love-child with the daughter of soccer boss Irvin Khoza.

"President Jacob Zuma's behaviour directly contradicts the government's campaign against multiple sexual partners, and the inherent Aids risk in having unprotected sex," said DA leader Helen Zille in a statement.

All the President's men were mum about the baby girl, reportedly born to Sonono Khoza, 39, on October 8 last year.

The Sunday Times reported that the child, Thandekile Matina, was given Zuma's surname and was registered as his daughter. He now has 20 children.

Zuma's behaviour was "in stark contrast" to the government's efforts to promote safe sex through condom use, especially in the case of multiple sexual partners, Zille said.

She likened Zuma's behaviour to that of former president Thabo Mbeki, whose denialist stance on HIV/Aids was found by a Harvard University to have possibly contributed to the deaths of more than 300 000 South Africans during his tenure.

Rape allegations

"South Africa now has a president who, both through his words and actions, is doing similar damage to the struggle [against HIV/Aids] - a life and death struggle for millions of South Africans," Zille said.

In 2006, Zuma was acquitted of raping the HIV-infected daughter of a close family friend.

Judge Willem van der Merwe found that Zuma had consensual sex with her.

"I wish to state categorically and place on record that I erred in having unprotected sex. I should have known better and I should have acted with greater caution and responsibility," Zuma said after his acquittal.

However, Zille said on Sunday that "that acknowledgement has faded from his memory, and he has once again succeeded in sending the wrong message to the South African people".

Zuma's spokesperson, Zizi Kodwa, could not immediately comment on the love-child claim on Sunday. Presidential spokesperson Vincent Magwenya could not be reached. Also not available telephonically was Irvin Khoza. His voicemail was full.

Khoza chairs Orlando Pirates and the World Cup Local Organising Committee and is vice-president of the South African Football Association.

He shared a stage with Zuma during his post-election celebration at his Nkandla homestead in KwaZulu-Natal in June 2009 and received an honorary doctorate in philosophy from the University of Zululand in 2004, when Zuma was its chancellor.

Claims denied

Quoting a "close family friend", the Sunday Times reported that a delegation from Zuma's family visited the Khoza family in December last year to discuss Zulu customary damages, called inhlawulo, payable when a child is born out of wedlock.

However, when Sonono was contacted for comment by the newspaper, she said: "I don't know what you are talking about. I definitely don't know what you are talking about," before ending the call.

Sonono is an events manager in the marketing division at Absa Bank's Johannesburg headquarters. She has two other children from a previous marriage.

According to the newspaper report, Zuma himself visited the Khoza home in Diepkloof on January 17, when he spent almost an hour with Sonono and the infant.

Irvin Khoza was not at either of the meetings, but was said to feel betrayed and humiliated about Zuma's relationship with his daughter.

Khoza's youngest daughter, Zodwa, 30, died in 2006 of HIV/Aids-related causes. She had been the brand manager of Orlando Pirates.

Five wives

Zuma, 67, wed his fifth wife Thobeka Madiba earlier this month, two years after his marriage to Nompumelelo Ntuli. He married Sizakele Khumalo in 1973. His first wife Kate Mantsho Zuma committed suicide in 2000 and he divorced Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, who is Home Affairs Minister, in 1998.

He is engaged to Gloria Bongi Ngema, from Durban, whose family presented umbondo (gifts) to the Zuma family at the end of December.

Zuma defended his polygamy and called for an acceptance of Zulu culture at the World Economic Forum in Davis, Switzerland, last week.

He said he believed in the "equality of women", and that he treated his wives equally.


Polygamy was part of his culture, and those who thought their culture was "superior" had a problem.

Zuma dismissed a suggestion that polygamy was "symbolically a great step backward" or inherently unfair to women.

"It depends what culture you come from. People interpret cultures in different ways. Some think that their culture is superior to others, that's a problem we have in the world."

South Africa followed a policy of respecting the cultures of others.

"That's my culture. It does not take anything from me, from my political beliefs and everything, including the belief on the equality of women.

"It's my culture. And I'm sure there are cultures [that] do that kind of thing," he said.

"The problem is that when people have their own culture... think that their culture is the only right one... the only one accepted by God."

  • Anonymous Celibate - 2010-01-31 18:44

    This is a good example of how to set a bad example.

  • Odd - 2010-01-31 18:52

    Cultures evolve, but this deuchebag will protect his adulterous actions by crying culture. Makes me sick.

  • Carolyn - 2010-01-31 18:57

    So we are not only paying him a gigantic salary, but are also paying him to produce more children, wish I had some of that money to by a home of my own, and feed my family,

  • Trinity - 2010-01-31 19:22

    To have many wives is just ridiculous in a country where HIV, rape and domestic violence is rampant. You cannot possibly treat many wives equally, what nonsense. As a president of a country Zuma should behave responsibly and not send out a message that unprotected sex and sex with multiple partners is okay because it is not. People die every day of HIV so his behavior is just ridiculous and not worthy of the presidency. I have a problem when certain people want to be taken seriously and treated with respect when they behave like someone from the dark ages and then say "but it's our culture". They must evolve or go back to the bush.

  • douglas - 2010-01-31 19:23

    is he honestly trying to say that all those wife's aren't human and they don't get jealous of each other.I wonder how far polygamy would go if woman could do it as well.

