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PROFESSOR Sipho Seepe's article about morals not being necessary for leadership in politics must rank as his poorest contribution to national debate yet, obviously blinded by his well-known support for President Jacob Zuma's ascension to power.
What is comforting, though, is that his shameful stance is not even being supported by the same man he is trying to defend. Zuma has apologised twice for behavior that appalled many South Africans, probably in recognition of such behaviour being morally reprehensible and is unbecoming to a head of state.
Since the indiscretions Zuma has gone further to call for a debate on the country's moral direction. Obviously this major development, which elevates the issue of morals in politics, has been missed by the esteemed professor.
Seepe and a few who see nothing wrong with fathering kids out of wedlock - a direct result of the unprotected sex that is at the heart of the government's ABC message - ignores the dire consequences of such mixed messages of not leading by example in a country where millions are destined to die of Aids in years to come given the high rate of infection.
To argue that "everyone is doing it" and going on to quote unrelated examples of kids fathered out of wedlock by Cope leaders Mbhazima Shilowa and Mvume Dandala, is in my view below the belt discourse that, if there were any truth in these wild allegations, invites us to strive to be like the lowest common denominator among us.
In my understanding Shilowa simply never rejected his child and Dandala, who turns 58 this year, fathered a kid when he was 17, way before he was married.
How this excuses Zuma's philandering and makes it OK, given those that are pointing a finger at him, boggles the mind.
If we intend building a country based on ubuntu- a value system we all agree with - our leaders must be expected to live up to some kind of basic ethics and moral code.
This is underpinned in various pieces of legislation, including the PFMA, MFMA and in the private sector in codes such as the King Code on corporate governance.
In all of these and other related unwritten rules there is an expectation that regardless of the weakness of human beings, leaders must strive to be good and show the way of how all in society desire to be.
There are higher standards for a head of state. Though we are all fallible it can never be correct to point this out when our head of state has let us down.
Those who point out this fact, be it commentators or those Seepe labels "pseudo analysts" and "opportunists", need not be perfect before they do so.
They only need to be citizens who have to follow their own advice in creating a society in which sexual immorality is still scorned at and never excused in the name of the conspiracy of the guilty or a resignation into mutual sinfulness.
Given the public outcry that followed Zuma's indiscretions it is clear that this society does not share Seepe's dismissiveness about values.
The collective cringe by many citizens including ANC members means that the conscience of the nation is not dead and one hopes that the debate that has been opened by Zuma himself will focus the nation on the rebuilding of our moral fibre and ensure we never settle for less.
l The writer is political adviser to the Cope parliamentary leader and writes in his personal capacity