Yesterday, the Sunday Times in South Africa published a scathing Eish! column by Andrew Donaldson titled: “Marrying beneath his nation again”. In this column, Mr Donaldson navel-gazed and bothered himself with some ethical issues. One issue in particular begged him to ask the question whether the South African public should be concerned about Mr Zuma taking on more wives, in accordance with his tribal customs.
To this he commented:
“Yes, we should.
His polygamy – abhorrent, surely, in this day and age – is nothing new but, thanks perhaps to his improved status in recent years, he’s gone about the acquisition of women with the renewed vigour of a drunkard falling of the wagon.”
To be honest, we can’t keep track if Mr Zuma is on wife number 5 or 6 at the moment either but that is not the point of this post. The issue is one of appreciating cultural diversity in South Africa and surely opinions that are blatantly derogatory to other cultures should be kept to oneself out of respect to others if nothing else.
For those of you lost about Julius Malema’s slow learner reference above, please see the cartoon on Julius Malema matric results.