  • Lekgwakgwa Daniel Mohlatlole - 2010-01-31 19:30

    JZ is not a good leader,how we going to encroach our children to have one partner

  • Paul Young - 2010-01-31 19:38

    There is'nt a decent bone in the man's body.

  • Jonas - 2010-01-31 19:49

    This reminds me of the 80's classic song by Wrecks n Effects ..... "All I wanna do is Zumma zum zum in da boom boom" .. LOLOL

  • HIV and corruption - 2010-01-31 19:59

    He is single handedly destroying all efforts of - and causing the wasting the money spent on - the project about "real men" and the project about "multiple concurent sexual partners". It is time he showed some loyalty to his many wives and to keep his thing in his trousers.

  • WTF - 2010-01-31 20:08

    This story is downright crazy and highly irresponsible on the part of our president. This country is ravaged by AIDS and yet we have a president who refuses to lead by example and his actions send out a extremely bad message to the youth of today at a time when this country needs good leadership.

  • Dean - 2010-01-31 20:20

    so Pres. Zuma's mamba bights another one!

  • Graham - 2010-01-31 20:28

    Zuma has again shown that he is NOT a man of his word and that he is NOT be trusted! The world is again laughing at the going's on in South Africa and Zuma has again made us the laughing stock of the world. Clown!!

  • To the point - 2010-01-31 20:31

    If I remember correctly Zuma accepted ordination as a Pastor at a Full Gospel Church in Durban app. three years ago. May I then respectfully remind our president that if one seeks to be a overseer in the church that he has to be a man who is above reproach. He shall also be a husband of but one wife otherwise he cannot participate in the oversight of the church. That mr President is the only culture accepted by God, or must God also bow in respect for your culture. How far do we push the envelope of cultural expression? There are a few things I would like to make part of mine, or is it too late?

  • LETLOLE - 2010-01-31 20:33

    I am a ANC member and i think u we have as african voted for Robert mugabe again and i did also vote for the party iam so afriad this days no one calls the shorts in the party and the president has gone balistic doing whatever he can with the women ofthe country the ministers are making parties like u have never seen.lets wait and see

  • justme - 2010-01-31 20:37

    All we can do is shake our heads and pray for a more educated generation in the next election.

  • Truly south african - 2010-01-31 20:51

    When you own president doesn't acknolwege that he has a problem. How on earth can we expect a nation to change. Jacob lead by example. Can you imagine what we'd be like if the whole country follows your example ....We need Strong leaders with strong family values that are respectable and honorable!Please Mr President lead your country and your people in every area in your life, Just because its your Culture doesnt mean it's right. You cant cover it up by masking blatant sin ADULTERY as culture ?? Sin is Sin deal with it and your Imoral behavoir and see this country go from strength to strenth!

  • Jinel - 2010-01-31 20:58

    hahaha, you have got to love the pun of a president we have. :) And although he is not doing too badly as a president, he really needs to think before he acts, and control his chili.

  • Marimboza - 2010-01-31 21:03

    Sad sad day for Soouth Africa. If the president of the country is the one that is moraly corrupt, then what do you really expect the people do. But why South Africa?

  • arnold - 2010-01-31 21:26

    He sure treats his wives equally...he cheats on all of them.Can these people not see to what extent HIV and Aids is decimating their ranks,although our pres seems intent on balancing this out single handedly.

  • Patrick - 2010-01-31 21:56

    I'm sorry. I cannot respect this man. Twenty children?! He is irresponsible. How can a father support twenty children? And I'm not talking about money here. My culture is superior. It takes cognisance of the planet's limited resources and my limited emotional resources as a father who is one man. It respects the right of the mother of my children to expect that I do my duty to her by accepting 50% of the financial, emotional and practical responsibility for the child she has borne. My child will have every possible chance of becoming a well-adjusted and productive member of society, and by so doing, will not become yet another burden on our already heavily-burdened society. Change your thinking Mr.President. The world can no longer afford cultures that promote procreative extravagances. As far as the AIDS debate is concerned, this is a no brainer. One sexual partner means zero chance of AIDS. You either set the correct example or you don't. That example is defined by the needs of our planet and our society. It is not defined by the dictates of a culture built on dogma and superstition.

  • George - 2010-01-31 21:57

    This guy is a male whore.

  • MalcolmT - 2010-01-31 22:12

    If our president could use his big brain as frequently as his little brain... he'd be doing a great job for our country

  • Scott Davies - 2010-01-31 22:28

    I am sorry - I don't CARE what you want to call it, fathering 20 children is NOT a cultural thing. Had they been with his wives, I might have been convinced, but he has knocked up woman all over the country over the years. His behaviour DOES detract from his stature and I have no doubt impacts the impression of South Africa in the eyes of overseas citizens. Keep it zipped up!

  • Paul Bethke - 2010-01-31 23:23

    I suppose this may sound stupid BUT if it is true Zuma can only rule as he says until the son of man appears then what?
    The son of man is related to the God of Israel so therefore the laws of that God will be imposed.
    So if ones culture is contrary to the laws of THAT God he is in trouble as is every one else!

  • Nicole - 2010-01-31 23:30

    hmmm... I know this comment has been made before but since no comments have been listed...
    When women have 5 husbands I'll accept that as gender and cultural equality.

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