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IT IS patently inappropriate for the president's wife to depend on the generosity of a private citizen for her boarding.
According to his belated register of interests and benefits, President Jacob Zuma's wife Nompumelelo Ntuli-Zuma has enjoyed the use of "property in Morningside, Durban courtesy of (a Mr) Malek at a value unknown" for five years.
In simpler language, she and the president's children live in another man's house.
We can predict that the ANC will again pull out its stock answer for all ethically questionable conduct: there is nothing illegal in MaNtuli living free of charge in a house provided by a businessman.
Indeed there is no law saying that the president's wife may not enjoy the largesse of her or her husband's friends.
But unlike what the register says, the price of having the president's wife in some businessman's pocket places the president in a situation where the free boarding and lodging might just prove too high a price to pay for him and for the integrity of our country.
Worse, by most accounts one of the requirements a man who seeks to get into a polygamous marriage must fulfil is the ability to sufficiently take care of his wives' material and emotional needs. Asking a friend, however benevolent, to house one of one's wives creates the impression that the polygamist might have bitten off more than he can chew.
Either way, Zuma is setting a bad precedent. And after all the legal and political problems he has had as a result of such relationships, we expect him to steer clear of such relationships.