Publication: The Star
Reporter: Sed Logan
SA Does Not Deserve Adulterous President
very obvious reasons, Jacob Zuma, in his own inimitable fashion, has become
"Newsmaker of 2006".
When he was relieved of his position as deputy
president by Thabo Mbeki last year, it was because of an "unholy alliance" with
Schabir Shaik and an alleged bribery concerning the arms deal.
November, he became involved in a rape allegation by a somewhat disturbed woman.
At the rape trial, much to the delight of his supporters, spearheaded by the ANC
Youth League, Zuma was acquitted.
Zuma, (unbelievably) head of the
National Aids Council and the ANC's Moral Regeneration Movement, had condomless
sex with this HIV-positive woman and then took the infamous shower "to minimise
the risk of contracting the disease". He committed adultery.
strength of his acquittal he is already back in the upper echelons of the ANC as
their deputy president - but has yet to face the corruption trial in July.
So here we have a once-respected politician with a rape trial behind him
and a corruption trial ahead of him, all in the space of a few months - who aims
to be the president of South Africa.
The SA Communist Party, also a
staunch supporter of Zuma, shows little affection towards Mbeki. Opinion in the
SACP indicates that Zuma could be a front-runner as the next president of this
But Allister Sparks (Opinion and Analysis, The Star, May 17)
makes a very cogent and compelling point: Zuma's supporters must know that if he
becomes our president, South Africa's reputation in the world will plummet.
Right now we stand as a moral beacon in the community of nations, and it's taken
us a long time to reach that point. SA does not deserve an
adulterer as president.*1
Sed Logan, Johannesburg
With acknowledgements to Sed Logan and The Star.
*1 This would count out quite a few of the world's
better presidents and possibly some of SA's presidents.
adultery is not a good thing, but there are far worse characteristics which
should preclude a person from being a president or deputy president - like a