Zuma's view on women lambasted

2012-08-22 22:14

Johannesburg - Gender Links has lashed out at President Jacob Zuma for saying it is not good for women to be single, the Mail&Guardian website reported on Wednesday.

"It's unfortunate that these comments get made during women's month," Gender Links CEO Colleen Lowe Morna told the website.

"We should be pushing the envelope in this month, but instead it becomes a glorified Mother's Day," she said.

Zuma made the comments during an interview with Dali Tambo on his television show People of the South, which was aired by SABC3 on Sunday.

The interview was conducted at Zuma's house in Inkandla.

Speaking about his daughter Duduzile's marriage to Lonwabo Sambudla, Zuma said he was happy for her

"I was also happy because I wouldn't want to stay with daughters who are not getting married, because that in itself is a problem in society. I know that people today think being single is nice. It's actually not right. That's a distortion.

"You've got to have kids. Kids are important to a woman because they actually give an extra training to a woman, to be a mother," Zuma said.

In the interview, Zuma dined with two of his children - Edward and Duduzile, and her husband.

In the interview, Duduzile told Tambo she once wanted to be a successful businesswoman, but that her priorities had shifted now that she was married with children.

She was also vehemently opposed to allowing her husband to take a second wife.

"No way. Hell no. Not that I don't believe in it. My father practises it. I understand it. I accept it, but it's just not my choice," she said.

Lisa Vetten, a researcher and analyst on gender and violence, took offence to the implications of Zuma's statement.

"From our experience of counselling women, it increases the likelihood that those women feel pressure to get into relationships and stay in it no matter how abusive, unsatisfying and unfulfilling it maybe.

"They are well aware of the social stigma attached to those who are single," she told the website.

However, Zuma's biographer Jeremy Gordin was unsurprised: "For him it seems completely in character. His explanation, if he were to make it, would be that he is in favour of good family values, and he thinks having children is good for family cohesion."

  • maseratifittipaldi - 2012-08-22 22:18

    He means : Women they must be plenty.

      claudia.meads - 2012-08-23 00:56

      It is difficult to put into words how much I am repulsed by this sordid psychopath. He represents everything that is wrong with SA today – as much as he represents everything that will destroy SA. His brand of tribal chauvinism cannot even be described as primordial – as we all share in a way a primitive lineage (only some require the Hubble to spot it while others can touch it with their fingertips) – the word ‘homininae’ comes to mind, but I do not want to insult some of our other close relatives; as I said, words evade me... It is however what hides below the surface of this most avid example of Cesare Lombroso’s theory that is the core of his insidious intent and as such gives credence to the notion – "...the most potent weapons of war are the penis and the womb..."

      max.reynecke - 2012-08-23 07:32

      These comments clearly shows that our esteemed president is culturally backwards and still needs to run around in the bush with a knob kierie...

  • Jacques - 2012-08-22 22:31

    What a bloody muppet, honestly. I wish I could respect him, as my president. I really do. But, alas...

  • joe.peters.56 - 2012-08-22 22:34

    Vote DA

  • thamsanqa.d.mahlangu - 2012-08-22 22:38

    Was he reading....?

  • gudani.nedzingahe - 2012-08-22 22:41

    is dat y he sees evry woman as a potential wife? I'm sure we r a laughnstck 2 mny countries, bcos of dis man.

  • obasinnemeka - 2012-08-23 00:16

    Zuma...South Africa burden...should have ruled in 1960s.

  • eriki.masha - 2012-08-23 04:24

    This Gender links lambasting is one dimensional, they are focusing on the negatve rather than the positive. Mr President gave a clear context on his emphasis. I thik the Gender links are seeking free publicity.

      tw2066 - 2012-08-23 05:05


      Desilusionada - 2012-08-23 09:48

      Did you over indulge in the Sedibeng product when you wrote this, or is it your natural state of mind that produced arcane incantations? A lucid comment it cannot be called........

  • tw2066 - 2012-08-23 05:09

    "You've got to have kids. Kids are important to a woman because they actually give an extra training to a woman, to be a mother," EXTRA training... One wonders how you TRAIN a woman, and if she is single, we all know how Showerkop "trains" these woment to be a mother. When they fall preggnant they then get EXTRA training. This guy is a real pig of note, and the Zulu ladies are too chicken to drnounce this chauvinistic uncouth piece of ........

      Desilusionada - 2012-08-23 09:55

      And while they "train extra" from the age of 14 on the exhortations of Mr. Bath Plug, ...oops sorry Showerhead, they do f-all to contribute to their own education, the economy, social enhancement etc., while stereotypically they sit and get fat so that they can die early from heart diseases, diabetes... This is the Utopia that that walking, talking real life imitation / excuse for a presedent wants??????

  • Steven Trollip - 2012-08-23 05:28

    makes plenty children for Plenty votes!!!!fkn p..........s prop.

  • brionyl.french - 2012-08-23 05:40

    HATE THIS MAN!!!!!

  • judy.knoetze - 2012-08-23 06:24

    Extra training???

      max.reynecke - 2012-08-23 07:40

      You must remember, this retard still belongs in a cave somewhere so in his prehistoric mind you still need to train woman whereas men are born fully trained. It is not very difficult to get it up or to throw a stick at something to eat...and that is what is required to be a man in his wonderful african cultural mind.

  • Louise Whittingstall Barnard - 2012-08-23 06:40

    If she is single, Mr President will marry her!! Problem solved!

  • jared.dauth - 2012-08-23 07:15

    They forgot to mention that, this polygamy our president "practices" objectifies women in the highest manner.

  • sisie.indola - 2012-08-23 07:48

    Well that was well done zuma - you have just turned the clock back to the 19th century, it's always great to know exactly where you stand on women (excuse the pun) - good to know that they are just there to be trained. You have insulted women the world over and the real sad part is that you will never actually realize it, because you are too stupid, ignorant and uneducated to know the difference. When you said that you probably thought you were being so profound and your "words of wisdom" would be repeated the world over - well yes but not for the reasons you think.

  • Samukelisiwe Tana Shelembe - 2012-08-23 08:09

    can't marry all single women Mr President, not possible

  • sharon.truebodyvice - 2012-08-23 08:22

    What utter tripe JZ all you do is spew out shyte STFU

  • alaina.nel.12 - 2012-08-23 08:31 know more about breeding machines than what you know to run a country.Were you born so dumb?

  • alf.pop - 2012-08-23 09:20

    Zuma the family man! How many single women did he play dipstick with? Would he prefer to perform his "extra-mural activities" with married women? Zipper Zuma, you should keep quiet about these matters and rather focus on the job you get overpaid to do, but keep failing dismally! The spear is blunt!

  • renee.vandermerwe1 - 2012-08-23 10:07

    "Good family values" - yes. But a single mother and a child without a father hardly constitutes a family . . .

  • dave.elmore.5 - 2012-08-23 12:54

    Freaking Neanderthal

  • myrna.carney - 2012-08-23 14:38

    Not much has changed in 30 years!! in 1982 I went to a pariamentary debate on the issues of married women teachers (we could not get permanent teaching posts in those days.) We were told by the then Nat government that we should be at home having white babies for the country! Seems a government is a government is a governement!!

  • vasa.sana - 2012-08-24 07:11

    The function called him to say this and said everyday in such functions. If you are an African and you dont understand what he was saying at this occasion, then you are a real coconut (or is it choc ice). If you are white man and you understand the culture of the Africans that you live with, then you dont belong here!

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