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Malema's odd about-turn

By unknown | Feb 03, 2010 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

PRESIDENT Jacob Zuma allegedly had a love-child with the daughter of a friend who is one of the principal organisers of this year's football World Cup, according to reports.

This has focussed much attention on the office of the Presidency.

During a panel discussion last week at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, Zuma was asked whether he loved all his wives equally. "Absolutely," he said.

He said polygamy was part of his culture and did not negate any of his beliefs, including his belief in "the equality of women".

Well, I guess if that is his culture there is nothing wrong with it because South Africa as a democratic country has various beliefs and cultures.

To be more specific, I would like to comment on the statement made by ANC Youth League president Julius Malema.

Sowetan reported that Malema said: "It is disrespectful to discuss the love-child said to have been fathered by President Jacob Zuma with the daughter of soccer boss Irvin Khoza."

It is amazing and puzzling that Malema sees it as disrespectful to discuss affairs of the elders. But may I pose the following questions to the ANCYL:

l Was it not disrespectful to say the HIV-positive woman who slept with the president enjoyed sex?

l Was it not again disrespectful to say DA leader (Helen Zille) allegedly slept around with her male cabinet?

In my view these are also issues relating to elders and Malema has commented on them. But suddenly, when asked about the polygamy practised by the president and the alleged love-child, Malema decided to refer to it as "private".

Tshidi "Niklaas" Pholoana,



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