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Jacob Zuma: "Polygamy is part of my culture"

Published on : 28 January 2010 - 4:28pm | By RNW Radio Netherlands Worldwide
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South African President Jacob Zuma has once again caused sensation at the World Economic Forum in Davos by defending the fact that he has more than one wife. He said that polygamy is part of his culture and that those who think their culture is "superior" have a problem.
   
Zuma, who has three wives, dismissed a suggestion from a panel interviewer at the Forum in Switzerland that polygamy was "symbolically a great step backward," or inherently unfair to women.
   
"It depends what culture you come from. People interprete cultures in different ways. Some think that their culture is superior to others, that's a problem we have in the world."
   
In South Africa, "we follow a policy that says you must respect the cultures of others. That's my culture. It does not take anything from me, from my political beliefs and everything, including the belief on the equality of  women,” he said
   
"The problem is that when people have their own culture ..  think that their culture is the only right one .. the only one accepted by God" he added.
   
Asked whether he treated his own wives equally, he said "absolutely, totally equally," drawing laughter from his audience. 
   
In other comments, Zuma said that talk of so-called "white flight" from South Africa - which next month celebrates the 20th anniversary of the release of Nelson Mandela, heralding the end of apartheid - was exaggerated.
   
"Nobody is excluded," he said. "We are a very proud rainbow nation, that is working together."

 

Source: AFP

 

Discussion

Anonymous 30 May 2012 - 1:58pm / South Africa

The paiter should have painted his or his fathers genitals first. And to the city press: if we black can boycott your paper you copany will close because we are many, so think twice before you start disrespecting us.

Anonymous 4 May 2010 - 7:44am / mpumalanga

leave ZUMAS PRIVATE LIFE ALONE AND FOCUS ON TIURS.IF HE WASNT PRESIDENT,NO ONE WOULD HAVE EVER TALKED ABOUT HIS PRIVATE LIKE WE PEOPLE DO NOW.......

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