Foe Rips Zuma as 'Sex Addict' Like Tiger Woods
South African President Needs Help, Says Disgusted Critic
By Mary Papenfuss,  Newser User
Posted Feb 2, 2010 5:59 AM CST
South African President Jacob Zuma stands with one of his three wives, Sizakele Khumalo.   (AP Photo/Nic Bothma, Pool)
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(Newser) – Man-of-many-wives South African President Jacob Zuma is a "sex addict" who needs treatment like Tiger Woods, said a disgusted member of parliament after Zuma had his 20th child. The baby was born outside a generous wedlock that includes three wives (and another on the way). Zuma is coming under harsh criticism in a nation battling an AIDS and HIV epidemic, but his ruling party is defending him. "There is nothing 'shameful' when two adults have a relationship," said African National Congress spokesman Jackson Mthembu.

Opposition party members say Zuma is contradicting national policy to combat AIDS that preaches faithfulness and condom use. "He's the one who is always preaching responsible sexual behavior, but it seems he is sending a message which says: 'Don't do as I do, do as I say,'" said the leader of the Independent Democrats. Zuma was acquitted of rape in 2006, but admitted he had unprotected sex with a woman he knew to be HIV positive.