South African president Jacob Zuma married his fifth wife, Thobeka Madiba, outside his homestead in Kwazulu-Natal earlier week. Wonkie is experiencing a curious but not unexpected deja vu feeling given that it produced a cartoon on the same subject almost exactly a year ago (see the Zuma Polygamy Cartoon). In that article we responded to the Sunday Times’s judgmental Andrew Donaldson column on Zuma’s polygamy which was titled “Marrying beneath his nation again”.
So nothing has changed much in the last year – mostly the same boring opinions are being sprouted by the same unoriginal commentators. This time in the dim-bulb limelight is leader of the Christian Democratic Party, Reverend Theunis Botha. He said that Zuma’s traditional wedding on Monday “to a woman he is reported to have already fathered three children with, and the alarming return to ancestral worship is a giant step back into the dark ages.”
Claiming some moral highground by stating that monogamous marriages is more progressive than polygamous marriages is quite frankly nonsensical. Consider the following argument: As people become more spiritually evolved, the more likely it is that they will be able to accept others exactly as they are – without judgment. Another way of saying this is that as people grow, they accept others and their viewpoints. Wonkie hasn’t as yet found any polygamist activists making a big deal about how monogamy is such a backward way of life and that it should be banned for being such a morally reprehensible practice. Surely this would indicate that polygamists are in fact more open-minded, more accepting and thus more progressive in their thinking than the likes of Reverend Botha?
Here at Wonkie, we like to promote different perspectives and ideas to our readers. While we acknowledge that Zuma has certainly showered some moronic viewpoints to the detriment of the general public, his actions with respect to marriage are actually quite insightful.
As Darwinian as it may sound, Mr Zuma is an alpha male. In his circle, mostly South Africa, he is the top dog – the king of the pack. Not unlike what Tiger “Cheetah” Woods is to golf. In the animal kingdom, of which we are all a part, the dominant male gets to take first pickings when it comes to females. The genetic programming argument holds that the dominant male will try to produce as many offspring as possible – and generally does so, well – because he can – that is his destiny if you could call it that. If anything Mr Zuma is behaving consistently, and exactly as he should be in this instance.
Enough for now, rumour has it that President Zuma has already selected his sixth wife to be – stay tuned as this may well become an annual article published every January. Wonkie wishes Mr Zuma all the very best and hopes he will share the secret to keeping 5 mother-in-laws happy at the same time.
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