Presidency defends Zuma's views on women

2012-08-24 21:24

Johannesburg - President Jacob Zuma's recent comments about why women should not be single have to be seen in context, the presidency said on Friday.

"The comments of the president are informed by the need to strengthen the family as an institution," it said in a statement.

"Government has released a green paper on families which states that the family is under threat and is unable to play its critical roles... due to failures in the political economy and the legacy of colonialism and apartheid."

It said the green paper attributed this to high levels of poverty and inequality, high unemployment, teenage pregnancies, crime, unwanted pregnancies, and HIV and Aids.

It argued that illiteracy, gender inequalities, absent fathers, domestic violence and high numbers of orphaned children were more apparent in South Africa because of weakening family structures.

"This means we need to define the South African families together, and the green paper provides that opportunity for meaningful dialogue," it said.

"The debate around what the president said... should go deeper and wider and hopefully ignite stakeholders to discuss the family green paper in the public domain, and help the process of defining, building and strengthening the South African family as an institution."

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

The interview was conducted at Zuma's house in Inkandla, KwaZulu-Natal.

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."

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

Duduzile told Tambo she once wanted to be a successful businesswoman, but 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.

  • squeegee.pilot - 2012-08-24 21:30

    He was trolling for more wives...

      alastair.grant.98 - 2012-08-24 22:32

      Excellent! Just what we need - marital advice from a serial philanderer, who impregnates the daughters of his friends in between marrying other women. What's next? How to avoid Aids? How to procure arms? How to run a country? How to mediate in Zimbabwe? I see a publishing opportunity here: the dummies guide to getting on top! Or "Tokyo may have the capital - but I have the whole country."

      john.barbarian.9 - 2012-08-25 07:18

      ... due to failures in the political economy and the legacy of colonialism and apartheid.... I think that is "enough". Falure of the SA Political Economy is due to Lady Gaga last album or again the colonialism and apartheid?

      emile.vanrayner.7 - 2012-08-25 08:13

      i was wondering when somebody would be blaming apartheid for south africa's problems again... its been a while since anybody sang that old song

      Desilusionada - 2012-08-25 14:58

      Yes you are right, but in the context of his comments, he was trolling for more, more wives...... Oh, and before I forget... more wives. All these catholic services, must have given him ideas about Solomon...

  • Leah - 2012-08-24 22:15

    Zuma: open mouth, insert foot

  • mboma.maligana - 2012-08-24 22:15

    1) What about Khoza's daughter that he impregnated, didn't the president realized the impotance of the family? 2) The person who need the green paper is the president himself, ordinary south africans are doing fine with thier family except on services that the state is failing to deliver 3) Defending the indefensible sound rather juvenille, to say the least 3) ) 0

  • lacrimose.wolf - 2012-08-24 22:34

    Again trying to defend the indefensible. JZ's comments were patronising, patriarchal and left no-one in any doubt as to his views on women. On the same day he made these comments, two mothers receiving welfare grants were arrested for neglecting their children and spending their child-care money on themselves. The children had to be taken into care. So please tell us what this 'training' achieved apart from 2 more messed up lives? It's easy to talk when the State will have to fund you, your wives and all your children (until they graduate or reach the age of *27*) even if you are no longer President. Yes, citizens, even if he leaves office tomorrow, we will continue to finance all his progeny until then.

      john.barbarian.9 - 2012-08-25 07:28

      If you all don't mind... Please elect my uncle Kobus for 24 hrs only as President. Those school fees are realy high....

  • diana.gill.18 - 2012-08-25 00:36

    Someone has complained about Zuma being absolutely incapable of saying even a couple of words on his own without a piece of paper. No, let him read please, it doesnt do any good to anyone when this toed opens his mouth and starts squeezing out his own brilliant ideas.

  • FinalJustice - 2012-08-25 03:17

    Can't believe this: \... political economy and the legacy of colonialism and apartheid\ Like anything the ANC and their followers say can be defended against this pathetic phrase. Just grow a pair, please.

  • devon.riley.52 - 2012-08-25 03:17

    Oh my word poor Verwoerd, now he is being blamed for husbands beating their wives and abandoning their families, unwanted pregnancies and crime on colonial rule. Good lord what's next? Every time Showerhead puts his foot in he blames apartheid. I am getting really sick and tired of this knit-whit.

  • duane.low - 2012-08-25 03:39

    African Culture affecting Western Standards........ how many Domestic workers have more than 3 kids? and bet they not all from the same father? i will go one better .... bet they dont pay child support either? it is the "way" the African traditional Male thinks.... they go on about being equal but at the end of the day the woman is a sex object and when a pregnancy happens .... they buy their way out with a goat or cow. it is a joke ! the saying about taking the African out the bush..... but not visa versa.

  • jeremy.acton - 2012-08-25 03:41

    From my experience in participating in the Climate Change Green Paper process, I think government's Green Paper processes are a total waste of time. Nothing that participants suggested in the climate change paper was ever included in the White paper. These papers are being written by big business to serve their corporate interests. Lastly, I don't have a problem with polygamy as a cultural or lifestyle choice between consenting adults. But I do have a problem when it costs citizens extra millions in taxes for useless leadership. It is calculated that Zuma earns R600 000 just to sleep. We the citizens pay him thousands to just service his wives. If it was my choice we would not have a president in this country at all. Any cost benefit analysis of the Presidency would show that the position should be eliminated.

  • norman.bigdawg - 2012-08-25 06:13

    wow, our nom-understandably chief! Everything He says need to be modified for people to understand. Nothin pass comprehesive.......

  • sarel.brits - 2012-08-25 07:31

    Can somebody please explain to our Fearless Leader(yes he's got to be fearless to have more that one woman) that for better and for worse does not mean 8 wives - 4 better and 4 worse wives. Eish!! Zumpie jy maak my lam.

  • morne.hennings.5 - 2012-08-25 08:22

    Well done chop, in a poverty stricken country you need the people to breed even further. If population numbers start dwindling, yes. I agree with the idea of having strong family bonds but please don't advocate to people thay they must have children...jeez!

  • charnelle.bester - 2012-08-25 15:48

    Never ceases to amaze me how this guy still holds the title of President. Sooooooooooo backwards!

  • jacqui.daanevanrensburg - 2012-08-26 12:28

    He should know, he smells a different rose everynight.

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