SA's President Jacob Zuma has found himself in a new sex scandal. The President has allegedly fathered a child with the daughter of one of his friends. The news comes shortly after his fifth marriage this year. The opposition has been quick to accuse him "of undermining his own government's safe sex campaign, designed to limit the spread of HIV and AIDS."
Media outlets are awash with reports that Zuma fathered a baby girl with a 39-year-old divorcee Sonona Khoza in October last year. Sonono is the daughter of Irvin Khoza, a close friend of the President and the chairman of the organising committee for the world cup. He is also chairman of one of the biggest teams in South Africa (Orlando Pirates) and is vice-president of the South African Football Association.
However In 2006 Zuma was trialed and acquitted of raping a family friend who was HIV positive. His claim that he protected himself from the virus by having a shower after sex prompted widespread ridicule and outrage in South Africa.
According to news reports, the Democratic Alliance leader Helen Zille, has been quoted as saying Zuma’s conduct was damaging to the struggle against HIV and AIDS.
“President Jacob Zuma’s behavior directly contradicts the government’s campaign against multiple sexual partners, and the inherent Aids risk in having unprotected sex," Zille said in a statement. "South Africa now has a President who, both through his words and his actions, is doing similar damage to that struggle".
Not only that president Zuma is a polygamous man, Early this year, he got married to his fifth wife, Thobeka Madiba, aged 37. He has also engaged Gloria Bongi Ngema from Durban. It is not known if Zuma would tie the knot with Ngema anytime soon.
Jacob Zuma’s other wives include, Sizakele Khumalo, who he married in 1973, and Nompumelelo MaNtuli-Zuma, who he married in 2007 during a traditional wedding at his Nkandla home.
The president was legally married to Kate Zuma who died in 2000, Home Affairs Minister, Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma, was also married to the ANC president but later divorced in 1998.
I personally don't think a leader should act this way, it is a blow to the african continent. But come to look at it from another view: Zuma was the second most loved icon in SA after Mandela, he lost his father when he was very young and was not priviledged to go to school, instead he made sure his younger ones and his mother never lacked anything. He played a major role as an anti-apatheid, he was imprisoned time without number where he met Mandela. He was among the founders of their party and an envy of all. He was to become the president after Mandela but he let Mbeki ran so that he could go back to school, Mbeki tried to tarnish His image to the extent of expelling Him from the party, but the masses knew what he did and stood by him, even though they knew He had weakness for women. Don't you think this case was also exagerated by his opposition?, that was the only weakness they could use