South Africa’s Zuma A Father Again
Self-confessed polygamist President Jacob Zuma of South Africa has reportedly become a father for the 20th time. However, the mother of the child is allegedly not any one of his five wives.
According to South Africa’s Sunday Times, the mother of Zuma’s lovechild is Sonono Khoza, who is the daughter of a principal organizer of this year’s football World Cup. The Times reported that Khoza gave birth to Thandekile Matina Zuma in October, just several months after Zuma married for the fifth time. Khoza has denied fathering Zuma’s 20th child.
Zuma has been criticized for his extramarital affairs, especially since the South African government is currently engaged in a massive information dissemination campaign to promote safe sex and increase AIDS awareness.
In 2005, Zuma was accused of rape by an HIV-positive woman. He was acquitted after the judge found merit in his defense that the sexual act was consensual. However, Zuma was reprimanded for engaging in unprotected intercourse despite knowing that the woman had HIV. In his defense, Zuma said that he took a shower to “cut the risk of contracting HIV.”