Tuesday, February 09, 2010

Zuma 'becoming a liability' for ANC

I had to laugh at this one, "..his sex life is damaging the party's image" !

what image would that be, then?

Johannesburg - President Jacob Zuma's fathering of an illegitimate child has hit his chances of running for a second term, with some ANC heavyweights saying his sex life is damaging the party's image.

Zuma, who has three wives, has apologised for fathering his 20th child with Sonono Khoza, the daughter of close friend Irvin Khoza, who heads South Africa's organising committee for this year's soccer World Cup.

Publicly, the ANC has backed the 67-year-old president, but in private senior party members feel the latest in a long line of sexual scandals is the "last straw".

Polygamy and promiscuity

"He is becoming too much of a liability to the party and his image is damaging," a member of the ANC's national executive committee, who did not want to be named, told Reuters. "Polygamy and promiscuity is not the same thing."

In 2006, Zuma was cleared of raping an HIV positive woman, but admitted during the trial he had unprotected sex with her even though he knew she had the virus.

Even before the love-child scandal broke, Zuma's chances of being the next presidential candidate hung in the balance. The latest incident can only have weighed against him.

The ANC elects a new leader in 2012, and Communist Party chief Blade Nzimande - now Zuma's higher education minister - and powerful trade union movement leader Zwelinzima Vavi appear to be lining up a bid for the top position.

"Zuma has managed to keep the party together and present somewhat of a united front but his embarrassing personal life may see him fall from grace," another ANC source said.

"Even his backers are fed up with what he is doing to the image of the party. This incident could be the last straw."

Even if ANC decides to replace Zuma, he would remain national president and could seek re-election with a different party.

2014 election

However, there are others in the running for the national presidency in the 2014 election, including Tokyo Sexwale and ANC Secretary General and Communist Party chairperson Gwede Mantashe.

Opposition parties and many ordinary people are angry with Zuma's cavalier attitude towards sex, saying it undermines the safe sex message preached by the government in a country with one of the world's highest HIV/Aids infection rates.

The Congress of the People have refused to accept his apology and called for a no confidence vote in Parliament.

Zuma admitted paternity of the four-month-old girl last week and has paid the traditional Zulu inhlawulo (damages) to Khoza's family.

In January, he married Tobeka Madiba, his third current wife. It was his fifth wedding, and while it is not clear if he will marry Khoza, he is engaged and is expected to marry soon for the sixth time.

Multiple marriages form a central part of Zulu culture, and are allowed in the Constitution.

- Reuters

1 Opinion(s):

Exzanian said...

I think people are missing the point. Zuma is just a randy old goat, so what? This has been blown out of all proportion. I mean, talk about setting a bad example for the nation:

1) 783 charges of corruption, gone
2) Scorpions, gone
3) NPA credibility, gone
4) Judiciary, gone
5) Democracy, gone
6) Constitution, on the way out
7) Kickbacks from arms deal, gone (already spent)
8) Your hard earned tax money, gone
9) Freedom of speech, on the way out

His sexual indiscretions pale in comparisson to his other sins. It seems this illegitimate baby issue is the only thing the public are able to pin on him.