Afternoon clouds. Mild.


7 day forecasts

SA has 'right to know about love-child'

2010-02-01 20:09

Johannesburg - The public has a right to an answer about reports that President Jacob Zuma fathered a love-child, analysts responded on Monday to the presidency's contention that the matter was private.

"I think it's sufficiently of public interest to warrant media attention, because rightly or wrongly his private life has become a matter of public discussion," said University of the Witwatersrand media ethics professor Franz Kruger.

"He, himself has been quite happy to talk about his polygamous arrangements. He is quite happy to invite media to his wedding. He has put it out there," said Kruger, who has written a book on media ethics.

The Democratic Alliance has linked the story to HIV/Aids, accusing Zuma of undermining the struggle against the disease by having unprotected sex.

'Behaviour contradicts campaign'

"President Jacob Zuma's behaviour directly contradicts the government's campaign against multiple sexual partners and the inherent Aids risk in having unprotected sex," DA leader Helen Zille said in a statement.

Earlier, when asked to comment on a report that Zuma fathered a child last year with the daughter of football boss Irvin Khoza, both the ANC and the presidency did not want to be drawn on the matter.

"I'm not going to comment on that matter. All those enquiries must be answered by the presidency," said ANC spokesperson Ishmael Mnisi.

"I'm referring you to the relevant people who will speak to you on this matter."

Presidency spokesperson Vincent Magwenya said: "That's an entirely private personal matter. That's all I can tell you on record. I cannot tell you more or less."

The ANC Women's League and ANC Youth League also believed it was "something private".

"With many African people for instance, and generally speaking, it is not right to have an extramarital affair if you have committed to yourself to a marriage, but many men are known to have these relationships," said ANC Women's League deputy president Nosipho Dorothy Ntwanambi.

'If the first wife agrees…'

"But under the Customary Marriages Act, if the first wife agrees, and if all these issues are discussed with her, we can't do anything."

ANCYL president Julius Malema said it would be "disrespectful" to even discuss the matter.

However, Kruger said that nobody was saying Zuma was not allowed to have the relationships.

The public just wanted "to know what the deal is", in light of his endorsement of the government's HIV/Aids policies.

Constitutional law expert, Professor Pierre de Vos said: "The more you become a public figure and the more your actions have public consequences and are publicly important, the less you can demand to have your privacy protected."

"A president of a country has far less right of privacy than, say, an ordinary person living in Khayelitsha. He is being paid from public money and his actions have consequences far beyond his own personal sphere as the leader of the country."

Sticking to principles

De Vos said the crux of the matter was not a moral judgement of Zuma's actions, but whether politicians made certain statements of principle and policy and their private behaviour did not measure up to those states policies and principles.

"If I am a politician from a Christian party who says homosexuality is an abomination, then it is perfectly acceptable to publish information about my homosexual affairs because I am not sticking to my principles."

"What they say and what they must be [are] more or less in line with one another."

There appeared to be a conflict between Zuma's "very correct" endorsement of the government's policies of abstention and condom use to control HIV/Aids and his public actions, which affected his credibility.

'Papers went to far'

Both De Vos and Kruger felt that the child's name should not have been published.

"I think the newspaper went too far with that," said De Vos.

Zuma is married to three women and engaged to another. He has divorced one wife and another wife committed suicide.

In 2006, Zuma was acquitted of raping the HIV-infected daughter of a close family friend.

Judge Willem van der Merwe found that Zuma had consensual sex with her.

"I wish to state categorically and place on record that I erred in having unprotected sex. I should have known better and I should have acted with greater caution and responsibility," Zuma said after his acquittal.


Read more on:    anc  |  jacob zuma

inside news24

Latest comment in South Africa

Whites must be grateful Part 1 says... A difference between South Africa and other Southern African states in respect of lessons which might be drawn from ANC consultative processes is that colonial regimes withdrew back to their home countries whereas in South Africa the Apartheid government negotiated a settlement in which the previous rulers remained in the country as citizens, and retained a some of their ill gotten riches and gain. Meaning the ANC allowed white to remains as SA with out blacks driving out to see, White must be grateful for hat
THE ABOVE IS FACT... DO YOUR REASRECH... HENCE is still maintain that Mandela sold us out... I have no respect for him what 7so ever. .
Read the article...

Cpt: 15-22°C More sun than clouds. Cool. Pta: 17-28°C Afternoon clouds. Warm.
Jhb: 15-27°C Afternoon clouds. Mild. Bloem: 14-30°C Sunny. Pleasantly warm.
Dbn: 21-30°C Sprinkles. Morning clouds. Warm. PE: 17-25°C Partly cloudy. Mild.
7 day forecasts...

Jobs - Find your dream job 111


First National Bank


Gauteng - Johannesburg
Network Finance Menlyn
R400,000-500,000 Per Annum Cost To Company

Senior Manager Finance Systems

Gauteng - Johannesburg
Network Finance Menlyn
R650,000-800,000 Per Annum Cost To Company

Cars - Search 1000's of new and used cars


Audi R8 4.2 V8 R-Tronic
from R1 099 000.


A3 2.0 FSi Ambition 3-dr
R 165,000.00


RS4 4.2 V8 Quattro
R 529,900.00


Yaris T1 1.0 5-dr
R 89,990.00

Property - Find a new home


Single Residential R2,300,000


Single Residential R25,000,000


Single Residential R11,895,000

Travel - Look, Book, Go!

Free Games - TOO MUCH NEWS? TAKE A BREAK! - shop online today

All Books on Sale!

2.3 million titles to choose from.

Sleek New iPod Range. Order Your's Now!

iPod nano 16GB - Black, Was R2,499.00 Now R2,299.00! Save R200!

All DVDs on Sale!

46 000 DVDs and Blu-Ray on sale now!

ALL Music on Sale

100s of festive new releases now in stock! Now, Bump 25, Bon Jovi & more!

1000s of Toys on Sale

Lots of Toys, free gift wrap, lowest prices on Lego Mindstorm, Ben 10, Hannah Montana & more!

Hot Deal of the Day!

Prices Sliced @ The Orange Sale

Books, Music, DVDs, Games & more!

It’s sale time again with fantastic savings on over 500 000 products. Get the best books, music, DVDs, games, toys, jewellery, watches and more at discounted prices now.

Visit for millions of books, music, DVDs, games & more!