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Africans are disgusted by the painting that shows President Jacob Zuma’s private parts. I had thought the DA, Freedom Front Plus, Solidarity and AfriForum will join us in condemning this artwork.
Saartjie Baartman suffered the same humiliation by the colonialists who ridiculed her body.
Zuma must be defended by those of us who subscribe to the constitution.
Defending him does not mean that we approve of his behaviour, which he camouflages as culture.
Polygamy is not African culture, but a culture of men to have many women for sexual satisfaction.
Polygamy still exists in white communities and communities in Asia. Men who were kings and those who had money and cattle would take as many wives as they could. This practice is therefore not only African, it’s about women being treated as sex objects by powerful men.
Had Zuma not become president, he would not have taken so many wives. I am sure genuine revolutionaries in the ANC Women’s League, Cosatu’s Gender Desk and SACP are against polygamy because it retards our march to a non-sexist and egalitarian society.
With the prevalence of HIV/Aids and the high cost of living, is polygamy sustainable?
The temptation to act corruptly is great when you have multiple relationships and many children.
Many are not aware that the state pays close to R500 000 a year to each of the president’s wives. Why must all four wives get an allowance from the state?
With all Zuma’s mistakes, flops and lack of moral judgement, we should still condemn the Goodman Gallery for displaying an artwork that dehumanises Zuma, a president, husband, father and pastor.
His private parts cannot be used as a commodity to make money as colonialists did to Baartman’s body.