Tuesday, February 2, 2010
Zuma Love Child Scandal
The news of a love child by South African President Jacob Zuma with Sonono Khoza, 39, the daughter of the 2010 World Cup Local Organising Committee boss Irvin Khoza came to us all as a huge shock. Some in revolt and others in defence of our president.
this was not the first time his sexual life was under intense spotlight. In 2006, while being acquitted of rape, Mr Zuma admitted that he had made a mistake by having unprotected sex with a woman he knew to be HIV-positive. She was also the daughter of a family friend. But opposition parties now say his behaviour contradicts the government's stance on HIV prevention - for example preaching regular condom use and faithfulness.
"He is the one who is always preaching responsible sexual behaviour, but it seems he is sending a message which says 'Don't do as I do, do as I say'," Independent Democrats leader Patricia de Lille said.
Mr Zuma has been married five times in all, most recently in January, and is also engaged to another woman. He has 19 children according to his office, but it is not clear if that includes the baby born last October.
Thobeka Madiba-Zuma - married, January 2010 (above)
Nompumelelo Ntuli - married, January 2008
Sizakele Khumalo - married, 1973
Home Affairs Minister Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma - divorced, 1998
Kate Mantsho Zuma - died, 2000
Jacob Zuma married his third wife in early January
South Africa's governing African National Congress has defended President Jacob Zuma over claims that he fathered a child outside marriage.
The ANC said Mr Zuma had broken no laws and that there was "nothing shameful" in a relationship between two people.
South Africa has the highest number of HIV infections in the world - more than 5 million people.
With all the headline of negativity surroundig Mr. President are we willing to support and look only at the positives as a country under his leadership? or are we to ridicule our own presidents private life?