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Title:Framing of Jacob Zuma and polygamy in Die Burger (2008-2013)
Author:Geertsema, Margaretha
Year:2015
Periodical:Communicatio: South African journal for communication theory and research (ISSN 1753-5379)
Volume:41
Issue:2
Pages:175-191
Language:English
Geographic term:South Africa
Subjects:newspapers
Afrikaners
heads of State
polygamy
public opinion
External link:https://doi.org/10.1080/02500167.2015.1054851
Abstract:The traditional practice of polygamy, whereby a person is married to more than one spouse at the same time, entered the public discourse in South Africa primarily through President Jacob Zuma's weddings in 2008, 2010 and 2012. This article aims to reflect the discussion of Zuma's polygamy in particularly the Afrikaans communities of South Africa from 2008 to 2013, as the Afrikaans language newspaper Die Burger targets this segment of the broader society. Drawing on framing theory, three major themes emerge from this analysis. First, writers in Die Burger want Jacob Zuma to be a modern head of state instead of a traditional man. Second, they believe that the particular cultural right to practise polygamy violates women's human rights. Third, they see Jacob Zuma and polygamy not as a private but as a public issue, since taxpayers are supporting his family financially. Bibliogr., sum. [Journal abstract]
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