South African President Jacob Zuma defended his polygamy before a crowd of business and political elite and called for acceptance of Zulu culture.
Zuma, 67, a Zulu traditionalist, married earlier this year, bringing his number of wives to three. Another wife died in 2000 and he divorced a fifth in 1998.
Asked by Newsweek International editor Fareed Zakaria, who was moderating a panel on Zuma and South Africa, about his “many wives,” Zuma said on Thursday he believes in the “equality of women.”
That prompted Zakaria to ask if he loves all his wives equally.
“Absolutely,” Zuma responded, drawing laughs from the crowd.
“There are many people in this audience who find it a challenge to be married to one person,” Zakaria responded.