South Africa's Prisendent, 70years old, Zuma adds 4th wife
Friday, April 20, 2012
South African President Jacob Zuma, will have a fourth woman in marriage this weekend's sixth polygamous than 70 years of age, which has triggered a new debate about the traditions and excess in modern Africa.
The former freedom fighter who is equally comfortable in a suit of experts hosted or animal skins, tie the knot with long time business promised Bongi Ngema in his rural village in eastern Zululand.
"It's a private ceremony just know it's the weekend -. Not have more details," said presidential spokesman, Mac Maharaj.
The wedding will be the third of Zuma in just over four years and second since coming to power in 2009 as the first president of the country, with several wives, which is legal under liberal post-apartheid laws.
Recent ceremonies featured the father of 21 leopard skins dancing with the coat of a Zulu warrior, showing the lifestyle that often overshadows his work travels the world at the helm of the most developed economy in Africa.
His office quickly issued a press release after the weekend of the wedding-splashed with headlines such as "Zuma to marry - again!" - To say that going to pay the bill and their wives living in private homes.
One of his wives died, and another - Interior Minister Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma - divorced him.
However, the state had to almost double the budget of the spouse of the President more than two million dollars after taking office.
The benefits of the wives include a personal secretary and researcher, domestic and international travel, equipment and a daily allowance for official travel.
While no specific duties and responsibilities that are expected to support the president on official state functions and, with Ngema accompanied him to France last year.
"The official line is that spending is higher because more women, but actually if you look at the figures of expenditure has increased," said Lucy Holbron, South African Institute of Race Relations director of research.
"It does not fit the image of total expenditure in government waste and I think that's probably why there is a bigger problem around - not so much because it is a polygamous relationship."
Popular daily newspaper of Soweto, in an editorial titled "Hoping that the last of Zuma," said South Africa had accepted its president is a polygamist, but warned of the signs that your "family band" sent.
"His conduct might give the impression that he is a man whose interests are more in the pleasure that, in matters affecting the nation to govern," he said Wednesday.
While Zuma's polygamy predates the discovery of AIDS, relationships within and outside marriage hit children with government health campaigns calling for couples to remain faithful against the rampant HIV infections.
He drew heavy fire in 2010 when it emerged that he had a child out of wedlock, having defended his large family of men who hide criticizing lovers and children under the guise of monogamy.
"He may be sending a message that we as a nation, must follow what he says no, he does. Shortly copy. But the biggest problem with marriage is that taxpayers have to finance part of their expenses," said The Sowetan.
"It disturbs the national psyche how he manages to give their children the attention they deserve," while a complex economy is emerging, he said.
Some commentators have highlighted the differences between the discordant and struggling South African elite high standard of living, citing lavish birthday bashes Zuma and his third wife.
"For two weekends in a row First Family of the country, has dominated front pages with pictures of themselves and their party associated with a storm," wrote the editor of the political times S'Thembiso Msomi.
"It's likely to do so again this weekend when President Jacob Zuma finally formalized his marriage to Bongi Ngema." -AFP