ANCWL defends Zuma's polygamous life

Minister Angie Motshekga believes President Jacob Zuma’s polygamous lifestyle is his business.

President Jacob Zuma with his wife Thobeka Madiba during their wedding in Nkandla. Picture: Narissa Subramoney/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - ANC Women's League President Angie Motshekga on Tuesday said she saw nothing wrong with President Jacob Zuma's polygamous lifestyle if it did not harm anyone.

Zuma has four wives and over 20 children.

Motshekga was explaining why the women's league again decided to endorse Zuma for a second term as ANC president.

It was a clearly defensive Motshekga, who had to announce the league had endorsed Zuma and dumped Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe.

Motshekga denied she was retained as Basic Education Minister because of her influence in the women's league.

Some were calling for Motshekga's resignation earlier this year after her department failed to deliver textbooks to Limpopo.

Scores of children only received their textbooks in July after Section27 took the minister to court.

Motshekga said the president's polygamous lifestyle is his private business.

"It's a private matter. It's personal and it's not harmful to any other person."

The league decided businessman Cyril Ramaphosa should be nominated as ANC deputy president.

The league said it had nothing against Motlanthe, but preferred Ramaphosa for the post.

The ruling party will go to Mangaung in December to elect new leaders in its elective conference.

Over the weekend, Zuma slaughtered 12 cows in his Nkandla home to ask for guidance from his ancestors ahead of the conference.

ANC in KwaZulu-Natal also want Zuma to serve a second term while the ANC Youth League officially nominated Motlanthe as their preferred candidate.

Mothanthe has not indicated whether he will accept the nomination.